Tour de France riders have to eat constantly to replenish the energy they burn.
Riders in the 2021 Tour de France will ride more than 2,100 miles (3,400 km) over the 21 flat and mountainous stages of the race. And they will burn an incredible amount of energy while doing so.
In Paris, the major east-west axis, from the Place de la Concorde to the Place de la Bastille, as given a temporary ‘coronapiste’ after the pandemic broke out. Mayor Anne Hidalgo has said that it will become permanent.
Mairie de Paris
The need for social distancing sparked a cycling boom, cutting air pollution and boosting city dwellers’ mental and physical health. But when the pandemic ends, will it be back to life as usual?
If we’re to get more people walking and cycling in our cities, then we need to make it easier for people, and we can learn from others overseas.
The old idea of running with springs on your feet gets a high-tech makeover.
A high-tech twist on an old idea – running on springs – could give human-powered movement its biggest boost in more than a century.
A crowded walkway at Cronulla, NSW, makes it impossible for people to observe physical distancing rules while exercising.
We’ve all seen the increases in people walking and cycling on shared paths so crowded it’s almost impossible to maintain physical distancing. This must be fixed, and quickly.
The Ohio City Farm in Cleveland provides low-cost land, shared facilities and technical assistance to support entrepreneurial farmers.
Four out of 5 Americans live in cities, so urban planning can make a big difference in our lifestyles – especially if it promotes healthy diets and physical activity.
Many rarely used bikes end up languishing in the shed.
Where bikes are kept is a strong pointer to the place of cycling in the owner’s life. Effective active transport policy starts with understanding what stops people using their bikes instead of cars.
A cyclist in San Bernadino National Forest, where e-bikes were previously banned.
The Trump administration has moved to allow electric bikes on all federally owned trails where normal bikes are allowed. A public lands scholar weighs in on the issues this could cause.
Just off Washington Square in New York City.
Trees clean urban air, store carbon, slow floodwaters and can be used to design safer streets. Scholars are starting to calculate what these services are worth – a fitting topic for Arbor Day.
Downtown Seattle’s busy, protected bike lanes.
Seattle Department of Transportation
This collective fundraising technique helps defuse anti-cyclist sentiment before it dooms protected bike lanes and other new infrastructure.
A safe, connected network of bike lanes and paths encourages cycling.
Volunteers can contribute data to maps that help cyclists choose their routes and let planners know how city cycling can be improved.
This narrow street, lined with parked cars but devoid of people, is both unwelcoming and unsafe for cyclists.
Minorities are driving the bicycling boom, but bike infrastructure investments often neglect their needs. A new study explores what riders in low-income and minority neighborhoods want.
Most of Kyoto’s narrow streets could become no-car zones.
The city where the Kyoto Protocol was signed resolved some years ago to move away from cars and towards low-emission alternatives for getting around. And it’s making real progress towards that goal.
Drivers are to blame for about four out of five accidents with cyclists.
Australia has had an 80% increase in cyclist deaths in 2017-18. With drivers at fault in most collisions, their attitude and behaviour should be the main targets for change.
Cycling can be more dangerous than it looks.
AP Photo/Kevin Clifford
The warm summer months encourage more of us to get outside and exercise, whether by shooting hoops or riding a bike. But there’s a downside: higher risk of injury.
The ‘Bicycle Snake’ in Copenhagen separates pedestrians and cyclists, allowing both to navigate the city more safely.
Cycling Embassy of Denmark/DISSING+WEITLING
New analysis reveals just how little is spent on cycling and walking projects around Australia. No state’s spending on cycling is more than 1.5% of its road funding.
In both Indian and Australian cities, cyclists who deliver goods and services have to take it slow.
Cycling is a low-cost and non-polluting way to make deliveries in congested cities. Slow cyclists should be recognised as good for the economy and environment, not treated like second-class citizens.
After nearly a decade of operation, Brisbane’s CityCycle scheme still needs to be subsidised.
Many short-term bike-hiring programs have been launched amid much fanfare, only for their popularity to decline soon after. Several key factors need to be in place for a program to work.
Information about who rides where and when is useful for city planners and policymakers, but also a valuable commodity in its own right.
Australians can see the impact of dockless bike sharing on the streets of their cities. The huge store of data collected about user journeys is less visible, but just as important.
Beijing residents with a variety of approaches to urban air pollution.
In recent years the number of motor vehicles – and the pollution they generate – has grown astronomically, leading some citydwellers to wear facemasks in the hopes of protecting themselves. So do they work?