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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
Why must cycling companies saddle women with pink? | Grace Wong | Environment | theguardian.com - http://www.theguardian.com/lifeand...
Why must cycling companies saddle women with pink? | Grace Wong | Environment | theguardian.com
"Barriers to women starting cycling are complex. But the marketing from the cycling industry doesn't appear to be helping. Assos, a high-end cycling brand, recently faced criticisms over photos of its bare-chested female model in bib shorts while their male model wore a jersey. Online retailer Wiggle was blasted over its Perfect Day TV adverts showing a male cyclist with a woman massaging his shoulders, kissing his cheek and appearing at the end with children. It's not a new phenomenon. A photoshoot four years ago to promote London's Skyride featured a suit-clad Boris Johnson alongside the model Kelly Brook wearing a dress and high heels while on a bike. Emmy Tither, 22, a former cycling instructor says: "Marketing for women should be done in the same way it's done for men. I wish it wasn't about being traditionally girly and making women look good in a heteronormative sense. I find it frustrating." Reflecting on whether this influences women starting cycling, Tither said it depended... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Bicycle donation program gets orphans in Kenya up and riding - latimes.com - http://www.latimes.com/local...
Bicycle donation program gets orphans in Kenya up and riding - latimes.com
"When Glendale teenager Sebouh Bazikian learned how orphans in Kenya had to walk an hour to school, he wanted to find a way to help make their lives a little easier. For a year, Bazikian worked to raise about $5,000 to buy 43 new bicycles through the organization World Bike Relief, which delivered the bikes in August to the children at the Machao Orphanage in Makueni County, about 115 miles from the country's capital of Nairobi. Bazikian traveled to Makueni to be there when the orphans received the bikes. He helped the older kids learn how to ride, holding on to their backs as they found their balance. As the teens at the orphanage gained enough confidence on the bikes, Bazikian watched them teach the youngest of the children — age 6 — how to ride. "That was probably one of my greatest experiences," he said. "I felt I was like their parent teaching them how to ride a bike." The St. Francis High School senior learned about the poverty-stricken orphans' hourlong walks to school and... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
What a complete legend - Mo Kargas
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Cyclelicious » Thief steals bike, then registers it with police - http://www.cyclelicio.us/2013...
Cyclelicious » Thief steals bike, then registers it with police
Cyclelicious » Thief steals bike, then registers it with police
"File this under “Stupid Bike Thief Tricks.” Mr Titonidae Wilden of Aptos, CA allegedly stole an $1,800 Surly Moonlander bicycle, registered it with Santa Cruz police as the owner, and then posted the bike for sale on Craigslist for $1,550. The owner of the bike later reported the theft. Because Wilden registered the stolen bike, police knew exactly where to find him. From the Santa Cruz PD blog: This is Mr. Titonidae Wilden, 32 years-old and lists an address in Aptos. We found him riding a stolen bicycle that had been taken about two weeks prior. After some follow up work, we knew he would be riding a stolen bicycle, we just had to find him. The bike is an $1,800 Surly Moonlander. The victim did not report the theft until several days after the theft occurred. Between the date of the theft and the date of the report, we learned our suspect had listed the bicycle on Craigslist for $1,500. Not only that, but he came to the police department and registered the bike in his name! He used... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Fwd: RT @bicycledaddyo: Why registering your bike is necessary! Thieves are waiting a few days then registering bikes as their own. http://t.co/gWSa2gpGw6 (via http://friendfeed.com/spidra)
Fwd: RT @bicycledaddyo: Why registering your bike is necessary! Thieves are waiting a few days then registering bikes as their own. http://t.co/gWSa2gpGw6 (via http://ff.im/1fQ634)
Spidra Webster
Buzz helps biking beekeeper injured in hit-run - Chicago Sun-Times - http://www.suntimes.com/news...
Buzz helps biking beekeeper injured in hit-run - Chicago Sun-Times
"A San Diego graphic designer who never met Bike-A-Bee founder Jana Kinsman hoped an online fund-raiser would help the Chicagoan get back on her feet after a Logan Square hit-and-run. Two weeks later, a $1,000 fund-raising goal on the GiveForward website multiplied quickly into $11,026. “It’s amazing,” Kinsman, 27, said on Wednesday. “This shows the power of the Internet, really.” The beekeeper and freelance graphic designer was injured early Aug. 20 as she rode her bike in the 2600 block of Kimball. Chicago Police say a maroon Chevy Tahoe apparently hit Kinsman, dragging her and sending her bike into a parked car as the SUV sped off. “They’re yelling angrily at me, but also laughing,” Kinsman, who is active on social media, and in Chicago’s biking and design community, tweeted after the crash. Kinsman said she is overwhelmed with the support she received: “Each facebook post, facebook message, tweet, news article, phone call, care package, text message, visit and street conversation... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
An update. - Spidra Webster
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Man arrested for allegedly pointing replica firearm at cyclist | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles - http://www.ksby.com/news...
