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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
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
Just saw this... crazy awesome! WANT! It's like a Surly recumbent! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
Well....Christmas is coming up. You should lay some big hints. ;-) - Spidra Webster
Or buy more lottery tickets! - Jkram|ɯɐɹʞſ
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
Spidra Webster
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
Spidra Webster
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
vicster: full-bodied
Alameda Remains Among Nation's Most Bike-Friendly Towns - Around Town - Alameda, CA Patch - http://alameda.patch.com/groups...
Alameda Remains Among Nation's Most Bike-Friendly Towns - Around Town - Alameda, CA Patch
"Alameda is among the 291 most bike-friendly communities in the United States, according to rankings released last week by The League of American Bicyclists. Alameda received bronze status from the league for 2013, the same ranking as last year. The league rates cities for five contributions to bicycle friendliness: creating safe and convenient places to ride; providing education for new and less experienced cyclists; creating a strong bike culture; ensuring safe roads for biking; and planning for bicycling as a safe and viable transportation option" - vicster: full-bodied from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Bike thieves blasted all over the Twitter-verse by the SFPD | SF Politics - http://www.sfbg.com/politic...
Bike thieves blasted all over the Twitter-verse by the SFPD | SF Politics
"Thinking of stealing a bike in San Francisco? Think twice, as your face may be plastered all over the Twitter-verse by the SFPD’s new anti-bike theft Twitter account. Officer Matt Friedman is the mastermind behind the SFPD’s new twitter handle that tweets photos of recovered stolen bikes, but also of bike thieves as well. A cyclist himself, Friedman created the account after being fed up with bike theft victims not filing police reports, tracking their own serial numbers, or claiming bikes in this enormous SFPD bike graveyard, shown in this instagram photo. The SFPD recovered over 850 bikes last year, and was only able to return about 150 to owners, according to a report by The City’s budget and legislative analysis office. Friedman said that really, really grinded his gears. “I’m a bike rider too, so it hits home especially,” Friedman said. “Bicycles are expensive, and its all a part of making the city a green city. We embrace bike riding here.” The Twitter account, @SFPDBiketheft,... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
vicster: full-bodied
California Bicycle Coalition » Give Me 3 FAQ - http://www.calbike.org/advocac...
"Give Me 3 FAQ How can drivers tell whether they’re giving a bicyclist three feet of clearance? By doing what they already know how to do. Most drivers who can park in a parking stall (like at a shopping center) can park their cars with enough space so they can open the passenger-side door — which is at least three feet wide — without hitting an adjacent car or wall. That’s how much clearance they should give a bicyclist when passing in the same lane. Easy, huh? AB 1371 will make safe passing a lot less confusing. Existing law simply requires a driver to keep a “safe distance” from a bicyclist. How is a driver supposed to know what’s considered “safe”?" - vicster: full-bodied from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Late Thursday night, September 19th, my friend... | DES ARK - http://desark.org/post...
"Late Thursday night, September 19th, my friend Taylor and I found two bodies strewn across 15-501 South on our way home from a show. Ivin Levander Scurlock and Alexandria Nicole Simou. Cyclists. Hit and run. Face down in the road, blood everywhere, bike lights still flickering across lanes of traffic, bicycles smashed so violently together that they looked like one. Must have just happened, because we were the first to stop. Ivin was already dead when we pulled over; his mangled face and body were warm and we could feel his organs still awake inside of him, but there was no breath, and it felt impossible to accept there was not life still fighting inside of him. Alexandria was unconscious, moaning, wheezing out waves of blood. But she was alive. So we lay with her in the middle of the highway, trying to flag down help, holding her and talking to her and begging her to stay with us long enough for help to arrive. She did. We hope she heard us, and we hope she didn’t feel alone, marred... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
A blog post by the motorist who came about the cyclists who were killed by a hit and run driver in Raleigh-Durham recently: http://t.co/z8OjS9grqT - Spidra Webster
Awful. :( - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I hope they catch the bastard and throw an entire library's worth of books at 'em. - Hookuh Tinypants
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Robber returns bike after being shamed on Facebook - Edinburgh Evening News - http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/news...
