With winter’s impending arrival, all manner of “how to cycle in the winter” guides are slapped up all over the place. Year after year, the subcultures put on their professor hats and look down their noses at the general population while they attempt to “teach” people how to be just like them. You know the type – real cyclists.
Saturday, November 30, 2013
MK1 - Tilt-action cargobike from Butchers & Bicycles, Copenhagen from Butchers & Bicycles, Copenhagen on Vimeo.
Friday, November 29, 2013
Some commentators recently expressed outraged that governments spend money on cycling improvements. Examples include Christopher Cadwell’s Drivers Get Rolled: Bicyclists Are Making Unreasonable Claims To The Road—And Winning, in theWeekly Standard, and Bob Poole’s A U.S. Bicycle Route System? in Surface Transportation Innovations #121. You could call them cycling critics, because they assume that bicyclists have inferior rights to use public roads and cycling facility investments are wasteful and unfair, or call themautomobile dependency advocates because their general message is that transportation planning should focus on facilitating automobile travel, with little or no consideration for other modes.
Their arguments are largely wrong, I’ll call them "half-truths" to be charitable, presented with great certitude and self-righteous anger. These articles are published in ideologically-oriented periodicals for readers who share their prejudices, so they make little effort to justify their positions. However, it is important that people involved in multi-modal transport planning understand these issues because they often surface in policy debates.
I evaluate their arguments below. I consider both walking and cycling, together calledactive or non-motorized transportation, since planning for these modes often overlaps: separated paths, complete streets policies, and urban traffic speed reductions support both. These issues are discussed in more detail in my report Whose Roads? Evaluating Bicyclists’ and Pedestrians’ Right to Use Public Roadways, and you'll find more detailed information on their economic evaluation in the report Evaluating Active Transport Benefits and Costs.
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Head Marshal Chris Helbling's Garmin map of the route
Pennsylvania Magazine article by Sarah McCluan
WESA fm radio Liz Reid's article
West Virginia Gazette article by Rick Steelhammer
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When I (Danny Chew) get to the top of each hill, we will wait for about 10 minutes until the majority of the riders reach the top, and then (on my word) we will ride neutral to the next hill, where I will blow my whistle to signal the start. Please allow the car points scorers Kevin & Carol are driving to get through the pack so that they can get to the next hill before the riders do. Realistically, only about 50 riders are strong/fast enough to get points, so I would appreciate it if the majority of the other riders don't fight for the front of the pack at the bottom of each hill. The old 3rd hill - Berryhill Rd. is out this year because it is closed and barricaded off at both the bottom and top. So the Middle Rd. section of the route has been eliminated. It is about 1.5 miles from the top of the 2nd hill (Ravine St./Sharps Hill) to the bottom of High St./Seavey Rd. in Etna. Be extra cautious on the long descent on Kittanning St. as there is a dangerous sewer grate (wide holes parallel to our direction) on the right side of the road 0.2 mile before the traffic light on Rt. 8. Rialto St. (Pig Hill) will return to the DD this year. It is closed to traffic, and the first wave of riders will be all riders who have scored any points on the first 4 hills. The second wave will be all of the women. Then everybody else.
Officially, the first day of winter is Dec. 21. Unofficially, it's damn cold outside, the sky is dark by 5 p.m., and spending more than five minutes on my bicycle turns my nose into a snot fountain. Winter is coming, and I am not prepared.
Truthfully, I've never been prepared to bike in what passes for winter where I live, in Washington, D.C. By late October, I start riding to work with socks on my hands. By November, I'm layering a sweat shirt and a shapeless leather jacket from JCPenney. Biking at all between December and March has, in past years, meant sacrificing my dignity for warmth. And that's if I decide to bike through the cold. (The last two winters, I let my tires go flat. Such fail.)
But this year, I've told myself, is going to be different. It can be different for you, too.
Thursday, November 28, 2013
One of my main focuses has always been on how Copenhagen has succeeded in increasing cycling levels by approaching the subject using mainstream marketing techniques. When subcultural groups start trying to indoctrinate and convert the public, it rarely ever succeeds.
