HARLEM BIKE TOUR!

In English:

After visiting Central Park and Brooklyn Bridge by bike you now want to experience Unlimited Biking in Harlem! Get on your saddle and get ready for a bike ride through the streets of Harlem! Departure from 111 W 110th Street for a dynamic guided bike tour in the north over Central Park!

Heading for the Swing Low statue: Harriet Tubman Memorial your guide will tell you more about this area and the history behind this great statue. Harlem is full of history and thanks to your experienced guide you will learn more about this little-known neighborhood in New York!

The tour then continues to the Apollo Theater a large concert hall well known in New York for the many artists who have come to play in this hall.

Next stop at the Adam Clayton Powell Monument. Adam was an American pastor and politician, who represented Harlem, in the United States House of Representatives. He was the first person of African-American origin to be elected to the New York Congress. A few meters further your guide will lead you to a wall on which you can see several graffiti and street art.

The bike tour continues towards the interior of Harlem in the small alleys. You can admire the beauty of the streets and the richness of the architecture. On the way your guide will make several stops to tell you several stories about this fabulous neighborhood.

To finish this 2-hour bike ride, you will take the return path to the 111 W 110th Street shop. If you want to experience Unlimited Biking, you are welcome to visit our New York shops! Feel free to contact us directly by phone or book directly online on our website! Don’t forget to read our other articles to learn more about New York and its surroundings. See you soon for new adventures!

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En Français :

Après avoir visité Central Park et le Brooklyn Bridge à vélo vous souhaitez désormais vivre l’expérience d’Unlimited Biking à Harlem ! Enfourchez votre selle et préparez-vous pour une virée à vélo dans les rues d’Harlem ! Départ de 111 W 110th Street pour une visite guidée dynamique à vélo dans le nord au-dessus de Central Park !

Direction la statue Swing Low: Harriet Tubman Memorial votre guide vous en dira plus sur cette zone et l’histoire derrière cette grande statue. Harlem regorge d’histoire et grâce à votre guide expérimenté vous en apprendrez plus sur ce quartier peu connu de New York !

La balade se poursuit ensuite au Apollo Theater grande salle de concert très connus dans New York pour les nombreux artistes qui sont venus jouer dans cette salle.

Prochain arrêt au Monument to Adam Clayton Powell. Adam était un pasteur et un politicien américain, qui a représenté Harlem, à la Chambre des représentants des États-Unis. Il a été la première personne d’origine afro-américaine à être élue au Congrès de New York. Quelques mètres plus loin votre guide vous dirigera vers un mur sur lequel vous pourrez apercevoir plusieurs graffiti et street art.

La balade continue vers l’intérieur d’Harlem dans les petites ruelles. Vous pourrez admirer la beauté des rues et la richesse de l’architecture. Sur le chemin votre guide fera plusieurs arrêts pour vous raconter plusieurs histoires autour de ce quartier fabuleux.  

Pour terminer cette balade à vélo de 2 heures, vous prendrez le chemin de retour vers la boutique 111 W 110th Street. Si vous souhaitez vivre l’expérience Unlimited Biking sachez que vous êtes les bienvenus dans nos boutiques New Yorkaises ! N’hésitez pas à nous contacter directement par téléphone ou de réserver directement en ligne sur notre site web ! N’oubliez pas de lire nos autres articles pour en savoir plus sur New York et ses alentours. A très bientôt pour de nouvelles aventures !

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BROOKLYN BRIDGE BIKE TOUR!

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Are you visiting New York and want to visit the city? Unlimited Biking is the perfect option! With Unlimited Biking you will be able to visit the Brooklyn area by bike!

Departure from 38 Park Row for a guided bike tour in Brooklyn. Head for the Manhattan Bridge to cross the bridge and head for Brooklyn. On the bridge your guide will make several stops to show you several important places to see including the Brooklyn Bridge seen from the Manhattan Bridge this view remains very impressive as you can admire the bridge and the different buildings in New York. The view is incredible!

Arrived on the Brooklyn side, heading for Washington Street to admire the famous view of the Manhattan Bridge with the Empire State Building hiding below in the distance. After a few minutes on site taking pictures, your guide will accompany you to the pier of the Hudson and East Rivers.

The tour continues to the old Ice Cream Factory just below the Brooklyn Bridge. You can admire the view on the 2 bridges: Brooklyn Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. But also the view on the skyline of New York City and its buildings.

Your guide will then take you to the inland part of Brooklyn and then head for the Brooklyn Bridge by bike. On the bridge you can make several stops along the way. If you need to take pictures or ask questions, the guide will allow you to make a stop.

