The top ten bike posts of 2014 : TreeHugger

10. The Faraday Bike is the prettiest electric assist bicycle you will ever see

Last January I saw this at the big electronics show and wrote “CES is a vast ocean of iphone cases, so the Faraday Porteur electric assist bicycle stood out like gold among the dross.”
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9. Fastest bicycle ever? Crazy rocket bike does 0-to-60 in 1.1-second, top speed of 207 MPH

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Propulsion for the rocket bicycle is provided by a rocket system built by a Swiss company called Exotic Thermo Engineering. It is powered by liquid hydrogen peroxide (the tank can contain 12,5 litres de H2O2 at 86% concentration) that generates steam at 650 degrees Fahrenheit.So literally, it could be said that this bicycle is both hydrogen-powered and steam-powered.
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8. Driver who texted 44 times before almost killing a cyclist: “I just don’t care”

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Kimberley Davis, 21, of Grant Street, Port Fairy (shown on the map above), was found to have used her phone to text while behind the wheel 44 times before hitting her victim, sending and receiving 22 text messages to seven different people (She was in a conversation with 7 people while driving? Talk about distracting!).
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7. Bike thief steals $4,000 electric bike, then calls owner to ask how to recharge it…

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As we explained in ‘Underworld Economics: Why are so many bikes stolen?’, bike theft is usually a low-return but low-risk activity (sadly). But once in a while, a thief will bite more they can chew and karma catches up with them.
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6. Why the Dutch don’t wear helmets

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One of the perennial topics of controversy in the bicycling community is helmets, and the controversial issue is not about which color is prettiest. I won’t spend too much time on the backstory, but the controversy is whether or not helmets should be a must (for their skull & brain protection benefits) or left at the shop (because they inhibit bicycling, which results in less bicycling, which makes bicycling less safe).
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5. Bicycle roundabout in the sky in the Netherlands, Hovenring (video)

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The Netherlands is known for its bicycle-friendly streets and bike paths, so you’d probably think that bicycle infrastructure in the sky would be completely unnecessary there. But even this bike leader has intersections that are excessively large and centered too much around cars. In the case of one such intersection between Eindhoven and Veldhoven, planners and designers created the Hovenring, a beautiful bicycle and pedestrian roundabout elevated above the roadway.
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4. A lot of cities could use a Trampe Cyclocable

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One city in Norway dealt with this problem [of hills] with the Trampe, a sort of ski lift for cyclists. Trondheim first installed it in 1993 and rebuilt it with a newer, supposedly safer system called the CycloCable in 2013. Diehards may say that this kind of thing isn’t necessary, but 41% of the users in Trondheim say they are bicycling more because of it.
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3. Easy tip for biking in a skirt, all you need is a penny and a rubber band

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How to bike while wearing a skirt is not something I’ve ever really thought about, I have to admit. But if I ever decide to ride while wearing a kilt, I’ll be sure to try this clever tip by Johanna Holtan, the creator of Penny in yo’ Pants.
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2.The best bicycle infrastructure cartoon I’ve ever seen

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In many US cities, bicycling is already the most enjoyable form of transportation, in my humble opinion. However, bicycle infrastructure is horridly absent across the country, thanks to funding for bicycle infrastructure being absurdly low compared to funding for automobile infrastructure.
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1. Woman sues parents of cyclist she killed with her SUV, complaining “her enjoyment of life has been be lessened”

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18 months ago, 17 year old Brandon Majewski and two friends were riding home from a coffee shop at 1:30 in the morning, three abreast when they were hit from behind. He was killed, thrown over the roof of the car.
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28 December 2014 | 1:51 pm – Source: treehugger.com

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