Thule Group buys Dutch child seat brand

STOCKHOLM (BRAIN) —?Thule Group has acquired the Dutch company GMG B.V., a child bike seat brand that sells in the Benlux market. GMG B.V

7550 New Bike Parking Spots at Copenhagen Central Station

For all of Copenhagen’s badass mainstream bicycle culture, there remains one thing that the City still completely sucks at. Bicycle parking at train stations. At Copenhagen Central Station there are only about 1000 bike parking spots. Danish State Railways can’t even tell us how many spots they have. They’re not sure.

Even in Basel they have 800+. In Antwerp they have this. Don’t even get me started on the Dutch. 12,500 bike parking spots are on the way in some place called Utrecht. Amsterdam has a multi-story bike parking facility, floating bicycle barges round the back and are planning 7000 more spots underwater.

Even at the nation’s busiest train station, Nørreport, the recent and fancy redesign failed miserably in providing parking that is adequate for the demand. Architects once again failing to respond to actual urban needs.

It is time to remedy that. Here is Copenhagenize Design Company’s design for 7550 bike parking spots behind Copenhagen Central Station. Steve C. Montebello is the architect that I worked closely with.

By exploting the area over the train tracks and using Tietgens Bridge as the transport spine, we have created an iconic bicycle parking facility with ample parking spots at this important transport hub where trains, buses and – in 2019 – the Metro converge in an intermodal transport orgy.

In our work on the EU project BiTiBi.eu – Bike Train Bike – we have been focused on parking solutions at train stations. It was a natural evolution to use that experience in developing this project.

The structure is supported by columns and utilises the existing platforms below, which dictated the shape that we decided upon.

There are:
- 6880 bike parking spots in double decker racks. This can be expanded with 1360 more if necessary.
- 30 dedicated cargo bike parking spots featuring The Copenhagenize Bar by Cyclehoop.
- 640 secure, indoor bike parking spots in the green roofed building at left (above).
- A bike shop for repairs and maintenence.
- Ticket machines and displays for departures and arrivals of trains and buses.
- At the end of the long point, the belvedere will be the world’s premiere, dedicated lookout spot design for trainspotters.

Here is the view of the area as it is today.

There are four on/off ramps from Tietgens Bridge for ease-of-access.

A secure bicycle parking facility will house 640 bikes.

We used 3D models of bike racks courtesy of our colleagues at the Dutch company Falco. They know a thing or two about bike racks.

There will be a space for a bike shop for repairs and maintenence located at the entrance, next to ticket machines and displays featuring departures and arrivals for trains and buses.

The parking with have signs with areas divided up alphabetically, so you can find your bike again.

There is access to the three platforms below by stairs that will, of course, have bike ramps. Duh.

This facility will right so many wrongs and will thrust Copenhagen into the 21st century regarding bicycle parking at train stations. If we are ?to maintain the momentum of a blossoming bicycle-friendly city, we need to up our game regarding parking.

Copenhagenize the planet. And have a lovely day.

Accell hits record annual sales world wide, but a decline in North America

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — As a whole, Accell Group N.V.

New UK beach bike race announced

Entries open tomorrow for an event which claims to be the first ever beach bike race on UK sand.

The Howies-sponsored Battle on the Beach will take place on March 16 at Pembrey Country Park in South Wales and will be run over an 8km loop.

Beach racing is thriving in the Netherlands, which makes use of the country’s wide, windswept North Sea beaches. However while the Dutch mass participation events are usually run out and back to make use of the wind, the Welsh looped version will be more technical, offering ‘sand, dunes, singletrack and a few surprises’ according to the event website. Those surprises are likely to include riding through old military installations in the dunes, once used by the armed forces.

Entrants will be split into Open, Veteran and Fun/Youth fields. There’s a sub-category for fatbikes too

The top prize is ?250 to the winners of the male and female races, but be warned: BikeRadar believes experienced beach racers from the Dutch Koga Mountain Bike Team could be travelling over for the event.

If you’re considering entering, take a look at Rameses Bekkenk’s bike for some kit choices.

