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Anything related to human-powered wheeled transport...except skateboards and scooters. "Cycles" because "bicycles", "biking", "bicycling", and "cycling" have all been taken.
Spidra Webster
Investment Banker Accused Of Dooring Cyclist & Running: Gothamist - http://gothamist.com/2014...
Investment Banker Accused Of Dooring Cyclist & Running: Gothamist
"An investment banker at a prominent Manhattan firm has been accused of dooring a cyclist in Manhattan yesterday and then fleeing the scene. A staffer from Complex claims to have witnessed Harry Wagner, managing director of the investment bank Allen & Company, "violently door" a person on a Citi Bike on Friday afternoon. The incident occurred on Sixth Avenue between 53rd and 54th Street. Wagner allegedly opened the door of a towncar, sending the cyclist tumbling over his handlebars and onto the pavement. He hit his head on the ground, and suffered a severe laceration on his left ring finger. The back of his head was also bleeding, and the man was disoriented. Complex writes about what happened next: After hitting the cyclist, the man who doored him, Wagner, emerged from the back of the Lincoln Towncar (that belonged to BPTG Car Service) and quickly pulled him to his feet. Wagner then threw a business card to his driver and took off running towards 54th and Fifth Avenue, even as... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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A happier ending to a bicyclist assault in Kentucky | PeopleForBikes - http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog...
A happier ending to a bicyclist assault in Kentucky | PeopleForBikes
A happier ending to a bicyclist assault in Kentucky | PeopleForBikes
"Back in August, Haydon "Corky" Bloodworth was out for a 30-mile road ride in Kentucky when a teenager in a truck chucked a cup of ice at his head, leaving him with cuts and bruises. This story has a better ending than most: Earlier this week, the driver, 19-year-old Hunter Puryear, joined Corky and a crew of other bicyclists for an apology—and their usual Monday night ride—as part of his court-ordered sentence, which also includes two days in jail. Local bike shop BikeWorld (who we recently featured on our blog) even loaned Puryear a bicycle for the ride. Puryear apologized to the group, according to the Paducah Sun: "'I never in a million years thought I would hurt somebody with that and never thought that this would come of it,' Puryear told the group. Bloodworth accepted the apology on behalf of all of the cyclists. He pointed out every cyclist or jogger endures abuse on the side of the road." “He is forgiven, and given the chance to put this behind him, but he does have to do his... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Thomas Page
Category:Cycle types - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
pstp bike 29er (bicycle) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Thomas Page from Bookmarklet
Bicycle and motorcycle dynamics http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... , We Still Don't Really Know How Bikes Work http://motherboard.tv/2011... , A Bicycle Built for None: Riderless Bike Helps Researchers Learn How Balance Rolls Along http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...... more... - Thomas Page
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Spidra Webster
Fwd: NYC Bike Commuting Doubled Since 2009, While Solo Driving Dropped. http://www.streetsblog.org/2014... (via http://friendfeed.com/davew...)
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Fwd: LEDs on Copenhagen's #bicycle highway tell you how fast to go to get the green light http://feedly.com/e/QB3rE7lV (via http://friendfeed.com/silpol...)
Fwd: LEDs on Copenhagen's #bicycle highway tell you how fast to go to get the green light http://feedly.com/e/QB3rE7lV (via http://ff.im/1jWvLP)
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Jury Awards “Precedent-Setting” $2.4 Million to Doored Cyclist | Streetsblog USA - http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014...
Jury Awards “Precedent-Setting” $2.4 Million to Doored Cyclist | Streetsblog USA
"In a decision that local advocates say delivers a “strong message” to drivers, a Philadelphia jury awarded a cyclist $2.4 million in damages earlier this month for injuries she sustained in a 2011 collision. Ashley McKean was seriously injured when a driver doored her and she was then struck from behind by a van driver who was following too closely. The driver who doored McKean was found to be 43 percent at fault for the collision, the driver of the van 36 percent and McKean herself 21 percent, Philly Magazine reports. After the collision, the driver of the van reportedly told her she should have been riding on the sidewalk — which is illegal. According to her attorney, Chris Brill, the formerly “athletic” McKean was lucky to survive but can no longer run or walk long distances. Brill said he’s not aware of such a large settlement ever being awarded in the U.S. for a dooring injury. Sarah Clark Stewart of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia agreed that the award is... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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8 Takeaways From the Bike League’s Study of Cyclist Fatalities | Streetsblog USA - http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014...
