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Friday, May 20, 2011

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When Bikes And Cars Collide, Who's More Likely To Be At Fault?

Many of us here on NPR's Science Desk bike to work, and not just on Bike To Work Day. And like bike commuters everywhere, we delight in grumbling about the cars, trucks and buses that cut us off, drift into our lanes and honk at us.

But we'll also, mind you, tut tut at the cheeky fellow bikers who swoosh recklessly through red lights, speed down sidewalks and block crosswalks.

The tension between bikes and vehicles is evident on the streets of Washington, D.C., every day, and as bike-sharing programs allow more riders to take to city streets, more angry — and injurious — confrontations seem inevitable.

Cycling is still a relatively dangerous activity, after all. There were 630 fatalities and 51,000 injuries from bike-motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

But who is really more likely to be at fault when bikes and vehicles collide?


Park Or Ride: A Bike Lane Divides Brooklyn

When the weather's good, Aaron Naparstek likes to pedal his two young kids to Hebrew school on a special Dutch-made bicycle. It has a big wooden box in the front where the kids ride.

The ride takes Naparstek across Park Slope, Brooklyn, to Prospect Park West — and what might be the most controversial bike lane in America. Naparstek, who's also the founder of the website Streetsblog, supports the new lane.

"The bike lane on Prospect Park West is introducing a lot of new people to the idea that it's possible to use a bike in New York City for transportation to run an errand," he says. "This is what 21st century New York City looks like."

Prospect Park West looks like a grand 19th century boulevard — Brooklyn's answer to Central Park West. But where it used to have three lanes of car traffic, now it has two — plus a protected bike lane...

Read on...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The Economic Impact of Bike Travel

If you like to travel by bicycle but dislike having to deal with motor vehicles, you've probably ridden, or at least heard of the Great Allegheny Passage (from Cumberland, MD, to McKeesport, PA) and the C&O Canal Tow Path (from Washington, D.C. to Cumberland) which, when combined, create a 318-mile-long continuous trail between two busy urban areas.

Thousands of people use the Great Allegheny Passage for travel and recreation. Trail user demographics and the economic impact on local businesses were documented over the last few years and were released in August 2009 in a report entitled, "Great Allegheny Passage Economic Impact Study".

This detailed economic analysis consists of three phases: 2006/2007 sales revenue (Phase I), user demographics, habits, unmet needs, and spending (Phase II), and 2008 sales revenue (Phase III). Here's a summary of some of the key points:

Business owners indicated a quarter of their gross income was attributed to trail users and two-thirds saw an increase in their revenue due to being along the trail.

Despite the economic downturn in 2008, businesses saw an increase in gross revenue attributable to the trail (from $32.6 million in 2007 to $40.6 million in 2008) and paid nearly 20% more wages because of it. Total wages in 2008 = $7.5 million.

Travelers staying one or more nights spent an average of $98/day whereas locals and day-trippers only spent an average of $13/day. Overnight users traveled an average of 290 miles to the trailhead and back.

Over one-third of these overnight trail users reported household income of $100K or more.

Eight out of every ten trail users were 35 years of age or older.

One-third of the businesses along the trail expect to expand their business operations/services and/or hire additional staff because of the impact of the trail.

So what can we extrapolate from this report to the broader economic impact of 1) long-distance bike/hike trails, and 2) long-distance bicycle routes? And what does all this have to do with the U.S. Bicycle Route System?

First, in order to get the trail built or the bicycle route designated, there has to be buy-in. Businesses, transportation, and land management agencies, city leaders, tourism organizations, and financial supporters all want to know, "What's in it for me? Why should we support this route through our community?"

The quick answer is the daily spending amount of $98/day. (This is a nice number which transfers beyond trail users to anyone going on an overnight adventure by foot or bike.) The demographics of the overnight traveler, mature and affluent, speak to their spending capacity (but by no means do you have to be wealthy to travel by bicycle and you can certainly do it for less than $98/day!).

The fact that these businesses are expanding and employing more people because of the trail is also a key finding.