Man arrested for allegedly pointing replica firearm at cyclist | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles
Man arrested for allegedly pointing replica firearm at cyclist | KSBY.com | San Luis Obispo, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Paso Robles
"Santa Barbara police on Thursday arrested a man who they say pointed a replica firearm at a passing bicyclist. Police say the incident happened shortly before 8:00 am at the intersection of Garden and Micheltorena Streets. They say Aaron Perez, 25, of Santa Barbara, was standing next to his vehicle, and when a cyclist passed by, Perez took a BB gun out of his car and pointed it at the man. The cyclist called police and conducted a citizen's arrest of Perez. Police say Perez was found with two BB guns that are replicas of the Heckler & Koch MP5 submachine gun. Perez was booked into Santa Barbara County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of brandishing a replica firearm in a rude or threatening manner." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
That happened to me once, although with a weapon I was less worried about because it was fluorescent orange. These two guys started shooting at me with a pellet gun and laughing. It was one time I was annoyed to be on my underseat-steered recumbent because it was so much harder to do what I'd need to do to ID them and call the cops. - Spidra Webster
I was sure that was a girl with a fake mustache. - Eivind
Spidra Webster
Ask Governor Brown to sign AB1371 & give cyclists 3 feet of safety clearance - http://act.transformca.org/p...
Ask Governor Brown to sign AB1371 & give cyclists 3 feet of safety clearance
Ask Governor Brown to sign AB1371 & give cyclists 3 feet of safety clearance
"Governor Brown has the opportunity to sign a bill that will help make bicycling safer for millions of Californians. Assembly Bill 1371 will require drivers to give bicyclists at least three feet of clearance when overtaking them from behind in the same lane - and it's already been approved by both houses of the Legislature.  All it needs to become law is the Governor's signature. Tell Governor Brown to sign AB 1371 and make California the 22nd State to require three feet for safety. If you can add a personalized message, it will have a much stronger impact. If you or a loved one has been injured on your bike by a driver passing too closely, please briefly describe the circumstances in your message. NOTE: After you hit "submit," the Governor's office requires you to select a topic for your email.  Scroll down to select "AB01371:Vehicles:Bicycles:Passing distance."" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
He's veto'd similar bills twice so far, I think. I'm pissed that AAA (I'm an AAA member) has lobbied against it. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Former national champion Dale Stetina in critical condition after Colorado accident - VeloNews.com - http://velonews.competitor.com/2013...
Former national champion Dale Stetina in critical condition after Colorado accident - VeloNews.com
"Former U.S. national road champion Dale Stetina, father of Garmin-Sharp’s Peter Stetina and brother of Shimano USA vice president Wayne Stetina, was in critical condition Saturday night after a cycling accident required him to be emergency airlifted to a Boulder, Colorado, hospital. According to multiple sources — including Boulder newspaper Daily Camera, local Colorado cycling website 303Cycling, and veteran American racer Steve Tilford — Stetina, 57, sustained life-threatening injuries when he fell from his bike while trying to avoid colliding with a car in Lefthand Canyon, a well-traveled road for riding among the Boulder cycling community. According to the Daily Camera report, troopers who responded to the scene said that a 1999 Jeep SUV was headed westbound on Lefthand Canyon when the driver, identified as an adult male, pulled across the centerline and onto a shoulder on the opposite side of the road. The driver then attempted to pull back into the westbound lane just as a... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
:( - Anne Bouey
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Reflections on Equitable Transportation | League of American Bicyclists - http://www.bikeleague.org/content...
