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The Rural Cycling Highway | LovelyBike

Most of us have probably heard of  cycling highways in the Netherlands . These long distance segregated bicycle paths run through suburban and rural areas, making it easy for cyclists to commute into cities and towns. Perhaps less known is that cycling highways also exist elsewhere - for example, in Northern Ireland. Considering NI is not especially famous for its cycling infrastructure or high rates of bicycle commuters, I find this interesting and would like to share my experience.  The place where I am currently staying is about 7 miles from  Coleraine - a good sized town by local standards, with multiple shopping centers, a variety of businesses, and a university. It is a major commuter's hub for surrounding rural areas - including the village I am closest to, which is Castlerock. There are two routes from Castlerock to Coleraine. The direct one is along the A2 - a country highway with high speed traffic. The indirect one is along a quiet backroad that meanders along t

The Buckshot Wireless Speaker Explained by Frank Harrington - Outdoor Tech

The Buckshot Wireless Speaker Explained by Frank Harrington - Outdoor Tech from Outdoor Tech on Vimeo .

The Mad Mechanic @pinkbike

The Mad Mechanic on Pinkbike

Tweed Run London 2013

Just in time for the weekend - 5 to 9 Microadventure

5 to 9 Microadventure from Alastair Humphreys on Vimeo .

Hilly Billy Roubaix: The EPIC Movie

MIT Study: Benefits of Placemaking Go Deeper Than Better Places @StreetsblogDC

StreetsAlive in Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota, is changing attitudes about transportation beyond just two Sundays a week, organizers say. Image:  FMspotlight For two Sundays every summer, a three-mile loop between downtown Fargo, North Dakota and nearby Moorhead, Minnesota is transformed. The open streets event StreetsAlive draws between 6,000 and 8,000 people — on bikes, sneakers and rollerblades — into the space that is normally occupied by cars. The event began as a healthy living initiative, with sponsorship from Blue Cross of Minnesota, managed by the Dakota Medical Foundation. But organizers say that as it has grown in popularity over the last three years, the event has evolved into something potentially transformative. Local leaders are trying to use StreetsAlive to educate the public about the benefits of non-motorized transportation, and it seems to be working. Last year’s theme was “Life After Cars.” Embarking on a regional planning process, local officials reporte

Divvy Biker Lost on Lake Shore Drive [NSFW language]

Citi Bike: Citibank's New York Marketing Coup @BW

City skyline photograph by Getty Images Vikram Pandit stood fidgeting in a park near New York’s City Hall, looking owlish in a suit and rimless spectacles. It was May 7, 2012, and he’d had better springs. Citigroup  ( C ) , where he was chief executive officer, had recently flunked a government “stress test” meant to identify which big lenders were still shaky in the wake of the financial crisis. The Federal Reserve had vetoed an $8 billion stock buyback, and irritated shareholders had just voted against Pandit’s pay package of $15 million. Today the news was better. Pandit took his place next to a podium as New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced to a gaggle of reporters that, after three years of study, the city was finally starting a bike-sharing program—one that would cost taxpayers nothing, thanks to a $41 million deal with Pandit’s Citigroup. The cobalt blue two-wheelers, the mayor said, would be called Citi Bikes. As Bloomberg detailed the program, which he said w

Bill would make bike-sharing benefits tax-deductible (updated) @BikePortland

Not considered public transit by the IRS. Yet. (Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland) U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer is cosponsoring a bill to officially recognize bike sharing as the newest category of public transit, at least in the eyes of the IRS. Unfortunately, the bill is limited by a persistent oversight in tax policy that restricts its benefits to those who both live and work in areas that have bikesharing stations. It's a new goal for the city transportation commissioner turned Congressman, who spent years pushing for the IRS's first bike commuting benefit. The $20-a-month deduction finally passed as  part of the 2008 bank bailout  (despite Blumenauer's "no" vote on that package). Neither the existing bike commute deduction or Blumenauer's proposal would affect personal income taxes. Instead, they let employers (including governments and nonprofits) reimburse workers for bike expenses or bike sharing passes like any other fringe benefit, and treat t


