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Friday, July 22, 2011

Homeport (@HomeportOH) And NOBO are sponsoring a BtCB route for 2011! Plus there is more...


Homeport and their North of Broad neighborhood are a Bike the C-Bus 2011 route sponsor. The registration and packet pickup will take place at the recently opened Homeport Gallery located in the Lincoln Theatre. In addition, the new NOBO on Long Condominiums will be the first stop on the route for riders to tour. Al Waddell of Coldwell Banker King Thompson Realty will be hosting the open house.



PHILADELPHIA CYCLISTS FINALLY GET WHAT’S COMING TO ‘EM [Philly Mag]

Carrie DennyCARRIE DENNY


More policing of maniacs on two wheels brings hope to city drivers

Posted on 7/19/2011 at 10:18AM

The Boyfriend says that bikers throughout the city of Philadelphia know well the hum of my 2000 Land Rover Discovery. You know what I say? I wish they did. Then maybe they’d get the hell out of the way. Normally, my temperament doesn’t really tend toward incidents of road rage. (Extreme Pedestrian Rage, maybe, but that’s a whole other story). Rather, I’m the type to send a grateful prayer up to baby Jesus when I have a close call on the road, rather than curse the jackass who caused it. But years of negotiating city roads with less than conscientious bikers pedaling haphazardly around my moving vehicle like spastic pinballs have more than provided an exception to this norm.
When the city created the first significant batch of bike lanes back in late 2009, I enjoyed the glimmer of hope that this would solve the animosity between drivers and bikers in Center City. A place for everything, and everything in its place, I thought, and they’ll stay in their lanes and we drivers will stay in ours, and there will be set rules we’ll all blissfully follow—and surely they won’t need to go on the sidewalks anymore, what with a home to call their own, now—and we’ll all live happily ever after. The glimmer lasted about a minute.

Awesomefest is July 30th in Columbus, Ohio

Awesomefest is about all things Awesome. What is Awesome, you may ask? Tattoos are awesome. Riding bikes for long distances, I would argue, is pretty awesome. And movie marathons are also really great in my opinion. When you combine all three you get a triathlon of sorts. A triathlon of awesome.

Awesomefest is an all day event that consists of cycling, a movie marathon and tattooing. Each year the theme changes. This year's theme is Star Wars. Come out and join us on July 30th in Columbus, Ohio. All proceeds from the silent auction and a portion of the registration fee supports the non-profit organization Asia's Hope.

Registration is now live http://www.asiashope.org/awesomefest

Tuesday Night Ride Recap 07192011

Highlights
18 cyclists
Blacklick Metro Park
Yellow Brick Pizza
28 miles (I had 31, others may vary)

SNIKE training, not to be confused with SNIPE training

The SNIKE Trainer is a bike with a twist. It bends where no regular bike should ever bend: in the middle of the frame! In order to stabilize the bike, all parts of the body have to work together. That challenges balance, core strength and coordination all at the same time.
Anybody can ride the SNIKE on our specialized stationary trainer, and advanced riders will want to try it free-form outside. No worries, there is no complicated exercise to remember! The Snike Trainer gives you feedback to help you use the correct movement sequence at all times. It is not only great fun, it has also been shown to have a multitude of beneficial effects including:
•Improved activation of the deep low back muscles, the lack of activity of which is largely responsible for chronic low back pain.
•Improved side-to-side back muscle balance, which is especially beneficial for people with scoliosis or a difference in leg length
•Improved activation and coordination of core stabilizing muscles, especially the abdominal muscles
•Improved posture and body awareness, which helps with injury prevention and leads to improved athletic performance
•Improved communication between the two halves of the brain which is especially helpful for children with developmental challenges as well as patients with brain injuries.


Snike from Centered in Motion on Vimeo.

10 Best U.S. Bike Cities of 2011 [The Street]

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- You sometimes need to be a Tour de France cyclist to make it easier to get from here to there on a bicycle instead of in a car, but you don't need to climb the Pyrenees to realize it's cheaper on two wheels. 
With the average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. soaring to nearly $4 in May and still at $3.68, or a 35% hike from what drivers paid at the same time last year, low-mileage alternatives are gaining traction and bolstering the ranks of bicycle owners. The National Bicycle Dealers Association says the U.S. adult cycle industry took in $6 billion in sales last year with 13.5 million adult bikes sold. That's a 15% increase from $5.6 billion in sales and 10.2 million bikes sold in 2009, but still down from the $6.1 billion and 14 million bikes in pre-recession 2005.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Beautiful Guerciotti Frame [Fyxo]

Bike the C-Bus 2011 Sponsor Update: Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark (@FortRapids) donates 10 passes to raffle!