Finally, though the businesses in this study are along a popular trail that bridges two highly urbanized regions; the general insight is that business benefits. We know from the Adventure Cycling routes that touring cyclists bring a nice economic boon to numerous small-town grocers, cafes, campgrounds, motels, tourist sites and shops across the American landscape.

For the U.S. Bicycle Route System, these numbers may help convince a skeptic that a bicycle route through their community, their region, and across their state is a good economic decision.

photo by bikegeezer on Flickr


A New Version Of London's Bike Map, Inspired By The Tube


A designer proposes a simple way to explain the best bike routes around London, and makes a beautiful map to go with it.

London has been on a bike-lane building tear recently, to coincide with the explosion of popularity of their Boris Bike bike share. They've even built bike "superhighways" to easily zip cyclists from the center of the city out to the edges. But the city lacks a helpful bike map, instead supplying just a Google map buried deep on the city's transportation website. Now, designers have proposed a new solution:

The map was designed by Simon Parker in an attempt to codify the various bike routes of London, which he found to be confusing and poorly marked. It's inspired by the iconic London tube map, which is credited with making the tube more accessible and increasing ridership.

Parker has created various routes, which he's color-coded and numbered. There are four possible colors--orange, red, cyan, navy, and green. The number 1 of each route goes through Hyde Park (near the top of the bottom left quadrant). The subsequent numbers are parallel routes.

The idea is that for people strange to cycling--or strange to the city, like Olympic visitors in 2012--can simply memorize a few simple letters (the C1 to the N1 to the O6) instead of trying to figure out complicated street names and signage.

Now all that's required is the City of London adopting it. There is a petition to get the city to do just that. More likely, they'll co-opt it. Either way, the city will get an easier to use guide to biking.

[Original Article]

Drivers More Affected By Rush Hour Pollution Than Bikers: Study

BY ARIEL SCHWARTZ Tue May 17, 2011

You're inhaling tailpipe fumes when you're on a bike, but they don't hurt you as much as the ones you inhale while stuck in traffic.

Urban biking. So healthy, except that you're pedaling around with tailpipes blowing into your mouths. A study last year seemed to confirm this, claiming that city cyclists inhale tens of millions of toxic nanoparticles every time they draw a breath--over five times more pollution than drivers and pedestrians are exposed to. Now a new study says that cyclists do, in fact, inhale more particulates than their driving counterparts. But they shouldn't care. It doesn't affect them in the same way that it does drivers.

Translation:bikers experience more air pollution than drivers while cycling, but their airway function is still better than drivers' post-commute. So what does this mean? Cyclists probably just have better lung capacity from all that exercise--their healthiness offsets the inhalation of poisons. Drivers also spend more time sitting in pollution-filled traffic. In any case, this was a very small study, with only 37 participants taking 357 trips by bike, bus, and car (the bus and car participants performed similarly). But still, know that while a car seems like a hermetically sealed box, drivers are inhaling a lot of pollution.

Do you want to be exposed to fewer particulates or be less affected by the large amount of particulates to which you're exposed? The world is full of hard choices.

[Image by Flickr user Mikael Colville-Anderson]

Link to Full Article

BE THE FLOAT! Join us for The Doo Dah Parade 2011 on your bike.

Monday, July 4 · 11:00am - 3:00pm

Goodale Park
Park Street
Columbus, OH

Created By

More Info
Parade Line-up begins as early as 11:00 a.m.
Parade Steps Off @ 1:00 p.m.
Bring your coolest or craziest bike to the parade and be a part of the float.

More details will be forthcoming!

Trailer for VEER [Video]

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

EPIC - L’Etap Du California Experience by John Crook, Crook's Cycle Right

EPIC - L’Etap Du California Experience

This is my L’Etap du California experience.

I was thinking about how to start this story, I first thought about the end when my Dr. said to me “your life seems to be a series of stress tests, but we want you to take one watching your heart just to be sure…” but I decided to start at the inflection point of the race for me.

I took this picture at mile 65, looking ahead to the finish somewhere up on those mountain tops off in the distance.

