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Friday, August 28, 2015

Why cycling in high-vis may be not as safe as you think | The Guardian

Bike blog : Silhouette of cyclist through car window splattered by rain
 High vis is a vexed subject for cyclists. Photograph: Arthur Meyerson/Corbis
A couple of years ago I took a condensed version of the training programme for cycle officers with London's City police, a process which began with my instructor following me to assess my riding as we pedalled through the busy streets. His verdict? Mainly fine, barring what he insisted on terming a "mistake" - that even in early afternoon on a bright April day I was not wearing some sort of high-visibility waistcoat or jacket.
High vis is a vexed subject for cyclists. Probably only helmets and light jumping cause more arguments. Ultimately, of course, what you wear on your bike is personal choice. Full Lycra gimp garb? Office clothes? Nothing at all? Go right ahead. Nonetheless, the debate merits an airing, for two reasons.

Thursday, August 27, 2015

I belong on the road as much as any man. Male rage won’t scare me off my bike @guardian

Woman on a bicycle in London
 ‘As a female cyclist, you are all too often the target of a particularly unsavoury male aggression.’ Photograph: Steve Vidler/Alamy
“Please don’t try and knock me off.” It’s not exactly the rallying cry of Henry V. And yet, a video released yesterday by London Metropolitan police showing a woman getting pushed off her bike by a pedestrian in a grey hoodie after uttering these words has acted as a balefire to cyclists and their would-be murderers across the internet.
“Not justifying violence but as a London pedestrian who sees ignorant cyclists like this every day, I understand the rage,” commented @OffencePolice on Twitter. “I would have bitten her finger off,” added @yermastinks. “Most of you cyclist have no no respect to drivers that has to work and look after their family’s,” [sic] added @kelkoca, helpfully.

When a car ‘crash’ isn’t an ‘accident’ — and why the difference matters @emilymbadger @Wonkblog

An "accident" is, by definition, unintentional. We accidentally drop dinner plates, or send e-mails before we're done writing them. The word also suggests something of the unforeseen — an event that couldn't have been anticipated, for which no one can be blamed.
That second connotation is what irks transportation advocates who want to change how we talk about traffic collisions. When one vehicle careens into another or rounds a corner into a pedestrian — call it a "crash," they say, not an "accident."

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Feds to Traffic Engineers: Use Our Money to Build Protected Bike Lanes @StreetsblogUSA

The feds say there’s no excuse not to use federal funding on designs like protected bike lanes.
The Federal Highway Administration wants to clear the air: Yes, state and local transportation agencies should use federal money to construct high-quality biking and walking infrastructure.
State and local DOTs deploy an array of excuses to avoid building designs like protected bike lanes. “It’s not in the manual” is a favorite. So is “the feds won’t fund that.”
Whether these excuses are cynical or sincere, FHWA wants you to know that they’re bogus.
Last week, the agency released a “clarifying” document that shoots down, on the record, some of the common refrains people hear from their DOT when they ask for safer street designs. This is a good document to print out and take to the next public meeting where you expect a transportation engineer might try the old “my-hands-are-tied” routine.
Here are the seven things FHWA wants to be absolutely clear about:

Paris Will Stop All Traffic, Literally, For One Day in September @forbeslife

Imagine any big city anywhere in the world without traffic just for a day. Now, if that city were Paris, imagine further the photographic possibilities, not to mention the visual, auditory and olfactory potential.
Imagine no more because on September 27th, that’s just what Paris is going to do: “Une Journée Sans Voiture” – A Day Without Car, for the first time in the city’s history.
City Hall calls it “a crazy gamble, but achievable.” No motorized vehicle, with a few exceptions like ambulances, will be allowed to drive the streets. As Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced in March: “Paris will be completely transformed for a day. This is an opportunity for Parisians and tourists to enjoy the city without noise, pollution and therefore without stress.”
Paris Without Cars
The Champs-Élysées as it, and many other streets, will be on September 27th.          Photo: Paris City Hall

Friday, August 21, 2015

Bike the Cbus 2015 is September 5th. Register today! #letsride @bikethecbus @yaybikes

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Bike the Cbus 2013 at its launch point in front of the historic Lincoln Theatre

Ride with us on September 5, 2015!

Our signature annual event—Columbus’ original city-wide ride since 2008—highlights our city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. Bike the Cbus is a casual bicycle tour welcoming cyclists of all ages and abilities with 4 short routes totaling 30 miles and stops hosted by local organizations who provide snacks and entertainment. Check out 7 years of cycling in these delightful photo albums!
With a 3-fold increase in participation to approximately 600 riders in 2013 and 2014, plus a newly expanded finish line after party with free food for riders and a beer garden, Bike the Cbus has undergone as many changes as the neighborhoods we explore. This year, another exciting change comes in the form of a new metric century we’re calling “Bike the Cbus+”. Speedier distance riders will appreciate this unique urban route.

Beyond The Ride -- Cycle Oregon

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Want a Bike Path? Pay for It Yourself @business

An artist's rendering of the new crowdfunded bike lane expected to open in Denver this year.
An artist's rendering of the new crowdfunded bike lane expected to open in Denver this year.
 
