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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Bikes: What’s there to fight about? - The Other Paper

By Lyndsey Teter
Published: Wednesday, February 11, 2009 5:23 PM EST
As of yesterday, with the simple act of handing over an Internet domain name, a schism in Central Ohio’s biking community may have officially become a divorce. Both parties say it will be better for the kids.

In case you hadn’t noticed, 2008 was a very good year for cyclist types. Gas prices forced many a car-loving commuter to swallow some pride and hit High Street on two wheels. Cyclists had a strong government advocate in former city councilwoman Mary Ellen O’Shaughnessey, and it turns out that the city was actually listening—looking to cyclists for advice on helmet and bike laws, as well as committing millions for bike paths and cycling infrastructure.

And with some indispensable hipster energy built from an online forum, and a grassroots cachet Downtown, the humble bicycle was mounting some serious street cred.



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