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Friday, October 8, 2010

A worthy contender to the Big Dummy?
























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Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Folding Bike Goes Cool - WSJ


The appeal of foldingbikes goes beyond the fact that they're easy to transport and store. One minute, these bikes are cruising down the street. The next, they've contorted into an impossibly tight space with a bit of mechanical sleight of hand that can be as mesmerizing as seeing Optimus Prime turn into an 18-wheeler.
[GEAR1]Jeremy Liebman for The Wall Street Journal
Freeman Transport Gravel Racer
Despite, or maybe because of, their acrobatic prowess, owning one has always had a certain nerdiness attached to it. Like a calculator watch, they're just too convenient to be fashionable. And because early foldingbikes were created by engineers rather than designers, many have been pretty clunky looking.
But foldingbikes are now mainstream (many of the major bike manufacturers offer at least one model). Some have co-opted the style of their more respected full-sized brethren. Others, like the classic Brompton, have become icons themselves.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Recap - 10/05/2010



Highlights
10 riders
Main Street Bridge crossing
Two community gardens in Hilltop area
Concrete barrier was no match for Katie
Franklinton
German Village

4 seasons community garden on Mound St.

Hey folks, please vote for my friend Wonderland Columbus's awesome idea to change America!

"Bug Your Bike" with a FREE RFID from OSU TPS/DPS

  
 The University’s Transportation and Parking Services and Department of Public Safety are working together to promote motorist, cyclist and pedestrian crosswalk safety awareness, remembering that it is a two-way street for all of us. Officials particularly want to remind motorists and pedestrians to stop, look, and listen while proceeding through crosswalks and to reduce the amount of distractions, like cell phone and headphone use, while crossing in high traffic areas.

Bicycle registration is free for all students, faculty, and staff.
Visit the OSU Police Department located at 901 Woody Hayes Drive, in Blankenship Hall or call (614) 292-2121.

Help reduce the risk of theft by using the latest technology to "Bug Your Bike" with a FREE RFID (radio frequency identification device). "Bugs" are available at University Security and Fire Prevention Services, 1010 Blankenship Hall.

For more information, please contact pedestrian@osu.edu.

Click here for the Bike It fact sheet which contains more infomation about bicycle registration, security, where to park, and safety tips.

Click here for information about the The Ohio State University Campus Crosswalks Study.

Ohio Pedestrian Laws are available for viewing or download from the Ohio Department of Transportation website. (pdf)



Monday, October 4, 2010

We have a drive to drive - Columbus Dispatch


Efforts to put central Ohioans on bikes and buses haven't paid off: Commuters are driving to work more than ever, and often alone.

Monday, October 4, 2010  02:48 AM

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

The mean travel time dropped in 2009 in central Ohio, which you would think could mean fewer cars on the road. A look at I-270 heading east on the North Side at the intersection with Rts. 315 and 23 seems to tell a different story.
OCTAVIAN CANTILLI | DISPATCH
The mean travel time dropped in 2009 in central Ohio, which you would think could mean fewer cars on the road. A look at I-270 heading east on the North Side at the intersection with Rts. 315 and 23 seems to tell a different story.
Enjoying a cup of coffee Downtown with Don Plank, left, John Klein is suited for his commute: a 10-mile bike ride.
TOM DODGE | DISPATCH
Enjoying a cup of coffee Downtown with Don Plank, left, John Klein is suited for his commute: a 10-mile bike ride.
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The car remains king in central Ohio despite years of "car-free" days, "bike-to-work" weeks and other programs that encourage commuters to get out from behind the wheel.
Columbus-area commuters were more likely to drive to work alone in 2009 than they were in 2008, according to numbers the U.S. Census Bureau released last week from its American Community Survey.
Rates of carpooling, bicycling and riding public transit to work all declined slightly.
For those who promote alternatives to driving, the most optimistic interpretation, after accounting for the margin of error in the census surveys, is that rates have remained steady over the past five years, with more than four of five people continuing to drive to work alone.

Cycles of change - Metro Times Detroit


An inner-city bike squad wheels toward community in a falling neighborhood
The East Side Riders get ready to roll.
Mike Neeley, left with brother Dywayne.
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One has a Heineken mini-keg behind the seat. This one has a TV on it. That one has a PlayStation affixed to the back end. Pastel colors glow, polished chrome sparkles.
They're among the dozens of custom bicycles lined along the curb in front of this one house that has no neighbors on either side of it. In fact, just about everything on this street looks drab and depressing. The old houses, the beater cars parked in front of them, the empty lots that sprawl out next to them. Everything except these bikes, which shine like gems in this bleak setting.
They belong to the East Side Riders, a custom bicycle club whose members meet here at what's become their temporary clubhouse on Peter Hunt, an odd little street only a few blocks long near Van Dyke and Harper, deep in the inner city. Club members fish rusty old bikes out of the trash or find frames left curbside and transform them, through painstaking work, into cool, beautiful things.

Tour de Highland West is Sunday, October 17 · 2:00pm - 6:00pm

Time
Sunday, October 17 · 2:00pm - 6:00pm

LocationHolton Park (at the shelter house behind the recreation center)
303 N. Eureka Avenue
Columbus, OH

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More InfoCome join us for a bike ride through Highland West and a potluck afterwards. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided, just bring a side dish. The bike ride starts at 2 pm. Come for both or just the potluck! Parking available at the shelter house and at the recreation center.
FB Page is here

COP-Fall Hoot is Saturday October 9, 2010


 
Date: Saturday October 9, 2010
Time: 8:00 am - 9:30 am


Notes: 25th Fall Hoot- Budget Tour
Saturday, October 9th 8-9:30 a.m.
Bloom Carroll High School, Rt. 33 between Canal Winchester and Lancaster. Take US33 East from Columbus to the stoplight at Carroll, turn left and follow the paw prints to the school. Routes of 35, 55, and 80 miles. All routes have some hills, the number and size increase with distance. Come enjoy the last budget tour of the season. 35-80 miles. Budget Tour. $2 member, $4 non-member.
Dave Miller 614-444-2276 tke.534 AT att.net
Roy Burnham 614-343-3704 roy AT burnhamfamily.com