8 Takeaways From the Bike League’s Study of Cyclist Fatalities | Streetsblog USA
8 Takeaways From the Bike League’s Study of Cyclist Fatalities | Streetsblog USA
"When someone is killed while riding a bike in the United States, the most follow-up you’ll usually see is a newspaper article or two. There’s rarely a trial or a detailed examination of what went wrong. The federal government tracks bike fatalities, but only to a limited extent. We don’t have great data about the wider story: who’s harmed and what factors are leading to these preventable deaths. The League of American Bicycists wanted to go deeper. Between February 2011 to February 2013, the organization sifted through hundreds of cases from across the country. Using newspaper and television reports and blogs, they were able to get a closer look at 628 individual cases and tease out some patterns. The cases they examined don’t account for every bike fatality during the study period (more like a third of them), but they are instructive. The League also supplemented its research with data from the NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS). Below are some of the takeaways from... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Cyclist Who Lost Leg In Crash Inspires Hit-And-Run Bill - capradio.org - http://www.capradio.org/article...
Cyclist Who Lost Leg In Crash Inspires Hit-And-Run Bill - capradio.org
Cyclist Who Lost Leg In Crash Inspires Hit-And-Run Bill - capradio.org
"As the number of bike riders continues to grow in California, so do concerns about bicyclists’ safety. One lawmaker is embarking on an effort to get drivers to share the road. As Damian Kevitt stood at the starting line of the charity bike ride he organized he had one overwhelming emotion. “Elation is a nice word for it," says Kevitt. "I was so happy.” Damian -crosses -the -finish -line Damian Kevitt rolls through the finish line a year after a horrific hit-and-run crash that resulted in him losing a leg. Marnette Federis / Capital Public Radio It’s been just over a year since an afternoon bike ride in Los Angeles ended with Kevitt as the victim of a horrific hit-and-run, pinned underneath a mini-van as it sped onto Interstate 5, dragging him nearly half a mile down the road. The hit-and-run cost him Kevitt right leg, almost took his left and left him with over 20 broken bones and deep gashes. The driver was never caught. After months of rehab and learning to live with a prosthetic... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Twitter / bikinginla: Now this is an ambulance. RT ... - https://twitter.com/bikingi...
Twitter / bikinginla: Now this is an ambulance. RT ...
"Now this is an ambulance. RT @veloevol @erik_griswold NHS Ambulance pic.twitter.com/pEbtEVA1KQ" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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For $3000, you can own one of the world's smallest cafés : TreeHugger - http://www.treehugger.com/bikes...
For $3000, you can own one of the world's smallest cafés : TreeHugger
For $3000, you can own one of the world's smallest cafés : TreeHugger
"Move over, Starbucks. The future of hip coffee might come from baristas on bikes, and Wheely's wants to get you turning the wheels of an ecological café bike. The trend of upscale coffee shops such as Starbucks has been crowding small independent café owners out of business over the last couple of years, at least in places where real estate costs are high and the demographics of café customers seem to prefer a premium experience. But these coffee giants' reliance on brick-and-mortar locations has a distinct disadvantage in the mobile market, and a Swedish design firm thinks they have an answer to the question of how an independent coffee shop could compete with them, especially for potential eco-entrepreneurs with minimal startup funds. The Nordic Society For Invention and Discovery (NSID) has developed one possible solution for a low-cost and low-impact competitor in the crowded coffee market, and it can be yours for just $3000. The Wheely's concept is a mini coffee shop on a cargo... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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This Mystery Bike Lock's Hidden Keyhole Makes it Un-Pickable - http://gizmodo.com/this-my...
