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When Copenhagen started building a new network of separated bike lanes in the early 1980s, it quickly became a model of how to take a city back from cars. Now, more people bike than drive in the city center, and in the city as a whole, more people commute to work by bike than in the entire U.S. combined.

But the city is aiming for even more bike commuters, and keeps building new infrastructure to make cycling as easy as possible. The latest: An elevated roadway that speeds cyclists over an area that's usually crowded with pedestrians.

The Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, designed by architects at Dissing and Weitling and completed earlier this summer, winds through buildings a single story above a busy waterfront shopping area.

"There was a missing link that forced bicycle users to use the stairs or make a huge detour around a shopping center," says Mikael Colville-Anderson, Copenhagen-based urban design expert and CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company. "This solution provided a fast A-to-B from a bridge to a bicycle bridge on the harbor, while freeing up the harbor front for meandering pedestrians."

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Apple's newest iPad commercial turns the spotlight on Detroit community activist Jason Hall, co-founder of a massive weekly group bike ride through the city.

The 30- and 60-second spots — part of the "Your Verse" campaign that focuses on how creative folks use the iPad — shine a lyrical light on Detroit too, where Hall's Slow Roll bike ride is attracting upwards of 3,000 riders each Monday for a long, leisurely ride that begins and ends at a local bar or restaurant.

"The first time I saw (the spots) I was speechless," Hall said in an interview with USA TODAY, describing it as like "a gift that had been wrapped for the city of Detroit."

The ad launches today and focuses on the apps and social media tools that Hall uses to organize and promote the ride (poster-making app Phoster, Instagram and Facebook are instrumental). You see him cycling through a day of planning and mapping a ride. The spot culminates in a shot of scores of bicyclists pedaling with the city as a backdrop. There's also a page on Apple's web site that delves into Hall's story.

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Tomorrow! Once Around Belle Isle Beach Fest

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Event Details The second event of our summer series will take place on the Dequindre Cut Greenway featuring food trucks, beer &  wine bar, live entertainment, and the chance to contribute to a community art project on this former Grand Trunk Railroad line.

Now the 1.35-mile Dequindre Cut greenway offers a pedestrian link between the Riverfront, Eastern Market and many of the residential neighborhoods in between.

Phase 2 of the Dequindre Cut is currently under construction, which will take the greenway northbound to Mack Ave. Come join us to enjoy this unique urban treasure!

Parking is available off of Gratiot Ave. just before E. Vernor Hwy.

Arriving by bike? Wheelhouse Detroit will be hosting a bike valet. 2

Ticket Options:

$30 Advance / $35 After August 1 - Includes entertainment, food, 2 drink tickets + cash bar $55 Advance / $60 After August1 - Includes entertainment, food, open bar Net proceeds benefit the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy

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The Rays traded David Price to the Tigers yesterday. Price handled the situation well, tweeting a message of thanks to the Tampa fans. The Tampa FOX affiliate was not nearly as gracious, though:


Ha! Poverty! Hilarious! Good thing Florida is such a pristine tropical paradise.

The FOX affiliate in Detroit had spectacular comeback, though:


Detroit, 1.  Tampa, 0.

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