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Saturday, April 19, 2014

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Friday, April 18, 2014

HALF THE ROAD - Official Trailer (Long Version)

A Glowing Cycling Jacket Inspired By Tron | FastCompany

A sleek new cycling jacket was originally inspired by some failed Halloween costumes: Designer Elton King watched as his friends tried to dress like characters from Tron by gluing glow sticks on their clothing. “It just looked ridiculous,” King says. “But there wasn’t an affordable version of that suit on the market.” King, who had experience working in the reflective textile industry, realized that cyclists didn’t have an affordable option for reflective clothing either, and decided to step in to fill the gap.
“There were no absolutely no choices for reflective garments in my price range that looked nice,” he says. “The options that did look nice ranged anywhere from $320 to $1,800, which is way too expensive for someone like me. I made up my mind that I would do the world a favor, and make the coolest reflective jacket out there, and make it as affordable as possible.”
The jacket, which is currently up on Kickstarter, is designed with basically every feature that cyclists might want, from water-repellent fabric to huge zippered pockets that can hold something as big as a water bottle. The retro-reflective patches flash a brilliant white when headlights hit them at night.
Unlike bike lights, the jacket doesn’t need batteries to work, and since it’s already on your back, it’s one less thing to worry about taking off your bike to prevent theft. King says it also makes cyclists much more visible. “As long as the driver has his headlights on, the biker will be visible for as far as the eyes can see,” he explains. “It isn't just one tiny light. Your whole upper torso gets illuminated.”
Of course, it probably makes sense to use the jacket in addition to lights--especially since headlights and rear reflectors are usually required by law. And for a little extra bling, you could add a reflective belt, a glowing messenger bag, and even a reflective frame.

Texting Driver Who Slammed Cyclist: I, Like, 'Just Don't Care'

Poor Kimberley Davis.
The 21-year-old Australian woman was livid when she slammed into a bicyclist while texting late last year, putting dents in her car. The victim suffered a spinal fracture and would spend the next three months in a hospital, but Davis wasn't having any of it, The Standard reports.
"I just don’t care because I’ve already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is, like, pretty expensive and now I have to fix it," she told a responding officer two days after the Sept. 20 collision. "I’m kind of pissed off that the cyclist has hit the side of my car. I don’t agree that people texting and driving could hit a cyclist. I wasn’t on my phone when I hit the cyclist."
Davis, of Port Fairy, pleaded guilty on Monday to dangerous driving and was fined $4,500. Police say she used her phone behind the wheel 44 times before running down the cyclist. She called emergency responders but parked more than 300 feet away from the victim and refused to offer him help.
Davis couldn't contain her sadness after the loss of her license, and she made her woes known on Facebook:
Keep reading at The Huffington Post

GAS TAX: BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE | LAB





















The League was honored to once again host Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) at the 2014 National Bike Summit, where he spoke about a very important piece of new legislation under consideration in the House.

The League has endorsed that bill, HR 3636: Update, Promote, and Develop America's Transportation Essentials Act of 2013, which increases the gas taxand indexes it for inflation for the years 2015 through 2024. The bill also expresses the sense of Congress that by 2025, the gas tax should be repealed and replaced with a more sustainable, stable funding source for transportation funding. 

We've endorsed Blumenauer's bill because we believe the immediate chronic shortfall in transportation funding is detrimental for two critical reasons. 

One, the massive investment we've made over the past 50 years in a national transportation system that is increasingly multi-modal is threatened by the lack of funding to maintain the infrastructure we've already got. We have built a highway and transit system that connects communities and gives people unparalleled freedom to travel -- and that system is threatened if we allow it to deteriorate. As bicyclists, we are keenly aware of the impact of crumbling, potholed roads.

The safety and convenience of all road users is compromised if we are unable to replace aging signals and upgrade roads to reflect current vehicle technology and performance capabilities. The effectiveness of transit systems is compromised if aging rolling stock, track and signal systems are allowed to decay -- and if people are deterred from using transit everyone loses with the added congestion and frustration that brings to our roads...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Portland DRT - Disaster Relief Training


Portland DRT from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

The States And Cities That Are Best For Getting To Work On Two Feet

Are we slowly seeing the death of the car commute? An exhaustive new report commissioned by the CDC looks at the progress the U.S. has made in encouraging walking and cycling.

