A City with too many bicycles – Amsterdam’s unique problem

I think those of us from Africa know that this  problem is not likely in African cities?- by Joe Peach of thisbigcity

A City with Too Many Bicycles – Amsterdam’s Unique Problem

As cities all over the world attempt to better integrate the bicycle, Amsterdam acts as an example of a how a city might function should it achieve that goal – and it’s not all good. Bicycle use is so popular in the Dutch capital that abandoned bikes in the city centre are starting to become a problem – an urban challenge almost unique to Amsterdam.

With the average Amsterdammer owning 1.5 bicycles, it’s inevitable that many aren’t being used. In fact, 15% of all bikes parked outside are believed to be unused, with 60% of all unused bicycles parked in the city centre.

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11 US cities honored as “walk-friendly”

by Kaid Benfieldon Sustainable Cities Collective: How the “West” lives is long way from us here in the South – and yet we aspire to achieve walkability – but for different reason here – most people don’t have cars and yet our aging city infrastructures are designed for cars, Public urban transport is mainly by mini-bus and the urban poor are stuck out in peri-urban ghettos – with this in mind the advocates of global tourism still spend on structures and infrastructures designed to retain the privileged few.Issues such as this are tops in the current run up for local miunicipal elections in South Africa – interesting times. Still it is instructive to see which American cities are judged to be walker friendly”

walking the High Line in New York City (by: John Weiss, creative commons license)

After evaluating applicant communities in several categories related to walking – including safety, mobility, access and comfort – the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center last week announced the selection of eleven Walk Friendly Communities across the US.  They are ranked in categories of achievement, as follows:   Continue reading