This Mystery Bike Lock's Hidden Keyhole Makes it Un-Pickable
"Picking a lock is surprisingly easy with practice. So the makers of this mystery bike lock came up with a brilliant and novel solution: bury the keyhole deep inside the lock mechanism. It's unpickable, because you simply can't get your picks into the lock. And it's got lock picking hobbyists stumped. We're not sure where this lock came from. All we know is that someone by the username Marduk28 posted about it on a lock picking forum, and posted YouTube videos here and here showing how it works. It's like no lock I've ever seen, and judging by the reactions to Marduk28's forum post, even the lock enthusiasts at Keypicking.com are baffled by it. Basically, when you insert the key, you're not putting it in the keyhole. You're just putting it in a blank chamber, which rotates 180 degrees. Then a slider pushes the key into the keyhole, and then you turn the key to open the lock. The keyhole is never directly accessible. Related The Best Bike Lock Leave a bicycle locked up on the street,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Judge to Hit-and-Run Perpetrator: Don’t Do it Again or it Will Be Considered Murder | Streetsblog Los Angeles - http://la.streetsblog.org/2014...
Judge to Hit-and-Run Perpetrator: Don’t Do it Again or it Will Be Considered Murder | Streetsblog Los Angeles
"“If you drink and drive and kill someone again, [this time] it will carry a charge of murder with a minimum sentence of 15 years,” the judge told 21-year-old Wendy Villegas at her sentencing hearing. “Do you understand?”* Her words had been meant to admonish Villegas — to convey the idea that slamming into a group of cyclists, killing Luis “Andy” Garcia and leaving Mario Lopez and Ulises Melgar for dead, was a very serious offense. Unfortunately, the judge’s warning that the book would be thrown at her next time only served to underscore the fact that our laws do not yet take drunk driving or hit-and-runs seriously enough. Fire a gun into a crowd and injure four people at a party at USC, and you’ll get forty years to life.** Get behind the wheel, and you apparently have to kill a second time before the death you cause is legally classifiable as a homicide. From where I and 40 other members of Garcia’s family and friends sat, staring at the back of Villegas’ head, it was hard to tell... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I don't understand this at all. It's fricken drunk driving. - Heather
Hit and run is punished less than drunk driving is. It has caused a hit'n'run epidemic here in CA. Furthermore, crimes perpetrated against a cyclist are punished less than crimes perpetrated against motorists or pedestrians because the stereotypes about cyclists are so pervasive that there's lots of prejudice. It's terrible. That's why I link to these stories: not to scare people off of... more... - Spidra Webster
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More Walking and Biking, Better Health: New Evidence From American Cities | Streetsblog USA - http://usa.streetsblog.org/2014...
More Walking and Biking, Better Health: New Evidence From American Cities | Streetsblog USA
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"New data from the Alliance for Biking and Walking’s 2014 Benchmarking report bears out the notion that people tend to be healthier in cities where walking and biking are more prevalent. The Alliance compiled active commuting rates in the 50 largest American cities as measured by the U.S. Census. Then it compared that data with health information from the CDC. On health outcomes like diabetes, obesity, and high blood pressure, a pretty clear correlation emerges. Not all of it can be explained by active commuting, of course. But notice how, in the top chart, as statewide active transportation rates increase, diabetes rates decline. About 9 percent of Americans have diabetes, but the incidence varies greatly between different places. Diabetes tracks closely enough with walk and bike commute rates that the Alliance and other researchers have concluded there’s a strong correlation. Rates of elevated blood pressure display a similar pattern: Click to enlarge And the same holds for obesity:... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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First Person: Carlos Morales brings bicycling culture to east LA | First Person | 89.3 KPCC - http://www.scpr.org/program...
First Person: Carlos Morales brings bicycling culture to east LA | First Person | 89.3 KPCC
"In June 2008, Carlos Morales co-founded the Eastside Bike Club with eight friends. Now 54, Morales says at the time he weighed 400 pounds, and his doctors told him "they'd done everything they could." Today, the club has 400 members, and Morales is much lighter - and healthy. "The street became our gym," he says. "We were the first bike club in northeast Los Angeles," says Morales. He talks about kids coming out of housing projects to watch, since "they don't see this in our neighborhoods." He believes that the bike club can inspire young people to stay out of gangs and away from drugs: "It's healthy, it's green, it's clean - can't beat it!"" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Twitter / xtracycle: Calfee's bamboo midtail - ... - https://twitter.com/xtracyc...
Twitter / xtracycle: Calfee's bamboo midtail - ...
