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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.
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British adventurer Maria Leijerstam achieves world first by cycling to South Pole - Home News - UK - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
British adventurer Maria Leijerstam achieves world first by cycling to South Pole - Home News - UK - The Independent
"A British adventurer has achieved a world first after becoming the first person to cycle to the South Pole from the edge of the continent in just 10 days. Maria Leijerstam, from the Vale of Glamorgan, managed the feat this morning following a gruelling 500 mile ride in "vicious" conditions. The 35-year-old set off from the Novo Russian air force base on December 16 and went head to head against two other riders - American Daniel Burton and Spaniard Juan Menendez Granados. Her team said at one point the sweat on the inside of Ms Leijerstam's boots froze and for ten days she heated her freeze-dried food by melting snow on a small stove inside her wind blasted tent. Snow drifts, complete white outs and crevasses, marred her journey too. However, the former management consultant dug deep and pedalled her way into the record books while on a customised recumbent bike PolarCycle. Ms Leijerstam's mother Adrianne said her daughter's success was due to "meticulous planning, super fitness and... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
We're running out of firsts! - Eivind
Impressive as she's not just the first woman to do it, she's the first human to do it. - Spidra Webster
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Toolmaker Paul Morningstar dies in California | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News - http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-a...
Toolmaker Paul Morningstar dies in California | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News
"BODFISH, CA (BRAIN) — Known for his inventive and useful bicycle tools, Paul Morningstar was found dead at his house in the Kern River Valley in Southern California on Saturday. According to an article (link requires registration) in the Bakersfield Californian, the cause of Morningstar’s death is not yet confirmed, but police speculate he was killed by one of several bombs he had made and planted on his property. An engineer by trade, Morningstar worked for more than 30 years in steel mills and nuclear plants. He started making bicycle tools in 1990, and his company Morningstar Tools attracted customers from around the world. Unique tools such as the Rim ‘Rench, a rim straightener, and the Freehub Buddy, a tool that allows mechanics to clean and lube freehubs without disassembly, are highly regarded in cycling circles. Morningstar was an avid cyclist and supporter of local cycling events, including the annual Fat Tire Festival held each October in the Kern Valley and the Keyesville... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Cyclelicious » 2013 year in review for bicycling - http://www.cyclelicio.us/2013...
Cyclelicious » 2013 year in review for bicycling
"Happy Holidays, faithful readers. Each year I try to track bicycle news of note for the year. You might notice a regional focus. How many of these items do you remember? What have I missed? BMC Chase January Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announces his resignation from the Obama administration League of American Bicyclists begins to focus on diversifying their membership base. Lance Armstrong confesses to doping on Oprah Lance Armstrong appears on Oprah and confesses to doping. February NAHBS in Denver. Colorado Supreme Court orders the city of Black Hawk to take your bike ban and shove it. Former LAPD officer Christopher Dorner goes rambo and takes on the entire southern California law enforcement community. In his rambling manifesto to clear his name, he admonishes cyclists to get off the road. March Boulder County horn rage vs cyclists Goals for national bicycle and pedestrian safety proposed in Congress. Boulder County judge rejects plea deal with road raging driver who was... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Recumbent Trikes - ICE - Race to the South Pole - http://www.icetrikes.co/communi...
Recumbent Trikes - ICE - Race to the South Pole
"British adventurer Maria Leijerstam is well ahead of her two male rivals in a race to be the first to cycle to the South Pole. Earlier today Maria crossed the halfway point, extending the gap between her and her closest rival to a massive 250 miles (400km). Despite starting days later than her competitors Maria is significantly closer to the finish than American, Daniel Burton, and Spaniard, Juan Menendez Granados. The two men are cycling the most common route from Hercules Inlet to the South Pole on Fat Bikes – an approach that has been taken before but without success. Maria has taken a different strategy: she’s riding a recumbent trike, specially designed for the challenge by Inspired Cycle Engineering. “Fat bikes fail because they get blown over in the high winds, or can’t ride fast enough through the snow to stay upright” said Maria. The custom-made trike is stable and aerodynamic, which enables Maria to focus her energy on progressing through the gale-force winds and hazardous... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
A Google Street View For Bike Lanes, Now Available In San Francisco And New York | Co.Exist | ideas + impact - http://www.fastcoexist.com/3023779...
