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Ride the City: Brisbane and Newcastle

It's Bike Week in Brisbane through March 20th. What better way to celebrate bicycling than with the launch of Ride the City: Brisbane and Ride the City: Newcastle! In addition to bike routes the Ride the City map displays nearby bike shops and bike hire locations, including CityCycle locations in Brisbane. (If we're missing your business, please let us know.)


Open Street Map - Intro

Most of you have probably generated bike routes on Ride the City. But how many have contributed to the Ride the City basemap? The background image at Ride the City is provided by Cloudmade, a company that's all about services and applications that are based on Open Street Map (OSM), the volunteer effort to map the world. Open Street Map provides the data, Cloudmade makes services that help to get that data to the end user. With Cloudmade's Style Editor, developers can customize their own map style or copy other maps. Here are some of the map styles from the Style Editor:

Nine Million Bicycles

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Here's a 4 minute music video break for your midday leisure. Katie Melua being dragged around, singing about bicycles. Nine million bikes in Beijing, really? If 10% of New Yorkers have bikes we may have about 900,000.

 

Ride the City - Australia

image from aucklandcyclechic.blogspot.com Here in NYC, we're in the thick of winter with snow storms every week, it seems. But on the other side of the world it's mid summer. In many parts of Australia, the average high these days is 80F (27C). That makes for great bicycling weather (if it's not too hot). For bicyclists in Australia, 2011 will be a year for easier bicycling because today we launch Ride the City - Sydney, Perth, Melbourne, and Adelaide!

Ride the City - Santiago, Chile

Image from www.bicicultura.cl/

In early 2010, we were contacted by Bicicultura, a Chilean nonprofit started in 2006 with a mission to promote a new culture that emphasizes human-powered transport: walking, bicycle riding, skating, wheel chairs, tricycles. Now, eight months later, we are happy to announce Ride the City - Santiago, the capital of Chile with over six million people. Later we plan to continue to expand to other cities in Chile.

This is our first rollout to South America. The data behind Ride the City - Santiago, Chile is based on Open Street Map, the volunteer effort to map the world.

A look at bicycling in New York

On November 23, the NYC Department of Transportation announced that the City is seeking a vendor to provide a bike share system. The system, which could resemble those already in place in Paris, Montreal, Barcelona, and Washington, D.C., could be fully operational in time for the spring of 2012 with a potential pilot next summer. 

Ride the City - Vancouver Metro

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Image from http://vorg.ca

Nine months ago we brought Ride the City across the Canadian border with the start of Ride the City - Toronto. Today we're happy to launch our second Canadian city: Vancouver, B.C.

Ride the City - Vancouver comprises all the cities within a distance of about 40 miles, including Richmond, New Westminster, Burnaby, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Delta, Langley, White Rock, and even Victoria! By the way, if you'd like the map to start out centered in Victoria, just use this address: ridethecity.com/victoria.

Lock it or Lose it Competition

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Reposted from http://www.goinggoingbike.com

We all love our bikes. Lots and lots! There are few worse feelings than coming back to find a broken lock and your bike missing. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of bicycles get nicked by bike thieves every year.

NY Times - Bicycles section

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At Ride the City, we're interested in promoting safe transportation by bicycle, and we’re always looking for innovative ways to encourage people to ride their bikes. Recently, we had a new idea for another way to do that: Replace the New York Times Automobiles section with a Bicycling section once a year. That would be just one week devoted to bicycles and bicycling—the remaining 51 weeks would continue to be devoted to cars. See our rough mock-up below for an idea of what the section might look like.

A Focus on NYC

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Great video on the many steps NYC is taking to become a world class city, including for bicyclists.

This comes from EMBARQ's video series: Cities in Focus.

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