Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Bike News Review – 7/30/14

More Seniors Are Biking in SF and Around the Country
SF Bicycle Coalition – 7/30/14
So, who is riding more? Well, just about everyone. Ridership in every age group has dramatically increased between 1995 and 2009, according to the latest US Census data. But it’s the older age groups that saw the biggest jump in ridership. Over a third of the increase in bicycling nation-wide came from people between the ages of 60 and 79!

Houston’s Plan to Make “Bicycle Interstates” Out of Its Utility Network
Streets Blog – 7/29/14
Long lanes of grass alongside power lines are almost as ubiquitous in Houston as highways. There are roughly 500 miles of high-voltage utility rights-of-way criss-crossing the city, and they’re mostly just dead spaces, forming weedy barriers between neighborhoods. What could the city do if it repurposed these underused spaces? Inspired by an article in Rice University’s Cite Magazine, Alyson Fletcher decided to write her master’s thesis at the Cornell University landscape architecture program on that question. She drafted a proposal to turn these linear, grassy areas into a “recreational super-highway” — and it’s starting to look like a real possibility.

Urban Velo – 7/24/14
Bike camping seems to be the rage right now, but for slower traveling nomads or those living in the city, popping up a tent in public gets you in trouble almost immediately. An Amsterdam artist, Bas Sprakel, has considered this dilemma and created an intermediate between bike camping and homeless domiciles, called the HouseTrike. The mobile temporary home includes a bed with an internal locking mechanism for safety. Sprakel is considering making adjustments in the next fabrication and taking the bike on a tour of Europe to show it’s practical nature.

A look back at the early days of D.C.’s bicycling laws
Washington Post – 7/21/14
In 1969, John Volpe, Richard Nixon’s secretary of transportation, told the District’s appointed council chairman, Gil Hahn, to explore alternatives to commuting by automobile. Carl used to ride his bike to work from his home on Capitol Hill and so was a good person to look into what it would take to make the city friendlier to cyclists.

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Bike News Review – 2/20/14

Bay Village tuning up its bicycle laws – 2/18/14
A Bay Village City Council committee, working with bicycling enthusiasts, is putting the final touches on proposed updates to Bay’s bicycle ordinances, aiming to bring them more in line with policies statewide.

Bellingham plan would give bicycling a boost
The Bellingham Herald – 2/18/14
Bellingham already stands out as a bicycle-loving city. Data from the U.S. Census Bureau from 2008 to 2012 shows that 4 percent of Bellingham commuters travel to work by bicycle, compared to 0.9 percent statewide and 0.6 percent across the U.S. Priorities in the plan include better bicycle access to public schools and colleges, routes for low-income areas, and easy ways to get from one side of Interstate 5 to another.

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Bike News Review – 7/2/13

Bicycle city flourishes in Reykjavik this summer
News of Iceland – 7/2/13
Freedom, time flexibility and money-saver are terms further related to bicycles more than private vehicles at present. Bike facilities have greatly improved in the last years. The latest of which is the bike counter which gives useful information in Suðurlandsbraut.

19 years of easy riding for Chain Gang bicycle club
The Island packet – 7/1/13
Joe Bogacz looked back as he slowed his bicycle to a stop. He patiently waited for the other nine riders in this Tuesday’s Chain Gang ride to catch up. “Sometimes it’s like herding a pack of turtles,” he said with a laugh.

Ask a Trooper: Bicycle Laws and Safety Issues
Northland News Center – 7/1/13
However, traffic safety experts know there is still much work to be done in Minnesota to improve bicycle safety. Preliminary data from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety shows a slight increase in bicycle deaths in 2012—seven were killed, compared to five in 2011. Injuries were down by about 6 percent in 2012.

It’s the ‘Bicycle Spring’
Christian Science Monitor – 7/1/13
For a while in the late 19th century, bikes were the wonders of the age. Pre-automobile Henry Ford rode one. Pre-airplane Wright brothers built them. But for most of the 20th century two-wheelers retreated before the onslaught of increasingly impressive quadricycles. Bikes carved out a niche as kid’s toy, college necessity, and weekend amusement. Cars ruled.

Virginia Beach considers allowing bicycle riding on city beaches
Washington Post – 7/1/13
A proposed ordinance would allow bicycle riding at the water’s edge any time from October to April. From May to September, bicycle riding would be allowed between 6 p.m. and 10 a.m.



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