The National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA) launched a new program at Interbike 2012 that rates bicycle stores in North America against the highest performance levels in the industry, with the goal of identifying and promoting “America’s Best Bike Shops.” The program defines the characteristics of “America’s Best Bike Shops,” and uses the results to lead bicycle shops to become the best they can be. It rewards the top performing participants for their achievements by providing recognition to consumers and the bicycle industry.
An on-line application asked shop owners to explain what sets them apart from the competition, how they develop customer loyalty, and what they are doing to make their corner of the globe more bicycle friendly. Participating stores that receive the highest scores on the application were visited by a mystery shopper who rated the store on appearance, web site and customer service both in person and over the phone.
Congratulations to these retailers who are the America's Best Bike Shops for 2013:
New Fatality Data Shows Transportation Spending Doesn't Match Transportation Reality | Rails to Trails
The release of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's (NHTSA) annual report on traffic fatalities made the news last week for one significant reason: for the first time since 2005 the number of people killed on U.S. roads increased - up 3.3 percent from 2011.
What does this mean for those of us who walk or bike for our daily transportation needs?
The NHTSA data finds that pedestrians and bicyclists accounted for nearly a third of the increase in deaths (327 out of 1082) over 2011. This is the third straight year that walking fatalities have increased and the second for biking. And the increase has been particularly marked in the past 12 months - up 6.5 percent for people walking and 6.4 percent for people riding bikes.
It is troubling to see that not enough is being done to protect those of us who walk and bike for our mobility needs.
In an effort to better understand what these numbers tell us about broader transportation patterns, we took a closer look at the NHTSA data over the past few days, and here a few key takeaways.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013
The difference between this Dutch city and most North American commuter towns is that it actually makes good on its promise of safety, security, and good health.
What happens when you build mobility systems entirely around safety? I found out the morning I arrived in Houten, a design experiment set amid the soggy pastures of the Dutch lowlands.
I stepped off the train, eyes blurry with an Amsterdam-size hangover, and found a bustling downtown without a car in sight--just throngs of white-haired senior citizens wheeling past on bicycles, their baskets loaded with shopping. I was greeted at Houten’s city hall by the mild-mannered traffic director, Herbert Tiemens, who insisted that we go for a ride. He led me down Houten’s main road, which was not actually a road but a winding path through what looked like a golf course or a soft-edged set from Teletubbies: all lawns and ponds and manicured shrubs. Not a car in sight. We rolled past an elementary school and kindergarten just as the lunch bell rang. Children, some of whom seemed barely out of diapers, poured out, hopped on little pink and blue bicycles, and raced past us, homeward.
“We are quite proud of this,” Tiemens boasted. “In most of the Netherlands, children don’t bike alone to school until they are eight or nine years old. Here they start as young as six.”
“Their parents must be terrified,” I said.
“There’s nothing to fear. The little ones do not need to cross a single road on their way home.”
Once upon a time, Houten was a tiny village clustered around a fourteenth-century church. But in 1979 the Dutch government declared that Houten needed to do its part in absorbing the country’s exploding population. The hamlet of 5,000 needed to grow by 10 times in 24 years--an expansion similar to what many American suburbs would experience. Faced with such an overwhelming change, the local council adopted a plan that turned the traditional notion of the city inside out.
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Community Leaders and Area Stakeholders:
Please join the city of Columbus on December 12 to learn about plans for Weinland Park and Milo Grogan Public Infrastructure Improvement Projects in 2013-2015. Representatives from the Department of Public Service and its consultants will be on hand to give a presentation, answer questions and share plans and tentative schedules for the following projects:
Weinland Park Community Mobility Plan, Phases 1, 2 and 3
Weinland Park, Phase 3A, 5th Avenue between 4th Street and Grant Avenue
Weinland Park, Phase 3B, 11th Avenue water lines and alleys
Weinland Park, Phase 3B, 11th Avenue roadway
NCR – Milo Grogan – 5th Avenue and Cleveland Avenue
ODOT Urban Paving US-23 – Summit Street and North Fourth Street
Thursday, December 12, 2013
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175 E. 7th Avenue
Thanks, and we hope to see you at the meeting.
