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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Bicycling Editors' Choice 2010 Nominees : Bicycling

Bicycling Editors' Choice 2010 Nominees : Bicycling

Teen killed, 2 friends hurt during spring-break bike trip : (

A spring-break bicycle trip by three close friends turned tragic when a van veered across a rural stretch of highway in southern Illinois and struck them, killing one of the girls.

The three seniors from the University of ChicagoLab School had planned the trip for months, planning to bike 500 miles during the break.

They were riding along Shawneetown/New Haven Road, just north of Shawneetown, around 2 p.m. Wednesday when a minivan driven by an 86-year-old man crossed the center line and hit all three girls.

Faith Dremmer, 17, was killed, and Julia Baird, 18, and Kaia Tammen, 18, were injuured, according to the state police.


Public Bikes


We’ve been watching the increase in bike usage in cities around the world for about ten years. It’s been fun.Copenhagen has challenged Amsterdam as the center of biking fashion. Paris launched its VĂ©lib program and now thousands of Parisians get around on city-owned bikes. Berlin, Barcelona, Seville, and numerous other cities throughout Europe followed. New York has put in bike lanes along 9th Avenue and bike racks all over the city. Portland has become the commuter bike capital of North America.
Videos are popping up in cities like Cleveland to support progressive transportation policies and the rights of pedestrians and bikers. David Byrne has been holding town hall meetings across the U.S. to support smarter urban planning. Our very own San Francisco Bicycle Coalition has been growing in double digits and now boasts over 11,000 lively members. Many hotels now offer bikes for their guests.
You would have to be hiding under a rock not to see that in almost all cities people are seeking more clever and fun alternatives to the car for getting around. The movement aims to change the world—I say let's have some fun doing just that.

PUBLIC D1 in white with basket
We’re joining the movement this spring with a small collection of modern bikes and gear. We will be launching this collection in April. Our bikes have been designed around the style and principles of the classic city bikes of Europe, updated with new technology and modern materials, and adapted to the U.S. market. We have two classic European frame styles, both unisex, both made from strong lightweight steel. We designed them for all sizes and ages and made them especially female-friendly. We will have four colors and three gear configurations all using internal hubs. We think our bikes are pretty, but you can be the judge. Prices will range from about $650 to $1200.
We will happily give you more specifics upon request, just send us a note. If you happen to live in the Bay Area, you are welcome to drop by and take a test ride. Just give us a call to make an appointment, 415-896-0123. In mid-April our online store will be live and we will have detailed specifications. We are also recruiting people, sending out a catalog and a newsletter. The best way to keep abreast of our activity is to sign up for our newsletter.
Please join the fun.

Rob Forbes

The Active Community Transportation Act of 2010

GROUNDBREAKING: U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) introduced H.R. 4722, the Active Community Transportation Act of 2010, in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday, March 2, 2010. Encourage your U.S. representative to co-sponsor the legislation now!
For the past several years, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy (RTC) has been working closely with local, state and national partners around the country on the Campaign for Active Transportation.
Building on the successes of the Nonmotorized Transportation Pilot Program, the ACT Act would establish a competitive active transportation investment fund, to invest in walking and bicycling improvements in targeted communities around the country.
These resources would enable communities to build interconnected systemsallowing people to travel between the places they work, live, play, learn and shop without needing  car.
If the act is passed, the U.S. Department of Transportation will administer a competitive fund, which will invest in communities that best make the case for resources to shift large numbers of trips from driving to walking and bicycling.
The two billion-dollar program, with funds set aside within the Surface Transportation Program, will allow dozens of communities nationally to improve their walking and bicycling networks.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Tuesday Night Ride Report - 03232010

We had seven riders out for the TNR. A few of the MNR crew rode by as we were leaving, but they did not join us. They all had quizzical looks on their faces, probably from the rumors of our fast paces and inability to stop at parks to drink beer every three miles. We headed north on High and stopped at Paradise Garage to say hi. North to Broadway where we headed to the trail and then went all the way to Hills Market. We crossed over and headed up the hill into the neighborhoods. From there we wound our way down to Hard Road. We took Hard Road and turned south to Wilson. Wilson over to High and then due south on High. I had about 28 miles for the loop. Thirty total for me, others mileage varied based on starting points. Got a little cool over the course of the ride, but not too bad.

As seen at Paradise Garage

New Linus bikes
New Civia bikes
Kona Ute

Monday, March 22, 2010

Scicon Roller System


In 1996 Sci’con introduced the first revolutionary Roller System ™ to simplify saddle fixing and release of saddlebags. New Roller 2.0 represents a step forward in the evolution of Roller system. This innovative fixing system allows you to quickly and easily remove the saddlebag from its quick release mount under the saddle. The mount installs without any tools and the saddlebags with 2 tire levers included snaps in very securely. The integration of 2 tire levers in the mount guarantees more space in a smaller bag dimension!

The attach system is guarantee by the legendary and tested Roller System that allows to remove the bag from its saddle lock in a few minutes with an easy movement, without the aid of tools.

Feds Deem Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists Equals - Wired Magazine

Feds Deem Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists Equals

At long last, the feds have said the needs of pedestrians and cyclists must be placed alongside, not behind, those of motorists.
In what amounts to a sea change for the Department of Transportation, the automobile will no longer be the prime consideration in federal transportation planning. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says the needs of pedestrians and cyclists will be considered along with those of motorists, and he makes it clear that walking and riding are “an important component for livable communities.”
“People across America who value bicycling should have a voice when it comes to transportation planning,” LaHood wrote on his blog. “This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Sunday Ride 03/21/10 Recap

Brett and I rode from the east side north through New Albany and then east over to the Thomas J. Evans Foundation Bikeway or the Johnstown to Newark trail. We rode to the terminus and then headed back west. We stopped in Granville for some refreshments. As we were heading down the trail a bunch of people were stopped. So we stopped. We came to find out that on a farm adjacent to the trail someone was shooting a gun and the strays were hitting pretty close to the trail. Of course, we had already passed by the trouble area without any trouble. We continued south east and Brett turned off to head home in town. Finished with 55.5 miles and averaged 15.8mph.

Wheeling Ride 03202010 Recap

I decided to head over to Wheeling for a ride with Kevin. I was surprised to see Stephan and Chaz show up for the ride as well. We headed south on the Heritage trail and then east out through Elm Grove. We had a pitstop at Wheelcraft bikes to say hi to Andy and Cindy. Then we jumped on National Road and headed out past West Alexander to Dutch Fork. Dutch Fork used to have a sizable lake, but several years ago the dam cracked after heavy rains and the Corp drained it. You can see the boundary of what used to be the lake, but it is overgrown. I noticed that my front tire was slowly losing pressure so we stopped and pumped up the tire. When we got to Bethany I decided we should change the tube, so we changed it while we replenished with food and drink. My Armadilloes are wearing and a shard cut through the tread.

Chaz and Stephan needed to leave so they headed out route 88 towards Oglebay Park. Kevin and I started out 67 and a the top of the first hill I realized that the replacement tube was leaking as well. I realized that I was given a replacement Specialized tube by someone that had a hole in it. Thanks! Kevin had a spare and so we replaced it and pumped it up.

We rode out to Wellsburg and then south on the trail and route 2 to bypass the incomplete section and back onto the trail.

53 miles
Hit 43mph on a downhill
Averaged 16.2mph
75 degrees

All the planets are painted on the Brooke Pioneer trail to show relative distances. We stopped to take pics.
We saw a medieval festival on the trail in Warwood.