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Bicycle superhighway along I-40

The bicycle superhighway is the bicycle commuter’s dream

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Imagine the bicycle superhighway. Do you commute along Interstate 40 in Wake County? If so, Commissioner Sig Hutchinson wants you to imagine yourself there now. Imagine the skin-of-your-teeth merges, the swaying 18-wheelers, the stop-and-go monotony of rush hour.

“Now imagine sitting in traffic and watching bikes fly by you,” he said. “People who’ll be home playing with their kids before you get off the interstate.”

A recent push from Hutchinson for a bikeway along the north side of I-40 in western Wake County could bring this scenario closer to reality. The concept is known as the Triangle Bikeway. It would allow cyclists to travel unimpeded for about five miles between Trenton Road in West Raleigh and Airport Boulevard in northwest Morrisville.

Source: newsobserver

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Wanted: businesses to sponsor Norfolk’s bike share

Norfolk is considering sponsorships to support the proposed bike share program.

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The city expects to have 10 bike share stations with 50 bikes ready for public rental by this summer. This, according to the city’s alternative transportation manager, Paul Fillion.

Fillion presented to a Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization committee this week about the city’s bike efforts.

“We didn’t want city funds involved in operating or securing the bike share,” Fillion said. “The intent is for this to be 100 percent sponsor-funded. Then we can go to council and say, ‘We have sponsorships, we have the vendor, let’s go.’ ”

The launch date for the program is dependent on filling those sponsorships. In addition to city council and staff approval.

Source: Virginian-Pilot

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Is This the Bike Race That Will Save American Pro Cycling?
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New Colorado Classic bike race is heavy on festivals and fan-centric fun

The Colorado Classic bike race, which will be held August 10 to 13, is a UCI 2.HC event. Just one step below the top WorldTour level. More importantly, it represents a significant shift from the classic model of stage races. First, it’s not point-to-point. Instead, stages for men’s and women’s fields will be circuit-style. A more audience-friendly format. It also centers on the Front Range’s largest two cities: Denver and Colorado Springs (with a trip to ski-resort town Breckenridge).
But the race itself won’t be the only thing drawing in fans. In conjunction with the weekend stages, organizers announced a festival format called Velorama Colorado. Held around the start/finish area in Denver’s emerging River North neighborhood. Velorama will feature beer gardens, food, an expo and marketplace, and concerts by headliners, including popular alt-rock bands Wilco and Death Cab for Cutie.

Source: Bicycling

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Ban proposed on SF bicycle chop shops
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Chop Shops aren’t illegal?

San Francisco police may start cracking down on stolen bicycle rings by targeting chop shops spotted around town.

Supervisor Jeff Sheehy introduced legislation Tuesday that prohibits their operation. It also authorizes the police “to seize any bicycles or bicycle parts from persons who operate chop shops.”

“We have seen them all around town where piles of bicycles and bicycle parts are stacked along our public rights of way,” Sheehy said when introducing the legislation. “Many of these bicycles are stolen. Very often these bicycles are stolen from young people. People who rely on bicycles as a means to get to and from work. The loss of a bicycle could mean a choice between being able to pay rent or buy a new bike.”

Source: The San Francisco Examiner

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Reading 120 bicycle race in jeopardy

Reading 120 bicycle race in jeopardy after county pulls support

Reading 120Berks County Commissioners said shortly before Monday night’s Committee of the Whole meeting that it will no longer provide sheriff or emergency services department resources for the popular Reading 120 bicycle race; the commissioners notified every municipality in the county as well as Reading City Council members.

“We’re not going to die because they don’t want to do it. We’re moving ahead. We’re going to do it,” said Mayor Wally Scott. “We’re going to do whatever we can to raise the funds for whatever’s needed.”

The race organizer also responded to the claims of disorganization. He said sometimes great things fall into place at the last minute, but they always work out.

Source: WFMZ

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