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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Green Lane Gets More Women Riding in LA [LAB]


There’s no simple or single solution to get more women riding bikes in the U.S. In 2009, women accounted for just 24 percent of bike trips and the reasons for that under-representation are numerous and complex.
Jennifer Klausner (left) and Alexis Lantz (right) of the LACBC (Credit: Women on Bikes SoCal)
But one thing is becoming clear — specific types of facilities can dramatically impact the number of female cyclists.
The latest evidence? New data on a separated bike lane in downtown Los Angeles, California.
In late 2011, the city installed a green buffered bike lane on Spring Street, a major corridor in the downtown district. The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (which, incidentally, is staffed by some phenomenal female leaders) wanted to capture the impact of the new facility, so they conducted bike counts before and after the paint went down. Released this month, the results are impressive.
Overall, riding went up 52 percent after the green lane was installed, with a particularly big jump on the weekends (250 percent). But even more eye-opening was the gender shift.

Stray Dog Runs With Cyclists Across China [ABC News]


A stray dog completed a 1,100-mile trek across China, climbing 12 mountains in nearly 25 days.  All it took to get the dog to complete the mission was giving it a bone.
The tenacious pup, nicknamed “Xiaosa,” or Little Sa, encountered a team of cyclists in the beginning stages of a race from Sichuan province to Tibet.  When one of the cyclists fed the hungry-looking dog some food, the smart dog decided to stay with the hands that fed him and continued the race, the BBC reported.
Soon Xiaosa was the team’s mascot, and a national hero in China was born.
A blog started by one of the cyclists – reported to be a graduation trip among friends – chronicling  Xiaosa’s adventures had attracted 40,000 fans by the end of the race, according to the BBC.
The UK’s Telegraph reported that the dog’s Internet followers in China have nicknamed her “Forrest Gump,” after the fictional Tom Hanks character that ran and ran and ran in the movie of the same name.
“She was lying, tired, on the street around Yajiang, Sichuan province,” one cyclist told China Daily.  “So we fed her, and then she followed our team.”
The dog, the cyclists reported, kept up with them on their daily treks of 30 to 40 miles and even stayed on foot while others took a shortcut.

Stolen Bike Alert: OSU Campus area

Stolen yesterday evening at the OSU Union. The parts list is:

Front wheel-Hed3
Back wheel-B43 with Chub hub
Frame-Gorilla Zengang
Bars-Ritchy carbon bullhorn
Stem-Ritchy carbon 4 Axis Matrix
Crank set-Campy pista
Pedals-Speedplay
Saddle-Fizik Kurve Snake
Brake-Campy Super Record
Break lever-Campy 

If you have any info on the whereabouts of this bicycle, please call 614-949-7721

Top 5 reasons to claim the lane (and why it's safer) [Commute by Bike]


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Here are the top two least safe places to ride:

  • Sidewalk – While the odds of you getting hit from behind diminish greatly, there are other dangers that come into play.
    • Drivers are not looking for fast moving objects on the sidewalks, so when you come to a cross street there is a good chance you’ll get hit by a turning car.
    • Sidewalks are available for pedestrians and, in many states, it’s illegal for bicycles to ride on them.
    • You are forced to (and should) go extremely slow. Besides dealing with turning cars and pedestrians, you are riding on surfaces that are not maintained for traffic and you will often have other obstacles to deal with.
  • The extreme right side of the road – This is the most dangerous place you can ride. You are risking two dangers:
    • Cars will repeatedly try to squeeze by you in the same lane and will almost always come very close to you which, obviously, increases your chance of getting hit.
    • The Peek-a-boo bike. Picture two cars approaching. The second car is following closely to the first. As the first car moves to miss you, it is seen by the second car as merely drifting in the lane since the car isn’t moving that much out of the way. The second car doesn’t realize you are in the road until it is too late.
Because of the above dangers–and contrary to many people’s “common sense”–the best thing for a bike commuter to do is claim the lane. I ride at least a third of the way into the lane and, around curves, I roll right down the middle.

Bicycle Helmet Wars [Living on Earth]



American children are trained to always wear bicycle helmets. The evidence showing their benefit in a crash is clear. But are there unintended consequences to helmet-wearing that may be causing harm? Living on Earth’s Ike Sriskandarajah pedals through the center of helmet wars.

Transcript

GELLERMAN: It's Living on Earth, I'm Bruce Gellerman. In our last show we pedaled National Bike Month and took an international turn in our conversation with Mikael Colville-Andersen. He's considered Denmark's bicycle ambassador. Biking is a way of life there and Colville-Andersen surprised us when he said bike ridership in Copenhagen, the capital, is actually going down. He blames advocates of bike helmets.

Kids, and adults, ride helmet-less in Amsterdam. (Photo: Scott Osberg)
COLVILLE-ANDERSEN: There's very few places in the world where there's a mandatory helmet laws, but the simple promotion of them - suggesting that people wear them - we've seen this in every region of the world where helmets have been promoted, that cycling levels fall. It really sort of is a bullet in the back of the head of any healthy bicycle culture.

