Once famous just for its internal wars, Colombia is experiencing big changes in its architectural and social life. In its capital, Bogotà, quality of life has improved dramatically in the last years: one of the examples of this improvements is Bogotà’s sunday street, the famous “Ciclovia”.
Posted onJuly 8, 2008|Comments Off on Bike sharing: Lausanne
If you are in Lausanne and you need a bike, you can ask to Lausanne Roule. 3 stations are available, in Lausanne (under the Grand Pont), Renens (Railway Station) and Vevey (Railway Station). Bikes are given for free (a deposit of 20 CHF or 20 EUR is asked) for the first day (from 7.30 AM to 9.30 PM), then a fare of 1 CHF per hour is demanded. Bikes can be taken in one station and returned in another, but if this transfer involves Vevey station, an additional 10 CHF are required.
Bikes can be taken on Lausanne buses and metro and CFF trains. An additional ticket is required.
In the 60’s, Copenhagen started an ambitious plan to improve cycling and walking. When the inhabitants were asked about the plan, they were skeptical…”we’re not Italians, we don’t have walking culture”. 50 years later, Italy is overwhelmed by car culture and Copenhagen has become a model for biking and walking…
Riding a bike is a pleasant, cheap and environmentally friendly way to move around the city, but has its own things to worry about. One of the main issues is parking your bike in a safe way.
A good solution would be providing indoor (and controlled) bike parking, an option that architects and developper often forget. New York Times didn’t escape from this mistake, and built a a brand new, energy-saving building, but without a bike parking.
NYT employees had to fight hard for their right to bike to work… you can read all the story here.