Thursday, August 21, 2014

COGOO Clean City Organisation - Saddle Blossoms

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Run 3 Reds on a Bike, Pay $1,500; Hit 10 People With a Car, It’s All Good | streetsblog.org

Today “Gridlock” Sam Schwartz and Gerard Soffian, both former officials with NYC DOT, said the city should amend laws that treat cyclists and motorists the same. One of their recommendations is to lower the fine for cyclists who run red lights.
“Right now, penalties against bicyclists who run red lights are up to $270 — identical to car driver fines, even though the consequences, in terms of injuring others, are much fewer,” they wrote on CityLand. Schwartz and Soffian suggest a fine of $50, payable to the city Department of Finance, rather than the Traffic Violations Bureau, a Department of Motor Vehicles division that splits ticket revenues with the state.
The four tickets an officer issued to a cyclist on Ninth Avenue in a single traffic stop.
Here’s an example of how screwy the current penalty structure is. The going rate for killing someone with a car while driving without a license in NYC is $500. And depending on where you commit the crime, the DA might let you off with half that much — even if you have an outstanding charge for unlicensed driving.

Point of Law: Do 'safe passing' regulations really make it safer for cyclists if they're not enforced? pghcitypaper.com

Pennsylvania law mandates that drivers give cyclists a 4-foot buffer when passing
  • Photo by Heather Mull
  • Safe passage: Pennsylvania law mandates that drivers give cyclists a 4-foot buffer when passing.
It isn't often that lawmakers spend years shepherding legislation they know will likely not be enforced.
Yet when it came to state Rep. Ron Miller's "Safe Passing" bicycle bill — a law designed to give cyclists a buffer from drivers — that's exactly what he foresaw.
"From day one, we suspected it would be very hard to write citations, because it's a judgment call" for law enforcement, says Miller, a York Republican.
Overwhelmingly passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in February 2012, the law was celebrated as a win by many bike advocates, who have successfully lobbied 25 state governments nationwide to pass similar measures.

"The state of Pennsylvania took a huge stride toward improving our Bike Friendly State standing," declared local advocacy group Bike Pittsburgh the day after Corbett signed the legislation.

It isn't often that lawmakers spend years shepherding legislation they know will likely not be enforced.
Yet when it came to state Rep. Ron Miller's "Safe Passing" bicycle bill — a law designed to give cyclists a buffer from drivers — that's exactly what he foresaw.
"From day one, we suspected it would be very hard to write citations, because it's a judgment call" for law enforcement, says Miller, a York Republican.
Overwhelmingly passed by the legislature and signed by Gov. Tom Corbett in February 2012, the law was celebrated as a win by many bike advocates, who have successfully lobbied 25 state governments nationwide to pass similar measures.
"The state of Pennsylvania took a huge stride toward improving our Bike Friendly State standing," declared local advocacy group Bike Pittsburgh the day after Corbett signed the legislation.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

The Unstealable Bike by Yerka Project (Prototype) - Teaser


From Guillaume Blanchet, Filmmaker: "I love being on a bike, it helps me feel free. I get it from my dad. After days and days of cycling the streets of Montreal, come cold or sun, or even a little frightened, I dedicate this film to him." 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

E-Bike Sales Are Surging in Europe

BERLIN — With a faint electric whir, Iris Marossek pedals her bicycle through concrete apartment blocks in the heart of old East Berlin, delivering mail to 1,500 people a day.
Painted yellow and black like a bumble bee, her bicycle is a nod to both past and future. It is decorated with an image of a curving black horn, harking back to earlier centuries when German postal workers trumpeted their arrival. But the twin battery packs under her seat also reveal it is more than the average bike.
Ms. Marossek rides one of the 6,200 e-bikes in service for Deutsche Post, the German mail service. E-bikes use electric motors to make them easier to pedal and have been gaining popularity in bike-loving countries like Germany, appealing to older people, delivery businesses and commuters who don’t want to sweat.
“They are really nice and they are only getting better,” Ms. Marossek said. “You’re not as exhausted as you would be with a regular bike.”
With tens of millions of e-bikes already on the road in China, e-bike sales are now surging in Europe, especially in northern countries with long cycling traditions. For some markets, e-bikes have recently been the only area of growth.
“They are really nice and they are only getting better,” said Iris Marossek, of the e-bike she uses to deliver mail. “You’re not as exhausted as you would be with a regular bike.” CreditGordon Welters for The New York Times
There are 250,000 on the road in Switzerland, according to the European Cyclists’ Federation. In Germany, bike sales were down 5.5 percent last year, but sales of more expensive e-bikes were up almost 8 percent and now command about 11 percent of the market. In the Netherlands, which has Europe’s highest per capita bicycle usage, the overall bike market fell slightly last year, but e-bike sales rose more than 9 percent.
So far, the appeal seems largely limited to countries with a strong bike culture. In China, consumers often use cheap e-bikes with lead-acid batteries, a bane of environmentalists, instead of scooters, and they have also made headlines for leading to more accidents in a country known for its dangerous roads. In Europe, e-bikes are more expensive and evolving out of the traditional bike market.
In other areas, it still represents a niche. The United States has yet to significantly embrace e-bikes, and in New York State, they are still regulated like motorcycles, presenting challenges to mass adoption...
Read on at NYTimes.com