The crossing of the Brooklyn Bridge is amazing! Make sure you have enough battery in your smartphone or a camera so you can capture the beautiful view of the deck. In the distance you will see the city and its buildings. The view is really incredible and took your breath away!

To finish this 2-hour bike ride, you will take the return trip to 38 Park Row. If you want to experience Unlimited Biking, you are welcome to visit our New York shops! Feel free to contact us directly by phone or book directly online on our website! See you soon for new adventures!

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En Français : 

Vous êtes de passage à New York et vous souhaitez visiter la ville ? Unlimited Biking est la parfaite option ! Avec Unlimited Biking vous allez pouvoir visiter la zone de Brooklyn à vélo !

Départ de 38 Park Row pour une visite guidée à vélo dans Brooklyn. Direction le Manhattan Bridge pour traverser le pont et se rendre du côté de Brooklyn. Sur le pont votre guide fera plusieurs arrêts afin de vous montrer plusieurs endroits importants a voir notamment le Brooklyn Bridge vu du Manhattan Bridge cette vue reste très impressionnante car l’on peut admirer le pont et les différents buildings de New York. La vue est incroyable !

Arrivé du côté de Brooklyn, direction Washington Street pour admirer la fameuse vue du pont Manhattan Bridge avec l’Empire State Building qui se cache en dessous au loin. Après quelques minutes sur place à faire des photos votre guide vous accompagne vers le bord de l’Hudson river et de l’East river.

La ballade continue vers l’ancienne Ice Cream Factory juste en dessous du pont de Brooklyn. Vous pourrez y admirer la vue sur les 2 ponts : Brooklyn Bridge et Manhattan Bridge. Mais aussi la vue sur la skyline de New York City et ses buildings.

Votre guide vous amènera ensuite vers la partie intérieure de Brooklyn pour ensuite se diriger vers le pont de Brooklyn à vélo. Sur le pont vous pourrez faire plusieurs arrêts tout au long du chemin. Si vous avez besoin de faire des photos ou de poser des questions le guide vous permettras de faire un arrêt.

La traversée du pont de Brooklyn est grandiose ! Assurez-vous d’avoir de la batterie ou un appareil photo pour pouvoir immortaliser la vue magnifique sur le pont. Au loin vous apercevrez la ville et ses buildings. La vue est vraiment incroyable et a coupé le souffle.  

Pour terminer cette balade à vélo de 2 heures, vous prendrez le chemin de retour vers la boutique 38 Park Row. Si vous souhaitez vivre l’expérience Unlimited Biking sachez que vous êtes les bienvenus dans nos boutiques New New-yorkaises ! N’hésitez pas à nous contacter directement par téléphone ou de réserver directement en ligne sur notre site web ! A très bientôt pour de nouvelles aventures !

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Architecture on Wheels

Central Park may have an overwhelming number of sights to see, but if history and architecture are your biggest passion you should definitely do the Architecture on Wheels Bike Tour with Unlimited Biking.

Led by an architectural historian, this tour features an in-depth exploration of Central Park’s architectural wonders, highlighting its symbolic and artistic elements. You’ll learn about the history of the landscape that shaped the design of the Park.  So if you ask yourself if Central Park is man-made? All the lakes and ponds in the Park contain water no different from your kitchen sink or bathtub. So it can be turned on and off. Central Park is designed to improve the public health and water features were a key component.

The Architecture on Wheels Bike Tour is perfect for people who wish to have a greater understanding of the era in which the park was constructed and those who have influenced its structure.

After years of debate over the location, the park’s construction finally began in 1857, based on the winner of a park design contest, the “Greensward Plan”, of Frederick Law Olmsted, the park superintendent, and Calvert Vaux, an architect. Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux beat out 32 competitors. The open contest was very specific: It had to have a parade ground, a principal fountain, a lookout tower, a skating arena, four cross streets, and a place for an exhibition or a concert hall. Olmsted and Vaux seamlessly designed a naturalistic landscape hitting all those notes: Sheep Meadow, Bethesda Fountain, Belvedere Tower, the lake, and the sunken traverse roads in the park’s center.

This sound interesting? If you want to know more, join us for a historic look of this beautiful park and its iconic landmarks amid modern Manhattan.

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CENTRAL PARK BIKE TOUR!

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You want to discover Central Park but you don’t know how to do it? The park is too big it would take too long to see everything on foot! Moreover, you don’t know the right places to visit and you are afraid to get lost in this huge park!

The best solution is Unlimited Biking! Discover the park by bike with a tour guide! The visit lasts 2 hours and you can explore the best places in the park while learning more with your guide along the way. During your visit you will be able to admire these different world-famous places:

Book your guided bike tour of Central Park on our website: Click here!