A Google Street View For Bike Lanes, Now Available In San Francisco And New York | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
"There’s no shortage of ways to find a good bike route, from Google Maps to a wide variety of free cycling-specific apps. But these don’t allow the rider to follow along and see the real conditions on the route. And knowing what's coming can be pretty important: It's not great to be surprised while you're flying around on your bike. That’s the goal of Cyclodeo, a Dutch startup that is hacking together a mashup of helmet-cam video and Google Maps--a sort of Street View for bike lanes. Since we first wrote about the site in February, the company has been busy expanding in the U.S. and Europe, launching in New York a few months ago and now in San Francisco this week, along with recent launches in Copenhagen and Amsterdam. The site is so simple and smart, it’s a wonder no one thought of it before. Visit the site on a desktop or mobile device, and you can click on rides and routes, follow it on a map, and skip in the video to the exact point of interest. It also displays the length,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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http://www.dannygamboa.com/ In memoriam. The ghost bikes of SoCal.
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Twitter / Taezar: “@SilverSeasPR: The amount ... - https://twitter.com/Taezar...
Twitter / Taezar: “@SilverSeasPR: The amount ...
"The amount of road space a cyclist takes up if they drive a car instead. Photo: @susanjamison pic.twitter.com/vdatP2N2NM" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Superpedestrian - The Copenhagen Wheel - https://www.superpedestrian.com/
Superpedestrian - The Copenhagen Wheel
Superpedestrian - The Copenhagen Wheel
"Power Assist - Riders are given a boost as they pedal by measuring their effort, instead of using a throttle. This preserves the normal biking experience while enabling riders to bike faster, farther, and easier. Regenerative Braking As you bike, the wheel is able to capture energy when braking or going down hill that it stores in the integrated lithium battery pack. Smart Control All actuation of the wheel happens automatically via the pedals through sensing and control algorithms. When the rider pedals harder, such as when going uphill, the wheel pushes with increasing power. Using your smartphone with the Superpedestrian app, you can vary the level of powered assist. SDK The Copenhagen Wheel SDK enables developers to get creative and develop a host of applications ranging from navigation to customizing the behavior of the wheel. Seamless Design The Copenhagen Wheel makes your bike look even better. It's completely wireless, compact and simple; all designed for your everyday... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
No. I ran into this through a cyclist on Twitter. I think I may have seen a blog post about the concept a couple years ago. This cyclist actually put money into the crowdsourcing for this. - Spidra Webster
There's apparently a competitor to this: http://www.flykly.com/ - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
British woman Maria Leijerstam ahead in bike race to South Pole | road.cc - http://road.cc/content...
British woman Maria Leijerstam ahead in bike race to South Pole | road.cc
British woman Maria Leijerstam ahead in bike race to South Pole | road.cc
"British adventurer Maria Leijerstam is three days into her attempt to cycle to the South Pole and already ahead of her rivals American Daniel Burton and Spaniard Juan Menendez Granados despite starting days behind them. Maria has spent the first three days of the ride climbing, as you can see from the elevation profile below. She now faces a ride of 500km on her fat-tyred recumbent trike across the Antarctic plateau, one of the most inhospitable places on Earth. In her last tweet, she wrote: “I now must survive 500k on polar plateau. Have sore back from misplaced strap but cured cold feet!” She sounds in good spirits and is covering ground surprisingly quickly - 41km on December 17 and almost 50km on December 18, after which she tweeted: “Can't believe I am camped half way up Leverett which has been giving me nightmares for a year! All I want for Christmas is to get to the top of this glacier!” Meanwhile, Daniel Burton has been covering 10-20 nautical miles per day on his fatbike,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I think jkram could use a recumbent snow trike like this. - Spidra Webster
Well....Christmas is coming up. You should lay some big hints. ;-) - Spidra Webster
Badarse. - Mo Kargas
Spidra Webster
Pompano Beach motorist charged with striking cyclist, then driving for 2 miles with injured man on back of car - Broward - MiamiHerald.com - http://www.miamiherald.com/2013...