There's been a big shift in how cities and states view cycling and walking. Having barely heard of a protected bike lane a few years ago, many are now putting in friendlier infrastructure and generally making bikers and pedestrians feel more valued.
Which city is the furthest ahead? You can get a sense from an exhaustive new report that ranks states and cities, commissioned by the CDC and coordinated by the Alliance for Biking & Walking, a coalition of advocacy groups. We picked out a few points here.

THE STREETS ARE GETTING SAFER

It may not always seem that way, but the data says so. Since 1980, the number of pedestrian fatalities has fallen from 3.6 per 100,000 people to 1.4, the report says. The cyclist-death rate has also fallen, from 0.4 per 100,000 people in 1980, to 0.2 in 2011.
Having said that, you're more likely to have an accident in some places than others. Among states, Florida, Alabama, and Mississippi had the highest pedestrian fatality rates (though Florida's numbers are down enough to make a dent nationally). Among cities, Jacksonville and Detroit had the highest numbers. For cyclists, Mississippi and Arkansas, and Fort Worth and Detroit, posed the greatest risks. And, you were least likely to die on a bike in Montana and Maine.
The report gives credence to the "safety-in-numbers" effect (which says more riders make roads safer). "In cities where a higher percent of commuters walk or bicycle to work, corresponding fatality rates are generally lower," it says.

ALASKANS COMMUTE THE MOST BY FOOT AND BIKE

That's right. Alaska tops the chart for commuting levels by biking and walking, and also for per-capita spending on pedestrian and cycling infrastructure. Tennessee and Alabama come last for commuting levels; Maryland and New Jersey last for spending.
Continue reading at FastCompany

Citi Bike reveals how New Yorkers ride their bikes | treehugger


Citi Bikes ball drop New Years Eve
© Charles Sykes, Invision for Citi
Where do Citi Bikers ride? When do they ride? How far do they go? Which stations are most popular? What days of the week are most rides taken on? These are the questions that we can now answer thanks to New York's bike share's move in the direction of more transparency: They have officially opened their trove of usage data to the public, allowing anyone to create all kinds of visualizations and graphs to better tease out how cyclists in NYC behave, something that could be very useful to determine where to put more stations, build more bike lanes, and improve multi-modal transit.


Above is a visualization of the Citi Bike data for a few days last September. You might not see much activity at the beginning of the video, but it's because it starts in the middle of the night. If you wait - or fast forward - to the next morning, you'll see the map light up as people commute to work.

[ Read more on treehugger.com ]

Woman pleads guilty in bicyclist's death | Columbus Dispatch

An angry Franklin County Common Pleas judge threw a 20-year-old University District woman into jail yesterday after she admitted that she’d smoked marijuana before pleading guilty to the hit-skip death of a Columbus man.
Judge Mark A. Serrott said it was “ridiculous” that Jasmine J. Herring, of 361 Clinton St., had been using drugs before coming to court to plead guilty to vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence in the July 3 death of 21-year-old Elijah Smith.
Serrott set a bond hearing for 9 a.m. Thursday to decide whether Herring should remain in jail while she awaits her May 29 sentencing. He said he heard that she had been “out clubbing” and so questioned her about drug use during her plea hearing yesterday.
The defense and prosecuting attorneys recommended a sentence of four years and 11 months in prison, with early release possible. Serrott said he didn’t know whether he would accept that recommendation.

8 Fascinating Facts about Bicycling and Walking in the United States | Alliance for Biking & Walking

Today marks the release of the brand new 2014 Alliance Benchmarking Report, a massive compendium of data and research on walking and bicycling in all 50 states, 52 of the most populous cities, and 17 midsized cities.
The Alliance produces the Benchmarking Report every two years in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Healthy Community Design Initiative. Our goal: to comprehensively examine bicycling and walking transportation across the U.S. and how these trends relate to public health, safety, and social and economic well being.
Want to check it out for yourself? Download the report here
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There’s a TON of really fascinating data in this year’s Alliance Benchmarking Report. Here’s our peek at the eight most interesting data points.