"Calfee's bamboo midtail - assembled in Africa. Nuvinci drivetrain. Seen at Sea Otter Classic. pic.twitter.com/91LEnket5P" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Twitter / theretronaut: c.1900: Woman with a decorated ... - https://twitter.com/theretr...
Twitter / theretronaut: c.1900: Woman with a decorated ...
"c.1900: Woman with a decorated bicycle pic.twitter.com/Y5JWf66Ola" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Best of #ReplaceBikeWithCar (with tweets) · zshahan3 · Storify - https://storify.com/zshahan...
Someone's opinion on the best tweets of this hashtag - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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The rise of the female cyclist: From the medal-winning track-speedsters to school-run mums - Green Living - Environment - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/environ...
The rise of the female cyclist: From the medal-winning track-speedsters to school-run mums - Green Living - Environment - The Independent
"A year ago, Peter Sagan, a jockish Slovakian road racer, pinched the bottom of a young podium girl as she kissed the winner of the Tour of Flanders. As a scandal, it was minor by cycling standards, but it symbolised a major issue. The cyclist, who had finished second in the Belgian classic, apologised, but his actions and their fall-out had already said something more about a sport in which women have often been valued for their bearing in tight dresses. Because what few fans gleaned in the coverage of the pinch was that, on the same day, the brilliant Dutch cyclist Marianne Vos won the women's version of the race. Typically, it had not been televised." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Why we need a women’s movement in bicycling | Taking the Lane - http://takingthelane.com/2014...
"In the wake of the 3rd annual National Women’s Bicycling Forum in DC last week, there’s been some buzz online—does it make sense to have a separate women’s event? Does it help or does it segregate? Is the women’s forum the reason that the ensuing National Bike Summit was largely populated and led by white men? Does having a separate event mean women are accepting “separate but equal” status? Or is it empowering? Or a little of both? A lot of folks are talking about this, and with a lot of uncertainty. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time. What do you do when a community or movement you love isn’t working? More specifically, when it isn’t working for you and for other people like you? And when this is a problem not just for the folks who are excluded, but for everyone who’s kind of stuck in a rut and missing out on the ideas and leadership new participants have to offer? I’ve felt this way at times in the bicycle movement. I’ve also, at times, felt exhausted from fighting the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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The Cycling Community Can Do Better | echo in the city - http://echointhecity.wordpress.com/2014...
The Cycling Community Can Do Better | echo in the city
"I hear about or personally experience gender microaggressions (click the word ‘microaggressions’ for an intro to this term) every single day within the context of bikes. Like, being told in both overt and subtle ways that I should be appreciative that women were thrown a bone, rather than getting a full 7-course meal (like men do). Like, being told directly or reading passive aggressive comments made by others about how responses to sexist and degrading jokes about women’s bodies & bikes are “overreactions.” And, being told something along the lines of “Sure, there might be problems in cycling regarding women, but it’s up to women to solve it. It’s their responsibility.” Also, hearing messages that this is just how things are, that’s the way it is, boys will be boys. Or, participating a local online forum where women who shared their experiences of sexism in cycling (after being specifically asked to share them) received responses from men about how those experiences probably weren’t... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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On the One Year Anniversary of His Crash, Damian Kevitt Goes for a Ride | Streetsblog Los Angeles - http://la.streetsblog.org/2014...
On the One Year Anniversary of His Crash, Damian Kevitt Goes for a Ride | Streetsblog Los Angeles
"I got to meet one of my heroes on Sunday. On February 17, 2013 Kevitt was maimed in a hit and run crash while bicycling to have lunch with his wife. The details of Kevitt’s crash, which includes being dragged until the car hopped on the I-5, made him an instant celebrity for the worst reason. Despite the good will, media coverage, and a $25,000 reward his attacker has not been identified. But that hasn’t stopped Kevitt, who is back on his bicycle, training for a marathon, and working on a movement. Yesterday, he led a group of friends on a bike ride through his crash area. Colin Bogart, the Streetsblog 2011 Advocate of the Year and a staff member at the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, snapped the picture on the right of Kevitt posing at his attacker’s escape route. “…Today gave me a moment to reflect back on the unbelievable year that’s just past,” Kevitt wrote to me last night. “While the past year has given me more gruesome and miraculous stories than most people experience... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Don’t scare our kids away from biking, Thomas Barraga | PeopleForBikes - http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog...
