Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Sexism and Capitalism on two wheels – Bike News Review – 7/31/12

Britain’s Olympian Calls Out Bicycling Organization For Lack Of Leadership On Sexism
Think Progress – 7/31/12
Lizzie Armitstead is one of the U.K.’s Olympic darlings. On Saturday, she won a silver in the 140 kilometer bicycle road race — the first medal for the host country. But while Armitstead was thrilled with her win, she also took advantage of the limelight to bring attention to something that was annoying her — Olympic sexism, and a lack of leadership on the issue from those who head up athletic associations.

New Word: Velocapitalist
Commute by Bike – 7/31/12
Velocapitalism has a long history in this country and others — let’s start with some of the earliest velocapitalists.

Bike track take a hike
Crain’s New York – 7/31/12
Cycling enthusiast Joshua Rechnitz caused a stir last April when he pledged to donate $40 million—the single largest gift ever to New York City’s parks system—to build a field house featuring a velodrome in Brooklyn Bridge Park. But now The New York Times reports there is a backlash against the idea from residents, community leaders and activists who say the field house will bring traffic to the area, and question the need for a velodrome, an indoor cycling track.


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