Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Bikes in the sky! – Bike News Review – 9/6/12

Imagining an elevated bicycle highway in London
Smart Planet – 9/5/12
Even on the safest on-street bicycle lanes, riding in congested cities can be downright scary. That’s why despite a bicycle “superhighway,” bikeshare, and a tax to deter cars from the city center, London is considering adding a safe and efficient bike infrastructure system.
(I so want to ride through the city skies in glass tubes! – Tom)

U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross will go on in 2012
Velo News – 9/6/12
The U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross will continue in 2012 after organizers secured funding to overcome a last-minute sponsorship shortfall this week. Trek Bicycles has stepped in as the series’ new title sponsor, with brands like WD-40 Bike, Clif Bar, SRAM and RadioShack stepping up to fill the void left when the series’ scheduled title sponsor missed its payment deadline last month.
(Remember, The Cross must go on – Tom)

San Diego bicycle district plan to be unveiled
KUSI – 9/6/12
The plan will be modeled on a pilot-program in Long Beach, where residents are encouraged to ride two wheels instead of four on short trips. Organizers believe the result will be less traffic congestion, fewer parking problems and increased economic activity.

Bicycle Buses a Big Hit at Party Conventions
DC Streetsblog – 9/6/12
Last week, delegates and visitors at the Republican National Convention in Tampa helped themselves to 1,250 free rides on a bicycle bus — a sort of communal bike-share system called Freewheelin, sponsored by health insurance company Humana. According to the Freewheelin website, those RNC attendees logged 542 miles on the 20 free pedal-buses, burned 18,137 calories, and reduced their carbon footprint by 596 metric tons. Even Mayor Bob Buckhorn was inspired. ”I think I’m going to trade in the big, black SUV that we took from a pimp and make this the new Mayor Mobile,” he said.

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