1. We're seeing small but steady increases in the number of people biking and walking to work.

The average large American city experienced a 5.9% increase in population from 2000 to 2010 without comparable increases in land mass, and budgets are tight across the board. Both of these factors point to a need to find cost-effective modes of transportation that move people without taking up more space.
Enter bicycling and walking. Walkers and bikers take up very small amounts of road and parking space, and the associated infrastructure is cheap: Portland built an entire network of bike lanes for roughly the same amount of money that it would have taken to build single mile of urban highway.
It's tough to measure just how many people walk and bike in the U.S. -- the best numbers we have come from the American Communities Survey, which only asks about trips to work -- but we're still seeing slow, steady increases in walking and biking. 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Jobseekers to get 50 free bikes under £5,000 Sustrans scheme | BBC News


A trial scheme will see 50 unemployed people receive a free bike, helmet and lights to help them find a job

Jobseekers in Derby will be given free bikes refurbished by prisoners in a bid to help them find work.

Transport charity Sustrans will buy a bike, helmet and lights for 50 unemployed people in a scheme thought to be the first of its kind in the UK.
The £5,000 trial is funded by the city council's Connected initiative, aimed at encouraging alternatives to cars.
Al Ditheridge, from Sustrans, said he was "hopeful" more money would be granted to extend the scheme.
"Where affordability is an issue, bikes are cheap, they are cost-effective," he said.
"The main person who's going to get a jobseeker a job is the jobseeker. What the bike might help them do is go for training opportunities and go for work opportunities.
"Potentially a shift worker can't access a bus as there are no buses at 2am."
Unemployed people who live in Derby and who receive jobseekers' allowance can apply to receive one of the bikes, which will be provided by the Bike Back Derby project.

[ Read more on bbc.com ]

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Dutch Test Glow-In-The-Dark Road Of The Future | NPR



Glowing Lines are tested earlier this month on a highway near Oss in the Netherlands. 
The road markings absorb light during the day and emit the green glow at night.
Remko De Waal/EPA/Landov
There's a half-kilometer stretch of road in the Netherlands that looks a bit like something out of the movie Tron, thanks to new luminescent markings that glow green in the dark.
The photoluminescent paint, a sort of amped-up version of what is found on many wristwatches, charges up during daylight hours and then emits the green hue at night along the short test patch of N329 highway in Oss, according to Dutch companies Studio Roosegaarde and Heijmans, a road construction firm.
"It's almost radioactive," says artist Daan Roosegaarde, who envisioned the project as being a sort of "Route 66 of the future," according to Wired, which says part of the ultimate vision is for "weather markings — snowdrops, for instance, [to] appear when the temperature [reaches] a certain level."

COUNTERTOP CONCEPT BIKE: DEZIEN’S BICYCLE THAT POWERS YOUR HOME | Bike Radar

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The appliances sitting atop your kitchen countertop may pull energy from the grid, but the Levitation bicycle built from the same acrylic as that kitchen countertop can put energy back into it.


We knew cycling was green, but DEzien is taking it to a whole new level. Connect on through to see how the electricity you create on the Levitation can power your home. And e-car. And iPhone and microwave and…

4 year old BMX twins

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Indiana University Student Foundation Little 500 is April 25th and 26th, 2014

The Little 500 is the largest collegiate bike race in the United States. Modeled after the Indianapolis 500, riders compete in four-person teams around a quarter-mile cinder track at Bill Armstrong Stadium. The men’s race is 200 laps — 50 miles — and the women’s race is 100.
April 25th and 26th, 2014
More than 25,000 fans flock to the campus in Bloomington, Indiana, each April to be a part of IU’s storied tradition. And who can blame them? The excitement, the competition, the pageantry — Little 500 is an experience like no other.
The excitement doesn’t begin and end on race day. Check the IUSF Events Calendar to gear up for Little 500 throughout the year.

THE CAUSE

The race began in 1951 as a way to raise scholarship money for students working their way through college. Since that first race, IUSF has given away over $1 million to deserving undergrads.

Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland | Taking the Lane

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Five years and a few weeks ago, some guys came by my office to see if they could interview me for a documentary the next day. I said sure. Then I didn’t show up. Fortunately, they were persistent and came by again the next day, and I sat in front of their camera for an hour and looked into the filmaker’s unbelievably distracting blue eyes and told my story of being involved with the demise of Portland’s Critical Mass.
The filmmaker was Joe Biel, who agreed to go on a date with me shortly afterward and has stuck around through thick and thin ever since. And the documentary is called Aftermass: Bicycling in a Post-Critical Mass Portland and it’s having its Portland premier screening at the bikey Clinton Street Theater on May 23rd from 7 to 10pm. I’ll be there for a Q&A along afterward along with some other folks who were interviewed in or involved in the production of the film.

Rethinking Streets


For too long we’ve been building streets as though they have one function–to move cars quickly. The reality is that streets can to do more than just move cars. They can move people on foot, on bikes, on transit, without hurting vehicular throughput and safety. They can be more than a way to get somewhere else. Good streets are good places, too – public places where people meet, sit and socialize, conduct business, wander about, play, and more.
This new book uses evidence from completed street projects from around the United States in order to help communities imagine alternative futures for their streets. The book does not show hypothetical street re-designs, but actual examples from typical communities to show how they did what they did and see what resulted from the change.
For more information, please contact Marc Schlossberg at the University of Oregon's Sustainable Cities Initiative.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Havana Bikes


Havana Bikes from Kauri Multimedia on Vimeo.

Cuba underwent a bicycle revolution in the 1990s during its five year ‘Special Period’. Oil was scarce as a result of tough economic constraints, and throughout those years of austerity, bicycles where introduced as an alternative mode of transport. Thousands of Cubans used bicycles on a regular basis, as pedalling became the norm on the island.

Years later, the transportation crisis subsided and motorised vehicles returned, and the country’s bicycle culture took a hit. Now, new bikes are difficult to come by and parts are not readily available, yet many Cubans still use bicycles daily and, despite the limited resources, a handful of mechanics provide a service to those who rely on their bikes in their everyday lives.

Plenty of cyclists roam the streets of Havana and the rest of Cuba. Ángel, a typical bike riding Habanero, provides a brief insight into Cuban bicycle culture and the importance of bike mechanics in the capital as we come across both riders and repairmen.

*Music by VOLT HEIST: www.voltheist.com

Friday, April 11, 2014

Brainy Bike Lights: Making Urban Cycling Safer


Brainy Bike Lights: Making Urban Cycling Safer from Tim Willrich on Vimeo.

America's Rebel Band of Custom-Bike Builders | The Atlantic


Nearly all of the bikes sold in the U.S. are manufactured abroad, but these guys are welding and tinkering in shops and garages across the country.

Low Bicycles in San Francisco

Like many people who take up bicycle building, Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan are avid cyclists who began experimenting in their home garages, welding together bike frames.
Several years after founding separate bike-building operations in Portland, Oregon, in 2005, both came to a similar realization—that building bikes needed to be about more than passion if it was going to sustain them: It had to be about business too.

“I was only able to build, on my best year, 30 bikes, and that was never going to change,” Pereira said. “I’d been so excited about the actual making of the bikes that I didn’t realize what I was getting myself into, which was owning a business.”

Last year, after years of playing catch-up, the two long-time frame builders teamed up to launch a new venture called Breadwinner Cycles. Rather than designing a brand new bicycle for each customer like they had before, the duo developed six (now eight) basic models, priced from $4,000 to $8,000, that customers can tweak to their specifications and size. While they still build the bikes by hand, they’re able to turn them around in eight to 12 weeks, rather than one to two years.

“It’s been fun to change it up and start over,” Pereira said. “We have a really well developed business plan and a very clear vision of what we want Breadwinner to look like.”

Tony Pereira and Ira Ryan at the 2014 North American Handmade Bicycle Show
Breadwinner’s latest designs—a mountain bike called Bad Otis and a gravel-road bike called B-Road—were among the hundreds of bicycles on display at the 10th-annual North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) in Charlotte, North Carolina, this March.
The hand-built bicycle industry has flourished since the early 2000s, according to NAHBS chief judge Patrick Brady, publisher of the cycling websiteRedKitePrayer.com, who has written about custom builders for the last 22 years.