[Oregon] State prioritizes 'user fee for bikes' in report to Governor on new funding ideas [Bike Portland]


A new report presented to Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber yesterday outlines and prioritizes 16 new "non-roadway" transportation funding mechanisms. Among the ideas selected as a priority for "additional consideration for further implementation" and possible legislative action, is a "User fee for bikes."
The 93 page report, Oregon Non-Roadway Transportation Funding Options: Report to the Governor, (PDF) is the result of a 64-person "Non-Roadway Working Group" that was convened by Kitzhaber back in November. The group included a large list of transportation stakeholders (including Bicycle Transportation Alliance Advocacy Director Gerik Kransky), many members of the Oregon legislature, and State staffers (see full list below).
The purpose of this project (which has been on the to-do list for the state since 2008) was to, "develop recommendations for sustainable funding of non-roadway transportation, including rail, marine, aviation, transit, and on and off-road bicycle and pedestrian paths."

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

City of Dublin and the Memorial Tournament introduce first-ever bicycle parking


For Immediate Release
May 23, 2012

City of Dublin and the Memorial Tournament introduce first-ever bicycle parking

(DUBLIN, Ohio) - 2The City of Dublin and the Memorial Tournament are introducing a healthy and green initiative for guests at this year's Tournament with the first-ever bicycle parking.
Two Tournament bicycle parking areas will be available at the sixth tee entrance gate and in the grass lot on the south side of Memorial Drive near the tournament crosswalk. The hours are 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday May 28-Sunday, June 3.
"Dublin's bike path system, by design, is both recreational and a viable means of transportation," said City of Dublin Parks & Open Space Director Fred Hahn. "We are pleased that the Memorial Tournament is encouraging guests to take advantage of Dublin's 100 miles of bike path system as a safe and convenient method of transportation."
"We will assess the success of this bike parking pilot program with a goal of increasing our level of service in future years," said Memorial Tournament Executive Director Dan Sullivan.
Bicycle racks will be available for use. Guests are encouraged to bring bicycle locks.
Go to http://goo.gl/p8HBB for bike parking locations and bike path connectivity.

DIY Wall Bike hanger. Sweet...


DIY Wall Bike hanger.

This is a no frills/straight forward guide for those of you looking to make your own wall mounted bike hanger but don’t feel like spending a bunch of dough.
simple, easy, cheap
Let’s Start.
Tools:
one set of drop styled handle bars
one quill stem that fits handle bars
one old tire
one threaded piece of galvanized steel pipe that your stem fits snuggly into. (In my case a 3/4″x4″)
one wall flange that fits whichever pipe you find.
tape measure
drill
two wood screws
drill
level
1. Put your handle bars into the stem (if they are not already) and flip them upside down to make your hanger.
If your bars aren’t already taped you might want to wrap them up to prevent scratches to your frame. I wasn’t about to go buy some bar tape just to hang on the wall so I wrapped my pair up with an old tube and used wine corks instead of bar ends.
(This step is not required)
Attach your pipe to the wall flange and then insert your your quill into the pipe. This seriously couldn’t be anymore easy, could it?
Using wood screws, assuming your hanging into a standard wall, hang that bad boy where ever you want to hang your bike. Use a tape measure to determine how high you’d like your bike to be. I used 80″ which provides enough space to fit another bike underneath. (I’m not going into detail on how to hang something to a wall, there are plenty of guides for this online.)
Now enjoy your stylish bike hanger.

As bike path lengthens, village, Columbus agree on rules [This Week News]


Marble Cliff Village Council has approved a proposed memorandum of understanding between the village and the city of Columbus Recreation and Parks Department that would establish guidelines for the operation of the portion of the Scioto Trail Bikeway located in the village.
Columbus plans to construct an extension of the bikeway this year from the Riversedge complex at 1335 Dublin Road to Fifth Avenue and from the Dublin Road water plant to Grandview Avenue.
Village Council approved a draft of the memorandum at its May 21 meeting. Columbus has not yet approved the document.
"Columbus has assured us that the project will not be a maintenance burden for Marble Cliff," said village Engineer Louis McFarland.
The proposed memorandum of understanding states the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department must maintain and administer the portion of the bikeway located in the village.
Columbus would be responsible for the day-to-day operations and maintenance of the trail and for all major maintenance and construction along the bikeway.
The village, through its service contract with the city of Grandview Heights, would have law enforcement jurisdiction along the Marble Cliff section of the bike trail and would enforce village ordinances and Ohio Revised Code.

A few things from the bike shop. [Best of Craigslist]

Whoo-hoo Seattle, the sun is out! Let's discuss a few things before you fumble with swapping the unused ski rack for the unused bike rack on the Subaru.

So yes, you've noticed the sun is out, and hey!- maybe it would be cool to to some bike riding. Let's keep in mind that the sun came out of all 600,000 of us, so for the most part, you're not the only one who noticed. Please remember that when you walk into my shop on a bright, sunny Saturday morning. It will save you from looking like a complete twat that huffs "Why are there so many people here?"

