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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Belgian cyclist kicked out of Olympics after drunken night


Belgian cyclist Gijs van Hoecke was sent home from the Olympics by the nation's Olympic committee after he was photographed looking drunk and disoriented while leaving a London nightclub.
The pictures were published in Belgian newspapers, then became an international sensation, getting featured on sites like TMZ. In them, van Hoecke is being carried out of the club by teammates. His eyes are barely open and his clothing appears wet.

The 20-year-old van Hoecke finished 15th in the omnium (cycling's equivalent of the decathlon) and rode in Belgium's ninth-place finish in the team pursuit. He said he was "letting off some steam" at the club, presumably by drinking everything that wasn't bolted down.
"I made a big mistake," he told a Belgian newspaper. "I'm happy my parents didn't tell me off. They understand that I needed this."


Bike thief tells how to stop your cycle from being stolen

Bike blog : Chained up bicycles on Kensington High Street, London
Use two different locks on the front and back wheels of your bike, so that thieves have to carry more than one tool to break them. Photograph: Alex Segre/Rex Features
Omar Aziz started stealing bikes when he was 17 and carried on until he finally weaned himself off crack cocaine at the age of 29. Now he wants to make amends. He is volunteering in his local area and he agreed to advise Guardian readers how not to get their bikes stolen.
Aziz stole a lot of bikes to feed his habit: "When I sell one thing I go and buy my drugs, smoke it, when it finishes, I have to go and get more. I nick another bike," he said.
The easiest pickings were bikes secured with cheap locks. "Some people think they don't have enough money and they buy thin locks, and I used to go and just push the bike and pull it and the lock will break."
Today Aziz locks his own bike up with two thick chains, through both wheels and the frame. Thieves can get through thick chains with the right equipment but it takes a lot of time and heavy cutting equipment. But even that didn't always deter him. On at least one occasion, having eyed-up a bike, Aziz first stole tools before going back for the bike.
CCTV it seems, is also no deterrent. "Even if there is cameras they don't care. For me the best place is to leave your bike is a place where there are people around."

Read on...

If Kant Were a New York Cyclist [NYTimes]

André da Loba

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THE rule-breaking cyclist that people decry: that’s me. I routinely run red lights, and so do you. I flout the law when I’m on my bike; you do it when you are on foot, at least if you are like most New Yorkers. My behavior vexes pedestrians, drivers and even some of my fellow cyclists. Similar conduct has stuck cyclists with tickets and court-ordered biking education classes.
But although it is illegal, I believe it is ethical. I’m not so sure about your blithely ambling into the intersection against the light while texting and listening to your iPod and sipping a martini. More or less.
I roll through a red light if and only if no pedestrian is in the crosswalk and no car is in the intersection — that is, if it will not endanger myself or anybody else. To put it another way, I treat red lights and stop signs as if they were yield signs. A fundamental concern of ethics is the effect of our actions on others. My actions harm no one. This moral reasoning may not sway the police officer writing me a ticket, but it would pass the test of Kant’s categorical imperative: I think all cyclists could — and should — ride like me...
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Friday, August 10, 2012

No bike lanes on Lombard

San Francisco has 5' bike lanes. Shouldn't Columbus?

I am riding around San Francisco and it is amazing! Pics intermittently and when I return. - Ray

Greece Debt Crisis Spurs Surge In Bicycle Use Over Cars [Huffington Post]

* Greeks cut back on fuel and taxis

* Once lowly bike gaining popularity

By Karolina Tagaris

ATHENS, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Greece's dire economic plight has forced thousands of businesses to close, thrown one in five out of work and eroded the living standards of millions. But for bicycle-maker Giorgos Vogiatzis, it's not all bad news.

The crisis has put cash-strapped Greeks on their bikes - once snubbed as a sign of poverty or just plain risky - and Greek manufacturers are shifting into fast gear.