The Mall and Literary Walk is the largest walkway and right-hand driveway in the park with its century-old trees. Just a quick note, the metal plates on the ground and on the benches cost $10k. This donation is then used for the renovation and proper maintenance of the park.

Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, the arcades under the terrace were under renovation for 14 years, the ceiling is completely renovated and inspired by the Alhambra in southern Spain in Andalusia. The angel in the centre of the fountain honours the water that falls from the sky and which at the time provided the city with water.

Cleopatra’s Needle, the 21m high Egyptian obelisk created under the reign of Thutmes 3, contains in its base documents of importance to the American people: Bible, amendments and a secret chest. The obelisk also has a twin in London.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Guggenheim Museum are located on the eastern side of the park, they are art museums known worldwide for their architecture and the artists they represent. A must visit! With Unlimited Biking you can lock your bikes and visit museums easily.

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir is an old reservoir that used to provide the city with a water supply. It has not been in service since 1993.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre is a gift made by Sweden to New York City in 1877.

Strawberry Fields is a place created by the City of New York to honour John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles who died on December 8, 1980.

Sheep Meadow is a vast grassy area where New Yorkers come to sunbathe and picnic in summer! (PS: the view is sublime) A little information, this area used to be home to sheep!

If you want to know more about these places and visit the park for yourself, you are welcome to visit our New York shops.

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Some additional information about Central Park:

  • The park is totally artificial and was created on ancient swamps and rocks.
  • The park was created in 1857 by Olmsted and Vaux, great American landscape gardener.
  • The creation of the park took about 20 years with 200,000 workers day and night.
  • 500,000 trees were planted during its construction.
  • There are about 37 million visitors per year.
  • The park has 36 bridges.
  • 200 million dollars are invested each year and 25,000 employees work for the park.
  • Several films and series have been shot in the park: Avengers, Spider Man, Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, Vanilla Sky, Stuart Little, etc…

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En Français : 

Vous avez envie de découvrir Central Park mais vous ne savez pas comment faire ? Le parc est trop grand cela prendrait trop de temps à pied pour tout voir ! De plus vous ne connaissez pas les bons endroits à visiter et vous avez peur de vous perdre dans ce parc immense !

La meilleure solution est Unlimited Biking ! Découvrez le parc à vélo avec un guide touristique ! La visite dure 2h et vous pouvez explorer les meilleures endroits du parc tout en apprenant plus grâce à votre guide tout au long du chemin. Lors de votre visite vous pourrez admirer ces différents endroits mondialement connus:

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The Mall and Literary Walk c’est la plus grande promenade et allée droite du parc avec ses arbres centenaires. Petite information, les plaques en métal au sol et sur les bancs coûtent 10k$. Cette donation est ensuite utilisée pour la rénovation et le bon entretien du parc.

Bethesda Fountain and Terrace, les arcades sous la terrasse étaient en rénovation pendant 14 ans, le plafond est totalement rénové et s’inspire de l’Alhambra dans le sud de l’Espagne en Andalousie. L’ange au centre de la fontaine honore l’eau qui tombe du ciel et qui à l’époque permettait d’approvisionner la ville en eau.

Cleopatra’s Needle, l’obélisque égyptien de 21m de haut créé sous le règne de Thoutmosis 3 renferme dans son socle des documents importants pour le peuple américain : Bible, amendements ainsi qu’un coffre secret. L’obélisque dispose par ailleurs d’une jumelle à Londres.

Le Metropolitan Museum of Art et le Guggenheim Museum se trouvent du côté Est du parc, ce sont des musée d’art mondialement connu notamment pour leurs architectures et les artistes qui y sont représentés. A visiter absolument ! Avec Unlimited Biking vous pouvez cadenasser vos vélos et aller visiter les musées facilement. 

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir est un ancien réservoir qui permettait à la ville autrefois d’être approvisionné en eau. Il n’est plus en service depuis 1993.

Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre est un cadeau fait par la suède à la ville de New York en 1877.

Strawberry Fields est un endroit créé par la ville de New York en hommage à John Lennon ancien membre des Beatles mort le 8 décembre 1980.

Sheep Meadow est une vaste zone d’herbe où les new yorkais viennent bronzer, pique-niquer en été ! (PS : la vue est sublime) Petite information, cette zone abritait autrefois des moutons !

Si vous voulez en savoir plus sur ces endroits et visiter le parc par vous même vous êtes les bienvenus dans nos boutiques New-Yorkaises.