Don’t scare our kids away from biking, Thomas Barraga | PeopleForBikes
"After four of his classmates and his mother were all hit by cars while out biking or walking, 17-year-old Matthew Cutrone wrote a letter to his county legislators asking for safer roads. Suffolk County (NY) Legislator Thomas Barraga responded with a letter shared by Matthew's mother and posted below, stating that "no one who lives in our hamlet or for that matter in Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle." Get a load of this (our thoughts in bold): January 29, 2014 Dear Mr. Cutrone Thank you for your recent letter concerning bicycle safety and bicycle lanes. Let me at the outset express the hope that you mother will have a complete recovery from her accident in September while riding a bicycle in West Islip. [But don’t worry, I’ll tell you later about “false hope,” so just take this with a grain of salt.] I have lived in West Islip most of my life and my personal feeling is that no one who lives in our hamlet or for that matter in Suffolk County should ever ride a bicycle or a... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Signed - Heather
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Cyclist left for dead speaks out - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miam Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco - http://www.wsvn.com/story...
Cyclist left for dead speaks out - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miam Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco
"POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida bicyclist who was left in critical condition after being dragged for miles by a hit-and-run driver and then abandoned in a dumpster back in December is making his first public appearance since the accident. On Friday, the family members of 53-year-old Craig Camlin, who was struck and dragged by a hit-and-run driver, then dumped in a field and left for dead, spoke to the media at Broward Health North in Deerfield Beach about his road to recovery. He could only whisper the word "animal" to describe the man who put him in his hospital bed. His sister, his pastor and members of his family gathered around his bed as he addressed the media for the first time since his accident, last year. "I'm angry about it," he admitted. "For our family, it's devastating," said his sister, Jayne Camlin, who was at his bedside. Camlin's life was forever changed Dec. 16, 2013, at around 6:30 a.m., during what he thought would be one of his routine bike rides to... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
For those who want to help, they can visit the following website: http://www.helphopelive.org. - Spidra Webster
I wish they had different language to refer to things like this - 'accident' doesn't really cover it. - Jennifer Dittrich
That's what @bikinginla often points out. - Spidra Webster
That's one of the conversations they have in "Hot Fuzz," where Sgt. Angel is trying to get his partner to use 'collision,' since 'accident' implies that someone isn't to blame. They're gently mocking his correctness... but damn, if it isn't a good point. The words matter, especially when there's a history of under-emphasizing cycle/automobile injuries and deaths. - Jennifer Dittrich
Ooh, "collision" is a good one. - Spidra Webster
DUI hit and run is bad enough. But the idea that the guy could continue driving with him embedded in the windshield, then drive to somewhere to dump him, extract him from the windshield and dump him behind a dumpster. That's murder, IMO. - Spidra Webster
Enough to keep me from cycling on a street, though it shouldn't. - Brent Schaus
What must be going on inside that driver. - Brent Schaus
It shouldn't. DUI types do things as horrible to people in cars. I worry about putting articles about this here because I don't want to discourage people from cycling. But I *do* want to shed light on how differently drivers are penalized when they kill cyclists instead of pedestrians or drivers. - Spidra Webster
That is seriously incomprehensible to me. - joey
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Twitter / PedalMN: Roadside assistance, Minneapolis ... - https://twitter.com/PedalMN...
Twitter / PedalMN: Roadside assistance, Minneapolis ...
"Roadside assistance, Minneapolis style. #Bike #MPLS #Minneapolis #Minnesota pic.twitter.com/mnusLEN582" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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‘Ghost Bikes’ Memorialize Cyclists Killed While Riding | KTLA 5 - http://ktla.com/2014...
