Bike Shaped Objects

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Bike News Review – 3/4/13

Bamboo bikes turn around fortunes for working women in Ghana
CNN – 2/28/14
While mass production for a company that currently employs about 30 people means turning out just 60 to 100 of the beautiful handmade bicycles a month, Dapaah is confident of scaling up the operation.

Adaptive bicycle program brings smiles to kids with special needs
Meadville Tribune – 2/27/14
The “My Bike” Program is designed to provide mobility, freedom, social inclusion and a typical childhood experience for children who might otherwise be left out, according to Charles LaVallee, Variety chief executive officer.

Council approves bicycle plan for Newark
Newark Post Online – 2/27/14
Two years in the making, the 2014 Newark Bicycle Plan was created by the Newark Bicycle Committee and was a collaboration between area residents, city officials, the Wilmington Area Planning Council, the Delaware Department of Transportation and local bicycle advocacy organizations.

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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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There’s money in them there spokes! – Bike News Review – 1/27/14

Brompton Bicycle shows British manufacturing how to shift up a gear
Reuters – 1/26/14
Brompton’s success lies partly in its cool – the company cashed in on a trendy ‘Made in Britain’ tag, and the fact that its bikes fold up lends the label a geeky chic as well as popular practicality. But beneath the image lies a carefully-constructed business strategy that reveals not only the level of innovation required for UK manufacturing firms to succeed, but also the number of bumps in the road many of them still face.

‘It’s starting to happen’ Bicycle touring an emerging tourism market
Daily Inter Lake – 1/25/14
A new report verifies what local business owners have known for some time: The Flathead Valley is a superhighway for bicycle touring groups that bolster the local economy as they pass through. Conducted by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research and graduate students from the University of Montana College of Forestry and Conservation, the study found that multiday cyclists spend $75 per day and stay an average of eight or more nights as they pass through Montana.

Bicycle plan heading to Door County Board
Door County Advocate – 1/25/14
The formal presentation of the Door County Bicycle, Pedestrian and Recreational Facilities Master Plan is on the agenda of next week’s County Board meeting. The half-inch-thick document was prepared under a 2012 contract between the Door County Highway Department and the Madison-based Wisconsin Bike Federation. It contains recommendations on the locations of 350 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian paths including a series of trail loops linking points of interest from Southern Door to Washington Island.


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Bike News Review – 10/31/13

Provo council sends bicycle plan back to TMAC
Daily Herald – 10/30/13
After two years of gathering information, listening to noted specialists and conducting public meetings, Provo councilman Sterling Beck and the Bicycle Master Plan Steering Committee said they hoped the time was right to pass the 200-page Bicycle Master Plan. The planning commission and the Transportation and Mobility Advisory Committee said not yet.

Bicycle lot approved for Formula 1 race
KVUE – 10/29/13
Travis County Commissioners are hammering out plans to get people to and from the Formula 1 race in November. They’re making accommodations for fans on two wheels instead of four.

Japan’s National Bike to Work Ban
Tokyo by Bike – 10/28/13
Strict government policies regarding employee travel insurance, and inflexible insurance company policies, have created a situation where cycling to work is effectively banned in Japan. That’s right, bureaucracy is preventing people from cycling to work in Japan.


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Bike News Review – 10/14/13

First Cape Cod Bicycle Summit to be held on November 8
Cape Cod Times – 10/11/13
The first Cape Cod Bicycling Summit will be held on Friday, November 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Road in West Barnstable. The summit is co-sponsored by the Cape Cod Chapter of MassBike, Barnstable County Mass in Motion, the Town of Barnstable and Sen. Dan Wolf’s Office.

Third-graders targeted for bicycle education
Palo Alto Online – 10/10/13
This week, 8-year-olds across Palo Alto brought their bikes to school for “bike rodeos,” in which they took over the playgrounds to practice skills like how to steer around broken glass, what to do if a garbage bin is blocking the bike lane (look and scan over your left shoulder before steering around the obstacle) and how to navigate intersections.

USA BMX launches after school program
Bicycle Retailer – 10/10/13
USA BMX has launched a new after school enrichment program based on a science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) curriculum. The program, which had a soft rollout in April, is now integrated into more than 20 school districts across the United States.

Downey to move forward with bicycle master plan
Press-Telegram – 10/9/13
Mayor Mario Guerra wants to transform Downey one bicycle at a time. The city is developing a bicycle master plan after receiving a $225,000 Caltrans grant in late September and providing $25,000 in matching funds. The plan could lead to bicycle lanes and other infrastructure improvements, but city officials say action to improve Downey’s roads for riders can and should be taken now.

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