Airwheel Self Balancing Unicycles


Airwheel is the worlds leading producer of one and two wheel self-balancing unicycles. Airwheel is developed and made in Changzhou, China, and comes in several different models with both one and two wheels. Advanced gyro stabilizing software, combined with altitude control software from aerospace technology. Riders can control the vehicle by leaning forward or backward. Similar to the techniques of riding a bicycle, the riders achieve balance on Airwheel by slightly tilting sideways.
Airwheel is a green and smart vehicle, powered by electriciy, and can easily be carried into buses or subways, facilitating daily commuters. 
The airwheel drives at up to 10mph with a normal speed of 7-8mph. A warning beep is heard when speed gets above 8mph and the standing platform will lean gently backwards to avoid further acceleration.
The range varies from 6 to 25 miles depending on battery size, body weight, terrain, speed and temperature. The range of the Q3 170Wh model currently in stock in Oregon is 7 to 15 miles. 
In our tests measured with GPS, a 160lbs person driving in city with freaquent start/stops we have reached 7 to 10 miles on a single charge with with the Q3-170Wh model.
Safety is of great importance and the Airwheels all have safety mechanicsm to provide safe riding. There unit will beep and tilt slightly backwards to slow down the user when battery is getting low. It will also warn should technical error occur.
The lithium batteries are imported from Japan, and are made by SONY, SANYO or PANASONIC (depending on production date). They are rated for 1800 charge cycles, and are UN38.8 certified. 


A New App Tracks Where Cyclists Actually Ride, To Help Plan Better Paths | FastCompany

London plans to spend more than a billion dollars on better bike infrastructure over the next decade, and across the rest of the U.K., the government will spend hundreds of millions more. The only problem: There's very little data about where cyclists ride, making it difficult to plan exactly where new bike lanes are most needed. A new iPhone app aims to help by tracking routes as people ride and and turning that data into maps.
When volunteer cyclists install the app, called WeCycle, it automatically begins mapping. It runs continuously at low power, and senses when someone starts to ride, rather than forcing someone to start and stop the app each time.
"A cyclist can see the routes it's recording on a map in the app, and all of that data then is automatically synched on our service to generate this aggregate picture of how cyclists are moving around," explains Peter Lindgren, COO of TravelAI, the company that developed the app. "It shows how cycling fits into the bigger transportation picture as well."
For cities, it's not only a way to plan new routes, but to better understand how to take care of existing bike paths. "When local authorities are trying to improve cycling infrastructure with the resources they have available, it's very hard for them to know where to spend that money," says Lindgren. "Even just knowing where to focus their resources on filling potholes on cycle lanes. They just don't know which are the busiest cycle lanes. We felt like there was a real need for cyclists to be better represented in the data."
Keep reading at FastCompany

Put Cleveland bicycle expressway where streetcars once rolled down wide streets, planners say | Cleveland.com

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A big, bold way to connect Cleveland neighborhoods, pump up businesses and add tree-lined bikeways to miles and miles of city streets is hiding in plain sight.
The paved-over tracks of Cleveland's once-extensive streetcar network left some of its main avenues far broader than needed for the traffic they're handling.
Bike and community advocates say that buried transit system can be transformed into "the Midway" -- a center-of-the-road, two-way bike lane protected on either side with boulevards, with a lane of traffic and a parking row on either side of that.
Members of Bike Cleveland, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation and Bialosky + Partners Architects have been working for two years on plans to reimagine some of the wide, low-traffic streets that branch to all corners of Cleveland and to the Emerald Necklace fringing the city.
As a start, the Midway team proposes a one-mile stretch of boulevard-buffered bikeway along St. Clair Avenue between East 55th Street and Martin Luther King Boulevard.

