Posts

Showing posts from June 3, 2012

Barcelona bicycle numbers [barcelonabicycle]

Image
In  the website of the Barcelona City Council for mobility  you can find  the full report of  Barcelona basic data of mobility for 2010 (pdf, in Catalan) . There is also a brief report for 2011, but the last complete one is for 2010. The report contains very interesting bicycle data. 2009 2010 09/10 (%) Bicycle transport share 2,07% 1,99% -3,9 Bicycle trips 102.824 106.520 3,6 Bike lanes/path km 146,8 159 8,3 % of streets with bicycle lanes/paths -- 12,10% -- Bicycles using the bike lanes/paths -- 42,10% -- Bicycle parking 20.402 21.387 4,8 Registered users of "Bicing" 182.062 117.523 -35,4 Daily average users of "Bicing" 33.415 34.585 3,5 Number of "Bicing" trips 10.769.256 11.147.000 3,5 Public cost by "Bicing" trip (EUR) 1.3 1.26 -- Public cost by bus/metro trip  (EUR ) -- 1.24 -- "Bicing" share in total bicycle use -- 28,70% -- Bicycle accidents 513 414 -19,3 The report includes an interesting map of bicycle

Knog Blinder GT Stripe

Image
BLINDER GT STRIPE - The Knog Blinder 4 has four super bright LEDs that pump out upto 80 Lumens of front light and 44-Lumens of rear light. Its optimized optics focus and directs a smooth beam pattern that makes the Blinder visible over 800 metres. With 5 dfferent modes (Steady, Fast Flash,Organic Flash 1, Organic Flash 2, Eco flash) and a burn time of up to 3-hours in constant beam and up to 50-hours in eco-flash mode, they will keep you well seen. SPECIFICATIONS - 42 x 42 x 62mm  39g Industrial grade UV-resistant silicone rubber, polycarbonate housing, anodised aluminium, solid stainless steel. Rechargeable Lithium Polymer 80 Lumens (LED Rating) 44 lumens (LED Rating) [Knog]

200 miles of bad roads - Dirty Kanza 200 race report [Dirt Rag]

Image
By Josh Patterson, photos by Josh Patterson and  Corey Godfrey   At the Dirty Kanza 200, the volatile Kansas weather shapes the outcome as much as the racers' fitness and preparation. Scorching heat, soul-crushing headwinds, and high humidity often upset the best-laid plans. Last year an afternoon outbreak of severe thunderstorms forced many racers to seek shelter in barns and ditches, but this year mild temperatures and light winds created ideal conditions for 200 miles of gravel road racing. Here’s the  winning video  from last year’s DK200 video contest. (Ben Thornton was not lucky enough to find refuge in a barn.) This year unseasonably mild temperatures, light and variable winds, and rain showers several days prior—just enough to pack down the gravel—conspired to make this year’s race one that would see previous records broken. At Friday night’s pre-race meeting many riders talked in hushed voices about who would break the 12-hour barrier, and best former 24-hour N

Bicycle/car collision

Image

Halo Couriers bicycle service delivers CSA's in the UK

Image
We offer carbon neutral  bicycle delivery  of your farm share to Northampton via  Halo Couriers bicycle service . Live outside of Northampton? No problem. . You can still get your share delivered! Brought to you by  Halo Couriers vehicle service  direct to your home or office in the following towns:  Granby, Hadley, Amherst, Easthampton, Florence, Springfield, Montague, Deerfield, Sunderland, Greenfield, and Turners Falls . If your town is not listed here, but is nearby, please contact Halo Couriers, 413-584-8380, info@halobikecouriers.com , to see if they can deliver there as well. Direct to home or office delivery is $9 per week! You can get our top quality produce and come out to our farm for visits and Pick Your Own whenever you want, as well as having the convenience of delivery. Delivery available for Main and Full Season Vegetable Shares, Fruit Shares, Flower Shares and Egg Shares. [Halo]

Bike the C-bus 2012 registration is open!

Image
The original city-wide bicycle tour of Columbus, Ohio - The event will take place on Saturday, September 1, 2012 Mission Bike the C-Bus is the region's premier cycling event celebrating design, health & fitness, and urban lifestyles. Overview Bike the C-Bus is a fun way to check out a few of the neighborhoods in and around Columbus. Experience segments of the King Lincoln District, Woodland Park, Olde Town East, Downtown, Short North Arts District, Italian Village, University District, Harrison West, Victorian Village, Arena District, Franklinton, Brewery District and German Village. Description The entire ride will cover approximately 25-30 miles over 4 segments and will feature stops that highlight change that is occurring in our neighborhoods. Each stop will be sponsored by businesses and community groups and provide snacks, drinks and entertainment for the riders. The ride is configured to allow cyclists to complete segments if they do not feel comfortable ri