Reflections on Equitable Transportation | League of American Bicyclists
"As an anthropologist, I've focused on the variety of people who use bicycles, starting with Los Angeles, where I saw a lot of Latino and African-American men riding bikes on sidewalks. They seemed a million miles away, socially, from the people like me on road bikes. That insight about social distance and how transportation reinforces it led me to develop two projects in L.A. that experimented with bringing these different kinds of bicyclists into the same social spaces, City of Lights (now called Multicultural Communities for Mobility) and CicLAvia. I started bike commuting in Portland, Oregon after college, and when I returned home to Southern California for graduate school in 2007, motorists there treated me like dirt for commuting by bike. I started to notice how I'd grown up in a system that punished people for being too poor to drive. The bus service where I grew up in suburban Orange County is atrocious, running once an hour and ending early in the evening. People there may... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
vicster: full-bodied
SFPD concludes truck driver at fault in fatal SoMa bike collision | C.W. Nevius Blog | an SFGate.com blog - http://blog.sfgate.com/cwneviu...
"San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said late Wednesday afternoon his department had finished its preliminary investigation into the South of Market bicycle accident that took the life of a 24-year-old woman. The report concludes that the driver of a truck that hit Amelie Le Moullac was at fault for the fatal accident. SFPD representatives will be presenting their evidence to the city’s district attorney Thursday to determine whether criminal charges will be filed. The finding represents a change for SFPD. In the week after the accident, a Southern Station sergeant, Richard Ernst, confronted a memorial gathering for Le Moullac and, according Leah Shahum, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition, insisted that the accident was the fault of the cyclist. At the time police investigators said that there was no videotape of the incident, which happened at 6th and Folsom. But Bicycle Coalition members canvassed nearby businesses and found that one of them had a camera that caught the... more... - vicster: full-bodied from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Cyclists Salivating Over New Bay Bridge Bike Path « CBS San Francisco - http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2013...
Cyclists Salivating Over New Bay Bridge Bike Path « CBS San Francisco
"EMERYVILLE (CBS 5) – The new bicycle only path on the eastern span of the Bay Bridge will be a magnet for cycling enthusiasts who hope to one day connect Oakland and San Francisco via the bridge. The path to the new Bay Bridge bikeway begins at the Ikea store in Emeryville. When it’s completed in September, the route for bikes and pedestrians will head south from Ikea and underneath the maze, then alongside the freeway, bypassing the toll plaza on its way to the new bridge. The bike and pedestrian lane is a 15-and-a-half foot wide promenade with a gentle 2-percent grade that climbs towards Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands. “It’s 2 miles from Oakland to Yerba Buena Island, and it’s all about the experience, what it feels like to be on the bridge,” said Clive Endress, a landscape architect who helped design that experience. One unique feature is that the bike path hangs slightly away from the bridge, with a vent to draw away exhaust from passing cars. While you might want to make your... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
I and many cycle advocates went to various gov't meetings in the '90s trying to get a bike/ped path across the entire bridge. CalTrans told MTC it would cost too much...then proceeded to waste loads of taxpayer $ on substandard contractors who used substandard materials that needed to be replaced. *sigh* - Spidra Webster
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Exhibit at Portland Art Museum. Closes Sept 8. Wish I could have gone! - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Ben Serotta's letter to the cycling community | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News - http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-a...
Ben Serotta's letter to the cycling community | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News
"Editor's note: Serotta founder Ben Serotta sent BRAIN this open letter to the cycling community on Wednesday. Serotta was recently fired from the company he founded 41 years ago. To the cycling community at large and my many friends and supporters; In the wake of the last few weeks of frenzied reporting and announcements of what’s been going at Serotta I wanted to take the time to personally say thanks to the many hundreds of you who have expressed words of support for the company that bears my name, for the wonderful people who try to make things happen every day and for my family and me. I also want everyone to know that I am fine and while this is not the time or place to debate or explain any details, I’d like to clarify the circumstances regarding my departure. Early last Sunday evening while stopped at the side of the road looking at a paper map with Marcie, thinking about where we should head to enjoy the remaining hours of a beautiful sunny, mid-summer evening, my cell phone... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Cyclist Overwhelmed by Kindness From Strangers After SUV Attack - Logan Square - DNAinfo.com Chicago - http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago...
