Bike Lanes and Paths Best Practices Videos

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The following collection of YouTube video clips are of various bike lane and thoroughfare best practice designs used throughout the world.  If you are serious about improving bike lanes and routs in you community please patiently view them all.  I have gone through many videos and selected these to be among the best and most instructive.  I will continue to add more as I come across them so save this link.

Bicycle Culture by Design: Mikael Colville-Andersen at TEDxZurich

The focus on re-establishing more liveable cities continues unabated. The primary problem however is that 85 years of traffic engineering revolving around the car has failed miserably. It’s time for modern thinking. Design can help. Historically, streets were human spaces. Let’s design our cities like we design toasters or smartphones, following the desire lines of our citizens. Using basic design principles instead of engineering is the surest route to developing thriving, human cities.
Mikael Colville-Andersen is an urban mobility expert and CEO for Copenhagenize Consulting. He is often called Denmark’s Bicycle Ambassador but he has learned the hard way that this title is a dismal pick-up line in bars. Colville-Andersen and his team advise cities and towns around the world regarding bicycle planning, infrastructure and communication strategies. He applies his marketing expertise to campaigns that focus on selling bicycle culture and bicycle transport to a mainstream audience as opposed to the existing cycling sub-cultures in particular with his famous Cycle Chic brand. Colville-Andersen gives talks around the world about bicycle culture, design and social media.

Janette Sadik-Khan: New York’s streets? Not so mean any more

“The work of a transport commissioner isn’t just about stop signs and traffic signals,” explains Janette Sadik-Khan, who was appointed to that role in New York City in 2007. In this funny and thought-provoking talk, she details the thinking behind successful initiatives to reshape street life in the 5 boroughs, including the addition of pedestrian zones in Times Square and the arrival of Citi Bikes. Watch for the special cameo at the end of the talk.

Safe Routes to Schools – Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition

A big thank you to all who have supported our youth education programs, and a challenge to help us improve and expand our programs. Learn more about all our programs and donate at

Groningen: The World’s Cycling City

It’s no secret that just about anywhere you go in the Netherlands is an incredible place to bicycle. And in Groningen, a northern city with a population of 190,000 and a bike mode share of 50 percent, the cycling is as comfortable as in any city on Earth. The sheer number of people riding at any one time will astound you, as will the absence of automobiles in the city center, where cars seem extinct. It is remarkable just how quiet the city is. People go about their business running errands by bike, going to work by bike, and even holding hands by bike.

The story of how they got there is a mix of great transportation policy, location and chance. You’ll learn quite a bit of history in the film, but essentially Groningen decided in the 1970s to enact policies to make it easier to walk and bike, and discourage the use of cars in the city center. By pedestrianizing some streets, building cycle tracks everywhere, and creating a unique transportation circulation pattern that prohibits vehicles from cutting through the city, Groningen actually made the bicycle — in most cases — the fastest and most preferred choice of transportation.

It does feel like bicycle nirvana. When I first got off the train in Groningen, I couldn’t stop smiling at what I saw around me. In an email exchange with my friend Jonathan Maus from Bike Portland, he described it as being “like a fairy tale.” This jibed with my first thought to him — that I had “entered the game Candyland, but for bikes!” In fact, for our teaser I originally titled this Streetfilm “Groningen: The Bicycle World of Your Dreams,” before I talked myself out of it. Although there is a magical quality about being there, in reality there is nothing dreamy or childlike about it. With political will and planning, what they have done should and can be done everywhere.

In our Streetfilm you’ll see the 10,000 (!) bicycle parking spaces at the train station, some of the incredible infrastructure that enables cyclists to make their journeys safer and quicker, and you’ll hear from many residents we encountered who go by bike just about everywhere they travel. But as one of my interview subjects, Professor Ashworth, wanted me to point out: the three days I was there were bright and sunny, and the hardy people keep up the bicycling through the cold winters. As with many bicycling cities, there area also big problems with cycle theft, and residents are always yearning for more bicycle parking.

I think most of us would trade some of those problems for a city with 50 percent mode share (and up to 60 percent in the city.

TEDxPortland 2011 – Mia Birk – Pedaling Towards a Healthier Planet

President — Alta Planning + Design
In her book Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet, Mia Birk tells the dramatic story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation. She has spent over 21 years creating active communities where bicycling and walking are safe and fun daily activities. Former bicycle program manager for the City of Portland, Mia is currently teaching urban studies at Portland State University and is the president of Alta Planning + Design.
For more about Mia Birk:,, Joyride: Pedaling Toward A Healthier Planet

Bicycle Planning Workshop with Mia Birk Part 1

Mia Birk, former City of Portland Bicycle Coordinator talks about bike planning for cities large and small. This part is 1 hr. 22 min. long but very educational for those serious about learning about bike lane design.

