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Sunday, June 30, 2013

What's on tap for cycling events first week of July in Columbus? #letsride

July 1 - Monday Night Ride
EVERY Monday at 10PM | 15thAve & HighSt | Columbus, Ohio | All-Weather | All-Year | All-Bikes | No-Drop


July 2 - Tuesday Night Ride
Tuesday at 7PM | Corner of Park & Buttles at Goodale Park [Facebook event]

July 3 - Ride your bike to BOOM!
We will be riding from Hal & Al's to the Audubon Park to watch the fireworks. Meet at the bar around 700pm. We will roll around 830PM. Family Friendly. This is a slow ride event. Bring lights (front & rear), blanket or chairs and snacks. [Facebook event]

July 4 - Be the Float! Yay Bikes! in the 30th Doo Dah Parade
Join Yay Bikes! on Thursday, July 4th, 2013 to Celebrate Liberty & Lunacy at the 30th Annual Doo Dah Parade! Exercise your First Amendment right, through humor. We will be lining up on Park Street south of Buttles around NOON. We will then parade our bicycles around the Short North, Victorian & Italian Villages & Harrison West.
We are partnering with the Scandinavian Club of Columbus to be Yay Vikes! for the parade. Just show up with your bike. If you have viking gear, bring it. If not, there will be a limited number of viking helmets for people to wear. And a rune. Not to wear though.
[Facebook event]


July 7 - Women's 100: Hocking Hills Loop
9:00 am - Rockmill Brewery

Join me on the 7th July to ride 100km as part of the Rapha Women’s 100.

The Rapha Women’s 100 (http://bit.ly/womens100event) is a global event getting thousands of women around the world to ride 100km on the 7th July wherever they are.

More information here → http://bit.ly/womens100

Route will be posted on this page, before the ride.

Distance: 100k

This will be a hilly, challenging road ride, with a marked route, and support provided by roll: bicycle shop. roll: mechanics will follow the ride, and be on board for mechanicals, emergencies, water, and food needs. However, there is a great chance that riders will get pretty spread out, throughout the ride. So, please still bring your own essentials: food, water, repair kit, spare inner tube. I am currently trying to coordinate one food/water stop at the halfway point... but still bring you own water and nutrition! It might be hot out there, so this station will serve as a refill, replenishment option.

Before the ride, we'll provide two contact numbers to call, in case you need support from the roll: vehicle.

Rockmill Brewing Company is partnering up with us to provide a start and end location. There will be food provided for after the ride, and beer will be available for sale at the bar.

Rockmill is located just NW of Lancaster, OH. Start time changed to 9:00 am.

[Facebook event]

Defiant Bicycles Big Easy | crowdsupply.com


A fat-tire electric bike to take you through snow, sand, and the urban jungle.

The Defiant Bicycles Big Easy is a first of its kind: a hand-crafted, electric FAT bike that’s Made in the USA. The Defiant is the culmination of over two years of development and is the perfect choice for utility and recreation in virtually any setting.

Product Background

The inspiration for the Defiant came from company founder Kevin Spreng’s frustration at the lack of appropriate winter bikes. An attorney and committed bike commuter from the Twin Cities, Kevin wanted a bike that he could ride to work and for fun year round, through the harshest Minnesota winters. There simply wasn’t anything on the market capable of getting him through the snow and slush that made riding a challenge for as many as 6 months a year in Minnesota.

Electrifying a FAT Ride

“I thought I’d give a fat tire snow bike a try,” Spreng explains. “It worked great on snow and ice, but it wasn’t fast enough for me. So, I put an electric motor on my snow bike. It was brilliant. Now I could go 15 to 20 miles per hour on snow-covered trails and roads while still getting a terrific workout. That’s really how Defiant Bicycles and the Big Easy model were born.”