Fort Rapids Indoor Waterpark is a new sponsor for 2011. They have donated (10) day passes for the raffle, and every registration bag will have discount coupons. 


Have you registered yet? Register by August 15th to save $5 and guarantee your t-shirt. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A 1955 British Cycling Film Shows the Joys of Countryside Touring


TreeHugger does a lot of work to promote urban cycling, a major step towards developing sustainable cities. But lest we forget how great a day in the countryside on two wheels can be, this short film from 1955 is the perfect reminder. Produced by British Transport Films, "Cyclists Special" follows a group bicycle tour as members of the Cyclist Touring Club take the train out of London and spend what looks like the nicest day ever. And it's worth watching for the 1950s English slang alone.

Check out the full film here.

The train the tour uses to get out of the city is equipped with special comparments, outfitted with rubber covered hooks to hang the bikes safely: "the way to carry bicycles by train." They head to Rugby, split into groups (so no one gets "the hump" from being at the back of a large group) follow their tour guides through Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, and visit Kenilworth Castle, Stratford-upon-Avon and the site of the Battle of Naseby.

When one person gets a flat tire, the whole group stops to help him fix it, though he may "get a ragging." They stop for a communal lunch to avoid the "bonk" (hunger-caused fatigue). With no cars in sight, everyone goes at their own pace, and no one "splits their britches trying to keep up."

The narrator tells us that the trip brings together "people of all ages, ranks and stations, who rediscover their common humanity in finding countryside, exercise and companionship, all in one." It's a big claim but not an outrageous one: cycling tours are a great way to bring people together, and that's as true today as it was in 1955.

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10 Questions: Cycling Along America’s C&O Canal Trail


The Chesapeake & Ohio Canal is a 185-mile long bicycle path that traces the Potomac River, between Washington, DC and Cumberland, Maryland.

It’s one of America’s most famous, best-established bicycle paths and in this edition of 10 Questions Eric & Elaine Henderson tell us about their experience riding the C&O Trail.

Eric & Elaine live in a rural area of northern Maine and aren’t city people, so their bike tour along the C&O Trail was their first bicycle adventure in a heavily populated section of the United States...

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Boat, bike rentals along Scioto may enliven river Downtown [Dispatch]

Tuesday, July 19, 2011 11:59 PM
BY JEFFREY SHEBAN


The Columbus Dispatch


For more on the prospect of boat rentals at the Scioto Mile riverfront park, watch Dispatch reporter Jeffrey Sheban on WBNS-10TV between 6:30 and 7 on Wednesday morning.
The notion of rental boats plying the Scioto River Downtown is being floated by the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.


After soliciting proposals for a nonmotorized-boat concession in June, the department has heard back from two groups wanting to offer kayaks and canoes for rent by the hour at a riverfront location to be determined.


The concession - which would likely be part of the newly renovated Scioto Mile riverfront park - could be operational as early as this summer, department spokeswoman Terri Leist said.


"It's a way to bring additional activities to the riverfront," she said.


One of the bidders, the for-profit California company Wheel Fun Rentals, would offer bike rentals along with watercraft.


The other bidder, an Ohio nonprofit group called HERO USA, proposes boats only but is open to the idea of bikes. [continue reading at Dispatch]

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Prius-Inspired Bike Has Mind-Controlled Gear Shifting


Hyperefficient design, an EEG-powered helmet -- what's not to like?
What would a Prius look like if it were a bike instead of a car? That's what Toyota, Saatchi & Saatchi LA, Deeplocal, and Parlee Cycles wanted to explore with their PXP project. The final design was just revealed on John Watson's cycling/design site, and it's a doozy: lean, mean, and mind-controlled. (Yes, you read that last part right.)

Futuristic bike designs tend to look not much unlike "normal" bikes, and the PXP is no different. "The Prius was not the first car, it was the car optimized. The PXP is an homage to that optimization," Saatchi & Saatchi LA's Executive Creative Director Chris Adams tells Co.Design. "This led us to a hybrid design that blends the characteristics of a super-aerodynamic time trial bike with the comfort and efficiency of road bike. Add in some innovative technology and you end up with the PXP."

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City of Columbus app coming to your phone


Tuesday, July 19, 2011 03:07 AM
BY LAUREN HEPLER

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

Looking for a local bike path? Want someone to fix that pothole on your route to work?

Starting Monday, Columbus residents can simply whip out the nearest mobile device for help.

Mayor Michael B. Coleman will launch the city's first mobile application, called My Columbus, at a City Council meeting Monday.

"Constituents may not be well-versed in city services," said Stefphanie Harper, spokeswoman for Coleman. "This is a way to show them what's available."

The free application will be available on iPhones, web-enabled iPods and iPads. An Android version is expected by the end of the year.