Cyclist Overwhelmed by Kindness From Strangers After SUV Attack - Logan Square - DNAinfo.com Chicago
"Kinsman was assaulted just after midnight Tuesday as she rode through Logan Square to check on a friend's cat. An SUV rushed Kinsman near North Kimball and West Wrightwood avenues. She said someone inside grabbed her messenger bag and dragged her until she hit a parked car. The men in the car were “laughing like it was a game or something,” she said. The man who grabbed the bag lost his grip and she fell to the ground — hitting her hip hard before bouncing onto the left side of her body. Kinsman was badly bruised and her bike was damaged. A surveillance video obtained by DNAinfo Chicago shows people rushing to help her after the crash. As word of the attack spread through social media, Kinsman’s phone rang off the hook. “I had a stranger call me yesterday,” Kinsman said. “He was like ‘Hey, I live in Chicago, and I want to give you a bike. I’ll let you borrow my bike whenever you need it.’ “I didn’t know him at all, and it’s just the nicest thing for anybody to do that.”" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Spidra Webster
Training Camp: Antonio Brown Bike Ride - http://www.steelers.com/video-a...
"Pittsburgh Steelers Wide Receiver Antonio Brown shows off his bike he brings to Training Camp. Brown took Steelers.com for a ride to show fans how he gets around campus at Saint Vincent College." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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EdgeRunner - Pre-Order Information | Xtracycle, Inc. - http://www.xtracycle.com/edgerun...
EdgeRunner - Pre-Order Information | Xtracycle, Inc.
20" rear wheel for increased load stability. 3 different setups. - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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CicLAvia | Heart of LA October 6, 2013 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. - http://www.ciclavia.org/events...
CicLAvia | Heart of LA October 6, 2013
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
"CicLAvia: Heart of LA returns to the streets that started it all as we explore downtown Los Angeles on bike, foot, stroller and many more creative means of locomotion. The Heart of Los Angeles route follows in the footsteps of our first five events and helps Angelenos rediscover the origins of the City of Angels. Whether you’ve ridden these streets before or are new to CicLAvia, the Heart of LA route promises something new to discover." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Maybe I can get my stamina back by then. - Spidra Webster
Spidra Webster
Bike with a side car (Between 1940 and 1945) | Flickr - Photo Sharing! - http://www.flickr.com/photos...
Bike with a side car (Between 1940 and 1945) | Flickr - Photo Sharing!
Spidra Webster
Shoutout to the many FFers who've rediscovered their bikes! Quite a few here have taken it up again in just the last few years.
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Cecily, Vicster, Alex, Moto, Helen, Johnny, who else? - Spidra Webster
Yeah, it's fun and I'm still working on getting the bike 100% comfortable. Just bought my 3rd seat since both the original Bontrager and the WTB did not work out for me. With the WTB Speed V Pro Gel, the nerve that runs up the inside of my right thigh would start bothering me at about the 20 mile mark. Not fun. I think I like the tinkering part almost as much as the riding part. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Well, you know I'm just going to have to speak up for recumbents as being the ultimate gentlemen's seating solution... - Spidra Webster
As Lance Armstrong famously said "cycling is pain" - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I don't have anything against recumbents, per se, but they do lack in the "image" department. And Vancouver is hilly enough that I would take a significant performance hit with one...then again, considering that I'm in my granny gear for most hills, how much more of a performance hit could it be? :D - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Anyhow, at this point, I'm pretty well married to my hybrid. I've replaced the tires, the seat, the stem, the brake levers, the disc rotors, the rear disc brake, the grips and the pedals. I also added a stem riser to bring the bars up 3". Now my hands don't get numb. :D - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Enough talking about me...kudos to everyone else for getting back on a bike. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Whatever performance hit you take on the uphills, you get back on the downhills as you smoke the uprights. In fact, it's possible for a good cyclist to smoke the roadies while on the flats. The image thing is so stupid because the cyclist that doesn't use a gravity cheat is actually working harder. - Spidra Webster
Yes, well, I know guys who think that wearing Head Sweats are stupid and not "pro", so yeah. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
Pfft to anyone who says they're only one way to bike. Someone once asked me why roadies wear lycra and I couldn't even come up with an explanation. To each his/her own. - Spidra Webster
But mostly I don't have a recumbent because I don't want to spend $3k on a bike right now. I'm pretty darned sure that spending $3k on a road bike would be a big mistake at the moment. I'm just not in shape to ride the drop bars right now. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
I spent 1200 on mine but that was really because I didn't have much choice due to the disability. - Spidra Webster
Even if I rode a recumbent, I'd still wear bib shorts, just without the padding. Sooooo comfortable. - Scoble, Alex Scoble
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▶ World's Fastest Bicycle! - YouTube - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
▶ World's Fastest Bicycle! - YouTube
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"World's Fastest Bicycle! 58 mph for 1 hour. This is a video clip of the finish of the Nissan One Hour Challenge, in which Fast Freddie Markham, olympic cyclist, riding a bicycle of his own design, achiieves world record speed of over 60 miles per hour average speed for one hour of duration. World record bicycle sprinting speeds currently around 90 miles per hour." - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
When they want to break HPV speed records, they use a recumbent. - Spidra Webster
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Austin police stepping up enforcement of safe-passing law - http://ireader.olivesoftware.com/Olive...