A Compulsory Helmet Law Won’t Make NYC Cyclists Safer [Streetsblog]

Image
The great thing about arguments favoring compulsory bike helmet laws is that they tend to stay on topic instead of degenerating into fruitless bickering over cyclists’ interactions with pedestrians, bike riders’ claim to the streets, and other tired subjects. In Berlin,  cycling rates have skyrocketed  while  injury rates have plummeted , all without a helmet law. Photo:  Überselektor/Flickr The bad things about such arguments are many. Here are three: They ignore the possibility that some non-helmet wearers will cycle less or will refrain from taking up cycling in the first place rather than use a helmet or risk being cited for riding bareheaded. They ignore  safety-in-numbers , or, in this case, its inverse, by which having fewer cyclists on the road tends to raise per-cyclist crash rates with motor vehicles, as cyclists’ diminished presence on the road leads drivers to treat them as aberrations rather than as part of traffic. They overstate helmets’ protective value

James Schwartz's Ode To His Former Bicycle Helmet [Treehugger]

Image
Mikael at Copenhagenize /Screen capture A few years back, I used to think bike helmets were a good idea, and used to even write posts suggesting that  bike activists like Matthew Modine  should wear them. Mikael Colville-Anderson of Copenhagenize wasn't impressed, and called me "a darling of the helmet industry" and  the Fox News of the bicycle world. Over the years I have become convinced that he was right, that helmets can marginalize and isolate urban commuting cyclists, who are no more likely to crack their heads than pedestrians or drivers. That they can scare people from cycling, just like the car manufacturers fought against mandatory seat belts because they thought it would tell people that driving is dangerous. That we have a right to ride in our city without armouring ourselves against cars. That normal urban cycling doesn't need special clothes and equipment, just a bike. [keep reading at Treehugger]

The century-old Edison-Puton Monowheel

Image
The 1910 Edison-Puton Monowheel has the frame, rider and a 150cc De Dion engine enclosed by the wheel. Image Gallery  (2 images) The annual  Cholmondeley Pageant of Power  in the U.K. never fails to deliver something special and this year that exotic ingredient is a 1910 Edison-Puton Monowheel. Capable of being ogled by engineers for hundreds of hours at a time, the Monowheel was built in Paris in 1910, and bears testimony to human folly at its most ingenious. There's something special for me about monowheels - those with gyroscopic balancers excepted. They look like they don't work, and they almost work practically, but not quite. They are however, a spectacle for the eye of any human with an interest in physics. Despite the seeming obvious, the monowheel has been persevered with for well over 100 years as a viable solution to personal transportation needs. I dips me lid to the tenacity of the inventors, but without intelligent balancing, the monowheel is likely to

Failed hipster - fixie must go - $1100 (SLO) [Craigslist]

Image
Date: 2012-06-01, 9:43AM PDT Reply to:  kd8x2-3050996290@sale.craigslist.org   [ Errors when replying to ads? ] I tried so hard. I dated a girl from Portland. I criticized cheese. I applied the term artisanal to every inanimate object that went in or on my body. I burned and singed my forearms just to make it look like I was going to culinary school. I grew Carol Brady hair. I got itchy from the finest flannel and I cut off circulation from the waist down with jeans that made my ass look like an elevator button. . . .And I rode a fixie. No more. It's all gotta go. The hair, the macrame, the texting overages, the Netflix and Hulu Plus. The record collection (have you ever tried to box up and move an effin stack of LPs?!) . . .and the bike. Pictured below is the bike. It's beautiful. It's got red rims. Red chain. Red tires. Red handlebars shaped like devil horns -- because it's the devil. The guys at the hipster store don't tell you fixes don't stop. So I w

New brews: Hoof Hearted Brewing [via Columbus Alive!]

Image
New brews: Hoof Hearted Brewing Wednesday June 6, 2012 7:20 PM By   Jesse Tigges Click image for slideshow Comments: 0 ShareThis Trevor Williams is the public face and brewer for the wonderfully named Hoof Hearted brewery, but he couldn’t have gotten this far without longtime friend Jarrod Bichon, the brewery’s technical adviser. The two make their beer in a warehouse-like barn they lease in Marengo. Bichon constructed much of their equipment himself, including an automated keg-sanitizing machine that allows them to circumvent a distributor for that service. A new one would cost $30,000 or more. Considering they welded 200-gallon brew kettles and converted what they call a “Raleigh beach cruiser” into a grain mill, Hoof Hearted best represents the D.I.Y. nature that comes with a startup brewery. Hoof Hearted’s rural brewing location has both its advantages and disadvantages. The two like having a “sanctuary” — complete with a proje