RSVP not necessary
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There’s a hot new job in tech: delivery guy.
As the holiday shopping season gets underway, same-day delivery has become a new battleground for e-commerce.
For all the sophisticated algorithms and proprietary logistics software involved, many services come down to someone like Fermin Andujar, who finds himself racing to a store, scanning the aisles for the requested items, buying them and rushing them to the customer.
According to eBay’s job description, he is a “valet,” dispatched on Manhattan streets as a personal shopper on a bicycle or in other cities in a car.
The app for eBay Now, the company’s local shopping service, promises that valets will complete a shop-and-drop-off not just in the same day but “in about an hour,” a timetable crucial to the company’s intensifying efforts to one-up Amazon in the delivery game.
It wasn’t so long ago that overnight delivery seemed amazing enough. Then Amazon started building huge warehouses — what it calls “fulfillment centers” — near major cities to be, in a spokeswoman’s words, “as close to customers as possible.” With 40 such centers in the United States encompassing more than 80 million square feet of storage space and employing 20,000 full-time workers, Amazon offers same-day delivery in 11 cities.
- Hed is building all Fat Bike rims in house.
- We will not be selling stand alone rims
- Dealers may supply hubs.
- The dealer will need to call 651 653 0202 for a RA number. Hed isn't responsible for lost hubs that are sent without a RA number. Please don't send the skewers. Allow 2-3 weeks for turn around.
Hubs need to be 135mm front and at least 170 mm rear. 190mm hubs in the rear will work as well.
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Yo Momma rim weight: 480 grams
Yo Momma build kit weight: 166 grams
Yo Momma build kit weight: 166 grams
Yo Momma width - 85mm wide
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
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Wheels are available in the full array of Chris King anodized colors and each pair of precision wheels will ship to your favorite bike shop in 14 days or less. Carbon wheelsets come standard with ceramic bearings while our aluminum rimmed offerings feature our legendary steel bearings.
We are now shipping a wide selection of Stan's equipped mountain wheelsets including our Alloy Ride Trail, Allow Ride All Mountain, and our HED equipped road wheelsets including our Alloy Race Climb, Alloy Race Cross and Alloy Ride. By mid-December we will be shipping our HED equipped Alloy Ride Disc and the Alloy Ride Sprint wheelsets and our carbon ENVE equipped wheelsets will be shipping in February of 2014.
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Monday, November 25, 2013
I don’t remember a thing about my near-fatal bike accident on Sunday, Nov. 3. That’s a good thing, my brain’s way of protecting me from some really bad memories. Thank you brain.
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A toy for kids or some sport for the very skinny athletes. That's what I used to think bicycling was, until I found myself as a car-less college student who was sick of taking two buses to travel four miles. I bought a used road bike from another student and found so much more. Nowadays, I hear a lot of, "Oh it's just going to get stolen." or "It's just so unsafe. Plus you get so sweaty!" But to me, it is so much more.
Lately all I have been hearing from friends is about how bikes, (1) will get stolen, (2) are unsafe, (3) will get you too sweaty etc. And the thing is, those are all true and possible! (But a laptop or iPhone can get stolen, lost.. can be unsafe when used while driving too!) I wanted to counter those with my musings and meditations on what biking every day has given me in spite of those 3 realities:
Sunday, November 24, 2013
- COURTESY CYCLEHOOP.COM
- San Francisco is looking at installing communal bike lockers such as these currently being used in London. The City is considering ways to curb bicycle thefts and boost cycling.
That’s one of a number of recommendations in the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Strategy for Long Term Bicycle Parking study completed this month. These kinds of bike lockers are in use in European cities such as London and Rotterdam, Netherlands.