Building the Team

Looking to capitalize on the success of his prototype, Spreng teamed up with Jonathan Dombek and Greg Heinemann to develop Defiant, the company, and build its first model, the Defiant: an electric bike (e-bike) with the styling and craftsmanship one would expect to find in a top-dollar bike. Named, the Big Easy, Defiant’s first model has will fit and/or exceed the needs of several riding styles. As a FAT bike, it can go anywhere in as a commuter, snow, sand or rocky trail mountain-bike. It’s also perfect for the adventure-sportsman looking to get to a deer stand or previously unattainable location with a stealthily quiet mode of transportation.

The Big Easy Combines the Versatility of a FAT Bike with the Performance of an Electric Assist Motor

FAT bikes rule. Ask anyone who’s had a chance to ride one and you’ll see their eyes widen with glee. For the past five years, the FAT bike market has exploded in the United States and elsewhere. Enthusiasts have been blown away by FAT bikes’ ability to conquer terrain previously thought impassable by bike. Snow, rocky riverbeds, extreme off-camber sections, the steepest hills imaginable. A 4.7 in wide tire makes all of these scenarios rideable. FAT bikes were initially used on trails under many feet of snow. People were naturally curious, “I wonder how this bike would ride here, and here, and here?” Since their inception, FAT bikes have become the bike of choice for an immense cult of riders. Some people have gone as far as selling every other bike they own and opting to ride their FAT bike exclusively.

"You mean those tires won't slow me down?"

While the FAT bike tires may appear slow and cumbersome, nothing could be further from reality. Though they are certainly wider, and larger, than traditional 26” tires, FAT bike tires float over most surfaces and keep the bike’s steering lively and assuring. Depending on rider weight, FAT Tires can be inflated to pressures as low as 7pounds per square inch. Lower PSI is how you unlock the performance advantage of FAT tires. This larger tire coupled with lower-than-normal PSI inflation also serves a dual purpose: natural suspension. Over bumps, rocks, You’ll feel like you’re riding a cushy full-suspension bike, only it’s faster and more responsive. FAT tires allow the rider to sling shot themselves through the nastiest bumps in terrain. They also ride fantastically on road. You’ll feel like you’re cornering on a motorcycle as you lean into turns on a descent at high-speed.
As a result, nowadays, FAT bikes are so much more than snow bikes. From winter riding, to desert sand dune sessions, to long-distance adventure touring, not to mention plain old-fashioned trail riding on your favorite patch of single-track, FAT bikes are showing up everywhere. FAT bikes are currently the fastest growing segment in the bicycling industry. Companies can’t make enough of them to keep in stock. That’s why we’re so excited about this opportunity. We wanted our first bike to make a splash, and what better way to do it than with the introduction of a Made in the USA electric FAT Bike?

Why Electric Assist?

Sometimes you need an extra boost. Sometimes you have to get from point a to point b faster than normal. Sometimes you have to blast through a snow bank. Maybe you’re hauling a lot of hunting gear in the wilderness. Whatever your reason, the Big Easy's 500 watt motor will give you that extra boost to get you where you need to go, no matter the situation.

500 Watts of Unstoppable Power

As a means of making our Defiant more versatile than ever, we equipped it with a 500 watt electric motor. This allows you to carry more with you on a long commute, adventurous tour, or hunting expedition in all conditions. The electric assist also means that your bike has become more utilitarian than ever. Single-occupant trips by car become less necessary, which will save you money in the long run all the while allowing you to burn calories you wouldn’t if you made small trips by car.

Market Opportunity in the United States

With a range of 20+ miles, the Big Easy is positioned to put e-bikes on the map in the US where approximately 100,000 were sold in 2012. This figure lags behind sales in Europe where 1.1 million e-bikes were sold last year and in China, where approximately 27Million were sold in the same period! The Big Easy hits the fastest growing segments of the bicycle market – the electric category and fat tire category. With trends of electric car sales continuing to grow in the US as well as the use of bicycles for commuting in general, Defiant is positioned to take advantage of these macro trends with its introductory model – the Big Easy.