Entries cost ?18 and will open on January 1 2014 via the website.


Eurobike opens its doors

The Sandwich Bike, from a new Dutch company, ships flat, like an IKEA dresser. Just one of the new bikes on show in Friedrichshafen on Wednesday

Big news: Open offers a new bike color

ARGENBÜHL, Germany (BRAIN) — The news from Open Cycle — the mountain bike brand formed by Cervélo  co-founder Gerard  Vroomen and former BMC chief executive Andy Kessler — is a new color for the company’s one product, a carbon hardtail 29er called the Open O-1.0. The new color is white.

Accell consolidates Holland production

HEERENVEEN, Netherlands (BRAIN) – Accell Group will merge bike production for its Batavus and Sparta brands, the company announced this week. Production will consolidate under one roof at the company’s headquarters in Heerenveen. Accell’s Juncker Bike Parts will be moved into the warehouse in Apeldoorn after Sparta vacates following the consolidation.  Accell also plans to base the storage and shipment of service and warranty parts for Batavus, Koga and Sparta in the warehouse in Apeldoorn.  Accell Group said the move was made in an effort to strengthen the company amidst mounting challenges in the Dutch market, examining which activities could be merged in order to improve efficiency

How The Dutch Got Their Bike Lanes (And How We Will Get Ours)

People think that the Dutch just sort of happened into having amazing bike infrastructure. They didn’t, it was a deliberate process leading to the highest cycling rates in the world.

New studies show that well designed cycling infrastructure does more than anything else to improve health and safety.

A major city street with parked cars and no bike lanes is just about the most dangerous place you could ride a bike. All the big threats are there: open car doors, bad parallel parkers, passing cabs and public transit. This is not a particularly novel scientific revelation, although research has found it to be true. Things get more interesting when we compare this bad-biking baseline to infrastructure actually intended to accommodate cyclists.

New research out of Canada has methodically done just this, parsing 14 route types – from that bike-ambivalent major street to sidewalks, local roads with designated bike lanes, paved multi-use paths and protected “cycle tracks” – for their likelihood of yielding serious bike injuries. As it turns out, infrastructure really matters. Your chance of injury drops by about 50 percent, relative to that major city street, when riding on a similar road with a bike lane and no parked cars. The same improvement occurs on bike paths and local streets with designated bike routes. And protected bike lanes – with actual barriers separating cyclists from traffic – really make a difference. The risk of injury drops for riders there by 90 percent.

Vehicular cycling was an idea that had its day, and is now functionally dead. The future of cycling involves high quality bicycle infrastructure, in many cases separate from automobile infrastructure. The dutch did it 40 years ago, and we can do it today.

In many ways Boston is at the same spot the Dutch were in the 70′s. We are facing similar economic, environmental, and health problems. We even share a similar climate and “old world” city layout to many cities in Northern Europe. This town could be rebuilt into a cycling paradise, combined with a state of the art public transportation system we could be ready to face the challenges the next century will bring.

And there will be challenges. Boston’s population is going to grow, and even at current numbers there is a lack of space for cars. We have to take back the space we are currently wasting on things like parking cars, and put it towards more economically useful endeavors like housing and business.

There will also be problems with the climate. Hurricane Sandy not only showed that having a bicycle is the best backup in a natural disaster, but it actually got politicians talking about climate change for the first time in this election. What happened to NYC could have easily happened to Boston.

Cycling makes us healthier, reduces pollution, and is good for business. Cycling infrastructure makes us more resilient to natural disasters, and makes the city more enjoyable to live in. Its time we start getting serious about remaking Boston’s infrastructure to create a city that works for its people, not for its cars.

Pon acquires Dutch city bike manufacturer

ALMERE, the Netherlands (BRAIN) — Pon Holdings continues its buying spree with the addition of Union Bicycles to its fast-growing Pon Bicycle Group division.

Mark Landsaat named Raleigh senior product manager

KENT, WA (BRAIN) — Industry vet Mark Landsaat has been named senior product manager at Raleigh  USA.