“Right now is the Golden Age in custom frame building,” said Brady before stepping onto the NAHBS stage to announce the winners of the show’s awards, which included Breadwinner’s Bad Otis for “Best Mountain Bike.” “There have never been more builders producing, and the quality has never been higher.”

Breadwinner’s Bad Otis, winner of “Best Mountain Bike,” is a hard-tail mountain bike (as opposed to a full suspension) designed for the new “flow” style of mountain bike trails, which have a smoother rhythm and deliver a more roller-coaster-type experience than many of the older trails.

[ Read the rest of the story on  theatlantic.com ]

Fat bikes make Colorado winter riding fun and safer, too | Daily Camera


Cycling year-round

Matt Nunn, of Samsara Cycles, rides a fat bike in the snow earlier this year, on the middle of St. Vrain Buchanan pass trail. (Courtesy photo / Tony Tang)


In Boulder, fat is cool.
Fatter tires. Fatter handlebars. Fat, in the bicycle scene, is just part of Boulder's ultra-fit lifestyle. The wheels around here never stop turning, come ice or snow.
Local bike shops say increasingly more cyclists are riding "fat bikes," so they can bike in the snow, recreationally and as a weather-defying commute option. And around the Colorado mountains, many people say it's not just a trend; they say fat is here to stay.
Fat bikes — named for their ultra-wide tires — are the monster trucks of bikes, says Lafayette resident, Tony Tang. They're not necessarily built for speed, but they can forge just about anywhere.
As these almost comical-looking cycles grow in popularity, you can now find them in most bike shops and all over Colorado's ski towns. Last year, FatBikes.com told the Denver Post sales surged an estimated 300 percent in the past few years, and area shops say the trend has not slowed.
Longmont-based REEB Cycles says between September 2012 and March 2013, it sold 13 frames, most of which came toward the end of that time period. Between September 2013 and now, REEB has already sold 20 frames.
"The demand from consumers definitely blew up last year, but the industry wasn't ready for it," says Chad Melis, marketing director for Oskar Blues, which is affiliated with REEB. "The industry is finally catching up to the demand this year. ... This year fat bikes are legitimately becoming visible in the public's eye."
You can even find fledgling fat bike races such as the 2-year-old national championship, the Fat Bike Birkie, in Wisconsin. Fat bikes have popped up at the Winter Mountain Games in Vail, too. Melis says he first saw fat bikes at the Leadville Winter Mountain Bike Series six years ago, although he didn't get his own until 2011. REEB built its first fat bike for an athlete who wanted to ride the South Pole in 2012.
That year, Melis says, a few more orders trickled in. This year, the majority of the 20 cyclists who participate in REEB's weekly Tuesday night ride are on fat bikes, and anyone can walk into the Cyclehops Cantina in Longmont (a bike-restaurant fusion) or Red Stone Cyclery in Lyons and get a REEBdonkadonk Fatbike, starting around $2,700.
"It has grown from how much fun people are having," Melis says. "It's a blend of bike riding and sledding, to a degree. ... Part of the appeal is being on the edge of sliding and crashing all the time. That's not a place you can play on a regular bike because, well, that hurts."
'The next big thing in bikes'
Tang, of Lafayette, first heard about fat bikes, dubbed "the next big thing in bikes," about a year ago. When he took a demo bike out, he says he was immediately sold.
"I've always been into snow sports, skiing and snowboarding, but I'm sick of the traffic up I-70, the big business of it all, and it's getting more expensive every year to get a pass and sit in traffic and lines," Tang says.
He says he wanted a relaxed way to enjoy the snow — but faster than snowshoeing.
"Why couldn't we bike all year round?" he says.
Fat bikes float over the snow, due to their wide tires, typically inflated with fewer pounds per square inch than road bikes, according to Matt Nunn, of Frederick.
Nunn runs Samsara Cycles, just outside of Longmont, which makes custom fat bikes. (A fully custom, aluminum frame fat bike goes for $2,650.)
It's one of the few companies in the area that builds fat bikes, but increasingly more big-name companies and hobbyists up and down the Front Range are jumping on board.
Golden Bike Shop in Golden sells fat bike parts, wheels and various stock offerings — and even organizes a fat bike group ride from the shop. Black Sheep Bikes in Fort Collins also makes models.
"It's really catching on," Nunn says, adding that 15 of his friends have picked up the hobby this year alone. "It's the perfect winter accent sport. ... When you get out on the trail and you're floating over the top, and you come over a hill and see cross-country skiers and snowshoers freaking out — you never expect to see a bike up here."
Of course, that means ride with caution; snowmobiles won't be expecting you, either.
[ Read the rest at  dailycamera.com ]

