Bike sales have outpaced car sales in almost every European country

A bicyclist in Pescara, Italy.

Bicycle are outsold new-cars last year in every one of the European countries, except Belgium and Luxembourg. Car sales reached a low point earlier this year. Recent data shows car sales were recovering. The Millennial generation is more interested in bikes than in cars.

 

 

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Copenhagen Wheel will make your bike faster, smarter, and connected

Copenhagen Wheel

An MIT SENSEable City Lab  team has developed technology called the “Copenhagen Wheel” that turns regular bikes into electric, connected bikes that are loaded with sensors and transmit a wealth of data.

 

 

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BitLock – a keyless bike lock connects to your phone via Bluetooth

BitLock

BitLock, a keyless bike lock, is a U-lock that can be opened electronically by an iPhone or Android app. With that electronic aspect comes other features, such as a GPS tracker and a fitness tracker that can record miles biked, calories burned, and CO2 emissions avoided. Whoever has admin-like status can grant or revoke access to the lock. Making things even simpler, it all connects via Bluetooth, so you don’t even need to have your phone out to open it: proximity works just as well.

 

 

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Eco-cycle is an automated bike parking system

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Many urban cites don’t have enough street space for setting up proper bike storage infrastructure.  The problem of overcrowding and illegal parking can cause potential hazards for emergency situations and general pedestrian navigation. In Japan, an earthquake-resistant underground bike parking system has been developed by Giken to help resolve the issue, approaching the situation through their design concept, which is based on culture above ground, and function underground. (Pics)

 

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Cardboard bicycle can change transportation habits around the world

Israeli inventor Izhar Gafni holds his cardboard bicycle

Izhar Gafni, an Israeli inventor, says that a bicycle made almost entirely of cardboard has the potential to change transportation habits from the world’s most congested cities to the poorest reaches of Africa.

 

 

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Bowerbags are like 7 backpacks in 1

 The World’s Greatest Backpack: Bowerbags

A BowerBag is a messenger bag that transforms into a backpack if you need more space, and then into a saddle bag if you don’t want to carry anything at all. You can just strap it to your bike or motorcycle and carry everything from an I-pod to an elephant!. Bowerbags are a 3 way configurable backpack that feature a new springless snap-on clasp.

Bowerbags are one of the featured exhibitors at the DaVinci Inventor Showcase, which takes place on Oct 13, 2012 at the Denver Merchandise Mart. This is your chance to check out what Bowerbags and many other amazing innovations are all about.

Recently, creator Jamie Bowerman took a moment answer some questions about the backpack and courier bag industry, Kickstarter and incorporating his name into the product  …

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Bicycle buses let Dutch kids pedal together to school

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A little more in back!

It’s been said that the most important lessons in life are not learned in the classroom, and perhaps in no place is that more true than in the Netherlands where the act of heading to school is itself so enriching. In an age of rising gas prices and skyrocketing cases of childhood obesity, Dutch educators have devised a wonderfully positive way to get kids to and from school — by letting them pedal there themselves on a brand new fleet of bicycle buses…

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Taga transforms from bike to stroller in 20 seconds

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Taga

Cycling parents usually have to give up their two-wheelers when their first baby arrives, but the Taga could change all that – it’s a a bike that doubles as a stroller! The multitasking bike can be easily switched from a bicycle to a stroller in 20 seconds flat. Designed so that the child is placed in front of you, in between your arms – rather than behind or to your side – the Taga offers an increased level of control and safety for green parents who want to keep their carbon footprint low. (video)

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Compact foldable bike helmet

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Overade foldable bike helmet

Cycling is undoubtedly fun and a great way to keep fit, but we all know it can be dangerous if you don’t take safety precautions — yet so many cyclists still don’t wear their helmets! A common excuse cyclists use is that they are such a pain to carry around, but perhaps this neat fold-up device will encourage more cyclists to protect their heads. (Pics)

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A new cycling superhighway. Not in the U.S.A.

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Cycling transportation gets a boost in Sweden.

If you want to find an unassuming place where bicycling is a way of life and nobody makes a big deal about it, head south. The south of Sweden, that is, where the small university town of Lund has a big bicycle habit. They just don’t advertise it.

In Lund, 60% of the populace bikes or takes public transport to go about their daily tasks. And then there’s Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city – only 20 miles southwest of Lund. Malmö also doesn’t have a reputation for fantastic biking. But some say it is the country’s best biking city – ahead of both Stockholm, the capital; Gothenburg, the second largest Swedish metropolitan area, and a host of smaller bike-friendly burgs…

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A futuristic bicycle that has the power to read your mind

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With a new concept bike from Parlee Cycles and Toyota “it’s just like riding a bike” takes on a whole new meaning.  The concept bike isn’t like all the others: It possesses the power to read your mind.

 

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