The city invested an initial $19,900 from the capital improvements budget to develop the application. The City Council last week allotted $146,000 more from the same fund to add other features in coming months.

"We wanted to be ahead of this curve," said Gary Cavin, the city's technology director.

Americans now spend more time - about 80 minutes per day - using mobile applications than browsing the Web, according to a study this year by the California-based mobile technology company Flurry.

The My Columbus app is organized into four sections:

• My Neighborhood provides information about local government services, as well as maps showing nearby entertainment and stores.

• Get Active points out local parks and recreation areas, in addition to healthful recipes and exercise advice from local "celebrities," such as Ohio State University President E. Gordon Gee.

• GreenSpot offers tips for households and businesses looking to be more environmentally friendly.

• The 311 section allows users to submit service requests for issues such as graffiti and potholes, with an option to upload a photo.

Similar online tools are currently available on various city websites.

"It's just a more comprehensive tool," said Jeff Harper, president of eProximiti LLC, the local company that designed the app.

The app uses GPS data for mapping and displays listings of local businesses based on Google and Citysearch.com information. It also links users to social-media sites for city agencies on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Harper said his company will continue adding features over the next several months, such as personalized profiles for app users, updates on city construction projects and access to city health inspections of restaurants.

My Columbus will be available in the Apple app store beginning Monday. Additional information about the app will be available at Columbus.gov.

lhepler@dispatch.com

[Link to original article]

London has the PEDALBUS! Thanks Bethia for the link! [London Evening Standard]

Pedibus
Drive time: the open-air pedalbus, which holds eight seats, takes its group of partygoers (including Dolly Alderton, top left) through the streets of London - it's also become a big hit among corporate clients

All aboard the Pedalbus

Dolly Alderton
18 Jul 2011 
You may have heard of a party bus but what about a pedalbus? Forget rickshaws, black cabs and bikes - the London pedalbus is the latest and most sociable way to travel.
Made from a platform on four tyres, the open aluminium structure holds eight bike seats with pedals. Passengers power the vehicle by pushing the pedals while a driver stands at the front to steer and use the brakes. The fun bit is the way the seats are laid out - passengers sit around a bar while wine and beer is poured for them to enjoy as they travel.

Bike the C-Bus 2011 Sponsor Update: Schwalbe Tires donates to the raffle!

Schwalbe has donated another 4 sets of tires for the raffle! Two sets of 700x30c Speed Cruisers and two sets of 26 x 1.75 Silento II tires will be given away. Schwalbe Tires

Monday, July 18, 2011

Flipphandle - makes bike storage a snapp! [VIDEO]

Bike the C-Bus 2011 Sponsor Update: Knog

We received a grab bag of lights, t-shirts, gloves, hats, patches and stickers from Knog for the raffle! Have you registered yet? Get registered by August 15 to save $5 and guarantee your t-shirt, plus get entered in the raffle. Check out their website here...


"THE MILLION CAR CHALLENGE CAMPAIGN"

The Challenge
Everything has its begining. For me it was sitting in my car, in traffic, reflecting on the mornings ride. I had been yelled at to get off the road, a drink thrown at me and missed by inches by another driver trying to "teach me a lesson". "Get off the road" they said. Quite a lot to think about as I'm stuck in traffic reading window stickers and bumper stickers advertising everything from our president to Billy Bobs favorite motor oil. Can you relate?


I don't care about Billy Bobs favorite motor oil but I still remember it. What I care about is letting everyone who drives a vehicle know that bicycles are allowed to use the full lane in many circumstances and if a cyclist is in the lane for their own safety then the driver must change lanes to pass. 

So I did some research and come to find out, window and bumper stickers are one of the most effective forms of advertisements that reach DRIVERS. People behind the wheel while they are driving. Bumper stickers are right up there with the effectiveness of billboards when related to drivers.

So what if we had 1,000,000 cars with "Bicycles Allowed Use Of Full Lane, Change Lanes To Pass" with a million window and bumper stickers driving around all day? The statistics show that the message will be read by millions and millions of drivers.  
That's a message many of us would like drivers to get.



Are there a million bicyclists that care about getting the word out? We think so and we're going to find out. We are committed to the effort.

I challenge you to help us make a difference. Join "The Million Car Challenge" and help us put the message in front of drivers as they are driving. Join us in our campaign to spread the word.

Bicycles Allowed Use Of Full Lane. Change Lanes To Pass.
 To BMUFL or To BAUFL?

Quick note on the design. BMUFL Bicycles May Use Full Lane regulatory sign and BAUFL Bicycles Allowed Use Of Full Lane warning sign. The message is about the same. The yellow warning style signs are in use in many locations and the white regulatory style signs are now approved with MUTCD. The campaign is about getting the message out to drivers everywhere we drive our cars. On web sites and print advertising. It's about letting drivers know that we do in fact have the right to operate on the road. As we succeed maybe we'll see a push for more BMUFL and BAUFL signs on the roadway. It's up to you. 