Pompano Beach motorist charged with striking cyclist, then driving for 2 miles with injured man on back of car - Broward - MiamiHerald.com
"A Broward bicyclist was left in critical condition Tuesday after a hit-and-run driver struck him, then kept driving for two miles with the man caught in the car’s smashed rear window. Once the driver arrived at his Pompano Beach townhouse, he removed the biker, identified as Craig Camlin, 53, from the car’s roof and dumped him in a wooded area behind a trash bin and bushes. Then, the driver, who police said was 27-year-old Axel Inostroza, hid his damaged, black 2003 Ford Mustang to keep his girlfriend from seeing it and went inside to sleep, according to the confession he later gave investigators. A landscaping crew found Camlin clinging to life at around 9 a.m. and called authorities. He was taken to North Broward Hospital, where he was in critical condition late Tuesday with spinal injuries, a deep gash on his head, and a nearly severed ear. The spinal injuries could leave Camlin paralyzed, according to police. Here’s what happened, according to Fort Lauderdale police: Inostroza... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Drove on, pried cyclist off car & tossed him in the bushes to die. Then took his car to a body shop. - Spidra Webster
Brazen. At least he's getting charged. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
So horrible. The cyclist would have died had landscapers not found him. And he's likely to be paralyzed. I wish I could say this is the first time I've read of something like this but it isn't. A guy in CO who did something similar was let off easy by the judge because he was a financial manager and the conviction might "harm his business". Of course, that cyclist was killed outright. So he basically got away with murder. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Ride mapping sites: The bike thief's new best friend? | Cycling Weekly - http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/news...
Ride mapping sites: The bike thief's new best friend? | Cycling Weekly
"There's been a sudden explosion in the number of people using online ride mapping and logging sites, but there's a potentially sinister side-effect to having all your data made freely available on the internet. Sites such as Strava and MapMyRide use GPS logs from bike devices such as Garmin Edge computers to map your rides in intricate detail - including where the ride starts and stops. For most of us, this means that the place where you keep your bike is clearly visible on the maps shown online and to the rest of the world. An unscrupulous individual could use the information to easily pinpoint the storage location of bikes in any given area - and since some sites allow you to name your bike, they could even identify the location of an exact make and model. Cycling Weekly has been told of several incidents recently where thieves have appeared to target a particular address, turning up fully equipped with cutting equipment and getting away with thousands of pounds worth of cycles.... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
May be, but there are definitely instances of people targeting garages just to take the bikes. It's why I keep my bikes locked (and locked TO something) even at home. I suppose they target bikes just because cops don't usually go after that as hard as they go after burglary or grand theft auto. - Spidra Webster
Hey, whatever works for you, man. - Spidra Webster
Well, certainly as far as any effect my input would have... That must feel freeing, eh? - Spidra Webster
You know, I never have heard that song. As far as I know. - Spidra Webster
Really. I know it only as an encore joke "Play Freebird!" - Spidra Webster
That's a good story (about the roadie). The kind of stuff people hope will happen to them. - Spidra Webster
I know some Southern liberals so I get that. That's one of the ways in which socnets have been good for me. I have met a more diverse selection of individuals online than I would have if I'd lived an entirely offline life. - Spidra Webster
So what got you into them? - Spidra Webster
I did think of the Dead a bit while listening to those clips. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Twitter / BikeWalk: BTW, @bikeaustin and ... - https://twitter.com/BikeWal...
Twitter / BikeWalk: BTW, @bikeaustin and ...
"BTW, @bikeaustin and @AustinCycling, do you guys just ride these around all the time? #longhorns pic.twitter.com/RJuarmTvjG" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
For safety reasons: NEEDS MOAR COWBELL - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Controversial cycle lane boosts traffic flow - http://www.calgaryherald.com/news...
Controversial cycle lane boosts traffic flow
"The controversial construction of a city bike lane has sped up vehicle traffic on the downtown road, city council says. The city finished installing the separated bike lane on 7th Street S.W. this summer, replacing a lane on the east side of the one-way road. It was a controversial move welcomed by many cyclists, but not drivers. The number of cycling trips down 7th Street has since more than quadrupled, with the commute by car also improving. “We were pleasantly surprised to find that whether you were driving or biking, your trip took less time,” said city transportation engineer Blanka Bracic at Friday’s transit and transportation committee meeting. Bracic attributed the improved traffic flow to the optimization of traffic lights to accommodate the new separated bike lane. “Incredible, but true,” Bracic said, after Ward 14 Councillor Peter Demong asked her to confirm that vehicle traffic had improved after the installation of the cycle lane. But the good news did not convince Ward... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
New bike light to target the way drivers think | Deadline News - http://www.deadlinenews.co.uk/2013...