Alta Planning

Your friends ask you to fund their marathon training, their home renovations, even their potato salad. Why not crowdfund something you'd actually use, such as a bike path or a public park?
That's what a growing number of startups are helping people do, as communities with a goal look for sources of financing outside the municipal bond market.
"More and more, people are seeing this as a great alternative avenue ... to going through your tax dollars or local public servant," says Slava Rubin, the chief executive officer of Indiegogo, a crowdfunding platform. Rubin says he started seeing public works projects on the site in 2011, with campaigns funding such small-scale infrastructure projects as a $1,000 dog park in Chicago, and that he expects interest only to increase.

Bikepacking the Fraser Canyon

A Mountain Bike Adventure: Wales


A Mountain Bike Adventure: Wales from Chris Davies on Vimeo.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Breathalyzing bike lock keeps tipsy cyclists from riding drunk - Alcoho-Lock



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Yay Bikes! Register for Bike the Cbus 2015 by TOMORROW 8/11 at MIDNIGHT - save money & get the shirt! @yaybikes @bikethecbus

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Bike the Cbus 2013 at its launch point in front of the historic Lincoln Theatre

Ride with us on September 5, 2015!

Our signature annual event—Columbus’ original city-wide ride since 2008—highlights our city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. Bike the Cbus is a casual bicycle tour welcoming cyclists of all ages and abilities with 4 short routes totaling 30 miles and stops hosted by local organizations who provide snacks and entertainment. Check out 7 years of cycling in these delightful photo albums!
With a 3-fold increase in participation to approximately 600 riders in 2013 and 2014, plus a newly expanded finish line after party with free food for riders and a beer garden, Bike the Cbus has undergone as many changes as the neighborhoods we explore. This year, another exciting change comes in the form of a new metric century we’re calling “Bike the Cbus+”. Speedier distance riders will appreciate this unique urban route.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Yay Bikes! Bike the Cbus 2015 discount ends 8/11 & get the shirt! @yaybikes @bikethecbus

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Bike the Cbus 2013 at its launch point in front of the historic Lincoln Theatre

Ride with us on September 5, 2015!

Our signature annual event—Columbus’ original city-wide ride since 2008—highlights our city’s unique and evolving center-ring neighborhoods. Bike the Cbus is a casual bicycle tour welcoming cyclists of all ages and abilities with 4 short routes totaling 30 miles and stops hosted by local organizations who provide snacks and entertainment. Check out 7 years of cycling in these delightful photo albums!
With a 3-fold increase in participation to approximately 600 riders in 2013 and 2014, plus a newly expanded finish line after party with free food for riders and a beer garden, Bike the Cbus has undergone as many changes as the neighborhoods we explore. This year, another exciting change comes in the form of a new metric century we’re calling “Bike the Cbus+”. Speedier distance riders will appreciate this unique urban route.

Yerka - "The Unstealable Bike"

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Follow These Cyclists on the Greatest Gravel Ride Ever @SwallowBicycle

Sarah and Tom SwallowPHOTO BY TOM SWALLOW
Sarah and Tom Swallow of Swallow Bicycle Works
Riding your bike across the U.S. is hard enough, but why not throw rocky creek crossings and 20-percent-gradient dirt climbs into the mix, too? If you’ve ever been on a grueling gravel ride and wished it could go on for months and months, we've got a trip for your cycling vision board. Start keeping tabs on two people making the gravel dream happen along the entire frame-rattling Trans-America Trail (TAT)—and maybe even join the fun.

Sarah and Tom Swallow, co-owners of Swallow Bicycle Works in Loveland, Ohio, learned about the route when they unknowingly stumbled upon a stretch of it during a trip to North Carolina and Tennessee. Although the TAT was originally designed for motorcycle touring, they met several other cyclists who had ridden up to 800-mile stretches of it—so the Swallows decided to tackle the whole thing.
[Keep reading at Bicycling]

Friday, July 31, 2015

Munich’s Got Its Eye on a Huge Highway System for Cyclists | Wired

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Thursday, July 30, 2015

How Groningen invented a cycling template for cities all over the world @guardian

In Groningen, an impressive 61% of all trips are made by bicycle.
 In Groningen, an estimated 61% of all trips are made by bicycle. Photograph: Alamy
Motorists woke up one mid-70s morning to find new one-way streets made direct crosstown journeys impossible by car. Forty years later Groningen boasts two-thirds of all trips made by bike … and the cleanest air of any big Dutch city
Traffic lights with rain sensors to give quicker priority to cyclists on wet days … Heated cycle paths so cyclists won’t slip during bouts of frost … This might sound like science fiction to you, but in the Dutch city of Groningen it will soon be everyday reality. 
The inhabitants of this lively northern university city regard their homestead as the cycling capital of the Netherlands. They might very well be right: 61% of all trips in Groningen are made by bicycle, rising to more than 70% for trips made to educational institutions.
You might think the city authorities would be satisfied with these statistics. But apparently it’s not enough, and new plans are in the pipeline to push cycling even more.