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Quelques informations supplémentaires par rapport à Central Park :

  • Le parc est totalement artificiel et fut crée sur d’ancien marécages et roches.
  • Création du parc en 1857 par Olmsted et Vaux, grand paysagiste américain.
  • La création du parc a mis environ 20 ans avec 200 000 travailleurs jours et nuit.
  • 500 000 arbres ont été plantés pendant sa construction.
  • Il y a environ 37 millions de visiteurs par an.
  • Le parc compte 36 ponts.
  • 200 millions de dollars sont investis chaque année et 25 000 employés travaille pour le parc.
  • Plusieurs films et séries ont été tournées dans le parc : Avengers, Spider Man, Sex and the City, Gossip Girl, Vanilla Sky, Stuart Little, etc…

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Thanksgiving in New York City

It’s time for Thanksgiving in New York. Every fourth Thursday of November all people come together and celebrate Thanksgiving with their loved ones. Thanksgiving has been celebrated nationally on and off since 1789, with a proclamation by George Washington after a request by Congress. Thomas Jefferson chose not to observe the holiday and its celebration was intermittent until the presidency of Abraham Lincoln, when Thanksgiving became a federal holiday in 1863, during the American Civil War. Lincoln proclaimed a national day of “Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens,” to be celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. Together with Christmas and the New Year, Thanksgiving is a part of the broader fall and winter holiday season in the U.S.

And when it’s Thanksgiving it also means that everybody is freaking out about Macy’s Christmas Parade. This year is the 92nd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on Thursday, November 22, 2018. It starts at 9am and ends at 12 noon. The parade is one of America’s favorite holiday events and a New York City tradition since 1924. The Parade combines a huge collection of performers, participants, and of course, the famous big balloons that are the signature of this event in New York City. Past years have seen around 3.5 million in attendance to see the more than 1,500 dancers and cheerleaders, 1,000s of clowns and 30+ parade floats, a dozen marching bands, and nearly 8000 participants in all.

Santa comes to town as the finale of the parade and now its time to spread holiday cheer, spread good tidings and be merry. During this season in the city there is so much to see and do. Lights twinkle and sparkle in the distance, snowflakes fall from the sky, horses travel about with carriages in tow, and everything is a magical holiday wonderland.

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Bike History of New York!

The “velocipede”, now known as the “bicycle”, made its debut in New York in 1819. After the Civil War, a new type of velocipede became more popular, pedestrians became very interested in this new means of transport. This new velocipede has liberated women, inspired music and athletes. Occasional cyclists have started cycling in the parks, they have also started using bicycles as a means of daily transport. In Brooklyn, motorcyclists were seduced by New York’s first bicycle path, built in 1894 to attract visitors to Coney Island. A year later, in 1895, the “wheel men” had to register with the Parks Department and obtain a badge to wear on their chest in order to ride a bicycle. In 1896, the Brooklyn Parks Department built bike racks and shelters in Prospect Park to accommodate cyclists and attract more visitors.

The parks also discovered the practical use of bicycles in Prospect Park and Central Park, both of which conducted bicycle patrols in 1900. And for a core group of dedicated athletes, the parks have been the place to meet and race bicycles: Long Island Wheelmen sponsored bicycle races In the 1920s at Victory Field in Queens’ Forest Park, the Century Road Club of America organized races on the running track at McCarren Park in Brooklyn, the Empire City Wheelmen organized a series of races on Sunday mornings on Ocean Parkway and the Amateur L’Amérique used the Dreamland parking lot in Coney Island.

The bicycle boom of the late 19th century had a significant impact on the New York region. Brooklyn and other cities have built new bike paths. There were bicycle races in the streets and in the parks. The most important races took place in deprived areas, including Madison Square Garden, which was designed for cycling races. In the mid-1920s, people had more money and started buying cars, bicycles were gradually falling into ignorance. The bridges built at the time had no bicycle paths or sidewalks to dominate the streets of New York.

In the 1930s, motivated by the dual mission of public safety and public health, park officials renewed their commitment to build cycling facilities in the parks in the era of park expansion and new recreational opportunities. In 1936, the Department of Parks opened the dead disc west of the Central Park shopping centre to cyclists and drew attention to the need to create more cycling areas to meet the growing demand for this type of recreation. Cycling was becoming more and more popular and was beginning to become a trend. Everyone wanted their own bike.

In the 1940s, the bicycle occupied an established position alongside other recreational activities. As of that date, there were 29 bike paths in all parks in the New York area. In the 1950s, the Department of Parks had successfully built more than 50 mile of bicycle paths in urban parks and, due to the growing popularity of cycling, officials felt obliged to restrict bicycle access to designated trails.

