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TTC Installs Bicycle Repair Facilities at 10 Subway Stations

Josh Colle, 9/29/15
TTC customers are now able to make minor repairs to their bicycles at select subway stations making it more convenient to complete the first mile/last mile of their trip. TTC Chair Josh Colle unveiled the new self-service bicycle repair stop at Davisville Station, additional stands will be located at 10 subway stations across the system. The pilot program will allow customers to complete minor bicycle repairs while commuting in Toronto.

Architect imagines a neighborhood and a whole new building type designed around bikes

Tree Hugger, 9/29/15
Copenhagen brands itself as a “city of cyclists”, but has no building stock to reflect this. The centre has buildings designed for an age when everyone walked and the suburbs have houses to drive to, while designers of redevelopment districts assume that people would rather take trains to the city. In other words, their bicycle planning stops at the curb.

Lack of transport retailers a barrier to everyday biking in Vancouver

Vancity Buzz, 9/29/15
While many reasons have been given for that falloff, we firmly believe the theory that most manufacturers and retailers are selling “the wrong bikes for the wrong reason.” Nowhere is that more apparent than here in Vancouver, where manufacturers, retailers, advocates, and city officials continue to conflate the worlds of sport and transportation cycling, to the distinct detriment of the latter.

Jackson County, ATA to buy rail corridor to connect with Katy Trail

Kansas City Star, 9/30/15
A decades-old dream of connecting Kansas City with Missouri’s cross-state Katy Trail gained major momentum Wednesday when Jackson County and the area’s transit agency announced the purchase of a rail corridor from Lee’s Summit to near the Truman Sports Complex.


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Bike News Review – 4/17/14

Added bicycle parking a hit among Heritage patrons
The State – 4/16/14
Increased parking for bicycles outside Harbour Town Golf Links received glowing reviews from the RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing patrons who rode to Wednesday’s events. Some out-of-town spectators said the new bike racks on tennis courts near Lighthouse Road in Sea Pines made the decision to ride two wheels to the PGA Tour tournament — and avoid car traffic and shuttle buses — much easier.

MnDOT seeks input on its plans for statewide bicycle system
Star Tribune – 4/16/14
Starting next week, MnDOT will hold a series of meetings in 11 cities statewide to get input from bicyclists to help shape the statewide bicycle system. Stakeholders will be asked to provide their thoughts on where MnDOT can improve the network, how road conditions and location influences whether to ride, where bicyclists want to ride long distance, where they feel comfortable riding, and how MnDOT should prioritize projects.

Why do some consumers buy bikes from brick-and-mortar stores?
Bicycle Retailer – 4/16/14
“All of the bigger world consumer research that we have reviewed clearly indicates that despite all the emerging technology and connectivity, stores are not going away,” said Elliot Gluskin, managing partner of The Gluskin Townley Group. “There will be changes, but American consumers will still want to visit brick-and-mortar stores, including bike shops. The problem is … we no longer know why.”

Owner of suspected Belltown bicycle ‘chop shop’ arrested
KRIO TV – 4/14/14
Last month, detectives tied the owner of the shop to the suspicious sale of a $4,000 bicycle stolen from a Belltown apartment building in June 2013, according to officers. Police said they found records in March that showed the bike was sold to Pull-Apart shortly after it was stolen.


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