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Somehow the order in which I had planned my day upon a bike in Copenhagen didn´t quite reflect my priorities. 

That day I would start biking from Valby where I was staying, through Carlsberg and Vesterbro, before reaching the Cykelslangen  or, The Snake as it´s come to be known.

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The legendary Elephant Port at the tower building at New Carlsberg from 1901.

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Personal de la Embajada de Ecuador en salida de campo con bicicletas alquiladas en Laika Bikes.

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El verdadero manos libres.

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Linda forma de hacer algo se landscaping con elementos existentes en la ciudad.

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Me encanta lo que hacen las obras viales en Bogotá. Seré el único.

Iba por la NQS hacia el sur y en la 95, la cicloruta terminó abrúptamente y me tocó subir a la carrera 18 donde, oh sorpresa, encuentro esto que he llamado un Pop-Up Bike Lane. 

Pop-up al igual que las tiendas de moda o restaurantes que, un día aparecen en algún local y después desaparecen. Los que los disfrutaron cuentan a los demás y los que no, esperan con anhelo ser parte de la próxima euforia.

Este pop-up bike lane se encuentra sobre la carrera 18 entre calles 95 y 94. No existe la cicloruta para bajar hasta la NQS de nuevo por la 94 así que ahí toca compartir la calle con los carros.

Ese sería un buen sector para aprovechar y probar las zonas de 30km/h que mencioné en una entrada anterior. Ya que esa está ahí, ¿por qué no hacer unas cuantas más?

Quizás con unos bolardos más refinados se vería mejor y sería menos costosa.

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Algunas de las parejas que alquilaron bicicletas hoy de Laika Bikes.

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¿Qué pasaría si Bogotá implementara zonas de 30km/h? Sería una maravilla.

Acabo de llegar de viaje por Europa y recuerdo con envidia la facilidad y despreocupación al movilizarse en bicicleta. Existen ciclorutas sobre andenes, separadas en la calzada, pintadas en la calzada, zonas de 30km/h y donde no hay ninguna de las anteriores, está el simple respeto por la existencia del otro.

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Ingresando a una zona de 30km/h en Berlín.

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“New year, new me”. It’s a tad bit cliché to say the least, right…but how many of you out there really put this into practice? How many of you write down lists or simply keep them in mind? How many commit to changing your lives and how many stick with it?

As far as I remember, I have carried out my new year´s resolutions only three times. To be perfectly honest, only two. I´m not incredibly proud of this, but I´m working on it.

If all goes according to plan, this will be my third year.

The first time was four years ago when I decided the bicycle would be my main mode of transportation. That year I stuck with it, and have ever since.

The second time I kept my new year´s resolution was last year. That year promised changes. It was my year. It wasn’t quite clear what I was going to take on. I just felt it.

The idea of taking the bicycle one step further was already ingrained in my mind. So once again, this vehicle would be the glue holding together my resolutions. It took me a few months before starting the project that, more than a purpose or a resolution became a dream. I worked on it for the remainder of the year. I suffered it, enjoyed it, and abhorred it. I feared it, I flee from it, I was thankful for it, and in the end, I lived it. I faced it and made it happen. I AM making it happen.

This year, the bicycle continues to be the glue keeping together the different aspects that make up Juan Manuel Robledo. This year I will consolidate my project. This year, I keep building my dream.

This is how the bicycle helped me turn my life around.

At times we need external stimulus to foster the internal changes we seek. Permanent, not momentary changes. Sometimes we need a vehicle to channel our energies through. This is what the bicycle is for me, at least during this stage in my life. A stage that promises to be dynamic.

As Albert Einstein said very well, “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

Forever in motion.

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‘SkyCycle’ in London | Cities for People

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Three architects I hold immense respect for discussing the ‘SkyCycle’ concept for London.

Personally, I see the segregation of cyclists to elevated tracks as a ceding of city streets to automobiles. Whereas the streets of Copenhagen and Amsterdam are full of faces and feel “soft” due to the slow speeds and steady stream of cyclists, this concept syphons life away from the streets. It’s very modernist really, as it seems the central guiding principle is the reduction of friction (as it is for all highways). As Jane Jacobs and many others have stated more eloquently though, urban life is friction. London, in my personal opinion, deserves safe and comfortable streets for cyclists rather than their vertical segregation.

The SkyCycle concept nullifies one of the key beauties of cycling in the city which Kristian describes well, “You can diversify your route to incorporate your shopping, visiting the library, or pick up the kids. If you are up on a segregated highway, you are not offered the conveniences that characterize the bicycle ride.” Cycling offers the opportunity to stop at a moment’s notice to become a pedestrian (perhaps a storefront caught your eye, or a friend was sitting on a bench). This could not occur with an elevated cycle way.

That said, Henriette makes a great point that there is a real distinction in the needs of long distance bicycle commuters (which most cities simply don’t have yet) and city biking. My perspective is born of the latter camp as I’ve never lived more than a couple miles from my work. Henriette bikes several times that distance every day and can speak to that perspective empathetically. In conjunction with amenities for cyclists at street level… perhaps the concept has a place. At the very least the proposal has spurred a lot of great conversation amongst many people in the field of urban design and planning.

Lots of insightful considerations in their discussion. Take a moment, give it a read, and please share your thoughts. I’d be very interested to hear them.

-Kasey

Source: secretrepublic
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Fotos de mi paseo de reconocimiento por el bicicarril en las inmediaciones de Mundo Aventura (Kennedy).

Segunda foto vemos como el desagüe puede ser una trampa. Ciclistas cuidado; Distrito pilas con esos detalles.

Tercera foto, evidencia del vandalismo al que fue sometido el bicicarril en la víspera de su inauguración.

Cuarta foto, falta de cultura infraganti.

Quinta foto, oportunidades de trabajo más organizadas.

Sexta foto, espacios compartidos sobre la misma calle.

Séptima y octava, intermodalidad del sector de Clínica de Occidente. Ciclorutas y bicicarriles, bicitaxis, Transmilenio, vehículos particulares y peatones.

Emocionado con el proyecto de ciudad que se está gestando.