UPDATE: Camp Chase Trail - I-270 Bridge Overpass

Look what we found...

Looks like retaining walls are going up to start the foundation for the bridge over I-270 along the railroad line between Sullivant Ave. West (seen in the distance) and Georgesville Rd. (would be behind you in this photo). This photo was taken a few days ago heading north on I-270.

This is a major piece of infrastructure that will connect the Ohio to Erie Trail from Cincinnati to Cleveland.

To learn more about the Ohio to Erie Trail, visit http://www.ohiotoerietrail.org/Home.aspx or follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OhiotoErie

Monday, August 18, 2014

Borderline Stupid from Gunnar Oliphant

Borderline Stupid from Gunnar Oliphant on Vimeo.

13th annual Tour de Troit bike ride through Detroit expected to draw 7,500 participants | MLive

DETROIT, MI — The Tour de Troit annual bike ride has grown exponentially since it began in 2001.
The event drew 50 participants during its inception race and has grown into a community attraction that featured 6,500 riders last year, making it the largest bike ride in Michigan.
Vittoria Katanski, co-director of Tour de Troit, said 7,500 participants are expected at this year’s Sept. 20 ride that goes for 30 or 62 miles, depending on your route. Over 2,500 have already signed up.
Since 2005, the Tour de Troit ride has raised over $180,000 for the greenways network and non-motorized transportation projects in Detroit.
“Cycling in the city has been on the up-rise,” Katanski said. “It has become more visible to other people, too, and it’s providing an alternate method of transportation. Sharing the road is a very important thing for the city and for the people that visit.”

Upper class cycling culture and the demise of Portland’s bike movement @ellyblue

What happened to Portland’s bike scene?
Maybe first it would help to envision what it used to be. There was this booming, diverse, vibrant DIY bike activist and bike fun scene that transformed this city, from Critical Mass to Shift to any number of wild initiatives popping up. Any night of the week, there was some sort of free bike fun going on; anywhere you were in the city, if you were outdoors you were likely to see a mass of people riding by, all of them smiling. People were coming here from all over the country to see what we were doing and how they could replicate it in their own city. People were moving here so they could sell their car and live their dream.
We also have had a long-running statewide advocacy organization that’s tended to focus more on legislation and programs. It floundered a lot, and that was too bad, but it was also ok because there was so much else going on. But then, five years ago, all those other things just sort of petered out. People, myself included, would start stuff in bursts and fits, and other people would get excited, but then things wouldn’t really go anywhere. Now you look at any bike events calendar that still exists and it’s all corporate rides, races, mountain bike stuff. Where’d the fun go? Where’d the vibrant, wild, free energy go? More to the point, where’s the activism? In 2007, hundreds of people turned out for a citizen-led rally in response to two tragedies; as a direct result, Portland’s bike infrastructure leveled up. Nowadays, bike infrastructure gets improved when someone at the city feels like it, which is decreasingly often in the current funding climate. When individuals complain about conditions, they’re told to turn up at ill-timed budget hearings or just to become a member of that same advocacy organization that recently announced that they’re going to give the poor folks at the city a break from the minimal pressure they were previously putting on them.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Bicyclick for Bicycle - Stand your bike upright everywhere. @Kickstarter

With a simple click, stand your bicycle upright on any terrain or park your bike at the office or in your house!

"Imagine how the little things in life could change the way you live life" - From BaikBike.com about Bicyclick

Huge Crash Eneco Tour 2014 Stage 4

Thursday, August 14, 2014

UPDATE: Camp Chase Trail - Columbus' West Side Bike Trail

Below: Camp Chase Trail retaining wall and gravel base before paving. Here, you are looking west towards Alton Road. Alton is where the paved section of the trail ends and this gravel section begins. The bridge being constructed over Hellbranch Run is behind me in this photo. The bridge abutments are in place and the prefabricated bridge sections have been delivered and are on site ready to be installed. I predict this section should be open all the way to Galloway by the end of this year.

Below: Here is the trail at Alton Rd. facing East. The trail is all gravel from this point.

Below: Here is the trail at Alton Rd. facing West. The trail is paved in this direction all the way to Cincinnati. There is no parking available here, we recommend parking at the trail head at Big Darby Creek and the Little Darby Creek on Alkire Rd. You can request a permit for overnight parking from the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park rangers, office or possibly the new nature center.

