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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The TRB Annual Meeting & My Fantasy Research Project [via Yay Bikes!]


Meredith Joy contributes a post on the Yay Bikes! site:
Last week, alongside 11,000+ transportation professionals from around the world, I attended the 91st Annual Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. I went to learn what’s happening in the world of transportation research, what the gaps are and how Yay Bikes! might contribute to the conversation. The good news: there is *lots* of exciting bicycle research being done out there, much more than ever before! But for all the inquiry into bike infrastructure, bike sharing programs, cyclists’ behavior and preferences, however, I did notice that one topic continues to be overlooked—cyclist education. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think there is a single research paper devoted to the subject!

What We Assume About Cyclist Education
Education is among the most elevated of interventions to promote bicycling. As one of the “5 E’s” of bicycle planning, the availability of cyclist (and motorist) education is a major consideration in whether a place is deemed by the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) to be a Bicycle Friendly Community. There are a handful of cyclist education offerings, the most established and ubiquitous of which is the LAB’s Smart Cycling curriculum and instructor certification program, based largely on the tenets ofEffective Cycling. A competitive methodology called Cycling Savvy is now gaining traction, and of course Yay Bikes! has developed our own How We Roll methodology to teach road riding skills.

US House wants to cancel funding; Sweden wants bicycle SUPERHIGHWAY


bike superhighway sweden
Looks like Sweden is finally* getting a little competitive with quality-of-life rivals Denmark and the Netherlands and is looking to pump some good money into a big bicycle project.
The news: “Following on recent efforts that have increased cycling 30% in each of the last four years, the Swedish city of Malmo is prepared to spend $4.1 million to build a bike superhighway connecting to the city of Lund, its northern neighbor,” Planetizen reports.
cycling superhighway sweden

Save Biking and Walking [via America Bikes]


FROM America Bikes

Save Biking and Walking

On Thursday, February 2, the House Transportation Committee will vote on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill that eliminates crucial funds for biking and walking.
This long-awaited multi year transportation bill eliminates the two largest programs that fund biking and walking infrastructure—Transportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. Without these programs, communities all over the country will lose resources to build the sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that make biking and walking safe and accessible in communities across the country.
Top Ten Problems with the bill in priority order:
  1. Transportation Enhancements is gone.
  2. Safe Routes to School is gone.
  3. The Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program (CMAQ) is less likely to support pedestrian, bicycle, and transit improvements because air quality is no longer the operative measure.
  4. States are no longer required to maintain safe bridge access for bicycles.
  5. Placeholder for what’s wrong with the planning language.
  6. Rails to Trails are no longer eligible for funding under the Surface Transportation program.
  7. Pedestrian and bicycle coordinators in state DOTs are eliminated.
  8. Pedestrian, bicycle and Enhancements clearinghouses gone.
  9. Eliminates the requirement that rumble strips “do not adversely affect the safety or mobility of bicyclists, pedestrians or the disabled.”
  10. Eliminates language that specifically includes traffic calming and improvements for ped-bike safety as eligible HSIP projects.
We can’t let this bill pass.

take action

On Thursday, the Committee will vote on an amendment to preserve dedicated funding for biking and walking.
People from all over the country are working together to ask members of the House Transportation Committee to preserve dedicated funding for biking and walking. Here’s what you can do now:
  • If your Representative is on the Transportation Committee, call or email their office and ask them to preserve dedicated funding for biking and walking.
  • Have you met with your Representative or Staff before? If so, take this opportunity to call their district office and make the same ask. Remind them of the positive things they said about biking and walking when you met with them before.
  • If your Representative is not on the Transportation Committee, you can still help. Learn more about the issue. Once it passes the Committee, the transportation bill will be on the House floor in a few weeks, where all the members will vote. We will need your help there!
Not sure whether your Representative is on the Transportation Committee?Find your Representative here.

Third Hand Benefit February 7th


Special 10 band Tuesday benefitting the Third Hand Bicycle Co-op.

We will have ten bands over two stages with 40 minute sets each starting at 6pm. .50 cents a band w/ 10 band minimum donation!
All types of music are on the bill and we are just excited that we will be hosting this event. Keeping it real and keeping it local.

Bands include Hubbard Stew, Pett Crow, The Devil Doves, The Cellar Hounds, Central Planners, Sam Muccio, William The Accountant, Mark Hunter, Rubix Wheel, Teen Fiction.
 