Austin police stepping up enforcement of safe-passing law
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"Rheannon Cunningham tucks a radio into her backpack, turns up the volume on her ear buds, climbs onto a bicycle and heads into traffic. It takes only a few minutes before a car on Airport Boulevard near the Mueller development passes too close to Cunningham, an officer with the Austin Police Department. She alerts a nearby patrol car, which zips out of a parking lot and pulls the offending driver over for violating the city’s safe-passing ordinance. Under the ordinance, enacted in 2009, motorists must allow at least 3 feet of clearance when passing vulnerable road users such as bicyclists, construction workers and pedestrians. Heavy trucks must allow at least 6 feet. Because it’s hard to enforce safe passing on a day-to-day basis, Austin police set up special operations like this one to watch for violations. Today’s is the sixth such operation, and more are planned. “It’s part of our initiative to make Austin streets a safer place to ride a bicycle,” says Austin Police Sgt. James... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Vintage Joe E Brown Bike Club Member Pin Button Parisian Novelty Co. Chicago Photo by Genxmarket | Photobucket
Vintage Joe E Brown Bike Club Member Pin Button Parisian Novelty Co. Chicago Photo by Genxmarket | Photobucket
http://s1051.photobucket.com/user... Pins Trinkets Pendants/DSC03216.jpg.html - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Relax Vancouver drivers, you can handle another bike lane - The Globe and Mail - http://www.theglobeandmail.com/comment...
Relax Vancouver drivers, you can handle another bike lane - The Globe and Mail
"But here’s the irony: Bike lanes and pedestrian priorities don’t create congestion no matter how often it’s predicted (and it’s been happening since the 1970s in Vancouver). We’ve been reallocating road space, introducing traffic calming, closing off blocks, reducing parking, and yes, adding more bike lanes – and what happens? Traffic quickly adjusts, and over time driving diminishes, even as the number of trips grows. Traffic volumes into downtown Vancouver, for instance, are now down to 1965 levels, even though population, jobs and tourism have roughly doubled – the result of better transit, changing work and residential patterns and, yes, more walking and cycling. In the case of the Point Grey corridor, the shift of vehicles to other arterials will only return them to levels previously experienced, and will likely drop from there if recent trends continue. So why the anxiety? Is it because those who are car-dependent fear someone might force them out of their cars, make them feel... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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From Claremont to Whittier, a 21-mile bike commute is a way of life: Sam Pedroza - The Daily Breeze - http://www.dailybreeze.com/columni...
"When I turned 7, my parents gave me a Huffy bike and my world instantly grew bigger. Thirty-eight years later, I continue to find cycling just as liberating. Nothing beats the sense of exuberance the moment I first clip my shoes in and crank on the pedals. Gone are the days that I would pick up my Huffy and take off on to some adventure. Today my biking regime requires scheduling and much planning. I look at my calendar and plan ahead on what days would work best to commute to work on my bike. I look at my route, time constraints, weather, clothing, bike condition, and what I need to pack. I pay much attention to my route. I get to know the timing of lights and where the dreaded potholes are located. I look for routes where cities give cyclists some attention, for example, installing traffic lights with cameras that detect cyclists. I especially keep an eye out for parked utility trucks that jump out in front of you (fully recovered from my run in with one, thank you very much). I... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
vicster: full-bodied
Five Bike Routes Every San Francisco Rider Should Know | 7x7 - http://www.7x7.com/fitness...