Bicycle Planning Workshop with Mia Birk Part 2

Mia Birk, former City of Portland Bicycle Coordinator talks about bike planning for cities large and small. This part is 40 min. long but very educational for those serious about learning about bike lane design.

Copenhagen Bike Paths – An Example To All Cities

Watch this video and see how Copenhageners flock to the streets by bike even in December, when average temperatures hover just above freezing.

How the Dutch got their cycle paths

The Netherlands is well known for its excellent cycling infrastructure. How did the Dutch get this network of bicycle paths?
Read more:…

Junction design the Dutch – cycle friendly – way (Part 1)

The Dutch build cycle paths right on their junctions. So they must have wider streets, right? Wrong! This video shows how it is done, no extra space needed.
More info:

Dutch junction design – safer for cyclists (Part 2)

The Dutch have been designing junctions with cycle paths for decades. There is nothing experimental about these junctions. They have proven to be safer for cyclists than junctions without such provisions.
See more here:

The Rise of Protected Bike Lanes

Across the country, more Americans are choosing to get around by bike. Cities are encouraging this trend by building protected bikes lanes. Protected bike lanes are on-street bike lanes that are separated from motorized traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars, or posts. Since 2011, the number of miles of protected bike lanes has doubled.

Junction design in the Netherlands

The Dutch design junctions in such a way that you can safely cycle or walk across them. More info:…

Streetfilms-Lessons from Bogota

The third film in our series of visiting Bogota – featuring Cyclepaths, parks and street life.

Building a Bike Highway by THINK.urban

As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Portland, THINK.urban presents their idea for creating a system of bike highways. The team is then joined for a Q&A with GOOD Ideas for Cities’ Alissa Walker and Bike Portland’s Jonathan Maus.
Challenge: Portland is known worldwide as a bike town; yet we have stalled when it comes to infrastructure. How might we create a major new bikeway that helps make bicycling as visible, safe, convenient, and pleasant for as many people as possible?
Bike Portland: Jonathan Maus, Founder
THINK.urban: Jason King, Allison Duncan, Katrina Johnston
To learn more about this idea contact jason[at]thinkurban[dot]org
More information on GOOD Ideas for Cities can be found at or on Twitter at @IdeasforCities
Video by Paul Searle

Enschede, nominee best cycling city NL 2014

More information:… Case for Separated Bike Lanes in NYC

Advocates from Transporation Alternatives, The Project for Public Spaces, and The Open Planning Project join “Gridlock Sam” Schwartz and Enrique Penalosa to call for New York City to consider experimenting with some physically separated bike lanes in the near future. for many more videos.

Organic Transit ELF Video Review – Solar Powered Recumbent Electric Trike… The Organic Transit ELF was launched on Kickstarter in 2013 as a solar powered electric recumbent trike. This review showcases their version 1.5 edition which has a few improvements including direct drive motor, larger battery, suspension, larger solar panel and improved steering. It’s built around a custom designed aluminum chassis that uses all 26″ wheels and now has suspension bumpers to smooth out the ride. The plastic body includes a windshield, roof (with built in 100 watt solar panel) and has options including a Nuvinci hub, wheel caps and upgraded tires. The bike goes 20mph top speed and has a recharge time of ~6 hours with the solar panel in optimal conditions. It has lights, turn signals and a horn built in for safety and use as a neighborhood electric vehicle. There are new options that the company is working on for multiple passengers, child seats and extra cargo space.

Introducing the Dunsmuir separated bike lane

A look at Vancouver’s Dunsmuir Street two-way bike lane separating cyclists and motorists.

New Palo Alto Bike Signal

Watch to learn how our new bike signal helps Palo Altan cyclists.

Groningen: The World’s Cycling City

“Groningen decided in the 1970s to enact policies to make it easier to walk and bike, and discourage the use of cars in the city center. By pedestrianizing some streets, building cycle tracks everywhere, and creating a unique transportation circulation pattern that prohibits vehicles from cutting through the city, Groningen actually made the bicycle — in most cases — the fastest and most preferred choice of transportation.”
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Minneapolis Know the Road: Bike Lanes

Riding a bike is one of the most popular ways to get around Minneapolis. See why it’s important for both cyclists and drivers to know the road in this video about bike lanes.

Cambridgeshire Cycle Lane

Edina Advisory Bike Lanes Instructional Video

Can be used on such streets as Rainbow Rd. near Bubb.