As cycling became more popular again in the 1960s and environmental issues became increasingly important, parks began to experiment with the possibility of closing parts of their largest parks to cars and organizing cycling events. Between 70 and 80, cities were building more and more bicycle paths. The parks also hosted bicycle rides, guided tours, tourists and visitors. After many years of varied use, the effort to create continuous bike paths has been a complex process requiring coordination between many government agencies with varying and sometimes overlapping jurisdictions. For decades, the Parks Department has been looking for a way to create a new cycling area to allow cyclists to commute safely every day and also to facilitate traffic in the city. The ideal of bicycle travel as a means of connecting not only the people and places of the city, but also makes New York City the most important place for cycling and sightseeing.

Towards the end of the century, rebuilt bicycle lanes on major bridges were created, redeveloped or improved and New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation, in partnership with other agencies, created the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway and other bicycle paths. Today, buses crossing the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge cross bicycle racks at the front of each vehicle.

The Ministry of Parks and Recreation has also added a program for suppliers to provide bicycle rental services “hop on, hop off” in several parks in the city. The bicycle rental network is facilitated by concessions in Central Park, Riverside Park South, West Harlem Piers Park and The Battery. In 2017, there were more than 450,000 bicycle rides per day in New York City, compared to 180,000 per day in 2006. These days, more and more people are using bicycles to get to work, to discover or to make short trips. People are starting to cycle again because the cities are too crowded with cars and trains.

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Make NYC your Personal GYM

You’re not interested in a gym membership, but you want to workout anyway? Not in a small building with 100.000 other sweaty people, but outside in the fresh air? So we have the best solution for you. You don’t have to join a gym to be physically active. Instead, make NYC your gym by taking advantage of everyday opportunities to increase physical activity. For example, walk or bike to work or school or to run errands. Take public transportation and get off a stop or two before your destination and walk the rest of the way. Climb the stairs instead of using the elevator or escalator.  Or – even better – take advantage of our Unlimited Biking services.

You can rent a bike for a couple of hours or also for the whole day. With the bike you can explore the city and its beautiful sights. You will be so much faster with the bike and that’s why you can explore so much more!

But you can also do a Unlimited Biking guided bike tour with our fully-licensed tour guides. We offer the guided tour in different languages: English, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish and Mandarin for a more comprehensive touring experience.

One of our most popular tours is the DELIGHTS OF BROOKLYN BIKE TOUR that highlights such iconic historical landmarks as the Lower East Side Tenement Building now a thriving area of downtown, the Brooklyn Navy Yard, a historical monument of New York City’s ship building history and the ever-changing Williamsburg area. Ending with an incredible view of the Manhattan skyline. Come and explore lower Manhattan on two wheels. The DELIGHTS OF BROOKLYN BIKE TOUR takes 2 hours and shows you all the highlights you definitely need to see. So remember to bring your camera! There will be spectacular views in all directions from the top of the Brooklyn Bridge. On this tour you will also see the entire New York Harbour including the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, Staten Island, the port of Brooklyn and several miles of the New Jersey coastline.

Don’t miss this beautiful view! Book your guided tour here:  https://www.unlimitedbiking.com/new-york/tours/

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Electric and pedal assist bikes: the latest fad or here to stay?

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Electric bicycles are gaining in popularity and it looks like they are here to stay! The growing popularity of electric bicycles allows them to develop very quickly in our modern cities. Even the most dedicated hipster fixie bike cannot deny the growing number of the worldwide sales of electric bicycles. Holland, a country already known for using bicycles as its main means of transport, has seen a huge increase in the number of electric bicycles on the roads. In 2009, Dutch bicycle shops saw sales of electric bicycles exceed those of standard bicycles. In order to understand the future of electric bicycles, it is also very important to understand the bicycles themselves. In general, electric bicycles come in three different styles: engine assist, pedal assist and electric accelerator.

The engine assist is a combination of the three styles, it allows the user to engage the engine to give more power to the pedal, to accelerate without pedalling, to disengage the engine and to ride only with the power of the legs.
Pedal assist is the most widespread system and seems to be becoming the most popular. The pedal assist system engages the electric motor only to help the pedals to give power. Most pedal assist kits and bicycles offer the user different levels of assistance by the electric motor. Pedal assist systems offer a smoother transition from traditional pedal-only bicycles to pure acceleration bicycles, which is indicative of their popularity. Users can still feel the benefits of reaching their destination with their own pedal power, with a little extra help. In addition, most systems are designed with a removable battery pack for easy charging, and the actual motor is located either in one of the wheel hubs or in direct connection with the drive system.

The growing electric bicycle market influences all aspects of cycling. E-bike options are increasing as major bicycle manufacturers, such as Trek and Giant, enter the e-bike market. For many, electric bicycles offer the opportunity to have fun, commute to work and visit new places. Not everyone is an athlete and many live in places where geography does not lend itself easily to cycling. Electric bicycles have the potential to open up recreational and utilitarian cycling to a much larger population, such as a person who dreams of commuting to work, but who simply does not have the physical fitness or has too many hills to get there. Many parents who would like to take their children for a bike ride are intimidated by the idea of pulling a children’s trailer by bike.

