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Saturday, May 9, 2015

Bono Rides a Bike with Jimmy Fallon @u2 @jimmyfallon #U2Fallon



360 MILES, 75% DIRT



— FRIDAY – MAY 22, 2015 – 7:00 A.M. —

Due to the realities of living in litigious society, we are no longer taking any formal role in organizing this ride.  That doesn’t mean it won’t still happen – we fully expect folks to still show up and ride and it’s not like we were really doing anything beyond picking a date, time and route.  It just means we don’t want to potentially get sued if something happens to someone.   So even though we beat this drum repeatedly every year, here it goes again, with even more feeling:  you are really, truly 100% on your own.   You can read more about why we are doing this here.   But again, we expect our rides, including this one, to continue to go down on the same dates and times and in the same way they always have.  You can see when these rides are expected to happen in the prior link or check the Calendar page for more information.
Many thanks for the many years of great support.  We love you guys and we look forward to hitting the road with you again soon.

Shuffle! Ep. 2 - Flat vs. Clipless & Origins-Andy Willis

Video Shows Driver Attempting to Ram SFSU Lecturer on Bike @StreetsblogSF

Last night, Anthony Ryan was biking home from his job as a lecturer on fine arts at SF State University when he was nearly rammed by a motorist on Phelan Avenue. Ryan says the driver tried to door him and run him over multiple times. He posted footage taken by another driver showing the end of the encounter, when the assailant attempted to back up over Ryan.
The assault occurred outside City College’s main campus. According to Ryan, the aggression began as he was riding in the left-turn lane from eastbound Ocean on to Phelan. Ryan, who previously had a more violent run-in with a reckless driver in the area, relayed his account in a series of tweets:

[Keep reading at StreetsBlog]

Friday, May 8, 2015

Portland bicyclist photographed throwing bike lock at motorist during road-rage incident @oregonian

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Janet Lee said she snapped this photo of a bicyclist throwing a bike lock at her car during a confrontation on Tuesday evening. Her teenage daughter was driving the car. (Photo by Janet Lee)

Update: The second (non-bike-lock-throwing) bicyclist in the photo has contacted The Oregonian/OregonLive with his version of what happened. Read it below. 
Dear Portland bicyclists: Bike locks are for locking up your ride, not hucking at cars during the evening commute.  
A Portland woman says she has filed a police report against a bicyclist who she says threw a bike lock at her car and kicked her in the arm during a heated exchange east of the Hawthorne Bridge on Tuesday night.
Janet Lee said her teenage daughter was driving their 2000 BMW when she snapped a photo of the cyclist heaving the heavy U-lock at the vehicle.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

San Francisco Wants to Lower Bike Injuries by Raising Bike Lanes @CityLab

This fall, San Francisco will become one of the elite few cities in the United States to build a raised bike lane.
The city's Municipal Transportation Agency will oversee the construction of an elevated pathway on Valencia Street in the southern Mission District. The curb-hugging lane will be raised about 2 inches above the road surface, and will measure 6-feet wide with an additional 5-foot "buffer zone." The city will follow up with a handful of other raised lanes next year, all planned for areas with high rates of bicycle injuries.

[Keep reading at CityLab]

Do Drivers Cover the Cost of Roads? Not By a Long Shot @StreetsblogNet

This chart shows what percent of different kinds of roads is paid for by the gas tax. Image: Pew Research Center
All charts: Pew Charitable Trusts [PDF]
David Alpert at Greater Greater Washington shares this fantastic chart from a new study of transportation funding by the Pew Charitable Trusts [PDF]. Alpert explains:
This chart from Pew shows where the transportation money comes from; it’s not all drivers.
Basically, the bluish areas are revenues which come specifically from drivers: gas taxes, vehicle taxes, and tolls. The greenish ones are other revenues: property taxes, general fund transfers, and other funds.

[Keep reading at StreetsBlog] 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Families Ditch Cars for Cargo Bikes @NYTimes

Dave Hoverman and his wife, Abby Smith, in Berkeley, Calif., with their cargo bike, which can hold all four children.

When Dave Hoverman, 38, a business strategy consultant in Berkeley, Calif., goes to Costco on the weekends, he ditches his Audi Q7 and instead loads his four children into a Cetma cargo bike with a trailer hitched to the rear.
“We do all sorts of errands on the bike,” Mr. Hoverman said. “We try not to get in the car all weekend.”
Mr. Hoverman is among a growing contingent of eco-minded and health-conscious urban parents who are leaving their car keys at home and relying on high-capacity cargo bikes for family transportation.
[Keep reading at NY Times]