(photo by mitsu iwasaki) I have biked everywhere within 4 miles of my apartment in the past 5 years , including every job I’ve had — I’ve never had to drive to work in Denver. I find riding a bicycle exhilarating, but that’s no reason for you to think you should. In fact, here are 9 reasons you shouldn’t bike to work. I’m sure you can think of others. 9. It’s too dangerous. Can you imagine being out there on a bicycle with all these crazy drivers flying past you, nothing to protect you except a plastic and styrofoam shell on your head? You could get killed. The absolute best thing is to stay in the protective cage of your car, because no one’s ever been killed when they’re inside an automobile. Driving is safe. 8. You have to wear a tie to work. Or a suit. Or a skirt. Not only that, it’s important to wear your tie/suit/business casual attire from the moment you leave your house in the morning until the moment you get home. There is no conceivable way you could leave some

First of FIVE trail network meetings is TONIGHT at Whetstone

Your City, Your Community, Your Parks! "The Recreation and Parks Department is excited to be developing a master plan which will help to guide us into the future. Your input into the recreational needs of the community is critical to the success of the planning effort. Please join us as the department charts its course for the next 10 years." -- Alan D. McKnight, Director Public Workshop Sites     Public Meeting Presentation (Coming Soon) Background Materials for Planning Areas (Coming Soon) Community Survey (Coming Soon) Current (2003) Master Plan Chapter I: Overview   Chapter II: Demographics   Chapter III: Programs, Parks, and Facilities   Chapter IV: Needs Assesment   Chapter V: Recommendations   Chapter VI: Action Plan  

Trail Boss packable trail work tool

The Trail Boss packable trail work tool allows you to satisfy your need to ride, hike or run on trails, and your desire to work on the trails you use, all on the same outing. Its light weight, strength and versatility means you can bring it along on your regular ride or hike, and still stop to fix a bad switchback or bench that trail section you’ve been meaning to get to. And do the work exactly the same as if you toted along a collection of 3 or 4 bulky long-handled digging tools. Packable Strong Durable Multiple heads Customize length Customize combinations of heads Expandable Fabricated in-house Because it fits in a typical trail-size hydration pack or small day pack, the Trail Boss is easy to bring along and still enjoy the trip. With multiple tool heads, and rigid full-length handle you can dig the dirt with gusto, just as you would with a one-piece long-handled tool. Handle segments are available in 12” or 16” lengths, so you can customize the fit for your height and

Budnitz Bicycles

Image ABOUT OUR BICYCLES Budnitz Bicycles creates the fastest, lightest, and most beautiful city bicycles in the world. Working exclusively in titanium and cro-moly steel, our handmade bicycles last a lifetime and are a blast to ride. Our trademark cantilever frames are stunning — and are designed to optimize each bicycle's ride. The gentle split top-tube arc that characterizes all of our frames flexes in the right places and is stiff in others. We make our branded titanium seatposts, stems, badges,handlebars,and many other parts by hand. All bicycles feature top-end components, the majority developed for bike racing by small boutique fabricators in the USA, Europe & Japan. ABOUT OUR COMPANY Paul Budnitz began creating titanium bicycles for his own use in 2002. Almost immediately people began stopping him on the street to ask where they could buy a bicycle just like the one he was riding. Our company was founded in 2010 with the mis

Beast Coasters 1 @MTBVT

Beast Coasters 1 from Beast Coasters on Vimeo .