You can see the road off to the right of the picture, as it was cut around the mountain; the problem was that I didn’t stop for the scenery and pictures. I rolled to a stop trying to breath – I had slowed to a relative crawl going up this jump because I felt like there was someone on my back had their right hand jammed up under my right rib cage and their left fist pushed into my stomach. I couldn’t take a deep breath and that was making it difficult to climb. As I stood there about 11 miles from the finish, pouring water on my head, thinking about what to do next… I heard those immortal words “Pain is temporary, quitting is forever”, but then I thought “dying if forever too!” I really did not want to stop, I have never considered stopping unless there were broken bones or blood involved. Balancing what to do, the positive was that there were only 11 miles left, fthe negative was the last 11 miles included 6 miles of extreme climbing. So, after a 10 minute break, watching riders stream by headed to the finish - I still could not breath normally but was recovered enough to get back on the bike and head off to the next rest stop hoping that I could regain the power I had up to just a few miles ago.

I had reached the top of KOM #1 at 4 hours :30 minutes, My avg speed after 56 miles and the majority of the climbing was 14.7 MPH for time on bike. I was close to my plan – and thought I would easily do the final 20 miles in an hour and 30 minutes. At the top of the KOM (mile 56), I had no doubt that I was going to finish strong. As I pushed off this time, I wasn’t sure I could even finish.

You might ask (my wife does) why would one put themselves on the side of this mountain in California at the beginning of May feeling this bad? First you have think that cycling 76 miles with 10,500 feet of climbing sounds like a fine way to end a vacation. Then you have to think that you can go from good winter fitness to race fitness in 10 weeks. Add dropping about 18 lbs to the plan, travel, Ohio weather, and it all starts to sound less and less like a great idea – but plans are made, the vacation is scheduled and the ball starts rolling to race day; May 7th Claremont California

Race day arrived the weather forecast was perfect, 55 at 7AM, high in mid 70’s. No rain, partly cloudy to sunny. I was feeling great. I had lost 13 pounds coming in at the lightest weight for any of my goal events. I was fueled up and well rested from the easy riding I had been doing in Santa Barbara. I lined up with the 15 MPH group which would match my goal speed. 76 miles, 15 MPH = 5 hours of riding. Since I had completed 108 miles and the same climbing in 6:35 at Cheat Mtn., I was felt ready to rock this course. During the usual start line chat, some folks suggested I move up into a higher group. My strategy was to start with a slower group would be better to conserve energy – since most folks start off with some “Group Enthusiasm” and go quicker for the first couple of miles than they will the rest of the course, I would ride with this group for the first several miles to keep me my pace low and then go if the pace was too slow.


1600 cyclist lining up for an epic ride, Dave Zabriskie an Chris Horner were at the front of the group – I never saw them…

To start the event, the VIP group went off at 7 AM, Group 1 went off at 7:05, Group 2 went off at 7:10 and my group is asked to move up to the start line. We are sent at 7:15 and we are off through the sleepy streets of Claremont with a full police traffic control. Quickly rolling through the city on a 1-2% grade, I found myself moving up through the group with a HR about 155, I was rolling at a nice pace. At mile 3 I hit the gap between Group 3 and Group 2, and bridged that over the next half mile. And so it continued up the first 12 miles. Riding around and through rows of cyclists, gutter one time, center line the next, between riders when necessary – got passed by 4-5 riders – but mostly doing the passing.

I was in the last 500 meters before the first rest stop,  near the top of the first climb thinking that I was really kicking it when this guy in a Mellow Johnny’s kit flew past – this was a pretty steep section, I am guessing 8% he is going 12-14 MPH to my 8-9. I yelled at his back asking if he was Lance, he looked back and grinned back at me as if he was saying “No silly boy, Lance would be going faster then this!” I rolled past the first rest stop at 1:10, I was going pretty good since the next 20 miles were mostly down hill and I could easily make up the time I needed to keep my 15 MPH avg. I thought this was going to be a great day. The only issue I had was a little trouble talking, more like squeaking when I tried to say something. This seemed to kick in about mile 8, but I wasn’t doing much talking. I just thought I had gotten some water down the wrong pipe when to took a drink.