Reinventing the wheel | The Japan Times



As the annual Spring Road Safety Campaign gets underway this weekend, we examine what the government is doing to improve conditions for cyclists in Tokyo




On Jan. 24, a full-page advert appeared in the Tokyo edition of the Yomiuri Shimbun for a petition on behalf of the capital’s cyclists. “Join the new governor in making Tokyo a bicycle city,” read the headline for the ad, which reeled off a series of suggested improvements: more extensive cycling lanes, better parking facilities and the creation of a public bike-sharing scheme akin to the ones used in London and Paris.

Shigeki Kobayashi, president of the Bicycle Usage Promotion Study Group and one of the petition’s organizers, admits that they pinched the idea from London, where a similar campaign took place during the 2012 mayoral election. Tokyo’s own gubernatorial election campaign had kicked off the day before the advert was published, and the effect was instantaneous.

“I listened to a lot of the hustings later in the day,” Kobayashi says. “Suddenly, all the candidates had started talking about cycling.”

Although the petition itself ended up collecting an unspectacular tally of 6,481 signatures, it seemed to achieve its desired result. Five of the six leading candidates in the election pledged their support for the campaign’s goals (right-winger Toshio Tamogami was the only holdout). And on Feb. 19, newly appointed Gov. Yoichi Masuzoe — a big fan of European-style urban redevelopment — announced that Tokyo would be extending the amount of new bike paths that it planned to create by 2020 to 120 km.

For cyclists, the mean streets of the capital started to look a bit more welcoming. But who rides in the streets anyway?

While it boasts a pedaling population that puts most western metropolises to shame — around 14 percent of all journeys in Tokyo are made by bicycle, compared to 2 percent in London and 1 percent in New York — the city’s cycling culture has evolved in a peculiar fashion. Bicycle commuters may be on the rise, but the archetypal urban cyclist in Tokyo isn’t a Lycra-clad road warrior weaving through traffic; it’s a housewife lumbering along the sidewalk on a mamachari (literally, mom’s bike), laden with shopping and — more often than not — a couple of kids perched in seats above the front and back wheels.

There are nearly twice as many bicycles for every car in Tokyo, sure, but the majority of them barely venture onto the roads. They don’t have to — it’s still legal to ride on the sidewalks.

Back in the 1960s, Japan was confronted by a problem familiar to many industrialized nations: Rising car ownership was making the streets downright hazardous for cyclists. It was a common problem at the time.

The same phenomenon led the cycling rate in the Netherlands, now widely regarded as a paradise for bicycles, to drop from 85 percent to around 20 percent between the 1950s and early 1970s.

But while other countries chose to put their motorists first, Japan opted for a compromise. In 1970, the traffic laws were amended to allow cyclists to ride alongside pedestrians on the sidewalks. It was only meant to be a temporary measure, while proper infrastructure was created, but more than four decades later the rule is still essentially intact.

In its current form, the law permits children under 13 and elderly people to ride on the sidewalk as a matter of course. Adults can do so when sidewalks are explicitly designated for shared use, but also when road conditions — parked cars, construction work, narrow streets, heavy traffic and so on — make it “unavoidable” to use them. Or in other words, you’re not allowed to ride on the sidewalk, except when you are.


[ Read the rest on  japantimes.co.jp ]

Bike the C-Bus 2014 early bird registration is OPEN! @bikethecbus @yaybikes

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Never Bike In The Dark Again With These Fender-Mounted Lights | FastCompany



The newest version of Revolights popular Tron-like bike lights lowers the price point so everyone can glow as they ride.

