Bike Shaped Objects

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Bike News Review – 4/15/14

Boston Doctors Can Now Prescribe You a Bike – 4/9/14
The City of Boston this week is rolling out a new program that’s whimsically known as “Prescribe-a-Bike.” Part medicine, part welfare, the initiative allows doctors at Boston Medical Center to write “prescriptions” for low-income patients to get yearlong memberships to Hubway, the city’s bike-share system, for only $5.

NICA adds high school bike racing leagues in Virginia and Alabama
Cycling News – 4/13/14
The National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), a youth development organization governing interscholastic mountain biking in the United States, announced Alabama and Virginia as the newest states in its growing nationwide school cycling program, bringing the number of new leagues added in 2014 to three, and the NICA league network to 13.  NICA made the announcement at the Sea Otter Classic on Saturday.

Coatesville police restarts bicycle patrol
Daily Local News – 4/12/14
The city police department took advantage of much-welcomed warm weather Thursday by placing several additional officers on the street to conduct the “first of many” bicycle patrols that resulted in several arrests.

Who Invented the Bicycle?
Live Science – 4/10/14
You might think that an invention as simple as the bicycle would have an uncomplicated past. But as it turns out, this highly popular invention has a history fraught with controversy and misinformation. While stories about who invented the bicycle often contradict one another, there’s one thing that’s certain — the very first bicycles were nothing like the ones you see cruising down the street today.

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Bike News Review – 2/16/14

Historical Society to discuss how bicycles shaped the early 20th century – 2/13/14
In 1963, Hugh Shuffleton Jr. reminisced about his school boy days in Pittville, Shasta County, and wrote “at the end of the summer of 1899, I traded my saddle for the finest and most speedy transportation of the day, a bicycle.”

Scott Sports aims to get bikes to kids who want to race in Utah
Bicycle Retailer – 2/13/14
Scott has created a purchase plan for high school athletes that allows them to buy bikes at a discount and get a free helmet and shoes. “Plus we are setting up a loaner program that will allow under privileged or low income kids to borrow a bike with the option to purchase later in the season.”

Tampa Police urge bike registration after increase in thefts
ABC Action News – 2/13/14
The number of reported stolen bikes in the city has risen over the last several years, causing some officers to step up their efforts to educate the public on how to secure their bicycles


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Bike News Review – 9/5/13

The 233-Year History of the Bicycle In One Handy Chart
Gizmodo – 9/4/13
For their latest foray into in-depth visual breakdowns, data viz wizards at PopChartLab have turned their attention to the design evolution of cycles dating back a whopping 233 years. Organized chronologically from top to bottom and color-coded by style of ride, the graphic gives a neat glimpse at how the styles have changed through the years.

Beer for your Adventure Ride
Bike Hugger – 9/4/13
We all know beer in a bottle cage isn’t going to work so well or carrying a six-pack/half rack/pony keg on your big adventure ride. Without a store nearby, what’s a beer-drinking adventure cyclist supposed to do? That’s what Pat from Backcountry Beverages thought too and out of necessity, invented a beer concentrate and bottle fizzer.

Portland’s Bicycle Revolution Started with a Lawsuit!
Huffington Post – 9/4/13
Introduced and championed by a Republican legislator from Jacksonville, Don Stathos, the “bicycle bill,” ORS366.514, actually directed state and local governments to provide safe bicycle and pedestrian facilities as part of every road project as well as requiring that at least 1 percent of state transportation funds be spent on these kind of projects every year.

The Coming Battle Over Electric Bicycles
The Atlantic Cities – 9/4/13
The electric bicycle has so far remained a novelty item in the United States, but manufacturers, retailers, and analysts say that will soon change. Fueled by soaring numbers of bike commuters and rapidly evolving battery technology, the electric bicycle is poised for a breakthrough, if it can only roll over legal obstacles and cultural prejudices.



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