New bike light to target the way drivers think | Deadline News
"A SMART cycle light that targets drivers’ brains has been developed in a bid to save dozens of lives a year. Veteran Scots cyclist Euan Mackenzie has developed a prototype back light that measures a cyclist’s speed and displays the result to drivers. If a bike starts to slow, the display becomes three times brighter than a normal bike light – giving motorists a unmistakable warning to take care. 2 The light is roughly the size of an Iphone and will target drivers semantic memory. Mr Mackenzie, a software engineer from Edinburgh, has had four near-misses himself on Scotland’s roads this year alone. The number of accidents involving Scots cyclists increased by 9% in 2012 to 901, nine of whom died. Mr Mackenzie’s invention – dubbed the VeloCityLight – is set to cost about £50 and is the size of an iPhone. He says the light is effective because it works on a driver’s semantic memory – the memory of meaning. Motorists will have to mentally process the speed information from the display,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Twitter / NACTO: We love this Icicle Bicycle! ... - https://twitter.com/NACTO...
Twitter / NACTO: We love this Icicle Bicycle! ...
"We love this Icicle Bicycle! pic.twitter.com/wDjYKYJM4W via @CycleVid" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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(2013) Happy Holidays from Jamis Bicycles - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
(2013) Happy Holidays from Jamis Bicycles - YouTube
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Turns the tables on car ads. - Spidra Webster
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Twitter / TheVeloCafe: Keep warm whilst riding this ... - https://twitter.com/TheVelo...
Twitter / TheVeloCafe: Keep warm whilst riding this ...
"Keep warm whilst riding this Winter...may be slower, but it's 'rad' pic.twitter.com/8uSIASkIpB" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
whilst riding DOWN A HILL - that looks seriously heavy - Iain Baker
Yeah, i think that's the definition of concept bike. If I need to stay warm on my bike, it's my hands that need the warmth! - Spidra Webster
+1. I can go for a ride, and i've got all that amazing carbon bike tech, and warm lycra - and the gloves NEVER seem to do the job on really cold days - Iain Baker
Spidra Webster
War vet forced to change bike shop’s name after threat from Specialized | Calgary Herald - http://blogs.calgaryherald.com/2013...
War vet forced to change bike shop’s name after threat from Specialized | Calgary Herald
"A Canadian veteran of the Afghanistan war who operates a tiny bicycle shop in Cochrane is being forced to change his store’s name after being threatened with a lawsuit by one of the giants of the U.S. bike industry. Dan Richter, owner of Cafe Roubaix Bicycle Studio, located above the famous Mackay’s Ice Cream in Cochrane, says he received a letter from the lawyers of big bicycle maker Specialized several months ago, demanding he change the store’s name because the company owns the trademark on the word Roubaix, which they use to market a brand of road bike. Read more from the Calgary Herald Pedal Blog Richter, however, says he didn’t name his store after the company’s bike, rather after a region in France that hosts one of the most famous bike races in the world, the gruelling 117-year-old Paris-Roubaix. Because the name is an icon of bike culture, and graces hundreds of other products from bike tires to a brand of cycling tights sold by MEC (and even other road bikes), Richter says... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains : NPR - http://www.npr.org/2013...
Shifting Gears: Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains : NPR
"One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic. It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago. "It was kind of daunting," she says, "because seven miles to the lab — I didn't know how to do it. I'm not an avid cyclist." Enter — an organization that arranges commutes by bike in groups. Each Bike Train route has an experienced conductor who serves as a guide. Insua especially likes that these volunteer conductors offer new riders door-to-door service from their homes to the train. "He came and picked me up from my house," Insua says. "[He] went out of his way to get me to bike for two or three weeks. Then I was conditioned. Then I was brainwashed." Charles... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
"On our way to today’s Northeast Los Angeles holiday parade! #fig4all #90042 #bikeLA #bakfiets #nelaparade pic.twitter.com/dygutijjQ4" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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This short podcast exchange shows how most urban Americans think about biking | PeopleForBikes - http://www.peopleforbikes.org/blog...
"Once in a while, the Internet hands street planning professionals the gift of mind-reading. Sometimes, it's what American biking looks like in the eyes of a Dutch person. This month, it was what American biking looks like in the eyes of three Americans. The hosts of one of the country's most popular podcasts -- one a devoted bike commuter, one a concerned dabbler and one an avid car commuter - revealed, in one 17-minute exchange, a more or less perfect microcosm of the ways ordinary liberalish city dwellers think about bicycle transportation. For people who live and breathe transportation, it's like an anthropological dig into the brains of the people we're trying to serve. The exchange, on the Slate Political Gabfest, came out of what host (and bike user) David Plotz called "a wonderful series of debates going on in America about the proper place for bicycles on roadways," a debate he said is split between three perspectives: the "auto supremacists" who want bikes off the roads the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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10News - Cyclist on the hunt for hit-and-run driver - 10News.com - News - http://www.10news.com/news...