‘Ghost Bikes’ Memorialize Cyclists Killed While Riding | KTLA 5
"A mourning ritual and a roadside memorial, a “ghost bike” marks the site where a bicyclist was killed while riding. ghost-bike-billy-martinez A ghost bike placed at the site where cyclist Billy Martinez died in October 2013 in Sunland. (Credit: Danny Gamboa) According to ghostbikes.org, a site that chronicles memorials set up in the New York City area and elsewhere, the first ghost bike was created in 2003 in St. Louis. Now they’re all over the world — including in Southern California. Last fall, a gallery in East Hollywood showcased art related to ghost bikes in the Los Angeles area. Painted completely white, the bikes help bring closure to those who lose friends and family on the road, according to members of the cycling community who erect ghost bikes. Danny Gamboa, who has worked on a 60-minute documentary about ghost bikes, is one of several activists who create the memorials in the Los Angeles area. Gamboa’s website is filled with photos of the memorials. “We’ve placed ghost... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Professional sports give back through bikes | PeopleForBikes - http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog...
Professional sports give back through bikes | PeopleForBikes
"Every year, the Green Bay Packers’ smallest fans join the players at Lambeau Field for a bike parade that has kicked off training camp since Vince Lombardi began the tradition more than 50 years ago. Massive players mingle with the pint-sized crowd and prepare to make their biggest decision of the day: choosing which kid’s bike to borrow and ride to the first day of practice. After a half-century of this tradition, the kids are like seasoned flea market salesmen, holding out their bikes to show off how shiny or fast or loved they are in hopes of steering a favorite player toward their direction. When the players decide on a ride, a parade of football giants on comically small bikes with their tiniest superfans takes off. It’s not uncommon to see a hulking figure pedaling a 16-inch bike with streamers. It’s also not uncommon to hear about players maintaining relationships with kids they met through the bike parade years later. It’s only a two-block ride from the locker room to the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Next Bill Starts Now; Attend the Summit | League of American Bicyclists - http://www.bikeleague.org/content...
Next Bill Starts Now; Attend the Summit | League of American Bicyclists
"Think nothing's happening in Congress? Think again. Just this week, the room was packed for a hearing of the critical House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (pictured right). With the expiration of the current bill, MAP-21, looming, committee chair Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) said in no uncertain terms that he wants to "take action" on a new bill in late spring or early summer. That means T&I Committee Members and staff are working on the contents of such a bill, probably as we speak. And that means the voice of bicyclists needs to be heard in Congress right now. We know we make a difference. When it was all but certain that we would lose all dedicated funding for biking and walking in MAP-21, we mobilized, not just with hundreds of thousands of emails, but with a commanding presence in the offices of our elected officials on the Hill. Because we stood up, we won back important dollars for bicyclists and pedestrians when most had counted us out. That's why we need you at the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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CicLAvia announces new routes, aims for monthly events by 2017 - latimes.com - http://www.latimes.com/enterta...
CicLAvia announces new routes, aims for monthly events by 2017 - latimes.com
"CicLAvia wants to be a regular fixture on the Los Angeles calendar. Organizers of the popular open-streets festival, which closes several miles of L.A. streets to cars for a day in favor of bikes and pedestrians and is modeled on programs in Latin American cities, are planning three events for 2014, including its first route through South Los Angeles. Aaron Paley, CicLAvia’s executive director, also said in an interview Wednesday that the group is planning an event in the San Fernando Valley for the first time in early 2015, as well as routes outside Los Angeles city limits. But the bigger news is some new detail on CicLAvia’s longer-term ambitions. Thanks to new foundation funding and a commitment from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to pay for a range of open-streets events -- including some not planned by CicLAvia -- the group hopes that such festivals will become monthly in L.A. County by 2017. CicLAvia hopes to plan nine routes that year and envisions another three... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"Let’s face it. Biking may be fun. Okay, a lot of fun. But it’s a lot more enjoyable when you can arrive back home alive, and in one piece. In three decades of riding, mostly city streets, I’ve learned a few lessons about getting there and back safely — most of them the hard way. So allow me to share a few tips that could help keep you safe. And help you survive life on these mean streets.* *Big Important Footnote: There are inherent risks to bicycling, especially in an urban environment, just as there are with any other physical activity. While these techniques have worked for me, they may not be right for every rider, or in every situation. Feel free to take advice from me or any other experienced cyclist. But ultimately, you have to make your own decisions about what is safe — and legal — in any particular situation. …….. Never leave home without it: Helmet If you want to start a fight, bring up the subject helmet use in a group of cyclists (see comments below). But the simple fact... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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