Author Archive | Kevin Krizek

Padova’s (Italy) Cycling Potential

Below is the next entry in the EU BICI series which includes: Seville (Spain), Bologna, Ferrara (Italy), Berlin , Munich (Germany), Zurich (Switzerland), and Cambridge (U.K.). There is reason to believe that Padova—a town with more than 200,000 people in the Veneto region in the north of Italy—is capable of becoming one of the country’s best cycling towns. Some places in Italy stand out in one dimension of a […]

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Bologna’s Cycling Struggles and the Potential to Export Its Intimacy

The 2014 EU BICI series includes: Seville (Spain), Ferrara (Italy), Berlin , Munich (Germany), Zurich (Switzerland), and Cambridge (U.K.). My adopted home-town for the past year, Bologna, has essential ingredients for a world-class cycling success story; it has: a big university[1], flat topography[2], good enough cycling weather for ~9 months of the year[3], the right size for most everything to be within a few […]

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Cycling Tradition Dominates in Cambridge (UK)

Joining Seville (Spain), Ferrara (Italy), Berlin , Munich (Germany), and Zurich (Switzerland),  the 2014 EU BICI turns to England this week; the post benefits from reactions of Eva Heinen, a past collaborator on bicycling research, a transport scientist at the Center for Diet and Activity Research at the University of Cambridge, and now a Cambridge resident. There is one place in the United Kingdom […]

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Cycling’s Stiff Competition in Zurich (Switzerland)

The 2014 EU BICI series is available for Seville (Spain), Ferrara (Italy), Berlin and Munich (Germany); this week’s edition on Zurich recruits insights from Thomas Götschi (Zurich resident and past research collaborator) as a co-author The transport scene is Switzerland’s largest metropolitan area is admirable—almost two-thirds of trips are by non-auto. A mere ~4% of these trips, however, are by bike. A […]

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Munching on Munich’s Climb to Cycling Prowess

The 2014 EU BICI series is available for Seville (Spain), Ferrara (Italy), and Berlin (Germany). You don’t need to be in Munich long before you hear of the Champion’s League of Europe and Munich’s football (soccer) prowess—5 time champion (and 5 time runner up) of the most prestigious competition in European football. Apparently, the Champion’s league apparently also to […]

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Bicycling Bonanza in Berlin (Germany)

Prior posts from the 2014 EU BICI are available for Seville (Spain) and Ferrara (Italy). Wide roads and dispersed development; a tradition rich in fast driving cars and a population cobbled from several cultures—these are not elements one associates with a city that generates 1.5 million cycling trips per day[1]. But for Berlin, these ingredients […]

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Success is not IN the Water; it is BECAUSE of it? Bicycling in Ferrara (Italy)

[Part 2 of the EU BICI, Part 1 on Seville here] It’s hard to figure out how Ferrara (Italy) achieved legendary status among Europe’s top cycling towns. The answer might not be in the water; but it could be because of it. The ferraresi embrace the bike as much as any place I have seen. […]

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Bicyle Infrastructure in Seville

This post starts a series for my newly launched 2014 EU BICI (European Union Bicycling Information Collection Initiative). Over the next months I am travelling to some of the EU’s most interesting cycling cities, including Cambridge, Berlin, Seville, Ferrara, Zurich, and the usual Northern EU suspects. Each city will have its own post based on […]

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Where to Paint Your Street

Back in 2009, Hennepin Avenue in downtown Minneapolis was converted from a one-way to a two-way street. Bicycle facilities along the corridor changed from a center two-way bicycle lane to designated shared lanes for bicyclists, buses, and right turning motor vehicles. Responding to initial concerns over the visibility of the bicycle lane markings, the city […]

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Why Paint Shines (Colored and White)

(This the second in a three part series discussing paint;  the first post is here). City officials make transportation planning decisions under financial duress and scant information. Will rezoning land uses in the neighborhood encourage walking? Will the new bus line decrease car use? Should the city build a protected bike path in the middle of […]

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