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Stuff I didn’t know existed – Bike News 4/19/12

Free Bike Program Expands
Canton Patch – 4/19/12
For nearly a year, the Simsbury Free Bike program has allowed area residents to borrow bicycles and enjoy a ride without the expense of buying a bike or the hassle of transporting one and now the effort is expanding to another Canton neighbor.

Bicycle-only season in Yellowstone National Park offers unique ride
Billings Gazette – 4/19/12
For a short time in the spring, Yellowstone National Park opens the roughly 50-mile section of road between park headquarters in Mammoth Hot Springs, Wyo., and West Yellowstone only to bicyclists, walkers or rollerbladers. Given the variety of wildlife, the scarcity of vehicles and the sweeping vistas of snowy mountains, waterfalls and boiling thermal features, it has to be one of the most incredible and unusual bicycle rides in the United States, if not the world.

Electric Bikes and Expanding the Reach of Cycling
Clarendon Patch – 4/19/12
My previous column’s question about e-bikes on Arlington’s trails was more academic than practical, really — I still haven’t heard of a single instance of anyone being hassled for riding one. But this academic question was a part of a very practical discussion I’ve been having with other cycling advocates for some time now: How do we get more people on bikes?

Bicycle crash test dummies simulate head and neck injuries
Ubergizmo – 4/18/12
Being a crash test dummy is definitely no fun, as your line of work more often than not involves plenty of scrapes and knocks all over the place, not to mention being discarded cruelly when your human owners are done with you.

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