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Thursday, December 31, 2015

Most Popular Bike Video of 2015? A clown takes a pratfall

Sometimes people's bad behaviors and lack of knowing the rules catch up with them. The driver is now internationally immortalized for his road rage and horrible behavior. Thanks to the brave cyclist for standing his ground. *Warning: foul language*

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

America’s Cities Are Still Too Afraid to Make Driving Unappealing | New Republic

The morning I wrote this I took public transportation to work. I hopped on the bus around the corner from my house, then the train for a few stops farther. I took mass transit because it was convenient, because my card was already preloaded with the cash that diverts from my paycheck, and because the ride gave me 20 minutes to start the day browsing Twitter.

Baked into this decision, however, were a number of other nearly subliminal calculations about the alternatives not taken. I did not drive the car (yes, my household has a car) because downtown Washington, D.C., is a hot mess at rush hour, and because parking near the office costs the equivalent of a fancy hamburger a day. I did not bike because it was snowing. And I did not walk because the distance was too far.

My commuting choices—just like everyone’s—are the sum of the advantages of one transportation mode weighed against the downsides of all other options. Or, more succinctly: my feelings about the bus are mediated by what I’m thinking about my car.

[Keep reading at New Republic]

San Francisco to Tijuana @RoadHolland

San Francisco to Tijuana from Road Holland on Vimeo.

Monday, December 28, 2015

VOTE @ColumbusGov @yaybikes Summit St. project @StreetsblogNet 2015 urban street transformation contest #letsride

It’s almost time to say goodbye to 2015, which means we’re about to hand out Streetsies to recognize achievements for walking, biking, and transit in American cities this year.
Earlier this month we asked readers for nominations for the Best Urban Street Transformation of the year, and here are the standouts from your submissions. It’s a great batch and all of these cities deserve recognition for claiming space from cars and devoting it to people. But only one can win! Your votes will determine who gets the honor.
Here is the only nominee you need to worry about - 

Columbus: Summit Street

Summit in Columbus
Photo: City of Columbus
Summit Street in Columbus
Photo: City of Columbus
Summit Street is near Ohio State University’s campus, not far from downtown Columbus. Scott Ulrich, the city’s bicycle planner, writes that the Ohio Department of Transportation was getting ready to resurface the road when the city stepped in.
Initial traffic studies and public involvement indicated that these streets had excess capacity, speeding problems and low safety perceptions for walking, biking and people waiting for buses.
The City of Columbus, in partnership with local bike advocacy group Yay Bikes!, decided to take advantage of the resurfacing project as an opportunity to redesign the street to re-allocate space more equitably.
The project repurposed one traffic lane to create a parking-protected two-way bike lane and bus bulbs. It calmed a dangerous, high-speed one-way route through a huge residential college campus with lots of walking (including much walking that’s a little wobbly). In addition, it connects a dense, growing residential area (Campus, the Short North) to downtown with high quality bike lanes, making it an ideal commuter bike route.

Cycle Adelaide - hardest climbs - Cherryville

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Spreading comfort and joy — and trees — by bike @BostonGlobe

Jimmy Rider pedaled through Boston toward Copley Square with a Christmas tree in tow. Rider has delivered 200 trees this season.
Jimmy Rider pedaled through Boston toward Copley Square with a Christmas tree in tow. Rider has delivered 200 trees this season.
BROOKLINE — Sitting on the floor after setting up the bushy balsam fir Christmas tree, stand and all, in an apartment with a view of the Boston skyline, Santa Claus leaned back on his hands. Looking up at the ceiling, he emitted a satisfied sigh.
Jimmy Rider, decked out in a red suit and hat, the cotton ball at the tip poking through a slit in his bike helmet, had just traveled from Somerville to Boston to Brookline by bicycle, lugging the six-foot tree in a trailer behind him.
He was spent but still full of cheer.

The real Santa has a sleigh and reindeer to do the hard work of bringing presents to people’s houses. But for Rider there’s no Prancer, Dancer, Donner or Blitzen. And there’s certainly no Rudolph to light the way.



Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Jeff Jones: A Man and His Bikes @Jonesbikes #letsride

Filmed over the course of four rides near the Jones Bikes headquarters in Southern Oregon, this latest Jones Bikes video combines high-quality riding footage with Jeff Jones' explanation of what makes these bikes ride so well. Learn more about the riding and the rider that created these bikes and bars, as well the thinking behind them.