The high cost of road tax, fuel and repairs is forcing Greeks to ditch their cars in huge numbers. According to the government's statistics office, the number of cars on Greek roads declined by more than 40 percent in each of the last two years. Meanwhile, more than 200,000 bikes were sold in 2011, up about a quarter from the previous year.

Shops selling bicycles, and equipment ranging from helmets to knee pads, are spreading fast across the capital, popping up even between souvenir shops on the cobbled pedestrian streets of the touristy Plaka district.

"They're sprouting up like mushrooms," said Vogiatzis, who designs and builds tailor-made bicycles in his workshop on the Aegean island of Rhodes.

A former cyclist on Greece's national team, Vogiatzis opened his business in the mid-80s, combining his love for drawing and mathematics, but only recently watched sales boom from a modest 40 bikes a year to over 350.

"There's no more money for luxuries and that helps," said Vogiatzis, who works away furiously with two other staff to meet demand for all sorts of bikes - some lavishly hand-painted in glitter, others flaunting the Greek flag.

"People who were never interested in cycling are buying bikes," he added. Vogiatzis now exports to seven countries including Germany and the United States, and opened shops across Greece, including in Athens where competition is fierce.

A far cry from the shuttered shopfronts in the capital that have become a painful reminder of the country's worst downturn since World War Two, bike shop owners estimate that at least one store opened every month in 2011.

Vogiatzis laughed: "Every neighbourhood has its bike shop just as it's got its kebab shop."

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A Movement To Teach Young Designers To Build Experimental Bikes [FastCompany]

Building a bike is an expensive and time-consuming process, traditionally reserved for devoted hobbyists and the very wealthy. But as cycling gains a stronger foothold in American cities, it’s likely that such skills will become more commonplace in design education programs. Leading the way isNicholas Riddle, a designer at Easton and the founder of the Urban Mobility Lab at the California College of the Arts.
Since 2010, Riddle has headed up a two-course curriculum in CCA’s Industrial Design department that teaches students to design, prototype, and fabricate bikes. Students learn oxy-acetylene-brazing, the industrial welding technique traditionally used to made frames, as well as emerging fabrication methods like 3-D printing. Riddle’s co-teachers are well-known custom bike builders, like the owner of Raphael Cycles Rafi Ajl and bakfiets fabricator Matthew Feeney. Together, they are teaching a young generation of designers the tools needed to develop a better urban bike.
“I’m hoping we can evolve the bicycle further,” Riddle says. “These classes are teaching fabrication techniques that will allow students to prototype new modes, and new proposals, of transportation.” In particular, that means developing a more diverse set of solutions for the urban commuter. Right now, the average cyclist picks their bike from a relatively short list of off-the-shelf road and hybrid frames. Cargo bikes--aka bakfiets--are difficult to find, and often very expensive. And commissioning a custom frame is a major undertaking. At CCA, Riddle is exposing a broader range of designers to the myopic bike-building community. More designers means more ideas, and eventually, a more diverse and adaptive market. The program has already produced a range of bikes, from hemp frames to cargo bikes designed specifically for delivery people--the most under-served (and at-risk) category of urban cyclist.
Riddle’s own bikes reflect his goals at CCA. He got his start like many of his peers, building forks and frames in his spare time. Over the winter he completed his first commission, a custom cargo bike for husband-and-wife graphic design team Shape Field Office, with whom he shares a studio. The Shape Field Bike is an unusual hybrid of road and porteur frame. It was modeled after the client’s beloved 1978 Cinelli Supercorsa, adapted to carry their office’s heavy materials and books around San Francisco. Riddle designed a lugged frame that mimicked the Cinelli’s geometry, but extended the bottom tube out over the wheel to create a removable wooden cargo bed. “The front rack was perhaps the most challenging as we wanted something removable, stable and yet blended in with the dominant lines on the frame,” he tells Co.Design. The frame can carry up to 80 pounds. Little details like Honjo fenders and inverse Paul breaks--not to mention the laser-cut wood signage--give the bike the air of a luxury custom build. But it’s the frame that makes it truly unique.
As his program expands, Riddle hopes that more planners and designers will investigate urban mobility within the framework of the bike. “It’s something that has a rich history, is accessible to the masses, something just about everyone had as a child and yet is this beautifully refined structure that demands attention in your craft,” he explains. “Frankly, there’s no object on earth I love more.”