How bike lane design can affect citizen’s community choices

In a study of Washington, D.C. commuters, Washington University in St. Louis social ecologist J. Aaron Hipp, PhD, found that small design elements can lead to lasting changes in behavior. With data from city webcams, his team compared how many people biked in particular intersections before and after the city added protected bike lanes. Unsurprisingly, people were more likely to bike after the additions. The surprise was that weather no longer seemed to deter riders. Before the lanes were added, bike ridership dropped off dramatically in bad weather. But after the additions, people were as likely to ride on rainy days as when the sun was shining.
By making it easier and safer for people to commute by bicycle, it became part of their daily routine, Hipp says. “That’s the goal. You design environments in such a way that the default option is the healthy, easy option.” Learn more at….

Catriking the Laurier Avenue West Bike Lane on Opening Day

We ride our Catrikes on the brand new Laurier Avenue West bike lane in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on 10 July 2011, an hour before the opening ceremonies. We started near Elgin Street at the east side and went up to just near Bronson at the west side, turned around and came back to exit onto the bike pathway parallel to the Queen Elisabeth Driveway.
To make things more interesting the video is run at 7X speed.
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This video was created with Kino 1.3.4 running on the Lubuntu 11.04 Linux operating system.
The music is “Shadow My Skin 2010″ from the album “Monument” by Shearer. Creative Commons 2.0 licensed free music. Download the whole album for free at
The official City of Ottawa video on the lane is at…

BBC News Why do so many Dutch people cycle

There are more bicycles than residents in The Netherlands. In cities like Amsterdam and The Hague up to 70% of all journeys are made by bike.
This is because of a vast network of cycle paths that are clearly marked, with smooth surfaces, separate signs and lights, and wide enough to allow side-by-side cycling and overtaking.
So with rising levels of obesity, high fuel prices and increasing congestion, what is stopping the UK from going Dutch?

Chicago’s hipster highway, the Kinzie bike lane
It was just after 9 a.m. on a weekday when YoChicago stopped outside Echelon at K Station for a look at the Kinzie bike lane, which has been called “Chicago’s hipster highway” based, presumably, on the demographics of its users.
Despite the heat and the time of day, the route was being heavily used. It’s clearly a popular way to commute to work.

Cycle bridge Kick Pruijsbrug near Hoofddorp NL

Video portrait of the cycle bridge near Hoofddorp and Schiphol airport. It was renamed “Kick Pruijsbrug” after a racing cyclist in 2014.
More information:…

URBAN BIKING: The Art Of Carrying Things By Bike

In the United States most kids ride a bike until high school, when they trade in two wheels for four. The most they have carried is a house key. As more adults decide to jump on their bikes as a form of transportation, they may initially find the challenge of carrying their things mysterious and overwhelming. While the way one carries things depends on many factors (bike, stuff, fashion preference, practicality), we created this video to give you new ideas to inspire your own journey to create the best system for your needs!

 Bicycling For Life: Mark Martin at TEDxLSU

Cycling enthusiast Mark Martin argues for enhanced understanding of the multiple ways bicycling can generate positive change in our world

Rotterdam Cyclists – More info

Rotterdam in South-Holland province, is the second largest city in the Netherlands, after Amsterdam. The cycling rate is low for the Netherlands but very high compared to any other country: 25% of all journeys.
Rotterdam is not like any other city in the Netherlands because it lost its historic city center in World War II, when in May 1940 the Nazis bombed away the entire city center. When the street plan was redesigned in the 1950s the city made room for wide city boulevards and big high rises, on a scale unknown in any other Dutch city. But in a long Dutch tradition these new wide streets were designed to include separate bicycle infrastructure.
The bike mode share of 25% is still very visible in the city. About equal to Copenhagen but less than half of Amsterdam while Groningen (NL) has almost 60%.

NYC DOT explains Bike Lanes in the Big Apple

Bike lanes: In some cities people are literally dying to have them and some people go so far as to mark their own. Here in New York City, it feels like every time I get on my bike there is a new bike lane – sometimes on the left, sometimes buffered, and sometimes completely separated from automobile traffic. To understand these lanes, I had the opportunity to go for a ride with the NYC DOT bicycle boys. They explained the classes of bike lanes and showed off some of these inventive facilities. You can use Ride the City to find a safe bike route in New York City and watch this video to see what lanes are used on your route.

Phoenix II 4840 eBike Commute [Downtown San Jose]

My eBike commute through downtown San Jose. The bike lane is nice and wide throughout the downtown area, which leaves a large buffer between cars and bicycles. San Jose, well done.
The bike is an 4840 kit that I’ve installed on my daily eBike commuter. Hit subscribe or don’t hit subscribe for more or less eBike rides.

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