Revolights was a big hit when it launched in 2011. The unique-looking wheel-mounted bike light system raised more than $215,000 on Kickstarter, and more success followed last year with a second version.
What makes the Revolights different is, first, that the wheel-mounts create a single beam when you spin them fast enough (which is a nice effect). And second, that the beam is close to the road, which offers better visibility than some handlebar-mounted lights. The trouble is, the product is quite expensive. A clip-on version costs $229, while apermanently installed iteration comes in at $499. That's more than a lot of bikers want to pay.
That's why the Palo Alto company is launching a third, cheaper, product. It's called the Arc, and instead of fixing it to the wheel, you mount it to the back fender. It doesn't have quite the wow-factor of the other products, but it might keep you from being rear-ended in the dark.

How to Start Riding Your Bike | Bicycling Magazine

Whether your goal is commuting, fitness, transportation, or all of the above, here’s how to get rolling
By Elly Blue
“How do I get started bicycling?”
This isn’t the question I’m asked most often, but it’s the one I’m asked most timidly, earnestly, and in the quietest tones. And it’s been one of the most difficult to answer. Even though I began riding as an adult, the habits of bicycle transportation are so ingrained in my psyche and daily life that it’s hard to remember what it was like not to ride.
I’ve dug deep for this one—and would love to hear from anyone who has started riding more recently about what helped you get started, what details you got hung up on, and what strategies worked. Here’s a pretty simple formula to start with.
We’ll use commuting to work as an example, but you can use the same formula to try biking anywhere you want to go. I’m also assuming that you own a bike and are able to ride it. If not, then those are your first steps—come back to this post later!

TRAVALANCHE! :: Travis Freeman Benefit Show! is April 12th

Monday Night Ride and Street Sharks Sprint Series of Columbus would like you to show your support for T-Ravis Mitchell Freeman by coming out Saturday April 12 to ride bikes, drink beers and dance hard at the TRAVALANCHE! :: Travis Freeman Benefit Show!

Garage rock hedonists Dirty Girls will be performing along with smooth flows delivered by Envelope. Some of the city's most popular DJs will be on hand including Dan Monnig, dance rocker George Brazil and Adam Scoppa from Heatwave! Bring your ride because we're meeting up before the show to race and the fastest bikes will win prizes! But if you're not a power-pedaller, don't worry - we've got an amazing night planned at Strongwater Food and Spirits with some awesome door prizes and a silent auction too!

Tickets are on sale NOW at http://travalanche.brownpapertickets.com/ for just $5 (plus a very small service fee) or you can purchase the day of the event for $7. All proceeds will benefit the Travis Freeman Recovery Fund!

Opinion: The single biggest issue facing the bike industry | Bicycle Retailer

A blog by Jay Townley
As we finish the first quarter of 2014 the U.S. bicycle business is preparing for its April gathering of industry leaders at the Bicycle Leadership Conference and the IBD Summit. We have noticed that the U.S. bicycle business continues to separate the meetings of the specialty bicycle retail, or bike shop channel of trade, suppliers from the retailers, and the separate agendas for these two important annual gatherings still do not mention or pay attention to the most important single issue facing the U.S. bicycle business today!
The following chart is a graphic presentation of the 18-year history of U.S. bicycle riding participation from 1995 through 2012. The data is from the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA). The overall trend is a slow decline, from a peak of 56 million in 1995 to flat overall bicycle riding participation at 39 million for the last three years. 2013 bicycle riding participation will be available in early April, but we don't anticipate any significant change from the history you see here.
From the low of 35.6 million in 2006 there has been a steady increase to 39.8 million in 2010, the year after the Great Recession. However, the stabilization of U.S. bicycle riding participation in 2010 through 2012 is not enough to change the trend line shown in the chart.
This is, in our opinion, the most important single issue facing the U.S. bicycle business. What needs to be done to reverse this trend line?
Put another way, what needs to be done to actually grow bicycle riding participation in the U.S. in the years ahead? There have been various answers put forth over the last decade, but obviously none of them have been sufficient to grow bicycle riding, or the U.S. bicycle market.