Ohio 3 Feet Advocacy |

Our mission is to save cyclists’ lives. But, this cannot happen without great effort and passionate people. It takes a lot of work and people willing to roll up their sleeves to do that work. This page is dedicated to helping you make it happen in Ohio. Here you will find information on Safe Cycling Champions, laws and tools you can use in your advocacy efforts.

AdvocateChuck Smith
Phone: 937-890-6689

Safe Distance Law2004 Orc 4511.27(a)(1)
3 Feet Bill2011 Sb174(1)(b)
Driver's Manual2010 Ohio Driver Manual Pg.67-68

Advocacy Tools:

If you come across links, papers, articles, events, or other opportunities that should be added to this page, please contact or call 1.800.761.0907

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Every Bicyclist Counts

The League of American Bicyclists, founded in 1880, promotes and protects the rights of every cyclist in the U.S. We teach cycling, encourage new riders, and advocate for cyclists in the states and in Washington, D.C. We also mourn the loss of the more than 700 cyclists killed in traffic crashes each year. This site is a place to honor those cyclists and to ensure that their death is not in vain. This site will be a memorial, a gathering place, and home for everyone that has lost a friend or family member. We’ll also be using the data to highlight trends, particularly dangerous locations, safer driving techniques, and more. We envision this site as a virtual ghost bike; as a continuation of the annual Ride of Silence; as a voice speaking up on behalf of all cyclists. Thank you for joining us here. This site is attempting to capture all U.S. cycling deaths starting from January 1, 2012.

Make cycling proficiency a compulsory part of driving licence

Drivers should take cycling lessons – it will give them firsthand experience of what it's like to ride a bike on the roads
Bike blog : Cycling lessons for car drivers : Child with bicycle on the way to school
Compulsory cycling lessons for drivers will improve safety on roads. Photograph: Norman/Corbis
Dan Harris's tragic death last Wednesday and Bradley Wiggins' response have put cycle safety in the news again. But while we'd all lovebetter cycling infrastructure, there is neither the money nor the political will to make our streets safer for cyclists. For all the positive talk about increasing the bike awareness component of the driving test, there is a limit to how much you can tell someone to be aware of their position on the road, and a limit to the effect that theoretical knowledge can have. So why not make cycle proficiency a mandatory condition for getting a driving licence?

Why do you ride?

My name is Carrie and I’d love to find out Why Do You Ride?
I’m just a girl who’s simply trying to re-awaken the compassion in people whilst mitigating the destructive and competitive behaviour brought on by social structures rather than human nature.
Inspired by Copenhagen Cycle Chic founder and Urban mobility expert Mikael Colville-Andersen, Project: Why Do You Ride? extends the concept of Copenhagen Cycle Chic by uncovering the person behind the bicycle.  Afterall, cyclists are people too.
For myself, riding has re-invigorated memories, which in the craziness of life, had been previously pushed aside and left idle.
If you’d like to participate or be part of the discussion or show your support for the project please use the hashtag #whyiride in your tweets.
And if you’d like to connect, you can always find me on Twitter @cangreenbechic or via email.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The annual WooMan event

-The annual WooMan event, a grassroots cycling tour through the Ohio rolling hills between Wooster and Mansfield, will be held September 16, 2012 at 8:00am. 
-All proceeds from WooMan benefit breast cancer education and awareness. 
-Register before September 1st to receive the pre-registration price of $49. After September 1st, on-site registration for WooMan is $60. 
-Check out for more information! 
-Please feel free to forward this to anyone who has a passion for cycling. Thank you for your past support of WooMan by riding in the event, posting the event and encouraging others to participate in the event!

Thank you for supporting Breast Cancer education and awareness at Wooster Community Hospital.

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