Hiking the Ohio to Erie Trail is Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 6:30 PM Kettering-Moraine Branch of the Dayton Metro Library 3496 Far Hills Ave,  Kettering ,  OH   ( map ) Enter the library from the rear doors. Look for the meeting room on the left. Presentation: Hiking the Ohio to Erie Trail   In April of 2013, Andy Niekamp set out on a hiking journey on the Ohio to Erie Trail from the Ohio River in Cincinnati to Lake Erie in Cleveland. The Ohio to Erie Trail is 325 miles long and is primarily a bicycle route. It is the only trail linking Ohio's three largest cities: Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland. The goal of his hike was to demonstrate that Ohio's bikeways can be hiked as well as bicycled. His presentation will take you on a foot journey through Ohio on the first ever end to end hike of the Ohio to Erie Trail with beautiful photos of countryside, small towns, big cities and Amish country.  This presentation is free and open to the public. Bring a friend! About The Ohio

Scioto Greenways Project update

During the next 18-24 months, there will be several closures and detours posted for the Scioto Trail on both east and west banks.  Please use caution downtown as you pass through the construction area.  Between November 18 and February 1 ST,  the detours will be posted as needed.  By February 1, all of the trail along the Scioto Mile is scheduled to be closed and a full detour posted.

Forget Standing Desks: Here's One You Pedal To Power Your Gadgets | FastCompany

Finally, you don't even need to get off your butt to get moving at work. "I wish to suggest that a man may be very industrious, and yet may not spend his time well," wrote Henry David Thoreau a century and a half before his society had stuffed its white-collar workers into cubicles with computers. His point, made as part of a longer series of lectures, boiled down to the notion that if you don't sustain yourself with love for what you do, whatever you're doing might be sort of worthless--or worse, without principle or enjoyment. People who move back to the land to devote themselves to active living are often considered Luddites in our fast-paced modern age. But white-collar office workers don't have to those extremes to at least enjoy their desk work, or participate (to some degree) in the movement. A pair of best friend engineers in upstate New York are  Kickstarting a campaign  to open-source their dynopods--or pedal-powered work surfaces--that use the

Chillicothe Man Charged After Alleged Hitting Bicyclist | NBC4i

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio - A bicyclist is in critical condition after being struck by a vehicle in Chillicothe Saturday night. According to Chillicothe police, the crash occurred at about 6 p.m. on Nov. 9 in the area of Bridge and Eighth streets. Police said Jason Butterbaugh was riding his bicycle northbound off the roadway when a 2011 Chrysler 200 veered off the right side of the road and struck him. Butterbaugh was flown to a Columbus-area hospital with critical injuries. The driver, 60-year-old Emmett Beeler, was located at his residence after he called police and said he hit a deer. According to police, responding officers said they had reason to believe that Beeler was intoxicated, and a search warrant was obtained for a blood sample. Police said the blood test results are still pending. Beeler was arrested and charged with aggravated vehicular assault. Another person was riding with Butterbaugh, and was also struck by the vehicle, but was not injured. The crash rema

13 smart bike gadgets that take the stupid out of cycling | TechHive


Shafted Again. @bikesnobnyc rebuttal to @nytimes

Cyclists. Can we ever get a break? Apparently not. Just three weeks after  Delia Ephron unleashed the stupid with her  New York Times  op-ed about how we shouldn't have bike share because the color blue doesn't look good in rom-coms , that same august periodical has published another opinion piece that is, on the surface, a work of bicycle advocacy. However, probe deeper, and it is something far more insidious even than that Ephron crap. Here it is : Ostensibly this piece is about how drivers who kill cyclists don't get in trouble and how this needs to change.  All very good, right?  Who could argue with that?  (Well, besides the police, and the auto industry, and the auto insurance industry, and the oil industry, and the tabloids, and your local lawmakers, and...)  Well, the first warning sign is the stupid knuckle tattoo illustration evoking the evoking the darkest days of the insipid fixie trend circa 2007.  Then, the writer opens with this: SAN FRANCISCO — EVERYBODY

Cycling v cars - The American right-of-way @TheEconomist

ONION-LIKE though its title may be,  Daniel Duane's opinion piece  in Sunday's  New York Times , "Is It OK To Kill Cyclists?", is in deadly earnest. As Mr Duane writes, motorists in America generally receive no punishment whatsoever for crashing into or killing cyclists, even when the accident is transparently their fault. This insane lacuna in the justice system reflects extreme systemic prejudice by drivers against cyclists, and would be easy enough to fix. All that America would have to do would be to adopt traffic regulations like the ones in place in the Netherlands, where the number of cyclists is vastly higher than in America while the rate of fatalities per kilometre ridden is far lower. To illustrate how traffic regulations in the Netherlands differ from those in America, here are a few mostly hypothetical Dutch cases to consider. • Let's say a truck is making a turn onto a high-speed four-lane street in The Hague, and rides over a cyclist in the bic