I think we will see more and more people riding electric bikes around the world over time, because electric bikes are not a threat to traditional bikes. According to the reports, it is expected that by 2023, 34 million electric bicycles will be used in the metropolitan transport landscape. In Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, electric bicycles are widely used to preserve the ecological balance of the environment and avoid increased pollution of vehicle engines. Electric bicycles also support the desire to solve the congestion problems resulting from increasing urbanisation. In addition, electric bicycles, used in Western Europe and North America, are also an innovative trend, especially among the youngest. Electric bicycles are seen as a more practical alternative in terms of urban mobility. The increasing use of high-quality and affordable lithium-ion batteries is making a significant contribution to market trends in the promotion of electric bicycle models. The increase in the number of users also increases safety rules to protect cyclists in cities and other regions. As a result, concerns are rising sharply about simultaneous urban planning needs, such as public transit systems, traffic lanes and traffic lights, particularly for electric cyclists. In the United States, it would be increasingly useful to inform citizens about the importance of renewable energy for a cleaner and healthier environment, not only for the people of that generation, but also for future generations who will inherit the earth.

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Les vélos électriques gagnent en popularité et on dirait qu’ils sont là pour rester. La popularité croissante des vélos électriques leurs permet de se développer très rapidement dans nos villes modernes. Même le fixie hipster le plus dévoué ne peut nier le chiffre croissant des ventes mondiales de vélos électriques. La Hollande, un pays déjà réputé pour son utilisation du vélo comme moyen de transport principal, a connu une augmentation spectaculaire du nombre de vélos électriques sur les routes. En 2009, les magasins de vélos néerlandais ont vu les ventes de vélos électriques dépasser celles des vélos standard. Afin de comprendre l’avenir des vélos électriques, il est important de comprendre les vélos eux-mêmes. En général, les vélos électriques se déclinent en trois styles différents l’assistance au moteur, assistance aux pédales et l’accélérateur électrique.

L’assistance au moteur est le mélange des trois styles, elle permet à l’utilisateur d’engager le moteur pour donner plus de puissance à la pédale, d’accélérer sans pédaler, de désengager le moteur et de rouler uniquement avec la puissance des jambes. L’assistance par pédale est le système le plus répandu et semble devenir le plus populaire. Le système d’assistance de la pédale n’engage le moteur électrique que pour aider le pédalier à donner de la puissance. La plupart des kits d’assistance à la pédale et des vélos offrent à l’utilisateur différents niveaux d’assistance par le moteur électrique. Les systèmes d’assistance aux pédales offrent une transition plus fluide entre les vélos traditionnels à pédales uniquement et les vélos à accélération pure, ce qui est révélateur de leur popularité. Les utilisateurs peuvent toujours sentir les avantages d’atteindre leur destination avec leur propre puissance de pédale, avec un peu d’aide supplémentaire. De plus, la plupart des systèmes sont conçus avec un bloc batterie amovible pour une charge facile, et le moteur réel se trouve soit dans l’un des moyeux de la roue, soit en liaison direct avec le système d’entraînement.

Le marché en croissance du vélo électrique influencent tous les aspects du cyclisme. Les options de vélos électriques sont de plus en plus nombreuses à mesure que de grands fabricants de vélos, tels que Trek et Giant, entrent sur le marché des vélos électriques. Pour beaucoup, les vélos électriques offrent la possibilité de se divertir, faire la navette entre la maison et le travail, et de visiter des nouveaux lieux. Tout le monde n’est pas un athlète et beaucoup vivent dans des endroits où la géographie ne se prête pas facilement à la pratique du vélo. Les vélos électriques ont le potentiel d’ouvrir le cyclisme récréatif et utilitaire à une population considérablement plus importante, telle qu’une personne qui rêve de faire la navette pour aller au travail, mais qui n’a tout simplement pas la forme physique ou qui a trop de collines pour s’y rendre. De nombreux parents qui aimeraient emmener leurs enfants faire une balade à vélo sont intimidés par l’idée de tirer une remorque pour enfants à vélo.