A couple of miles of up and down and then the down hill really started. I pretty quickly realized this decent was too technical for high speed and I was too rusty at technical descents to put the bike on the edge. Or maybe it was the sheer cliff that was always a couple of feet away that kept me from really letting it hang out. So I was content to roll down the mountain, watching out for the dare devils, rocks falling from the cliffs and the riders that were even slower than I was. Although it looks like fun, hanging onto your brakes, moving around the bike, corner after corner is wearing. Better than going up hill, but not any where near relaxing.

I reached the turn at the reservoirs and was greeted with the predicted headwind. Pedaling uphill is expected, but when the grade dropped to 2-3% the wind was doing an effective job of slowing me down. So the trudge around the reservoirs began. A few uphill sections, mostly downhill, still having to make the choice of tuck and roll or in the drops and pedal. A couple of pace lines passed me, but I opted not to join because they looked like a caterpillar going up the road, constantly waving, crawling sideways, collapse, expand, and on. Making a calculation of shelter vs. safety. I opted to stay out ot the caterpillar.

I took a short break half way down the reservoir and there was no hydration problems – all systems go. You can see the weather is a little hazy, but it burnt off pretty quickly.

You can see the road off to the right winding down the valley. Nice road, down hill, head wind, beautiful scenery: almost perfect, I was thinking how great it was going to be to climb up the left hand side of the valley with the wind at my back.

Plus more down hill until the Glendora turn. Skipped the next stop heading towards the 43 mile stop at Glendora.

Short break, made longer by the lines at the porta-john’s, pretty strange that there were no lines up to this point. But an extra couple of minutes wasn’t going to make or break the ride. Plus, the first King of the Mountain was coming up.

A short stop in Glendora and I was back on the road. Fueled up, 1 water bottle (why carry an extra one up the hill), bio break and I am on the way to the KOM #1 from Mile 46 to 54. I ready to rock when I crossed the timing strip and I pegged my HR at 168. Good cadence, lot’s of power for any jump, I was collecting riders. One or 2 collected me, but I couldn’t go any harder for the entire hill so I was relaxing into the effort. My HR was moving between 168 and 171, my speed was moving between 9.8 & 10 MPH. Nice and steady, full power. The signs counted down to the KOM end 5 KM – 3 KM that is 2 miles and I am still rocking it steady. 1 KM, 500 M, it is over and I was still rolling at the strip. I immediately started recovery as the road leveled.

My thighs started stinging from the effort of the KOM as I rolled towards the next rest stop, a little on the bike massage and some standing worked through that pain. The rest area at mile 56 came quick and I kicked out and filled up another bottle, ate a Honey gel and a banana and I was off for some more on the bike recovery.

A couple of rolling hills and the road is going up again. The difference is that I am staring to feel like I a dishrag. I take a deep breath and I feel like I just cannot expand my chest and fill my lungs. I stand up to stretch out and it is some relief, but the effort of standing is draining any extra air I am getting. All I can see ahead is the road is going up, it seems like I am starting to bake on the sun. After a couple of miles of this with each mile becoming more difficult, I saw a shady spot along the road and decide it is time to rest.
This is where I found myself at Mile 65, in the middle of a climb, struggling to breath and contemplating if I am able to finish this event. Trying to relax and make lemonade out of the stop I scooted across the road to take a picture of the challenge ahead.  I get asked if I am OK – well sure I am. Not very convincingly, but I say “Yeh, I am OK” More of a rasp, but still got it out.

So, back on the bike, legs would be good if I could get some air, so keep stretching, pushing, just keep going. My goal is not to get to the finish, all I am thinking about is the next rest stop, mile 70 can’t be far away and this road has got to smooth out. Then a down hill section appeared and then a couple of rollers and a short uphill and I was at the last rest stop before the finish.
 I filled up again since I had dumped my water on my head to cool off. And off again, 6 miles to go, another down hill and then the final climb.