Below: You are here (click for larger version)...

Below: Galloway Rd. where it crosses the railroad tracks in Galloway. Crews are now clearing trees and brush eastward between Galloway Rd. and Norton Rd. Trail work is also in progress further east between Hall Rd. and (west) Sullivant Ave.

This Bright Orange Skyway Is Copenhagen's Newest Bike Lane | FastCompany

This elevated track is the city's latest attempt at creating a cyclist's heaven.

When Copenhagen started building a new network of separated bike lanes in the early 1980s, it quickly became a model of how to take a city back from cars. Now, more people bike than drive in the city center, and in the city as a whole, more people commute to work by bike than in the entire U.S. combined.
But the city is aiming for even more bike commuters, and keeps building new infrastructure to make cycling as easy as possible. The latest: An elevated roadway that speeds cyclists over an area that's usually crowded with pedestrians.
The Cykelslangen, or Cycle Snake, designed by architects at Dissing and Weitling and completed earlier this summer, winds through buildings a single story above a busy waterfront shopping area.

"There was a missing link that forced bicycle users to use the stairs or make a huge detour around a shopping center," says Mikael Colville-Anderson, Copenhagen-based urban design expert and CEO of Copenhagenize Design Company. "This solution provided a fast A-to-B from a bridge to a bicycle bridge on the harbor, while freeing up the harbor front for meandering pedestrians."
It's not only easier for bike commuters to use, but also more fun: In a city that's flat, the long orange ramp offers a little bit of a hill to coast down, and cyclists can check out views of the harbor without worrying that they're about to crash into a pedestrian around a blind corner.
The city doesn't plan to build any other elevated ramps, since this one is intended only to solve a very specific problem. "Bicycles belong on cycle tracks on the streets, where they have been since the bicycle was invented," argues Colville-Anderson, who has criticized Norman Foster's plans for what he calls the "ridiculous" Skycycle in London...
Read the rest and see more photos at FastCompany

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Bridges and Vines Bicycle Tour 2014 - This Saturday, August 16th!



Saturday August 16, 2014                    from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM
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South River Vineyard
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Bridges and Vines 

Bicycle Tour 2014 

The 2014 Bridges & Vines Bicycle Tour will be held on Saturday, August 16.  Spend a beautiful day in the country on rides of 12, 25, 39 or 62 miles through vineyards and over historic covered bridges.  All but the 12 mile use a portion of the Western Reserve Greenway Trail.  Following your ride relax at one of Ashtabula County's terrific wineries. $20 before August 2.  $25 after August 2.  Fee provides well marked roads, maps, SAG service, water/snack stops, lunch after your ride and a georgeous setting.

Waxed Canvas Feed Bags, totes and more | Randi Jo Fabrications

Bartender Bag

Bartender Bag
The Bartender bag. A handy bar/stem bag when you need your essentials close at hand.
Mounts to handlebar, stem and head tube.
Universal right/left side design
Adaptable to most bar and frame styles.
One handed access with aerohead pull
Foam insulated
light colored liner for visibility
Comes with 3 Total Hook straps
Great for coffee, compact camera, iphone, kids toys, snacks, etc.!
Made from durable 10.10 oz. waxed canvas with a ripstop nylon lining
- See more at: http://www.randijofab.com/?page_id=5#sthash.lvqGQ0cQ.dpuf

M.U.T. (Multi-Use Tote)

M.U.T. (Multi-Use Tote)
A tote to carry what your little heart desires. Tool kit & tube, scrumptious snacks, mini camera, 24 oz. tall boy or glass bottle.
Made with durable 10.10 oz waxed canvas with a ripstop nylon lining.
A thin layer of foam insulates and protects your load.
It boasts an outer pocket that cleverly fits over a standard bottle cage.
The buckle closure and roll top let you customize the fit according to your load.
Bartacked nylon webbing runs down the back giving you more options for mounting as an under-seat bag, frame bag or in a non-standard bottle cage.
Standard bottle cage pocket
Roll down top with buckle
Multiple loops on back for mounting
Two ‘Total Hook’ straps included
Foam insulated
M.U.T. as seat bag
- See more at: http://www.randijofab.com/?page_id=5#sthash.lvqGQ0cQ.dpuf

Teach A Kid To Ride A Bike - The Trick: Without Pedals and Training Wheels!