No License Required

Unlike motorcycles or scooters, the Big Easy doesn’t uses any fossil-fuels, is easily recharged at a standard electric outlet and is light enough to be rolled into the garage or shed or carried up stairs to an apartment or dorm room. Totally green. Completely efficient with a maximum speed of 20 miles per hour, it provides a comfortable commute, an edgy, all-conditions sporting experience and a daily workout for its user on a bike design totally unique to the category.

Where is the Big Easy Manufactured?

The Big Easy's custom designed aluminum frame is manufactured right here in the United States.

The Big Easy Facts

  • A pedal-assist, ultra-fat tire bicycle for use in snow and sand and all conditions for daily commuting or sport
  • Built on a proprietary design 6061 aluminum frame with bent top tube to maximize stand-over height – made in Portland, OR, USA
  • Frame is one of few built to handle whopping 4.7” tires which are the wide tire available for bicycles
  • Rear dropouts are spaced at 135mm which provides the rider with the flexibility to utilize an internally geared rear hub or single speed
Specific Build-Accessories and Components are variable at the behest of consumer preference
The motor is a 500 watt electric rear hub motor, inner fame mounted battery, 1 x 9 drive train. It is a 36 volt/11.6Ah battery mounted for optimal frame balance and charges fully within 5 hours
“Defiant is a state of being – a way of life. It is about breaking from the past, blazing a new trail, and redefining boundaries. Be active, get involved, lead the way – status quo be damned. Be Defiant!”

You Should Get On Board with Defiant Cycles

Defiant Bicycles Big Easy crosses the boundaries of utilitarian purpose and the simple joy of riding as fast as 20 miles per hour through impossible elements like drifted snow or a heavily sanded beach with all of the convenience and greenness of a bike combined with the unbridled joy of a Vespa.
Defy convention. Defy polluters. And dramatically, definitively defy the elements with a revolutionary electric bicycle that gets you where you need to go – reliably, effortlessly and with zero emission. Come Hell or high snowfall. Combining off-road durability with an urbane sensibility, the Defiant Big Easy flies over potholes and drain grates and plows through snow and sand at speeds up to 20MPH. The motor uses no fuel, emits no pollution and costs just pennies to recharge.
Whether you’re commuting to work or communing with nature, Defiant’s Big Easy not only does the job, it defies anyone or anything to try and stop you!

The Motor City, now 'built for bikes' | The Detroit News - great message about cycling community


Bike Town: Detroit has perfect conditions to be a major bicycling city according to biking advocates/entrpreneurs Jason Hall and Mike MacKool.
    "Everybody rides a bike. Who doesn't ride a bike? Why wouldn't you ride a bike?" asked Mike MacKool. "If you don't ride a bike I feel like you're missing a major part of what's fun in Detroit right now."
    The cycling entrepreneur and advocate of all things bike in Detroit states what's obvious to the growing numbers of bicycle riders in the city. Bike riding is (mac)cool.
    MacKool says Detroit is a perfect storm of conditions for an expanding bike riding culture. The population loss that's a negative for the city in so many ways is a big plus for cyclists. The infrastructure of wide, flat boulevards meant for over twice the traffic we have now makes cycling safer and more enjoyable than it is in the car-choked streets of a New York or Chicago.
    "We're the Motor City; the streets are huge. It's hard to find something that doesn't have four lanes in the city of Detroit," he said. "It makes for a really bike-able city.
    "This city was built for cars," MacKool said. "Now that there aren't as many cars, we feel it's built for bikes."

    [Keep reading at The Detroit News]

    MindSet - Devinci Tour of California

    Saturday, June 29, 2013

    SAVE THE DATE: CoGo Bike Share soft launch is July 17 | CoGo


    From Heather - 
    The Mayor is having a CoGo Bike Share soft launch event on July 17th from 11:15 to 12:15. Location is being finalized soon but it will be downtown. We plan to have a station up for demonstration purposes and there will be a bike ride on the new CoGo bikes! We plan to have the system up and operational by the end of July. Please carve out some time to come and celebrate with us. More details soon!