"Still heavily bandaged, he drove the area in search of the car. When he was blocks from his home, he says he found the car he was looking for. "Stopped dead in my tracks and knew that was the car," said Demaio. Parked on driveway was a Subaru with front-end damage and a cracked windshield. He called San Diego police. An officer came and impounded the car. "He informed me he found rubber from my front wheel and human skin on the vehicle," said Demaio. "I was told a piece that fell off the bumper also matched the car." Demaio said the car owner says he was out of town during the accident and the two roommates with access to the keys both denied driving it that morning. A San Diego police spokesperson told 10News that since no witnesses saw the driver, the investigation is at a standstill. 10News knocked on the car owner's door but no one was home. Demaio's attorney, Mike Bomberger, says they just filed suit against the car owner, Logan Banner, and his roommates, Bahadar Khunkhun and... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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"The other day I was biking home after work when out of nowhere… See the Lights It gets dark early these days. That means lights are something to plan on having. But even some folks that technically have lights don’t make it easy to see them. See the Lights So make sure to remember your lights, but also make sure they are visible." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
vicster: full-bodied
Traveler's 3,400 miles by bike, loss and restoration - SFGate - http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea...
Traveler's 3,400 miles by bike, loss and restoration - SFGate
"Life, to Zilong Wang, is like a bicycle. To stay balanced, he keeps rolling forward - even when the bicycle is stolen by a homeless guy on a San Francisco street corner. Wang, a 23-year-old from Inner Mongolia, China, completed a 3,400-mile bicycle trip across America last summer, a journey that for him was a spiritual and intellectual awakening, and never once locked his bike. When he arrived in San Francisco, the $1,500 bicycle was promptly stolen." - vicster: full-bodied from Bookmarklet
:( for the theft - Anne Bouey
Spidra Webster
Bicycle gangs of Los Angeles: The quintessential car city is in the throes of a cycling revolution - Americas - World - The Independent - http://www.independent.co.uk/news...
Bicycle gangs of Los Angeles: The quintessential car city is in the throes of a cycling revolution - Americas - World - The Independent
"From the Sixth Street Bridge, there's a fine view of the fierce pink sunset over downtown Los Angeles, but Edgar Juarez is interested only in the tarmac. It's a warm evening in early September, and Juarez, a 29-year-old electrician from Long Beach, California, is preparing to take part in the second annual Wolfpack Hustle Midnight Drag Race. In the coming hours, 200 riders will race their fixed-gear bicycles, one-on-one, across the famous viaduct. The 16 with the fastest times will return to the track sometime after midnight, to sprint off for a spot on the podium. Juarez – lean and compact in his spandex cycling bib, and missing some front teeth following a recent crash – expects to be among them. The Drag Race is the last of three events in the 2013 Wolfpack Hustle Unified Title Race Series, which began with the perilous, semi-legal Marathon Crash Race. Held in March, early on the morning of the LA Marathon, the race sees some 4,000 riders of wildly varying proficiency pedal the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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L.A. streets aren't safe enough for cyclists, but we're getting there - latimes.com - http://www.latimes.com/opinion...
L.A. streets aren't safe enough for cyclists, but we're getting there - latimes.com
"As The Times' Paul Whitefield points out in his Oct. 24 post saying there's little hope for making L.A.'s streets safer for cylists, there's Hollywood, and there's real life. And in real-life Los Angeles County, nearly 1 in 4 trips does not involve an automobile. How can this be in our notoriously car-addled city? Angelenos are looking for options and finding them in our burgeoning Metro system, our sometimes-broken sidewalks and, yes, our expanding bike network. Since adopting its Bicycle Plan in 2011, the city of Los Angeles has doubled its bike lane miles and been recognized as a Bronze-level Bicycle Friendly Community for this and other accomplishments. Anecdotal evidence aside, Whitefield is right that Los Angeles is not yet safe enough for people getting around under their own power, whether on two wheels or two feet. Although 19% of trips in the county are on foot or on bike, 39% of our roadway fatalities are people walking and biking. L.A.'s streets are by and large not... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Sparkling Glow-in-the-Dark Pavement Looks Like Stardust - http://www.takepart.com/article...