Thankyou for supporting The Million Car Challenge and spreading the word that bicycles are allowed to use the road!

Community Ties Ride 2011 is Saturday, July 23

The 9th Annual Community Ties Ride promises to build on the break-out success of the 2010 ride, with well-marked routes through scenic Delaware County, multiple snack stops featuring homemade cookies, and another delicious and healthful, locally grown and made lunch provided by Graumlich Family Farm under a large outdoor tent.
More than 250 riders participated in the 2010 ride, making it the largest turnout ever with all proceeds going to support multi-purpose trail development in Delaware County connecting with the statewide Ohio to Erie Trail.
The ride features options of 31, 62 and 100 miles as well as an 8-mile Family Ride, and includes scenic areas, rare bird habitats, parks, new sections of the Ohio to Erie Trail, well-marked route maps and SAG vehicle. Registration is from 7 - 9 a.m.
The ride will start/end at Northside Community Church, northeast corner of S.R., 3 and Freeman Road in Westerville, site of the homemade lunch.
Pre-registration cost is $20 per rider, or $20 per family participating in the Family Ride. Day-of-ride registration is $25.
Registration includes a one-year membership to the Delaware County Friends of the Trail. Click here to register online or click here to download a registration form.
Some riders enjoyed last year's ride so much that they wrote to tell us:
"I must compliment you on your tremendous bike tour on Saturday, July 24th. I am pretty new at cycling. This spring, at age 57, I decided that cycling was going to be my new fitness endeavor. I signed up for the 100 mile Pelotonia tour and then started training. I am loving it! I have participated in 5-6 organized rides and I have to say that I enjoyed your ride the best. All of your volunteers were as welcoming, friendly and informative as could possibly be. Your map was excellent as were your road markings. The many water stops were much appreciated. The lunch back at Northside Fellowship Church was homemade and perfect and delicious and the women that served the meal were awesome and so much fun to talk to."
"Thanks for a great ride! The food was fabulous! The best I've tasted in decades."

Dodridge Street Bridge Replacement Notice - UPDATE

The barriers are being moved into place for the bridge project so the trail will be closed soon.


Project to require the closure of Dodridge Street and the Olentangy Trail
beneath the bridge early this summer

Dear Neighbor,
Replacement of the Dodridge Street Bridge, spanning the 
Olentangy River, will require the roadway and the Olentangy


Trail, which passes beneath the bridge, to be closed early this 
summer until September 2012, weather permitting.


The project involves the demolition of the current bridge, built in 
1967, and the construction of a new triple-span, arched, concrete 
girder structure. Architectural enhancements include decorative 
railing and street lighting, and a pier-free river span. 
The Olentangy Trail and embankment retaining wall adjacent to 
the bridge will also be rebuilt. 
Detours routes will be posted for motorists and trail-users (see 
maps). Please watch for electronic message signs that will 
announce the road and trail closure date.



The Franklin County Engineer’s Office will supervise the building 
of this $7.7 million bridge improvement by the J.D. Williamson 
Construction Company. Funding will be provided by the Federal 
Highway Administration, through the County Engineers 
Association of Ohio; Franklin County; and the City of Columbus. 
Thank you for your patience and understanding of our efforts to 
replace the Dodridge Street Bridge. Please travel cautiously 
around our work site for everyone’s safety. 
For additional information, please call Greg Payne at (614) 525-
6035 or visit our website at: www.franklincountyengineer.org



Sincerely,
Dean C. Ringle, P.E., P.S.
Franklin County Engineer

The posted detour route for eastbound motorists on Ackerman 
Road/Dodridge Street will follow Olentangy River Road south to

Lane Avenue, east to Neil Avenue, and north to Dodridge Street.
Westbound traffic will follow the detour in the opposite direction.
Learn about COTA bus service changes on the 7 Neil Avenue
and 81 Hudson/Ohio routes by visiting www.cota.com or calling
COTA Customer Service at (614) 228-1776.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ashtabula OH 50 Mile Ride Recap 07162011

Highlights
7 cyclists
51 miles (others mileage varied based on starting point)
Temps in 80's to start, mid 90's end
Geneva on the Lake
Ashtabula
Ashtabula Harbor Lift Bridge

State Road Bridge

Smolen-Gulf Covered Bridge


Cellar Rat Ride Recap 07152011

Highlights
4 cyclists, 1 roller blader
11 miles
Debonne Winery/Cellar Rat Brewery - Madison, OH
One way trip