I really didn’t need to decide right then if I was going to continue, but I did need to keep the finish this race mind set. I remember thinking – “They said it was steep, but 8% doesn’t sound steep compared to the 10-15% roads in S. Ohio. I am sure I can muscle up the hill.” After the short down hill to the bottom of Mt. Baldy turn off the climb started well, for about a mile. It was a relentless steep road that doesn’t have much bend to it, just up. That same feeling from Mile 65 was back, only this time that damn elf was on my back giving me the Heimlich. More baking, more gasping and a few feet with every pedal stroke. I was now resigned to grinding up the hill with a low cadence that didn’t require as much air in my lungs. Even with this strategy I was struggling, I saw another rider pulled over into a drive way and it looked like an oasis, I had to stop.. Short recovery, climb back on 5 miles to go. Then it seemed to get even steeper with switch backs. When you are struggling as I was on this climb switchback present tortured decision, taking the long way was extended pain, taking the short steeper path was a quick way to pain. Another mile and I had to stop, then another mile and another stop, and another, and another until I could literally look straight up and see the finish line. One more steep section and I would get to the 4 parking lot tiers to the finish. I pushed my bike up the last 50 feet and climbed back on and made my way across the finish line 7:0X:XX.

I don’t remember the exact numbers because I knew it was from the first rider, not my group. All I was thinking is how disappointed I was that it was just over 7 hours. That means that it took me about 2:30 from mile 56 to mile 76. That is incredibly long to crawl the final few miles.

Now all I had to do is recover enough to roll back to Claremont. This wouldn’t be difficult; there was only one up hill section in the 15 miles between Mt. Baldy and Claremont. As I rolled down the hill, the stream of human wreckage was continuous heading to the finish was continuous from the top to the bottom. Slow, slower and stopped was all I could see. But, I was that picture to the riders that were descending as I was making my tortured climb.

The results:
1600 riders started
1,000 riders made it to the finish line on Mt. Baldy
I finished in just under 7 hours from the start timing chip to the timing chip at Mt Baldy.
KOM #1 I was #245 overall and #12 in the 55-60 age group
Overall I was #402 overall and #23 in the 55-60 age group

The aftermath.
The Dr. said he is certain that I had Exercise Asthma given the early ride symptoms of hoarseness/squeaky speech. As I continued to ride and then went hard on the KOM #1, I had asphyxiated myself during the ride to the point where I was unable to function effectively.
He asked when I was going to do something like this again so that we could test his theory. – I haven’t made those plans, but I now have some Singulair to suppress the Asthma and I am looking forward to trying that stuff out. The Dr. does want to do a stress test to rule out anything serious, but given that I haven’t died in any of the other fun rides like this one he doesn’t think it is likely.

A request:
I was planning to do this ride as a fund raising event to a group that I strongly believe in.
If you were inspired, pained, enjoyed my pain, or you have some extra cash you need to get rid of – please check out my fund raising page.

Thanks for reading,
John C.

 [Crook's Cycle Right]

Ride of Silence 2011 Recap

I showed up on State Street at 6:45pm and traffic was still flowing down the street weaving in and out of the cyclists. Traffic flowed through the gathering cyclists almost to the point of the ride start, which was closer to 730pm than the advertised 7pm. The police seemed annoyed, but were not doing anything about it. I estimated between 400-500 cyclists this year and it seemed a little larger than last year. Someone emailed me that they counted roughly 280 cyclists, but I think that is low. I DO NOT think that 800 cyclists attended as announced by the organizers. They seem to have a track record of inflating their accomplishments. The speeches were barely audible with the audio system the organizers used and it seemed to be a pep rally for the organization, rather than discussing the real issues of cyclist safety. After Taps and bagpipers played a song the ride got started.

The cyclists lined up and the mayor, who did not show up on a bike, officially launched the ride. We turned right on High Street and headed north. When we got to the Kroger on King it seemed as though a staged situation took place in front of the TV camera crews. A car was parked in the right hand lane with his blinkers on and the motorcycle policeman yelled at the driver to pull into the parking lot to discuss the situation. About a minute later the same policeman drove by us quickly so I don't think a ticket was given. It just seemed too convenient to have a driver pull into the middle of the ride in front of a camera crew. 