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Music: "Miles Away" by Kasger & Limitless and "Not Too Cray" by Huma-Huma

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

New World Record for Brompton folding (5.19 seconds)

Bikepacking the Mongolian Steppe

Bikepacking the Mongolian Steppe from Jay Bird Films on Vimeo.

New leadership @yaybikes #letsride

I led my last Yay Bikes! Board meeting Monday evening after 4 years as Chair. I am excited to hand the reins over to our new Board Chair, Emily Monnig and Vice Chair, Brian LaliberteJoe Powell has been reelected Treasurer and Rahel Myers Babb is our new Secretary. I look forward to being a part of a new chapter in our organization.

I was humbled with the recognition and kind words from Catherine Girves after the meeting. You can read her words here as part of my profile. ~ Ray

“I felt it was something I could do to help change for the positive.” – Ray’s story

Friday, December 18, 2015

Bike Love - PREVIEW REEL from Filmed by Bike

Bike Love - PREVIEW REEL from Filmed by Bike on Vimeo.

Great Allegheny Passage fall foliage (Ohiopyle) with Bike the GAP

TRANS-AMERICA TRAIL @swallowbicycleworks LOVELAND, OH via SeekandEnjoy

The Background
The incentive to undertake a transcontinental bicycle ride is different for all of us. For some, it’s a life goal to experience the country from the seat of a bicycle. Others do it for a taste of adventure; to live a simple life for a while, to spend some time in the great outdoors, to welcome the unknown. Regardless of the calling, the simple act of equipping a bicycle with basic essentials and then pedaling it across a continent is something a lot of people take on. Throughout my years working in bike shops, I have had the pleasure of assisting many individuals on this kind of journey. Inspired by their stories, I imagined myself setting out the same way one day to truly experience this place I call home.
When most people consider doing a trip like this, the challenge is timing. The time it requires to complete the journey can take anywhere from one month to four months, depending on the route and speed of the rider. This certainly was a big factor for Tom and me. To complete a cross-country tour would require us to close our business for a number of months. Another barrier was the prospect of riding a paved road route and sharing roads with large vehicles traveling 55-80 mph. I do not imagine a long, healthy, and enjoyable life cycling on roads where semi trucks are buzzing past me, which is why Tom and I travel on dirt roads. Riding on dirt roads is a lot like riding on a bike path, but with the diversity of hills and curves that back roads often have. Most of the time you have the whole road to yourself allowing you to ride side by side and to actually hold conversations with your partner. Stopping – to take in views, to take pictures, or to picnic – is a carefree, and often car-free experience. So we waited for the right time to one day ride across the country, not by way of highway, but by dirt roads and back roads.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Are roads for cars or kids? My part in the fight to make people-friendly streets @GuardianUS

Consultation on this Mini Holland proposal for Enfield town centre closes on Friday.
 A consultation on the Mini Holland proposal to make Enfield town centre bike friendly closes on Friday. Photograph: Cycle Enfield
My sister Sally started it when she sent me a video about Playing Out – the seminal Bristol project which closes residential roads to traffic so children can play freely – adding: “Shame you couldn’t do this on your street.” Nothing goads like a sibling, and two years later our Palmers Green rat-run was an official London Play Street. Each month traffic is blocked off for three hours and the children play out with bikes, scooters, balls and chalk. Our girls, aged five and eight when it started, love it. It was a revelation seeing the tarmac used for something other than cars, and we got to know our neighbours in a way that was not possible when we only used the street to park on. 
The other revelation was the attitude of those neighbours who hated the idea. They organised a petition against the play street, and quotes from the time include: “Roads are for cars, not kids”, “We’ll be a magnet for paedophiles” and “Who’s going to pay when my car gets scratched?” Now these same neighbours have either approved the renewed play street order, or take part as stewards. I guess they just needed to see it up and running.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Video: Mundubicyclette Trailer

Andoni and Alice started their bicycle journey around the earth in 2004, from '04 to '13 they cycled during 7 years, covering 55 countries and more than 70.000 km.
On the way their children joined the adventure, Maia was born in 2007 and Unai in Bolivia in 2011.
This movie is the story of their incredible adventure.