The party is going down 6pm -2am at:
1200 West Third AveColumbus, OH 43212

Monday, January 30, 2012

Cities for Cycling [NACTO] doesn't look to lowest hanging fruit


Cities for Cycling is a project of the National Association of City Transportation Officials to catalog, promote and implement the world’s best bicycle transportation practices in American municipalities. Part of this program includes NACTO’s Urban Bikeway Design Guide, a collection of the best in innovative bikeway treatments from around the US.
Bicycling is good for cities. Providing safe, comfortable, convenient bicycling facilities is a cost-effective way for American municipalities to improve mobility, livability and public health while reducing traffic congestion and CO2 emissions.
Cities for Cycling focuses on implementing world-class bicycle transportation systems through design innovation and the sharing of best practices. American municipalities are increasingly pioneering new designs and adapting international best practices to local conditions. To assist this local-level leadership, the Cities for Cycling project works to share and promote state-of-the-art practices that ensure safe traffic conditions for all modes of travel.

[NACTO website]


BikeAlarm




1
THIEVES DON'T MESS WITH ALARMS!
Think about it - cars, homes, businesses.... Our 110 dB Alarm prevents most thieves from even thinking about stealing the bike that it's attached to. And if they are crazy enough to do so, anyone within a football field radius of your bike will see who took it. Read much more about the alarm feature of a BikeAlarm here.


2
THIEVES STEAL MORE THAN JUST BIKE FRAMES!
Some of the most valuable parts are the easiest to steal - without even touching the frame. BikeAlarms come up to six feet long, which means you can lock up every part of your bike at the same time! Seats and wheels get stolen all the time because most locks only are able to lock up the frame. Not with BikeAlarms. See just how much of your bike you are able to protect and keep safe here.


3
THIEVES CAN CUT THROUGH ANYTHING!
Even the toughest U-Lock. But they won't cut ours because of the alarm. So you no longer have to lug around a lock that weighs more than a pair of dumbbells. Protect your bike and shed pounds at the same time with BikeAlarm. One of THE lightest bike locks out there weighing in at only 8 oz. - less than a bottled water. View a scale of just how light a BikeAlarm is compared to it's competition and other everyday items here.

Visit our store today and find which length is the right length for you.


for the love of bikes [blog]



A Brooklyn-based designer who loves herbicycles -- and accompanying accoutrements. Began commuting year-round by bike 13 years ago in Montreal due to zero tolerance waiting for public transit in the freezing cold. Since moving to NYC in the Spring of 2001, she's typically found riding around on her vintage single-speed, hitting up the Palisades on her road bike, and often going out of the way to ride in a bike lane 


[check out the blog here]

Sunday, January 29, 2012

QuickFix Mudguards Attach In A Jiffy, And Fold Flat [FastCompany]





QuickFix Mudguards Attach In A Jiffy, And Fold Flat

WANTED

FULL WINDSOR'S ORIGAMI-LIKE FENDER PROTECTS YOUR ASS ON AN AS-NEEDED BASIS.

If you’re a fair-weather cyclist, read no further. If, however, a little rain doesn’t deter you from taking to the road, a rear mudguard is the must-have accessory for keeping your backside dry. One of the cleverest designs we’ve come across is Full Windsor’s Quickfix, which can be swiftly attached (and removed) with a couple of snaps--no tools required.


Just fold the fender into shape, then wrap the fasteners around the seat stays and tube and clip them in place. It stores flat, so you can tote it in your bag for the next rainy day. (Bike enthusiasts might find Quickfix reminiscent of an earlier design from Wit Industries called the Fendor Bendor, which attaches to the seat tube.) Buy one here for $21.


Terry Tailwind - great bike for shorter folks


Our performance-level road bike has a slightly more aggressive frame geometry that lets women reach their full riding potential both in the peloton and on the climb. Shimano 105/FSA drivetrain, size-specific handlebar and stem.
The compact FSA Gossamer chainrings give you just enough low gears to handle hillier rides, but the high gears are high enough to keep you charging on the flats. We've tweaked things like the handlebar width, stem length and crankarm length so they're appropriate for the size of the rider.
[42 x 52 size has 650c wheels (ISO 571) front and rear]





Meet Georgena Terry
Georgena Terry
I started this company in my basement in 1985 after figuring out rather quickly that corporate life wasn't my cup of tea. Being a mechanical engineer and passionate about bicycles, I learned the fine art of bike frame building and began making bicycles for myself and friends who couldn't find bikes that fit properly. After selling out at a trade show, I quit my job at Xerox and founded Terry Precision Bicycles for Women. The engineer and entrepreneur in me saw a huge, untapped market for bikes that fit women. This was revolutionary thinking 20+ years ago -- and still is!
Today, I continue to be consumed by all things cycling and have dedicated my professional life to making Terry Precision the ultimate resource for female cyclists, whether it's products or information that can't be found anywhere else. I personally ride 6000 miles annually, testing all manner of products so if something has "georgena's choice" on it, you can be certain it's the real deal.
I feel fortunate to have hired like-minded people to work at Terry. Everyone here is committed to making our customers happy, whether it's helping select the right gear, finding the right saddle or working with a bike shop to get a Terry demo bike. I encourage you to write me at georgena@terrybicycles.com and let me know what we can do better.