Je pense que nous verrons de plus en plus de personnes faire du vélo électrique dans le monde avec le temps, car les vélos électriques ne sont pas une menace pour le vélo traditionnel. Selon les rapports, on prévoit que d’ici 2023, 34 millions de vélos électriques seront utilisés dans le paysage des transports métropolitains. En Europe et dans la région Asie-Pacifique, les vélos électriques sont en effet largement utilisés pour préserver l’équilibre écologique de l’environnement et éviter une pollution accrue des moteurs de véhicules. Les vélos électriques soutiennent également le désir de résoudre les problèmes de congestion résultant de l’urbanisation croissante. En outre, les vélos électriques, utilisés en Europe occidentale et en Amérique du Nord, constituent également une tendance innovante, en particulier chez les plus jeunes. Les vélos électriques sont perçus comme une alternative plus pratique en termes de mobilité urbaine. L’utilisation croissante de batteries lithium-ion de qualité supérieure et abordables contribue de manière significative aux tendances du marché en matière de promotion des modèles de vélos électriques. L’augmentation du nombre d’usagers augmente également les règles de sécurité pour protéger les cyclistes dans les villes et autres régions. Ainsi, les préoccupations sont en forte hausse concernant les besoins simultanés en matière de planification urbaine, tels que les systèmes de transport en commun, les voies de circulation et les feux, en particulier pour les cyclistes électriques. Aux États-Unis, il serait de plus en plus utile d’informer les citoyens sur l’importance des énergies renouvelables pour un environnement plus propre et plus saine, non seulement pour les habitants de cette génération, mais également pour les générations futures qui hériteront de la terre.

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FUN FACTS ABOUT BIKES

Today we present you interesting facts about bikes – all you definitely need to know, so read on!

ABOUT THE HISTORY

First off all the term “bicycle” first entered into popular usage in France in the 1860s. But who is the bike founder? Although Leonardo da Vinci drew some rough sketches of a contraption that looked like a bicycle, the Frenchman De Sivrac built the first bicycle-type vehicle in 1690. It was referred to as a hobbyhorse. However, it did not have pedals. Those were added in 1840 by a Scottish blacksmith, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, who is credited with inventing the real bicycle. So far so good, but there is more you need to know about the bike, bicycle or velocipedes. What is a velocipedes? Before the word “bicycle” become popular bikes were typically called “velocipedes”. Maybe you have heard of the Penny-farthing before, an early type of bicycle that featured a front wheel significantly larger than the rear. The name comes from the old British Penny and Farthing coins which represent the large and small wheels. It’s enough history for a day.

ABOUT THE NUMBERS

Did you know that about 100 million bicycles are manufactured worldwide each year. There are roughly one billion bicycles in the world, about twice as many as motor vehicles and roughly half a billion of them are in China. Oh WOW! And another fact is that maintaining a bike annually costs twenty times less than maintaining and driving a car. So let’s take a bike more often! Also because the bicycle is the most efficient vehicle ever devised: a human on a bicycle is more efficient in calories expended per kilo and per kilometer than a train, truck, airplane, boat, car, or motorcycle. It is 3 times as efficient as walking. And it’s also a perfect way to save the environment. If Americans double their bike use to 2% of all urban trips, they would save 3.5 billion litres of gasoline annually. On a bicycle you can travel up to 1037 kilometres on the energy equivalent of a single litre of gas.

ABOUT THE HEALTH

Cycling three hours or 30 kilometres per week halves your risk of heart disease and strokes. So if you ride a bike every day it’s only about 4,3 kilometers per day – easy! And for all the woman’s outside: Women who walk or bike 30 minutes a day have a lower risk of breast cancer. And in general a study of nearly 2,400 adults found out, that those who biked to work were fitter, leaner, less likely to be obese and had better triglyceride levels, blood pressure and insulin levels than those who didn’t active commute to work. Also an adult cyclist typically has a level of fitness equivalent to someone 10 years younger and a life expectancy two years above the average.

And last but least for all the helmet haters and hair fetishist outside: Helmets have been found to be 85% effective in preventing head injury. So always use a helmet!

So let’s be serious, what are you waiting for?

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Best bike routes in San Francisco!

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You just have arrived in San Francisco and you want to visit this beautiful city quickly and efficiently while doing a sporting activity? We have the solution for you: Unlimited Biking! Are you ready to discover the Bay of San Francisco by bike? Hold your handlebars with both hands and let’s go discover the city and its surroundings! Here are some of the best spots in San Francisco Bay to discover by bike!

