Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Bike News Review – 5/3/13

Five Surprising Laws About Bikes in the Bay Area
KQED – 5/3/13
On my way to KQED the other day, I pulled up next to a fellow bicyclist who shot me a quizzical glance. “Do you know whether we have to follow traffic regulations?” she asked. Umm….Yeah. I’d like to say her ignorance surprised me. But it was hardly the first time I stumbled across gross confusion about the place of bicycles on the road and in the law.

In 1897, a Bicycle Superhighway Was the Future of California Transit
Motherboard – 5/3/13
In 1897, a wealthy American businessman named Horace Dobbins began construction on a private, for-profit bicycle superhighway from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles. It may seem like a preposterous notion now—everyone knows Angelenos don’t get out of their cars—but at the time, amidst the height of a pre-automobile worldwide cycling boom, the idea attracted the attention of some hugely powerful players.
(The pictures of the bikeway are way cool! – Tom)

Baton Rouge hosts annual conference for bicycle officers
The Daily Reveille – 5/2/13
Baton Rouge hosted the Annual International Police Mountain Bike Association (IPMBA) Conference on Thursday and Friday to improve the safety and skills of mountain bike police officers from around the country.

New bicycle-friendly state rankings released
Bicycle Retailer – 5/1/13
The League of American Bicyclists released its 2013 ranking of Bicycle Friendly States on Wednesday, coinciding with the kickoff of National Bike Month.

Urban Bike Symposium: Call for Participation
Bike Hugger – 5/3/13
There’s academics, advocates, bloggers, and cyclists. Also, a call for builders and makers to participate. On the agenda are social events and a showcase for bikes and gear for free.


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