Sparkling Glow-in-the-Dark Pavement Looks Like Stardust
"Keeping parks well lit at night can be a costly means to ensure pedestrian and cyclist safety. But a British-based company has come up with a way to turn park paths into glow-in-the-dark thoroughfares that double as energy-efficient works of art. Created by Pro-Teq, Starpath is a sprayable coating of light-absorbing particles that harvests ultra-violet rays from the sun during the day and dramatically lights up like a starry sky at night. The veneer is non-reflective, anti-slip and waterproof, and can be applied to cement, wood, tarmac or other solid surfaces. Earlier this month, Starpath was tested on all 1,600 square-feet of the paths at Christ’s Pieces Park, in the university town of Cambridge. The park is well trafficked late into the evening by cyclist and pedestrians alike. "Our surface works best over tarmac or concrete, predominantly tarmac, which is the main bulk of the U.K. path network," says Pro-Teq’s Neil Blackmore, in a sales video. "When it's coming to the end of its... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
California Bicycle Coalition » Women Bike: Closing the Gender Gap, Growing the Movement - http://www.calbike.org/women-b...
California Bicycle Coalition » Women Bike: Closing the Gender Gap, Growing the Movement
California Bicycle Coalition » Women Bike: Closing the Gender Gap, Growing the Movement
"It was a day or two into the 2010 Alliance for Biking & Walking Leadership Retreat when Alexis Lantz stood up during lunch. Then the Planning & Policy Director for the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (now CalBike’s Board Chair), Lantz had a proposal that energized every female leader in the room: The convening of a Women’s Caucus. That gathering at the Leadership Retreat was short, informal but incredibly inspiring. There was so much to talk about: issues we face as women within our own advocacy organizations and the broader movement; how to increase female mode share out on the streets; how to stay better connected with other female leaders, in bike advocacy and beyond, to build community, share ideas and deal with collective challenges and opportunities. The Women’s Caucus carved out just a tiny window within dozens of other sessions, but for me at least — still new to the bike world after a first career in journalism — it was the most powerful and memorable moment from the... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Encycleopedia, Bike Culture and Bycycle « Cyclorama Team Blog - http://www.cyclorama.net/blog...
Encycleopedia, Bike Culture and Bycycle « Cyclorama Team Blog
Encycleopedia, Bike Culture and Bycycle « Cyclorama Team Blog
"You older readers can give yourself a pat on the back if you’ve made the connection between today’s Cyclorama website (and soon-to-be-published book) and the ground-breaking Encycleopedia from 15+ years ago. Cyclorama is Encycleopedia for the digital age. Some of the same team, same town and most importantly, the same goal – of inspiring people to pedal by providing them with information and inspiration. The people behind Encycleopedia, Bike Culture Quarterly and Bycycle magazine quit publishing for a decade to create Get Cycling, a Community Interest Company whose aim is to promote cycling. Get Cycling works outside of the mainstream cycling industry at a grass roots level, promoting cycling to the general public and to school children via their Bike Try-Out Roadshows. They are particularly renowned for their work in the area of cycling for people with special needs. But I digress. The last few remaining copies of Encycleopedia, Bike Culture Quarterly and Bycycle magazine along with... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I really miss this magazine. It was so cool. I don't care that we have the internet now...the magazine is still more fun to leaf through than look through many sites of varying design quality. - Spidra Webster
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RAAM 2013: Maria Parker’s Amazing Comeback Victory : UltraRaceNews - http://www.ultraracenews.com/2013...
RAAM 2013: Maria Parker’s Amazing Comeback Victory : UltraRaceNews
RAAM 2013: Maria Parker’s Amazing Comeback Victory : UltraRaceNews
"To give hope to victims of cancer, Maria Parker proved that even against overwhelming odds, victory can be achieved. In 32 years, the Race Across America (RAAM) has never been won by someone coming so far from behind. Oceanside, California, June 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM local time: Maria crossed the starting line, having just given a brief interview to the microphone-holding RAAM starter. He had pressed her for a time goal to finish the 3000-mile transcontinental bicycle race, but she told him she just wanted to finish, and that she was racing to raise money for brain cancer research. Within a span of several minutes, all five female solo riders left the festive Oceanside pier and began the long journey. These were all incredibly tough and seasoned ultra-endurance athletes who had been preparing for months, if not years, to reach the distant goal of the pier at Annapolis, Maryland. The race is divided into 55 sections ranging in length from about 35 to 90 miles, with a time station... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I only learned of this story last night. Her support van was rear-ended by someone distracted by their cellphone. It sent one of her support team to the hospital and took her support van completely out of the equation. People thought she couldn't continue, but she did despite being very delayed. She came back from WAY behind to win the race! - Spidra Webster
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