  1. Golden Gate Park (10 mile / 2 to 3 hours) : Golden Gate Park is a green space measuring approximately 3 mile by 0.5 mile, located in San Francisco not far from the Golden Gate Bridge. In terms of size it looks like Central Park. It is the 3rd most visited public park in the United States. You can find the best spots to visit below. So read on!
  • The de Young Museum, is a fine arts museum located in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
  • California Academy of Sciences is a research institute and natural history museum. Among the largest natural history museums in the world, it houses more than 26 million specimens.
  • Conservatory of Flowers, the Victorian-era glass greenhouse at Golden Gate Park has more than 2,000 species of plants and flowers.
  • San Francisco Botanical Garden, with its 22.3 ha, the garden contains nearly 9,000 types of plants from all over the world with particular attention to Magnolia, palm trees and plants from Central America, South America and Southeast Asia.
  • Japanese Tea Garden, is a popular place in Golden Gate Park, originally built as part of a major world exhibition, the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894.
  • Stow Lake, is an artificial lake built in Golden Gate Park. This charming little lake, with its pedal boats, waterfall and Chinese pavilion, is one of the residents’ favourite places.
  • National Aids Memorial Grove, is a dedicated place for the millions of Americans directly or indirectly affected by AIDS, they can come together to heal, hope and remember.
  • Buffalo Paddock, is a place where there is a herd of American bison
  • Beach Chalet, is an historic building in Golden Gate Park with ocean views and an american cuisine.
  • Strawberry Hill, the hill occupies an entire island in the artificial lake Stow and is connected by two bridges.
  • Speedway (Hellman Hollow) and Lindley Meadows, is a charming place perfect for picnics and enjoying the landscape.
  • Spreckels Lake, is an artificial reservoir located behind an earth dam and a pavilion located north of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.
  • Music Concourse, is an open-air square with an oval-shaped hall where there are usually theatrical performances and concerts.
  • Dutch and Murphy Windmills, are two historic windmills

If you want to discover the park in is totality and explore the different important places, cycling is the best choice!

2. Tilden Regional Park (5-10 mile / 2 to 3 hours): is a 2078 acres regional park located in East Bay, in the San Francisco Bay area near Berkeley. The park has several bike paths and is perfect for moderate speed rides!

3. Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito (8 mile / 2 hours): Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito to enjoy the view of the bay and its surroundings. On the bridge, remain vigilant as you share your track with pedestrians. On the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge, stop at Vista Point to capture the bridge and the San Francisco skyline as a backdrop. Then go down to Sausalito, a former fishing village renowned for its floating houses!

4. Fisherman’s Wharf to Golden Gate Park (7 mile / 2 hours): Departure from the piers in the north of the city to the west towards Golden Gate Park. Thanks to this tour you will discover many famous places in town such as the Presidio, the Marina District, Fisherman’s Wharf and the magnificent Golden Gate Park. This moderate bike ride will take you from the city and its buildings to the park and its green nature!

5. Union Square to Golden Gate Bridge (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): You will leave Union Square and get closer to the famous Golden Gate Bridge on your bikes. On the way you can admire the northern part of the city and its various piers and monuments such as Alcatraz, Fisherman’s Wharf, Crissy Fields, the Presidio and finally the Golden Gate Bridge and its architecture that defies gravity!

6. Union Square to Sausalito (10 mile / 2 to 3 hours): From the very modern city centre of San Francisco to the former fishing village of Sausalito, this dynamic cycling tour will take you across the majestic Golden Gate Bridge. You will also discover during this tour several places well known of the inhabitants such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Maritime National Historical Park, Alcatraz Island, the Palace of fine arts theatre, Crissy Field and its impressive view on the Golden Gate Bridge, Torpedo Wharf, Presidio, the vistas points which is on both sides of the bridge as well as Sausalito its view and the floating houses. This tour is one of the longest but also one of the most interesting to do!

7. Union Square to Golden Gate Park (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): This bike ride will guide you from downtown San Francisco to the sumptuous Golden Gate Park. You will pass by the Cable Car Terminal, San Francisco City Hall, Golden Gate Avenue, and the famous Painted Ladies!

8. San Francisco Zoo to Lands End Park Trail (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): To pedal while breathing the iodized air of the Pacific Ocean, without ever losing sight of the waves from the beginning to the end of the ride. Start from the San Francisco Zoo and follow the beach on the bike path. The road is flat until Balbao Street. Then you have 1 mile to go to Lands End Park with, below, the ruins of the Sutro Baths, the largest aquatic complex of the late 19th century. You will then arrive at the USS San Francisco Memorial, then Eastern Coastal Trail Overlook, and finally Lands End!

9. Alamo Square to Ocean Beach (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): To the ocean! This bike ride past the famous Painted Ladies of San Francisco and across the Golden Gate will guide you straight to the Pacific Ocean and the fine sand of Ocean Beach!

10. Union Square to Twin Peaks (5 mile / 1 to 2 hours): The bike ride starts in the center of San Francisco to the Twin Peaks Hills, it is a short but intense ride as it takes you to the 918 feet high peak. This is one of the bike tours, which should be definitely not missed because the Twin Peaks offers a 360-degree view of all the city’s neighborhoods from above. Day or night, it is an impressive landscape that will enchant you!

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