"Learn how to ride a bike using the stress-free "balance first" method at a park near you! As seen on It's My Park on NYC TV."

"Have you been wishing for an easier way to learn to ride a bike? Well there IS an easier way. It took about 60 minutes of practice for me to get my son from training wheels to riding a bike on his own. I got the idea from Bike New York - a non profit that runs "teach your child to ride" clinics around New York City."

"Did you know that you're not supposed to use training wheels when learning to ride a bike? Good Mythical Morning Episode 95!"

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

This Brilliant Cycling App Is Helping A City Plan New Bike Paths

By capturing and processing data from cyclists in the German city of Wiesbaden, the city is putting paths where they're actually needed.

When the German city of Wiesbaden was voted the worst city for cycling in the country by a bike organization, a local creative agency decided to help change that with a new app called Radwende: As cyclists ride down city streets, the app traces each route and adds it to a giant crowdsourced map of suggested bike paths in the city.

Designers at Scholz and Volkmer saw it as a way to bring new digital approach to a problem that was a struggle for government and advocacy organizations.
"We believe in change, because a lot of people in City Hall as well as citizens want it to happen," says agency founder Michael Volkmer, who was the driving force behind the project. "But it's a chicken-and-egg problem: The city doesn't invest if people don't cycle. People do not cycle because it's not safe. We believe that design and technology can fix that."
Since late May, local cyclists have captured data from nearly 3,000 rides. A robot processes the data from each day and traces the routes, one by one, out onto a map, so viewers can watch as the most popular routes get thicker and thicker--showing exactly where a new bike lane might be most helpful.
The robot and map are just finished a run on display at an art museum. "The results were open to the public from the very beginning on the Radwende website," says Volkmer. "It was just that the art world picked it up quicker than the politicians--that's why we got the chance to build the machine in the museum."

The city government has been closely watching the results; the mayor was one of the first people to get a printed version of the map, and members of city council have attended riding events...
Read on at FastCompany

Shimano BR-R785 hydraulic brake testing

Road Rage Against Cyclists

Road Rage Against Cyclists from TriNut on Vimeo.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Suitcase Folding Bike - Wave of the Future?

How Brownsville, Texas, Is Using Bikes to Address Social Problems | usa.streetsblog

Brownsville, Texas' open streets events CycloBia has been a huge success. Photo: CycloBia Brownsville
Brownsville’s open streets event, “CycloBia,” has been a huge success. Photo: CycloBia Brownsville
This post is part of a series featuring stories and research that will be presented at the Pro-Walk/Pro-Bike/Pro-Place conference September 8-11 in Pittsburgh.
Brownsville, a Texas border town, is frequently cited as one of the poorest cities in the country. It also has one of the highest obesity rates.
But local officials have taken on some of the city’s health problems. And one of the key tools they’re using is cycling.
Planning Director Ramiro Gonzalez says it’s been about two years since the city of 180,000 people — 93 percent of them Latino — began its cycling push. City Commissioner Rose Gowen, a doctor, made health-based initiatives a key part of her agenda.

Paul Kimmage - Unfinished stone for an unfinished love | Independent

Johannes Draaijer was a Dutch cyclist. He won two stages of the Peace Race in 1987 and one stage of the Vuelta a Murcia in 1989. The same year he finished 130th in the Tour de France and was part of the team that won the race. - See more at: http://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/cycling/paul-kimmage-unfinished-stone-for-an-unfinished-love-30496438.html#sthash.NrTOp4O0.dpuf

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Mount Air neighbors don't want cyclists in their backyards | Dispatch

Barbara Bergmann and Gordon Grigsby object to a proposed bike path that would run between their house in Mount Air and the Olentangy River. Two other proposals would put the path on the other side of the river from their home.
The Olentangy River drifts lazily past the picture window in Gordon Grigsby’s house in Mount Air, an unincorporated community in northern Franklin County. He doesn’t want that view sullied by hundreds of bicyclists who might pedal past some day.
“It would be a disaster,” said Grigsby, a retired Ohio State University professor of modern literature and poetry.
A neighbor, Benjamin Knepper, wants to maintain the security and the peace and quiet he has known since he moved to Mount Air 25 years ago.
“It’s a unique place that’s kind of been forgotten for a long time,” he said. “Most of us kind of like it the way it is.”
Metro Parks officials are considering three routes to extend the Olentangy Greenway Trail northward to Highbanks Metro Park.