The ride seemed well paced until we turned up Arcadia. I noticed the ride leader was standing at the turn taking pictures of the event and in retrospect his leadership would be better served at the front of the ride. The small hill on Arcadia blew up the group and as I crossed Hudson I realized that the front group with police escort was 6-7 blocks ahead of me. At this point I was really disappointed because I rode up Arcadia at a decent pace and there was a big group behind me. Since the road was clear I pushed it to 25mph to catch up and decided to abandon the ride at 5th Ave. I turned south on High St. to head back to my car.

Out of curiosity I stopped at Paradise Garage to watch the ride make the turn on High Street from East 1st Ave. I saw the police enter the intersection and the first group made the turn and then a smaller group made the corner. Traffic seemed to be getting antsy and started moving. A good number of cyclists were nimbly entering traffic from E 1st onto High Street. At this point I was flabbergasted by the poor planning and poor coverage by the police escorts.

Here is a quote from a friend who emailed me after the ride - 

The ride of silence was a real letdown this year. The police weren't blocking the intersections and people were trying to run us over. ghb

No pictures this year. 

Project Aura: Bicycle Safety Lighting System [VIDEO]

Project Aura: Bicycle Safety Lighting System from Project AURA on Vimeo.

OSU Student, Army Vet In Coma After Hit-&-Run [NBC4i]

Chris Ritchey - OSU Student & Army Vet
Credit: Photos courtesy of Chris Ritchey's family
Chris Ritchey is in a coma after he was hurt in a hit-skip crash near the Ohio State campus overnight Sunday.

An Ohio State student and Army veteran is in a coma after being hit by a car overnight Sunday.
According to OSU police, Chris Ritchey was riding a bicycle at West Lane Avenue and North High Street at about 2:40 a.m. Sunday.

Ride the Elevator 05162011 - The Video!

Proposed new bike trail could link two opposite sides of the city [via Fox19]

Proposed new bike trail could link two opposite sides of the cityWithrow High School to the right. Rookwood Pavilion up ahead to the left. Source: FacebookCINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - In an era of sky high gas prices, everyone is looking for a change or alternative to transporting from one end of the city to another. One local group wants to help provide that alternative. Members of the Wasson Way Project are proposing a 6.5 mile long Bike and Pedestrian Trail that would go from Xavier University to the Little Miami Bike Trail in Newtown. The potencial project has already gained the support of the Hyde Park, Mt. Lookout and Oakley Community Councils. The project continues to gather support from residents of many Cincinnati neighborhoods. It is estimated that more than 100,000 residents of Avondale, Evanston, Norwood, Hyde Park, Oakley, Mt. Lookout, Fairfax, Mariemont and Newtown would be positively impacted by the project.[continue at Fox19]

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Donkey Boxx Bicycle Panniers

Donkey Boxx is a high utility low cost bicycle pannier that easily attaches to your bike's rack for everyday cycling errands and special needs that you find fit. The lightweight 80% recycled corrugated plastic box-like construction allows for durability and use in wet weather. The broad flat outside surface provides for each rider's unique personalization. Each Donkey Boxx contains a kit with two reflective stickers, a Velcro closure for the lid and wire ties for mounting. Made in America. Color: natural/translucent.

Biologic has some great accessories, especially for those of you with dynamos!

We're a collection of artists, engineers, programmers and product designers with a passion for developing innovative products. And we love to cycle. We're scattered around the world in places like Austin, Texas; Humboldt, California; Turku, Finland; Stuttgart, Germany; and Taipei, Taiwan. This means we're working on cool bike gear around the clock and we're influenced by the riding conditions in every corner of the globe, all year round. Our mission is to get more people cycling for everyday transport by developing gear that makes cycling safer, more comfortable, and more convenient.

