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Russia’s 200KM, 3-day Traffic Jam

Photo from video provided by 3news.co.nz In Russia, a 200KM mega traffic jam has stranded drivers for several days. The backlog on this highway that runs between Moscow and St. Petersberg was intensified by heavy snow last week. From Time.com: “A 125-mile long queue of vehicles spanned the roadway, which connects Moscow and St. Petersburg. ...

How Bicycles Can Boost Commerce 5

Photo from Shopping by bike YouTube film by Mike Rubbo – Footage by Violeta Braña-Lafourcade My filmmaker friend Mike Rubbo over in Australia has put together a nice film about shopping by bike. In his film, Rubbo uncovers the opportunities that bicycles present to small businesses. Rubbo talks to shoppers and merchants about shopping by ...

Bicycle Commuting In Sandy’s Aftermath

“I Bike Sandy” – Photo courtesy of Transportation Alternatives In the 1980’s, in another life, Thomas Jarrels, 46, had been a bike messenger. But he had never considered using a bicycle to commute to his job as a sous-chef at a Midtown law firm in New York City. That is until Sandy hit New York ...

China Building New Eco City 14

Photo courtesy of Business Insider Imagine a city of 80,000 people where the nearest park is only a two minute walk from every home in the city. A city where public transit is only a few steps away, bicycling is convenient and comfortable, and where urban sprawl is against the law. Where cars are allowed, ...

‘i share the road’ Campaign, One Year Later 2

‘i share the road’ sticker packages – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country Just over a year ago, we officially launched our ‘i share the road’ sticker campaign. The idea first hatched when a friend of mine expressed his interest in showing his support for bicyclists by placing a sticker on his car. ...

Getting To The Airport By Bike – The Return Trip 7

James’ Dutch cargo bike parked at Terminal 3 – Person International Airport – Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country After exiting the airport terminal I walked through the automatic sliding glass doors. A cool breeze swept over me as I got outside, and at 8 degrees Celsius, I knew it was going to ...

In Support of Lance Armstrong 13

Photo of Lance Armstrong courtesy of Martyna Borkowski, Rubenstein Although I have never been a close follower of professional cycling, I had always had immense respect for the sport. It pushes the human limits, encourages people to stay active, and has minimal adverse effects on our environment. The recent doping allegations and overwhelming evidence against ...

Getting To The Airport By Bike 65

Photo by James Schwartz / The Urban Country I fly out of town for business approximately once every month. There are many different ways to get to the airport from my home downtown. I normally take public transit, but will occasionally take a taxi if I am running late or if I have an early ...

Cause of Road Congestion: Too Many Cars 15

Infographic from a large US auto insurance company I never cease to be amused by otherwise intelligent people coming up with lists of the causes of traffic congestion, but whom always seem to miss the most obvious cause of traffic congestion: too many bloody cars. In Beijing, by the end of 2010 there were almost ...

My 32 Minutes 17

The Greater Toronto CivicAction - a Toronto-based advocacy organization – has launched a campaign to bring attention to the issue of growing traffic congestion and lack of transit funding in the Greater Toronto area. The campaign is called the “32 Campaign” and asks what you would do with an extra 32 minutes each day. Instead ...