Showing posts from September 16, 2012

Midwest Outdoor Experience - Oct 5-6: Dayton, OH

Midwest Outdoor Experience Highlights Dayton’s Recreational Amenities!   ACTIVITIES ABOUND AT CELEBRATION FORMERLY KNOWN AS GEARFEST Re-imagined with a new name and a new image, GearFest has transformed into the  Midwest Outdoor Experience , presented by Subaru. This recreation celebration is taking place Friday, October 5, through Saturday, October 6, at Eastwood MetroPark , 1385 Harshman Road, in Dayton. View the   2012 Schedule  to learn about all of the activities, demos, competitions and more! PLAY THE MIDWEST OUTDOOR EXPERIENCE VIDEO! Dog Friendly Event - Thanks to Subaru Thanks to our friends at Subaru  our furry friends will have plenty to do  at Midwest Outdoor Experience. Watch the high flying Subaru Ultimate Air Dogs, play in the Pooch Island Dog Park or snap a souvenir photo with your best buddy at the Subaru booth.  Learn More >> Get Out & Ride at IMBA Bike Village!! The IMBA Bike Village at Midwest Outdoor Experience will offer guests an opport

10 great places to blaze a (bike) trail of good food [USAToday]

Close Orange County, NY Tourism Cyclists in the Hudson Valley region can travel rural paths and visit small towns like Warwick, N.Y. After a day of cycling, the food always tastes better, says David Howard  , executive editor of  Bicycling  magazine. "Riding burns up to 800 calories an hour, so you've got a calorie deficit to make up." With more locally sourced restaurants and markets, riders have some great options for eating on the road. Fall is a perfect time to explore, says Howard, who shares some favorite areas with  Larry Bleiberg   for USA TODAY. Hudson Valley, N.Y.  With several bridges spanning the Hudson River, it's easy to map bike loop tours through the scenic upstate valley. "You can ride right alongside the Hudson River and get these amazing sweeping views," Howard says. Work up an appetite on the hills and stop to eat at St. Andrew's Café at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and the Rhinebeck Farmers Ma

After more than 450 tickets, Columbus Police not finished with jaywalking crackdown [Lantern]

Andrew Holleran / Photo editor A student crosses the street within a crosswalk on campus. The Columbus Division of Police has been cracking down on jaywalking and bicycling rules in the off-campus area, and plans to continue. The crackdown on jaywalking and bicycle violations along High Street is far from over. In fact it will continue “minimally for the next couple weeks,” according to a member of the Columbus Division of Police. After issuing 241 tickets in the University District Sept. 7 and 8, Columbus Police followed up its increased enforcement the next weekend with 226 tickets in the same area. Students should expect the same level of focus for at least the next couple weeks, said Columbus Police Precinct 4 Commander Chris Bowling. “We’re just trying to get everyone’s attention,” Bowling said. But some students don’t think issuing fines and tickets is the right way to address the problem. “They’re giving out like $100 tickets and I think that’s a little bit excessive especia

Coop’s new bike parking will debut at this weekend’s Art Harvest Festival [Pittsburgh] - Nice rack!

Last week The East End Food Coop put the final touches on 30 new and secure spaces for its patrons and employees to park their bikes.  The 30 spots are spread over two locations on The Factory’s property; a parking spot turned Bike Corral and an indoor rack / work-station. The East End Food Coop, along with The Factory’s landlord, developed the property’s first Bike Corral in the parking spot adjacent to the outdoor picnic area. The Corral consists of ten new ‘swerve’ racks with space enough for twenty bikes. Its convenient location will provide bikers easy access to the coop, a safe area to pack their bike with groceries, and a more quiet space for picnickers to enjoy a car free meal! Ten more bikes can be parked at five new swerve racks located inside the main entrance to The Factory. These spots will be used primarily for employee bike parking. A Dero Fix-it station, equipped with all the tools needed for basic bike maintenance, will also be located in this area to give employ

Study: 10% More Smart Growth = 20% Less Driving []

A professor at San Francisco State University recently developed an econometric model to study how smart growth affects travel behavior. His finding: quite a bit. If Bakersfield, California enjoyed the same density and transit amenities as the San Francisco Bay Area, households would drive 55 percent less, according to a recent study. Photo: Dr. Sudip Chattopadhyay  measured the impact  of certain smart growth indicators on 18 metro areas across the U.S. He found that a 10 percent increase in smart growth amenities — measured by residential and job density and per-capita transit spending — leads to a 20 percent reduction in miles driven. “This is a huge impact,” said Chattopadhyay. “Success is gradual and long lasting.” [Continue reading at]

UK judge excuses bait bike thief, criticizes police [Biking Bis]

Imagine this English judge carefully placing his wig on a shelf and hanging his robe in the closet after work, then discovering that the bicycle he was going to ride home had been stolen. Instead, judge Peter Hughes recently criticized police in northwest England’s Cumbria county for putting out a bait bicycle fitted with a tracking device. Then, he threw out the charges against a man charged with stealing the bicycle. Maybe he’d see bike theft differently. According to the local  Times & Star newspaper: The judge said that “there must be a better use of police time” than laying out bicycles as bait for thieves. “Some people would think it is close to the police acting as agents provocateurs,” he added. [Keep reading at  Biking Bis]

Horn-Crazy Driver Busted for Harassing Cyclists [Adventure Journal]

Cyclists have been harassed by drivers for years with little to no recourse,  but thanks to technology and changing attitudes among law enforcement, justice increasingly is being served: The driver who hassled two road cyclists in Colorado this week by following them and honking his horn obsessively for three minutes has been charged with four misdemeanors by the Colorado State Patrol. [Keep reading at Adventure Journal]

Best iPhone and Android apps for cycling

With today's launch of the new  iPhone 5  and the average person's ever increasing dependence on their smartphone, there has never been a better time to combine your mobile device with your cycling. There’s something very powerful in your pocket that you probably aren’t using to its full potential. Smartphones such as the  iPhone  and Android-based handsets offer a range of applications to turn your humble phone into a powerful cycling aid. They can help you track your training, get you fitter and even fix your bike. Here’s how… Bike Doctor 2 Compatibility: iPhone and Android Cost: £2.99/$4.99 The bike doctor app features 29 of the most common repairs. From fixing punctures to stopping gears from skipping, the app will take you through it step by step. It’s a useful guide to have in your pocket at all times ready for emergencies. The app also contains a safety check to make sure everything is running smoothly before a ride. Download Bike Doct