Bike Shaped Objects

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Bike News Review – 10/4/13

Proposed Bill Would Require Cyclists to Register Bicycle
WMAZ – 10/3/13
State Rep. Carl Rogers, R-Gainesville, said he wanted to get the attention of cyclists. He did just that with the proposal of House Bill 689. The proposed law would require anyone in Georgia who intends to ride a bicycle on the street, to register that bike with the state. “My goal is safety and safety only,” Rogers said Thursday during an interview with WMAZ. “It has become a problem because there are so many (bikers).”

Portland bicycle advocates, ODOT spar over removing a traffic lane on Southwest Barbur Boulevard
The Oregonian – 10/3/13
Next week, the Portland City Council may consider what the BTA’s website calls a “reasonable request” for an immediate study of the idea with ODOT and Metro. Lewis & Clark College, the City Club of Portland and the pedestrian safety group Oregon Walks have also submitted letters to City Hall in support of the plan.

SF Police Face New Scrutiny Of How Bicycle Crashes Are Investigated
CBS Local – 10/3/13
Since Moullac’s death on Aug. 14, Shahum said the Bicycle Coalition has logged complaints from more than 100 cyclists who say they were treated unfairly by police who often refused to take reports from them at crash scenes. “Officers are telling people, if you’re not hurt badly enough to get in an ambulance, we don’t need to take a report,” Shahum said.

CAFA Students Present the Museum of Bicycle Parts
Core 77 – 10/3/13
In the interest of elevating the mundane mechanic, a team of students from CAFA’s Visual Communication program saw fit to elevate the ultralocal repair shop in the heart of Dashilar into a “Museum of Bicycle Parts,” repurposing bits and pieces of hardware into jewelry and toys.

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Bike News Review – 5/6/13

Trail cutters working to open bicycle, hiking paths
Frederick News-Post – 5/6/13
Trailblazers have spent many weekend hours cutting new paths for hikers and mountain biking enthusiasts. Project point man Tim O’Donnell has worked on the idea of a recreational loop for eight years. In the past two years or so, volunteers have put in 700 hours to make paths for three levels of outdoors enthusiasts, he said.

New spin for bicycle: filtering air pollution
Seacoast Online – 5/6/13
New Castle’s Mike McAndrew recently visited his daughter and son-in-law in Beijing, China, and brought back a photo showing a clever invention: a bicycle that filters air while in motion. Beijing, the capital of China, is notorious for having a serious particle and gas pollution problem all year due to lax environmental controls. Residents of the city suffer multitudes of air quality-related illnesses, particularly with bronchial and pulmonary systems.

Loopwheels Move The Bicycle’s Suspension Directly Into The Wheel
Oh Gizmo – 5/6/13
People are fond of saying that you can’t reinvent the wheel, but if you take a look a the LoopWheel, you realize that’s not entirely true. The device uses a regular, off the shelf tire, rim and hub, but it replaces the common spokes with a flexible carbon-composite system that gives suspension directly to the wheel.
(Variations of this have been tried before. In those cases the springs worked great but didn’t last. – Tom)

Earth Policy Institute Bike Share Report
Urban Velo – 5/5/13
The future of bike sharing is now, with cities across the country and around the world embracing bike share programs as part of a healthy, multi-modal transport system. The Earth Policy Institute recently published a report on the worldwide uptake in bike share programs, worth a look for anyone still skeptical of bike share being a successful model.



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