Are we all on the same page now about it being sunny outside? Have we all figured out that we're not the only clever people that feel sunny days are good for bike riding? Great. I want to kiss all of you on your forehead for sharing this moment with me. Put your vitamin D starved fingers in mine, and we'll move on together to some pointers that will make life easier.

SOME POINTERS FOR THE PHONE:

- I don't know what size of bike you need. The only thing that I can tell over the phone is that you sound fat. I don't care how tall you are. I don't care how long your inseam is. Don't complain to me that you don't want to come ALL THE WAY down to the bike shop to get fitted for a bike. I have two hundred bikes in my inventory. I will find one that fits you. Whether you come from the north or the south, my shop is downhill. Pretend you're going to smell a fart, ball up, and roll your fat ass down here.

- Don't get high and call me. Write it down, call me later. When I have four phone lines ringing, and a herdlet
of people waiting for help, I can't deal with you sitting there "uuuuhhh"-ing and "uuummm"-ing while your brain tries to put together some cheeto-xbox-fixie conundrum. We didn't get disconnected, I left you on hold to figure your shit out.

-I really do need to see your bike to know what is wrong with it. You've already figured out that when you car makes a noise, the mechanic needs to see it. When your TV goes blank, a technician needs to see it. I can tell you, if there is one thing I've learned from you fucking squirrels, it's that "doesn't shift right" means your bike could need a slight cable adjustment, or you might just need to stop backing into it with the Subaru. Bring it in, I'll let you know for sure.

- No, I don't know how much a good bike costs. For some, spending $500 dollars is a kingly sum. For others, $500 won't buy you one good wheel. You really need to have an idea of what you want, because every one of you raccoons "doesn't want to spend too much".

[Keep reading at Craigslist]

My type of rider



My type of rider

As discussed in earlier blogs, I am learning how to ride a bike, and the more time I spend in the saddle the more I learn, sometimes the more I question as well.

But I am definatly learning the type of riders there are and where I fit into the mix.

So first, I guess I should explain what I mean by "types" of riders.

Today I will concentrate on the Roadies, Mountain Bikers will come at a later date.

So we have firstly:

The Racer- oh you know the ones, slimmer, faster, meaner then any of the roadies. The ones who speed past you when your just riding to the supermarket. They wear team kit all of the bloody time, except when its dirty, then its Assos and Gore all the way. They ride for miles, work part time, drink espresso, carb load, hang out with other racers and have skinny girlfriends with big breasts.

The Mile Junky- 20 miles is a ride around the block to these lot. They must ride everyday, and if they dont finish off the week with a long, long ride its because they have the shits. They ride no matter what the weather and their partners would forget they're around except for the pile of washing in the basket. They also carb load, but dont shy away from cake if there is a cafe placed about 50 miles in. They ride alone a lot, mainly because the rest cant fucking keep up! They usually belong to a club and are almost always in the front of the pack.

The Trainer- train, train, train, train. Increase stamina, increase miles, increase heart rate, decrease heart rate, lose weight, gain weight, diet, drink special drinks, eat special food, spend loads of money on gadgets, document every fucking little thing, including the size, shape and smell of their bowel movements and the colour of their wee.They know everything you need to know to make your bike lighter, faster, more comfortable and more expensive. They are all about the bike. Im not quite sure what they are training for though??? But they are fit and if the weather is really bad, you will find them on the turbo/rollers or in the gym.

The All Talk- knows everything, knows everyone, talks shit, rarely ever gets on the bike. They always have an excuse, to busy, injured, bike being fixed, hungover, sick, working, or even watching on tv. They have an opinion about every rider, bike, or piece of kit. They walk into their local bike shop, shouting out the names of all the staff, and rarely buy anything because, well, they dont need anything if there not riding. They tell stories about a ride they did in 1995 or about when they met Lance Armstrong. Oh I think they need help.

The Leisure Rider- The ones who NEVER wear a helmet. I cant work them out. They obviously enjoy cycling and are the reason why trouser clips are still on the market. They ride lovely shopping or leisure bikes but dont feel the need for cycling kit at all. But why?? I kinda like them because they seem so happy just to plod along, enjoy the view and the sunshine and they dont need to spend money to get on a bike.

The Pick n Mix- The ones who are happy just to be on a bike, long rides, short rides, cake rides, shopping rides. They ride nice bikes, they spoil themselves with one or two great pieces of kit, then shop discount for everything else. They may partake in sportives and club rides but aren't going to set any record times. They are the ones who watch races and cheer with the biggest smiles on their faces, mainly because they are thinking, thank fuck it isnt me, but they secretly daydream that their stood at the top of the TDF podium (or at least that their shagging the winner)

I think I aspire to be a Pick n Mix but sometimes I stress out a bit to be one. I constantly want to be better then I am, and put myself down for not being faster and fitter. But Im learning and now that I know what type of rider I want to be, maybe it will be easier for me to get there.

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