[Terry website]

Get all Tangle(d) up at Paradise Garage!


From Revelate Designs website

Tangle bags™ are adjustable, rectangular-shaped frame bags that leave room for both water bottle mounts on the frame. Designed to fit a variety of bike frames, these bags can be used for everyday riding & commuting, and really any adventure big or small. 
The main compartment features an exit port for a hydration tube or battery wire and the zippered left side pocket holds tools and maps. Attachment is made with reinforced velcro along the top tube, other attachments are made with webbing and low profile camlock buckles with strap keepers. All attachment points bartacked for strength.
Sizing:
Small : 15"-18" mountain bikes, or larger Aluminum frames. Some 4 bar full suspension.
             52-56cm road / cross bikes
             Top length 17", Height 4"
Medium - 17"-21" Hardtail mountain bikes & cross bikes
                Top Length 19.5", Height 4.5"
Large - 55cm- 60cm road & touring bikes.
             Top Length 21", height 6", Has 1.5" of length at the top tube.
Feel free to send an email with sizing questions.
Why Tangle? because it rhymes with rectangle and looks like one!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

B1 Bicycles has 50% OFF Tune Ups through 2/29!



Mohican Area Gravel Adventure Ride Recap 01282012

Highlights
7 cyclists (Tim, Bill, Dan, John D, John C, Carey, myself)
25+ grade percent max
2600+ feet of climbing
Mix of paved and gravel roads
Gravel road surface was a mix of snow, slush and mush (slow going)
The CareyDactyl made multiple appearances by squawking
Route [from Tim]
Started at Mohican MTB trailhead
Brinkhaven/Gann turnaround point
Passed blueberry farms
Passed Landoll's Mohican Castle

Friday, January 27, 2012

US teacher tracks his bike rides by GPS - and creates some stunning artwork (+ gallery)



Jellyfish Invasion (copyright WallyGPX.com)
A man in Baltimore, Maryland, is using pedal power to turn maps of the city into art, tracing pictures of his journeys round the city by using his GPS-enabled phone. Michael Wallace’s works have now been featured in newspapers, websites and other media around the world, and here he shares with road.cc how he got started, the idea of launching a website to showcase his work, and his plans for his biggest piece yet.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Kiwi Chronicles: Episode 4 - The Forgotten World Highway - PathLessPedaled.com

Kiwi Chronicles: Episode 4 - The Forgotten World Highway - PathLessPedaled.com from Russ Roca on Vimeo.

In this episode, we experience our first Kiwi Christmas. We also ride the Forgotten World Highway, one of NZ's Great Rides. We have a chat with the team behind the new cycle trail network in New Zealand and Jonathan Kennett, a reknowned bicycle advocate in NZ.

For behind the scenes info, check out:
www.bicycletimesmag.com

For more visit:
www.pathlesspedaled.com
www.facebook.com/pathlesspedaled

Does a Three Foot Law make sense? For PA it does! [via LAB]


PA Senate PAsses safe PAssing

Too much with the PA joke? Sorry. Anyway…
Big news today out of Pennsylvania. The PA Senate passed House Bill 170, the Safe Passing Act by a vote of 45 to 5. The bill will now go to Governor Corbett’s desk for his signature.
Read more about who voted for and against the measure at the blog of the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

Photo from Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

MORPC Regional Bikeways Plan STILL TAKING COMMENTS! (This is where money comes from for the central Ohio area)


As part of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) update, MORPC has developed a draft bikeway prioritization methodology for the region. This methodology will help MORPC to prioritize future bikeways at a regional level. We are reviewing comments received during the official comment period ending January 18, 2012. We will be considering those comments during the development of the final draft map and methodology, available for comment beginning February 29. Feel free to continue to submit comments. We will review for possible incorporation as best as possible prior to final draft map release. Comments can be submitted to MORPC, 111 Liberty Street, Suite 100, Columbus, Ohio 43215 or by email to Andrew Taylor attplan@morpc.org.
To view and download the methodology, please click on the following link: 2012 Draft Bikeway Prioritization Methodology.
To view an interactive version of the map, please click on the following link: 2012 Draft Bikeway Prioritization Interactive Map.

MORPC plans for the development of bikeways as a component of a multimodal regional transportation plan. The goal of the bikeway planning effort is to create a network of bikeways that provide transportation between Delaware and Franklin counties, Bloom and Violet townships in Fairfield County, and Etna township and Pataskala in Licking County. (This is the MORPC planning area.)
The development of a regional bicycle transportation system requires the following collaborative efforts:
  • Local governments provide data on existing and committed bikeways.
  • The bicycling community provides desired routes.
  • Bicycle organizations and public agencies provide technical information on bikeway design, location, barriers, and the overall cycling environment.
For more information contact Juana Sandoval at (614) 233-4140 or jsandoval@morpc.org.

Link --> MORPC.org