    If you're at Comfest this weekend, come visit our booth and check out the NYC CitiBike.

    Take care,

    Heather Bowden
    General Manager CoGo Bicycle Share
    Columbus, OH

    ACTION ALERT: HOUSE BILL 145 | Ohio Bicycle Federation


    Please contact your Representative and ask them to support HOUSE BILL 145.
    Ohio House Bill 145 will help Ohio cyclists with two very simple changes in the Ohio Revised Code:
    1.  The Ohio Revised Code in Section 4511.27 already requires that motorists pass bicyclists leaving a safe passing distance.  House Bill 145 sets the safe passing distance as "not less than three feet."  21 states already have the "at least three feet" passing requirement.  During the last four years, six states have adopted the 3-foot rule.   The 3-foot rule is endorsed by the American Automobile Association and the League of American Bicyclists, the largest national organizations representing these two transportation modes.  We now have over 1,400 electronic signatures of Ohio bicyclists supporting this concept.   Please go to www.ohiobike.org to add your signature.
    2.  The Ohio Revised Code in Section 4511.132, already lists situations in which vehicles may proceed through an intersection controlled by a non-functioning traffic signal after stopping and yielding right-of-way.  HB 145 adds another situation where "Failure of a vehicle detector to detect the vehicle" results in the light remaining red.   This is a situation commonly faced by cyclists, as the bicycle is typically not detected by metal detectors buried in pavement, and the traffic light is not "tripped."
    HB 145 is now before the Ohio House Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee.  This committee must approve HB 145 by a majority vote before it proceeds to the full House.
    The Ohio House is now in recess until September.   This provides a great opportunity to visit your House member at home!    Please take advantage of this opportunity to meet with your state representative to support our House Bill 145.
    Please contact your state representative to support House Bill, then let me know their response.     (Find your state representative by searching at http://www.ohiohouse.gov/index.)
    This is especially important for those of you who live in the districts of the members of the Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee:
    Chair:   Rep. Mark Damschroder of Fremont (Republican, District 88 - Sandusky and Seneca Counties)
    Vice Chair:  Rep. Margaret Ann Ruhl (Republican, District 68 - Knox and Eastern Delaware Counties)
    Ranking Minority Member:  Rep. Dale Mallory of Cincinnati (Democrat, District 32 - Hamilton County)
    Rep. John Becker of the Greater Cincinnati Area (Republican, District 65 - Clermont County)
    Rep. Doug Green (Republican, District 66 - Brown and Clermont Counties)
    Rep. Ross McGregor of Springfield Area (Republican, District 79 - Clark County)
    Rep. Anthony DeVitis (Republican, District 36 - Summit County)
    Rep. Terry Johnson (Republican, District 90 -  Scioto and Adams Counties, including Portsmouth, TOSRV destination)
    Rep.  Bill Patmon of Cleveland Area (Democrat, District 10 - Cuyahoga County)
    Rep. Nicholas Celebrezze of Cleveland Area (Democrat, District 15 - Cuyahoga County)
    Rep. Robert Hagan of Youngstown Area (Democrat, District 58 - Mahoning County)
    Rep. Zack Milkovich (Democrat, District 35 - Summit County)
    Rep. Rick Pernales (Republican, District 73 - Greene County)

    Website of Transportation, Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee

    House Transportation Committee - Contact Info:
    Chair Rex Damschroder (R-Fremont) (614) 466-1374   rex.damschroder@ohiohouse.gov
    Vice Chair Margaret Ruhl (R) (614) 466-1431  margaret.ruhl@ohiohouse.gov
    Ranking Minority Member Dale Mallory (D-Cincinnati) (614) 466-1645   dale.mallory@ohiohouse.gov
    Robert Hagan (D-Youngstown) (614) 466-9435   robert.hagan@ohiohouse.gov
    While the House members are now home, staff members are answering the above Columbus office phones during regular business hours.   They can provide numbers where the Representatives can be reached in their districts during the current summer recess.

