Bike Week

Urban life on two wheels

When Will Bikes Rule the City?

CityLab explores the ever-changing role of the bicycle, the machine that makes cities better.  

The Hottest Bike Takes From CityLab Readers

Here’s a roundup of your cheerful, snarky, delighted, contrarian, inventive, and trolly comments during Bike Week.

A man cycling past chat boxes, wi-fi symbols, and email envelopes

The Case for the Disconnected Commute

The best thing about biking to work has nothing to do with exercise, the environment, or saving money. It’s all about the chance to unplug.

Behold the Power of the Seriously Loud Bike Horn

“It makes me laugh every time,” says a Brooklyn cyclist who uses an assault-grade bike horn.

A kid rides a bike through a fountain

How to Build a Better Kids' Bike

Isla Rowntree started a company to give children the best ride possible. Now she’s working to make the bikes sustainable.

We Rode the Copenhagen Wheel

The smart electric conversion is a lot of fun, but is it really the best e-bike for the city?

A cyclist rides along a lake shore trail in Chicago.

Trump's Budget Is Bad for Bikes, Too

You thought getting your ride stolen was bad. Proposed cuts to key agencies and programs clip the lock on future bike trails.

'Guerrilla Bike Lanes' Prove a Reluctant City Wrong

Officials in Latvia’s capital keep saying there’s no room for dedicated lanes. Cycling activists just showed them how it’s done.

An illustration of a young woman riding a bike with her feet off the pedals

The Balancing Act of Learning to Bike as an Adult

I’m 26 and I can’t ride a bike, so I’m starting at step one.

A bike missing its front wheel lies in a rack at Oakland's Fruitvale BART station.

How to Thief-Proof Your Bike

Bay Area bike pros explain how to save your ride from being picked apart like a free Thanksgiving turkey.

'Into This Chaos Came the Bicycle'

Owning two wheels in the late 19th century meant a literal means to escape, creating a “new woman” who eschewed fragility.

Cyclists race as part of Montreal's 1976 Olympic Games.

Is Montreal Still North America's Cycling Capital?

As bikes boom in Canada’s second largest city, advocates warn the city might not be taking safety seriously enough.

An illustration of cars and bicycles on a street grid

The Definitive Rules of the Road for Urban Cyclists

We spoke with a riding instructor for advice on how to navigate the city streets with confidence.

A girl sits on her bicycle as she looks at other cyclists in Mexico City's Zocalo Square May 29, 2010.

Meet Mexico City's First Bike Mayor

Areli Carreón wants to recruit cyclists, community groups, and local government in a push to make the metropolis more friendly to riders.

Britain's Forgotten Bike Highways

In the 1930s, the U.K. built a massive network of state-of-the-art bike trails. Now the challenge is to revive them.

A photograph of bicycles in China that are equipped with air filtration equipment to protect riders from smog.

What If Bikes Ate Smog?

No, not metaphorically. We’re talking about sending fleets of bicycles with air filtration equipment into the streets to remove nasty airborne particles.

A nattily attired rider aboard a high-wheeler bike in the Czech Republic.

The Great Leveler

In its early history, the bicycle was celebrated—and condemned—for disrupting social barriers and bringing the classes together.

Mapping America's Bike Commuters

In honor of Bike to Work Day, we dug into where the largest share of these intrepid workers get to their jobs on two wheels.