Network for success. And, Brompton an “urban living problem” solution

IMG_0822Want to see real accessibility changes within a city? Austin engineer Nathan Wilke says to think in terms of networks, not individual bicycle-friendly projects. (People for Bikes)

The network effect probably accounts for much of the popularity of bicycling in Oregon. Consider the number of bicycle-related businesses (that aren’t bicycle shops) in Portland and Eugene. And consider what a more inclusive list would look like–this one somehow overlooks the presence of Co-Motion Tandems in Eugene. (

Dahon recently announced availability of four 2014 folding bicycles in North America. The entry-level single-speed Boardwalk S1, with alumium rims, steel frame, fenders and kickstand, the only one of the four that includes a standard rear rack, has a suggested retail price of $299. (Bike World News)

In 2013, Brompton sold 3,000 folding bikes in the U.S. market. The company seems ready to increase that number to judge by this and other recent comments. “Our market, they’re not cyclists,” says Will Butler-Adams, Brompton’s managing director. “They’re just people who are pissed off at how they live in a city.” The Brompton, he says, is “a solution to an urban living problem.” (Bloomberg Businessweek)




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Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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