    Please contact your state representatives, and call on them personally if possible.
    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Thanks!
    Chuck Smith
    Chair, Ohio Bicycle Federation
    (937) 890-6689

    There Is No Sale at Skratch Labs

    We usually only send these emails when we’re having a sale.  We are not having a sale.  However, we are offering you a little somethin’-somethin’ for FREE and that’s way better than just a regular sale.  At least, as long as you wanted the free thing it is.   If you didn’t want it, then it’s really just an annoying marketing trick.  But how could you not want this?
     
    Super Cool Bottles
    Until midnight Sunday, July 7th, for every two pounds of drink mix ordered on our website, we’ll include one free Skratch Labs water bottle.  That means you can spend $39 on something that would normally cost $45 which is kind of the same as a 13.33% discount.  I guess we’re sort of having a sale after all. 

    Order four pounds, you get two bottles.  Six pounds gets you three and, just in case you’re really thirsty, twelve hundred and nine pounds will get you six hundred and four bottles.  And a half.*   If you’re the kind of person who just orders singles, we’ll take care of you, too, with a bottle for each box of twenty you order.  The math on that one is a lot easier.

    And this isn’t just any bottle, either.

    It’s our newly redesigned 21oz Specialized Big Mouth Bottle (21SBMB for short).  We hope you agree that one big logo is better than four little ones.

    Friday, June 28, 2013

    Ride your bike to COMFEST! Park with Pedal Instead securely & for FREE #letsride

    Community Festival is three days of progressive politics, arts & crafts, music, reunions with old friends and introductions to new ones, sunshine, rain, shared dreams and shared work in a shared space. ComFest is also home to Columbus' first bike corral, is it any surprise it is always our largest? Pedal Instead will be at the northwest corner of the Goodale Park again this year (Buttles and Dennison). Volunteers earn the fabulous ComFest t-shirt, food and beverage tokens, and as always all sorts of good karma. Important shifts are always set up (Thursday 4:30 pm) and break down (Sunday 8:30 pm) and evenings (Friday - Sunday). To volunteer, sign up at www.comfest.com

    [Pedal Instead]

    Handlebar Buckets | Dirt Rag


    By Adam Newman
    Riders who do a lot of bikepacking and/or touring have been exploring lots of new ways to carry gear and while a couple of small designers and manufacturers have been going for a few years, a new bumper crop of options have been springing up like May flowers.
    I learned of Handlebar Buckets during my endless wandering through bikepacking.net and dreaming of adventures. Their creator, Barry Ward, sews them one at a time in his workshop in downtown Flagstaff, Ariz. Ward has been stitching climbing gear and bags for more than a decade and the Buckets are somewhat similar in shape to a climbing chalk bag.

    The GREAT GAP Ride is August 30 to Sept. 2, 2013


    An Exclusive Tour on Labor Day Weekend 2013
    Join us Labor Day Weekend, August 30 to Sept. 2, 2013 for the 
    "The GREAT GAP Ride".  This trip is a benefit for 
    The Great Allegheny Passage and the  trail organizations
    A Red Carpet Tour from Cumberland to Pittsburgh
    Each of the 7 trail groups will provide in-depth views of history and 
    features along the route.  Representatives will meet us along the way 
    and roll out the red carpet showcasing the features that make their 
    section of the trail special.
        
    Just Ride Your Bike, We'll Do The Rest!
    Guide supported by certified cycling guides.
    Catered meals and dining at local restaurants.
    Trip features local flair of arts, entertainment and cultural history.
    Gear transport along the way.
    Bike rentals available for an additional fee.
    Select Group Of Participants
    "The GREAT GAP Ride" will have a maximum of 22 participants to 
    facilitate an exclusive experience.  Register now to reserve your spot!