Robber returns bike after being shamed on Facebook - Edinburgh Evening News
"A resourceful school janitor has been reunited with a beloved bike that was stolen from outside his Edinburgh flat – after a quirky Facebook campaign encouraged the thief to return it voluntarily. Roy Munro said he was “gutted” when he woke up on Tuesday morning to discover his £1000 pair of wheels had vanished. Shock turned to amazement when the fluorescent-orange Scott Sub 10 hybrid was ­cheekily put up for sale on Gumtree later that day. Advertised for less than a quarter of its original value and looking exactly as it did at the time of the theft, there was even a contact telephone number included for interested browsers. The 36-year-old, a janitor at George Heriots School, said: “It was quite a blow. I’m very attached to that bike – there’s nothing else like it. “Not many of them were made in the first place and ­production was discontinued after only one year. “Absolutely nothing about it had changed when it was put on Gumtree – the mud guards, carbon bottle holder, orange... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I love it. "Police are kinda sorta checking into this now that the victim did all the legwork for them..." - Hookuh Tinypants
That happens pretty often. There are many stories from SF, Portland and Seattle Craig's List of individual cyclists finding their own bikes & conducting stings because they know the cops won't take bike theft seriously. I recall hearing that CA was considering redefining various crimes and your bike would now have to be above $500 in value to even be considered more its theft more than petty theft. - Spidra Webster
Bike cops are helping. Cops that ride bike for patrol have or develop empathy with the situations cyclists find themselves in. A cop with the SFPD has a twitter acct focusing on bike theft/prevention. He helps SF cyclists get help. I think there might be another police dept somewhere that's started something similar. - Spidra Webster
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German Joys: The Meaning of Bicycle Bells - http://andrewhammel.typepad.com/german_...
German Joys: The Meaning of Bicycle Bells
German Joys: The Meaning of Bicycle Bells
"I get to Germany, and decide to go buy me a mountain bike, since I love to ride bikes. I visit my local bike shop, where the gruff but lovable Herr Wagner sells me a Specialized HardRock. He begins to screw a bicycle bell onto the handlebar. "Oh, I won't be needing that," I told him. "Yes, you will." "A bicycle bell? I haven't had a bicycle bell on my bicycle since I was ten years old. It'll probably fall off, anyway." "You must have this," Herr Wagner said. "It is...necessary" he said, searching for the English word. "But it's a mountain bike. I don't need a bell when I'm riding trails." "You will not always be on trails. And it is the law. All bikes must have a bell. This is a crowded country. I give it to you free." "Well, alright then." So I figured that since I've got a bell on my bicycle, I might as well use it. When I came up behing people on the sidewalk or on a trail, I gave them a friendly little ding! In the United States, it's considered courteous to give pedestrians a... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Cyclist assaulted on bike path | BikingInLA - http://bikinginla.wordpress.com/2013...
"The last thing he remembers is a woman putting her hand on his thigh and pushing his bike over. Somehow, I missed this story last month, when Jack Bornoff suffered serious injuries after he was pushed off his black and white Schwinn by a pedestrian, as he was passing her on a bike path in Balboa Park. It happened on August 22nd, a Thursday, around 10 am. I’ll let him tell the story. I approached the intersection of Burbank and Balboa on my bike and I was riding in the bike path. I turned onto Balboa northbound and was confronted by a view of a high density of pedestrians in both the northbound and southbound bicycle lanes, including 2 females pedestrians blocking the northbound lane directly in front of me about 50 ft. ahead. Immediately, I slowed down. I noticed 2 pedestrians walking towards me in the southbound lane who were at least 50 feet ahead of the 2 pedestrians in my lane and determined it was perfectly safe to pass on the left with this substantial interval between these... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Paso man biking across U.S. to raise awareness of human trafficking | Local News | SanLuisObispo.com - http://www.sanluisobispo.com/2013...
Paso man biking across U.S. to raise awareness of human trafficking | Local News | SanLuisObispo.com
"On a trip to India in November 2008, Paso Robles resident Dug Shelby accompanied a group of humanitarian aid workers into Mumbai’s notorious red-light district. “The things that I saw there were heartbreaking,” recalled Shelby, who was there as a photographer accompanying Life Without Limbs motivational speaker Nick Vujicic. “Watching men and some women take advantage of people like this was devastating. I came back with a strong spiritual discontent in my heart.” He also returned home with a fierce desire to help the victims of human trafficking. On Monday, Shelby, 44, will embark on a 5,000-mile bicycle ride across the country to raise awareness about the scores of people worldwide who have been drugged, duped, kidnapped and coerced into slavery. His solo trek, which he expects to last 45 to 50 days, will take him from San Diego to New York City. Instead of a standard diamond-framed steel or carbon fiber bike, Shelby will ride a recumbent bamboo bicycle custom-made by Klaus... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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