[Biologic website]

Bicycles begin at the end of many (rail) lines [via 16incheswestofpeoria]

Back in February, I discussed multi-modal transportation and how Russ and Laura had decided to combine their Bromptons with passenger rail to travel the United States. Looks like their trip begins this month.

Did you know David Byrne of the Talking Heads is an avid bicyclist and bike advocate?

Check out some of the clips on YouTube...

Spot Brand Acme - A great looking commuter bike!

COMING IN MAY :: The Acme takes the idea of urban riding to the next level of speed, performance and handling. We’ve nailed an enthusiast’s wish list of design attributes by purpose-building the aluminum frame and carbon fork, starting with a blank sheet of paper. The result is a ride engineered to be fast, agile and stable. Premium wide-range gearing, delivered by a Shimano Alfine 11-sp internal hub, is driven by a totally silent, clean and maintenance-free Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack belt and pulleys. Hydraulic brakes ensure confident stopping in all weather conditions. Rack and fender capability are built into the frame and fork, unlike other bikes where the basics of utility are often afterthoughts. Ingenious adjustable dropouts facilitate easy wheel removal and belt tension adjustment. No need to wear special clothes or shoes; the pedals are grippy and flat and our custom chainguard keeps your pant legs out of the action. We give you the option of kitting out the bike with stylish PDW racks and SKS fenders. Durable, puncture-resistant tires deliver 360ยบ of visibility, thanks to the bright 3M reflective strip around the sidewalls. Our size range is one of the most inclusive, fitting people from 4’ 10” to 6’ 6” with six standard frame configurations and a smaller step-through design.

[Spot Brand Bikes]

Yay Bikes! awarded grant for local cyclist-safety initiative [via Alive]

Posted by John Ross on May 16, 2011
Since gaining nonprofit status in January, local cycling advocacy group Yay Bikes! has shifted in high gear. When I spoke with director Meredith Joy on Friday, she mentioned that the group has been awarded a major monetary grant to launch a safety initiative for cyclists at Ohio State.
Now the news is even better. [continue reading at Alive]

Ride the Elevator Event Recap 05162011

If you missed the Ride the Elevator event on May16th, you missed out. Great event and crowd. Joe and I rode the Frankenbike down to Elevator Brewing and picked up a keg. We then rode over to Franklinton Cycleworks on West Broad Street to meet up with the group. We had 30+ riders in our pack as we headed east. We stopped at COSI to weigh the kegbike and then the group. Finally we made it to the brewery where 70+ riders packed into the Elevator Brewing Company to raise money for Franklinton Cycleworks and Yay Bikes! Many thanks to Elevator Brewery for initiating this event and making it happen. We are actively working on the next event so stay tuned.

Here are pics from the event.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Ride your Bike to Taco Truck(s) Event Recap 05152011

33 participants
5 flats (three by Michelle)
Three taco trucks provided great food and service
Weather was dry at start and started sprinkling as we got to the first truck. By the time we headed back on Broad it was pouring rain.
My wife provided SAG coverage for ride.

Hal & Al's provided merchandise and a $20 food gift certificate for the raffle.
The winning number for the Hal & Al's food gift certificate is: 275500
The winning numbers for merchandise are;
275459, 275528, 275509, 275464, 275441
275492, 275470, 275537, 275525, 275444
275540, 275490, 275454, 275517, 275534
275524, 275515, 275488, 275477, 275446
275520, 275481, 275487, 275462, 275529
The merchandise is available first-come, first-serve basis and you can pick up your prizes during normal business hours at Hal & Al's on 1297 Parsons Avenue.

Pinchflat Poster Blow-Out: Event Recap 05142011

The Pinchflat Poster Blow-Out Show opened yesterday at Wild Goose Creative on Summit. The show features 25+ posters from local artists with a bicycle theme for Bike Month. Great designs and they are all for sale on the Pinchflat Columbus website. A bicycle ride was led by Liz Samuelson from Fulcrum Creatives and we toured three community gardens along the way. I brought out the kegbike (pics here, here, and here) for a limited engagement at the show as well. Great fun!