Bike Shaped Objects

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Bike News Review – 5/24/13

BART Removes Rush-Hour Bike Ban for Full Five Month Trial
SF Bike Coalition – 5/23/13
On Thursday night, BART Board of Directors voted to hold a five-month trial, allowing bicycles on trains during all hours of the day, and removing a key obstacle to regional travel by bike. The five month lift of the “bike blackout” will run July 1-December 1.

Aero Is Everything, including Small Dogs
Bike Hugger – 5/24/13
As you’ve likely read by now, Spesh built their own wind tunnel in Morgan Hill. Having been on campus a few times, we know they crew that works there has a sense of humor. In the off hours expect they’ve either tested kegs v. cases of beer OR dogs. And it’s dogs!
(You must see the picture! – Tom)

Swatara Township Police to hold bicycle safety awareness event for children
The Patriot News – 5/24/13
All participants will visit several safety stations. They will receive a helmet check, a bike inspection and learn proper signaling and the rules of the road. An obstacle course also will be part of the event.

Driver Tweets Hit and Run
Urban Velo – 5/24/13
A young driver clipped a cyclist with her mirror, sending him off the road, into the trees, suffering minor injuries…but…but…instead of stopping and making sure he wasn’t DEAD or anything, she instead decides to tweet it out to the world and even justifies the act by saying cyclists don’t pay the road tax, so it doesn’t matter.



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Bike News Review – 4/14/13

Portage Fire Department set to host bicycle rodeo May 11
nwi Times – 4/14/13
The Portage Fire Department will host its annual bicycle safety day from 9 a.m. to noon May 11 in the east parking lot of Willowcreek Middle School, 5962 Central Ave. The goal of the event is to teach youngsters how important safety equipment can be and that wearing a helmet and other safety equipment can prevent debilitating injuries.

Is This The World’s Most Beautiful Electric Bicycle?
Green Car Reports – 4/12/13
A complaint we hear a lot about electric vehicles is that they’re simply not beautiful enough. We can’t think of a good reason that few seem capable of making electric transport look good, though in fairness the same can be said for many internal combustion vehicles too.



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Bike News Review 3/1/13

Bicycle rodeo set for March 9
Brewton Standard – 2/28/13
Co-sponsored by the Brewton Police Department and the City of Brewton, the event is the first of its kind and will feature fun, food and even a lesson in safety.

New downtown sculptures in Vallejo double as bicycle racks
Times-Herald – 2/28/13
It’s a pair of glasses, it’s a man on fire, it’s a piece of art promoting unsafe bicycle riding. Those are some of the guesses from Times-Herald Facebook fans when asked to identify a photo of new bike rack recently installed downtown.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan Would Connect Four Towns, One City
WHSV – 2/27/13
The board of supervisors was expected to vote whether to fund a county-wide bicycle and pedestrian plan. Bike advocates said it would be a big step for the county.

VT Senator Proposes Law Requiring Bicycle Registration in the State
Fox 44 – 2/27/13
Vermont Senator Norm McAllister (R-Franklin) is proposing a law that would require the registration of bicycles in the state. According to the bill, S.136, a resident 18 years or older would have register the bike and pay an annual fee of $20 or a biennial registration fee of $37.00.


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Bike News Review – 2/13/13

More than 200 bicycle parking spots coming to downtown Grand Rapids
Michigan Live – 2/13/13
The Downtown Development Authority should install 139 off-street bicycle racks and six on-street bike corrals in 2013, according to a draft of subcommittee recommendations.

Study to measure impact of protected bike lanes
Bikes Belong – 2/13/13
A new research study is underway at Portland State University (PSU), designed to measure the societal impact of next-generation protected bike lanes, called green lanes. Green lanes are dedicated, inviting spaces for people on bikes in the roadway, protected from cars and separated from sidewalks.

Race promoter licenses Los Angeles MTB series
Bicycle Retailer – 2/13/13
OTH launched in 2009 as a “Hump Day”—Wednesday night—race series accessible to riders of all skill levels. “We didn’t really care how racing had been done. We just wanted to do something that would be fun even for novice riders,” recalled John Russell, who co-founded OTH with partner Matt Wenger.

Elementary school in Carlisle gets money for bicycle rodeo and bicycle helmets
Penn Live – 2/13/13
Mooreland Elementary School in the Carlisle Area School District was awarded $4,238 to hold a family bicycle rodeo and to purchase promotional items as well as bicycle helmets and crossing guard equipment.

Panel learns of proposed bicycle pump track
Canon City Daily Record – 2/13/13
The Cañon City Public Works Committee on Tuesday heard a proposal from the Lower Arkansas Mountain Bicycling Association for the development of a bicycle pump track in the Centennial Park complex.

Handmade bicycle show is boon for small businesses – 2/12/13
The North American Handmade Bicycle Show, slated for the Colorado Convention Center, February 22-24, has already broken several of its exhibitor records, giving cycling’s cottage industry good reason to cheer.



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Bike News Review – 2/11/13

Rwanda: Bicycle Taxis – Kigali’s ‘Forbidden’ Job
All Africa – 2/11/13
Kigali — It’s not really as forbidden as the biblical fruit but riding a bicycle on Kigali’s shining tarmac roads is illegal. That means, unlike most cities in the region, bicycle taxis (boda-bodas) are outlawed in EA’s cleanest city.

A bicycle race that’s just for kids
Petaluma 360 – 2/11/13
It was the strength of his godson that Cozza admired most, and that eventually led him to recognize the “incredible ability of children to make a difference,” he said. This realization pushed Cozza to arrange the first ever Petaluma Kids Gran Fondo race, which is set for early May.

Update: Better in California, Bittersweet in Montana
Adventure Cycling – 2/11/13
Over the last few months, Adventure Cycling has been very busy working to create new opportunities for bike travel in North America, for example by developing new routes like an Idaho hot springs off-pavement route and Bicycle Route 66, and advancing an official U.S. Bicycle Route System. Also, we’ve worked with local and state partners to create better bike travel conditions, most recently in Montana and California. Here’s the latest on those efforts:

Annual Chekika Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair February 23
Fire Engineering – 2/11/13
Everglades National Park is pleased to host a “Bicycle Rodeo and Safety Fair.” The bike rodeo is a one-day training event for young bicycle riders designed to prevent bicycle-related accidents and injuries.

Strong case for bicycle tracks on city footpaths
The Hindu – 2/10/13
Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has now started advocating bicycle tracks on all roads near metro stations by demarcating portions of widened footpaths for the purpose.


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