I don’t ride a bike, why should I support measures to boost cycling? @thetimes

Even motoring presenter Jeremy Clarkson has previously spoken of the need to redesign roads for bikes   BBC Kaya Burgess Last updated at 3:20PM, May 2 2013 If you are not a regular cyclist, you may ask why you should support proposals to boost investment in safe cycle routes. More than three quarters of a million people commute to work by bicycle in Britain every day, but you may not be one of them. So why should you care? Building safer cycle routes would not only benefit those who cycle. It would also encourage hundreds of thousands more people to use their bikes to make short journeys instead of going by car or by train or bus. This would have benefits for motorists, pedestrians, parents, businesses and taxpayers. It would lead to less congested streets, less overcrowding on public transport, fewer deaths on the road, less NHS money wasted on obesity, a boost for the high street, less pollution, and a more affordable form of transport for those priced out b

Physically Separated Bike Lanes @Streetfilms

Physically Separated Bike Lanes from Streetfilms on Vimeo .

The Armstrong Lie | Youtube


On this second installment of FilmFestFriday, I decided to pull together several videos that capture two things that bikepacking great… wilderness and camaraderie. Here are four bikepacking videos that may inspire you to strap some bags to your trusty steed and head out into the forest. FIND THEM HERE -->

Scioto Trails Veterans Day Gravel Grinder is TOMORROW 11112013 #letsride

Let's ride around Scioto Trails fire roads. Distance will be  no less than 25 miles. If you are coming from Columbus we can meet at Scioto Downs a little before 8AM and carpool to the start. We will gather at the shelter on 372/Stoney Creek Drive in the center of the park around 9AM and ride. Please bring food and water since there are no services on the route. This is a gravel grinder and a mountain bike or cross bike with larger tires is optimal. The climbs are gradual but this route has a lot of climbing and great downhills.!data=!1m4!1m3!1d11494!2d-82.9537541!3d39.2221181!4m2!13m1!1e5

Is It O.K. to Kill Cyclists? | NY Times

Kurt McRobert By  DANIEL DUANE Published: November 9, 2013 SAN FRANCISCO — EVERYBODY who knows me knows that I love cycling and that I’m also completely freaked out by it. I got into the sport for middle-aged reasons: fat; creaky knees; the delusional vanity of tight shorts. Registering for a triathlon, I took my first ride in decades. Wind in my hair, smile on my face, I decided instantly that I would bike everywhere like all those beautiful hipster kids on fixies. Within minutes, however, I watched an S.U.V. hit another cyclist, and then I got my own front wheel stuck in a streetcar track, sending me to the pavement. I made it home alive and bought a stationary bike trainer and workout DVDs with the ex-pro Robbie Ventura guiding virtual rides on Wisconsin farm roads, so that I could sweat safely in my California basement. Then I called my buddy Russ, one of 13,500 daily bike commuters in Washington, D.C. Russ swore cycling was harmless but confessed to awakening recently


Here are four great videos that may make you want to hand over a resignation letter, pack up a bicycle and just go. Or, they may just give you something to grin about as you while away your Friday afternoon. Before setting out on our recent tour through Central America I had people ask, ‘Why do you want to do that?’ Or, ‘Are you crazy?’ Many folks don’t understand why someone would choose to travel on a bicycle. So in this fist installment of FilmFestFriday, I put together 4 videos that I feel capture the magic of Bicycle touring. Maybe they’ll make you want to quit your job and pack up a bike. Or maybe they’ll just give you a good feeling as you waste time on a Friday. Enjoy. FIND THEM HERE -->