Five Bike Routes Every San Francisco Rider Should Know | 7x7
"San Francisco’s bicycle network makes up hundreds of miles of city streets. These are the streets the City has deemed best for biking. San Francisco bike routes are designated by green bike route signs with numbers on them. East/West bike routes are even numbers and North/South are odd—just like the highways. But that’s all really wonky and insider-y, and requires a lot of looking up and down to find the often obscured signage. Here’s what you really need to know: San Francisco has a lot of hills and a lot of high-speed streets. You want to avoid those. The best biking streets are those that avoid the hills and either give you separation from traffic or have a nice bike lane on a relatively calm street. Here are five of the best bike routes for getting you across town:" - vicster: full-bodied from Bookmarklet
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"This photo taken July 24, 2013 shows the Organic Transit’s ELF bike in a parking lot in Reston, Va. It’s the closest thing yet to Fred Flintstone’s footmobile _ only with solar panels and a futuristic shape. It’s an “Organic Transit Vehicle,” a car-bicycle blend also known as an ELF bike, and 65-year-old family therapist Mark Stewart is taking it on a 1,200-mile journey along the East Coast Greenway, a bike and pedestrian trail that runs from Florida to Canada. (AP Photo/Valerie Bonk)" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Westfield Century City wants your business. And they have the free bike valet to prove it. | BikingInLA - http://bikinginla.wordpress.com/2013...
Westfield Century City wants your business. And they have the free bike valet to prove it. | BikingInLA
"Finally, someone gets it. Instead of fighting to keep bike lanes and the bicyclists who use them from besmirching their businesses — as merchants on North Figueroa and York Blvd in Northeast LA have done lately — Westfield Century City is throwing open the doors for people on bikes. The Westside shopping center, which sits at the eastern terminus of one of the city’s most popular bike lanes, wants your business. No, they really want your business. As I hinted yesterday, the busy mall is planning a new Bike Station, which will be the first in the city of Los Angeles. And just the second to be found north of Long Beach, following the highly successful Santa Monica Bike Centers. Now Westfield’s Assistant General Manager Louis Schillace tells me they’re offering a free bike valet service. In fact, it’s already open, with the first signs going up along the eastbound Santa Monica Blvd bike lane on Tuesday. Just ride up to the valet station at the front of the shopping center anytime... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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City bikes need better marketing – eoban.com - http://eoban.com/2013...
City bikes need better marketing – eoban.com
"Last night after watching some Mad Men I started thinking about the kind of bikes most Americans ride—mountain bikes and road bikes. This includes a lot of college students here in Bloomington who don’t really use them for mountain biking or racing, but rather just to get to class, the bar, or the grocery store. Naturally such bikes are impractical for transportation needs—what most cyclists should be riding is a city bike. But image is important. Mountain bikes are tough and ready for off-road, so people get them for the same reason they drive a Jeep around town. Some people get road bikes because they’re fast, just like a sports car. I figure what the humble Dutch bike needs is simply a radically new marketing strategy. Behold!" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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Pasadena bike plan sent back to the drawing board - Pasadena Star-News - http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/news...
Pasadena bike plan sent back to the drawing board - Pasadena Star-News
"PASADENA - Council members sent the city's draft bike master plan back to the drawing board this week after agreeing with a newly formed community coalition that the plan was not strong enough. The Complete Streets Coalition, which banded together at the beginning of the month, told the Municipal Services Committee Tuesday that the proposed draft bike plan, first written in 2010, would not successfully increase bike safety in the city. They cited its almost sole focus on street stencils called sharrows and "bike route" signs rather than building protected bike lanes. "The bike plan as it was being drafted was really only making minimal accommodations. It wasn't a significant, ambitious change," said Jonathan Edewards, president of the Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association and a coalition member. The Complete Streets Coalition also includes Day One Pasadena, the Caltech Bike Lab, Bike SGV, CICLE, The Flintridge Center, Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition and the Arroyo Seco... more... - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
Got sent back to be more ambitious, so that's good news! - Spidra Webster
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After activists install quality bike lane in 10 minutes for $350, Seattle follows through - http://greenlaneproject.org/blog...
After activists install quality bike lane in 10 minutes for $350, Seattle follows through
After activists install quality bike lane in 10 minutes for $350, Seattle follows through
"As goes Memphis, so goes Seattle. Just as a guerrilla-painted, parking-separated bike lane helped spark enthusiasm for green lanes in Memphis, the former “worst city for cycling,” a do-it-yourself bollard project just inspired similar improvements in Seattle. Above, you can see what a group of anonymous safety activists calling themselves the Reasonably Polite Seattleites built in the dead of night last April. In their email to the city, they explained the merits of such a project and noted that it had cost them $350 and taken 10 minutes to install. The bollards had been affixed using an easily removable adhesive. And, as reported Monday by Seattle Bike Blog, here's what Seattle's government has now done in response, three months after removing the guerrilla project:" - Spidra Webster from Bookmarklet
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