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    You’re Going to Kill Someone | Albert McWilliams


    If you keep driving like that, you’re going to kill a cyclist. When you do, it’s going to suck as much for you as it does for them. When you drive by my head at 50 mph I can’t have this conversation with you, so I’m going to do you a favor and talk you through all of your arguments as to why you’re driving wrong (you are) and then you won’t end up killing a human. So read on; you’re welcome.
     It’s not if it’s when. You are going to kill or seriously injure someone. You are. Someone’s father, brother, mother, daughter - you are going to end their life, forever, like permanently dead. You’ll be a murderer.
    You can save those lives. You need to do two things:
    1. Slow down.
    2. Move over.
    A few facts you might not be aware of:
    • When you pass a cyclist without crossing the yellow line you are breaking the law.
    • When you pass a cyclist while oncoming traffic is present you are breaking the law.
    • When you pass a cyclist in a no-passing zone you are breaking the law (this should be obvious yes? Because it’s called a “no passing zone.”)

    Bike sharing offers big fitness benefits for small commutes | Business Day


    WITH bike-sharing plans rolling on asphalt from New York City to Budapest, experts say city streets are becoming as fitness-friendly as country trails.
    Even short cycling jaunts can make a difference in the health of city dwellers.
    "If you were driving a car and switched to biking, that 10 minutes going and coming a day would be a big deal," says Dr Robert Oppliger, a US exercise physiologist with the American College of Sports Medicine.
    Dr Oppliger, an avid cyclist, says even a 3km to 4km spin can yield significant health benefits.
    "There’s a lot of information coming out on something called active transport that compares travelling by bike or public transit to travelling by car," he says. "The benefits are significant the more mobile you are."
    Government guidelines recommend adults accumulate 150 minutes of moderately intense physical activity per week. Cycling, he said, can be part of that.
    "Bicycling has positive effects on weight and cardio-vascular health," he says. "Even a couple of times a week is beneficial in terms of all the problems with obesity."
    Last week, the American Medical Association designated obesity, which affects one-third of US adults, a disease.

    Thursday, June 27, 2013

    The Cory Lunger Endowment Fund 2013 Run/Walk Event



    The Cory Lunger Endowment Fund 2013 Run/Walk Event - Funding Research in Adult Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) at Ohio State’s Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
    Description
    When: Sunday, September 29, 2013 @ 9AM
    Where: The Ohio State University Campus
    Race Directors: Michael Luong and Allen Loy

    http://cancer.osu.edu/
    http://www.hondaresearch.com/
    http://www.frontrunnercolumbus.com/
    http://www.greenswell.com/
    http://www.paradisegarage.com/

    Email: CLungerBeats5000@gmail.com

    http://www.CLungerBeats5000.com/ 

    Developers capitalize on the rise of cycling's popularity | Business Journal


    If there really is a War on Cars, more and more employers and commercial developers are siding with the bicyclists.
    That’s clear when you look over building plans and hear developers talk about their projects.
    Amazon.com is building cycle tracks at its three-block office complex under construction in downtown Seattle. Plans show traffic signals for cyclists, complete with “leaning rails” on which riders can rest their feet while waiting for the green light. Once these cyclists arrive, they’ll pedal to indoor bike parking.
    Another developer, Harbor Urban, is building an entire apartment building for bicyclists. Located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood, the project is called Velo, which means bicycle in French. The 171-unit project’s doors, lobby floors and elevator walls are designed to be bike-friendly, and the apartments will have bike-storage “niches.”
    Even Kemper Development, which touts the 10,000 free vehicle parking spaces at its Bellevue Collection, is building a bike commuter “lounge” in the 4-million-square-foot retail, office, residential and hotel complex.

    Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    Escaping the Bright Lights of Las Vegas | Bike Overnights


    Think sin city is all about the sex, booze, and gambling? Well, according to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, it is. But step away from the glitz and glam of the Las Vegas strip and you will find an abundance of resources for the outdoor enthusiast, all within a 45-minute drive in just about any direction. Go east and you can play in the waters of Lake Mead, Hoover Dam, and the Colorado River; head northwest and you can hit the slopes of 11,000-foot Mount Charleston; if you’re a hiker, Valley of Fire to the north and Red Rock Canyon to the west are sure to quench your appetite for stunning rock formations and authentic desert hiking.
    Because all of these places are such a short distance from the center of the city, it actually means Las Vegas is an excellent starting point for a wide variety of amazing day trips and overnights that can be taken by bike!
    Leaving Las Vegas: Jasper tests out his ride.
    While there are plenty of local bike shops that will rent road or mountain bikes for day trips, finding a touring bike rental that's set up for panniers or a trailer is uncommon. But don't let this hold you back from exploring some of the spectacular riding Las Vegas has to offer. TheLas Vegas Bicycling Community Website has great resources to start your research on where to ride, what to expect, and how to find local rentals or tour guides.

    An Unlikely Ride: Binary Bike Stop-Motion Video

    House Bill Proposes National Complete Streets Policy Standards | Planning.org


    Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York
    By Olivia Starr
    APA Government Affairs Associate
    At a briefing yesterday on Capitol Hill, representatives of the National Complete Streets Coalition made the case for national standards for complete streets policies. This is one of the central proposals of the Safe Streets Act of 2013 (H.R. 2468), also introduced yesterday by Reps. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.) and David Joyce (R-Ohio).
    The Safe Streets Act would require that each state and metropolitan planning organization adopt a complete streets policy within two years that ensures all new federally funded transportation projects accommodate the safety and convenience of all users. The bill defines transportation projects as road construction and road modification projects, including design, planning, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation, maintenance, and operations. The Secretary of Transportation would be tasked with certification of complete streets policies.
    In her statement at the briefing, Matsui said, “We are changing our lifestyle. We also need to change our roads.” She added that her primary motivation for supporting a set of national complete streets policy standards is improving safety for all transportation system users.
    By now, planners are familiar with the complete streets concept.

    A Couples' Ride | Vimeo


    A Couples' Ride from Darcy Turenne on Vimeo.

    Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    Bicycle Lanes for Multitudes | NYT


    Ursula Bach/City of Copenhagen
    An angled trash can on a stretch of the Copenhagen Cycle Super Highway is for those in a hurry.
    COPENHAGEN — It sounds so promising. A network of dedicated cycle routes running through a city with air pumps to fix flat tires, footrests to lean on while taking breaks and trash cans that are specially angled so you can throw in empty water bottles without stopping.

    Best of all, you can cycle on those routes for long distances without having to make way for cars and trucks at junctions and traffic lights, according to the official description of the Cycle Super Highways, which are under construction here as part of the Danish capital’s efforts to become carbon-neutral by 2025.
    Are they as good as they sound? These days it is hard to find a big city that doesn’t make grandiose claims to encourage cycling, and harder still to find one that fulfills them. Redesigning congested traffic systems to add bike lanes to overcrowded roads is fiendishly difficult, especially in historic cities with narrow cobbled streets like Copenhagen. But as its cycling program sounds so ambitious, I went there to try it.

    Lanes and limits come and go as the city’s cyclists go to and fro | The Copenhagen Post


    Ahead of the 150th anniversary of the arrival of the bicycle in Copenhagen in 2015, Through the Looking Glass takes a look at the history of cycling
    If you thought driving was hard today, just try negotiating this lot on your way to Netto
    If you are a tourist or a recent arrival to our fair city, it’s unlikely that the number of people on bicycles will have escaped your notice. As a city that is sorely lacking in any gradient whatsoever, Copenhagen frequently competes with Amsterdam for the world’s number one cycling city title. Bicycles are an ordinary staple of daily life here, but it might surprise you to learn that the Danish capital wasn’t always so predisposed to developing the urban cycling paradise we enjoy today. Since the introduction of the first velocipede (a term that covers all human-powered vehicles on one or more wheels) onto our streets, Copenhagen has seen the bicycle’s popularity wax and wane. 
    Goodbye Schleswig Holstein, hello bicycle