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Wanted: businesses to sponsor Norfolk’s bike share

Norfolk is considering sponsorships to support the proposed bike share program.

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The city expects to have 10 bike share stations with 50 bikes ready for public rental by this summer. This, according to the city’s alternative transportation manager, Paul Fillion.

Fillion presented to a Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization committee this week about the city’s bike efforts.

“We didn’t want city funds involved in operating or securing the bike share,” Fillion said. “The intent is for this to be 100 percent sponsor-funded. Then we can go to council and say, ‘We have sponsorships, we have the vendor, let’s go.’ ”

The launch date for the program is dependent on filling those sponsorships. In addition to city council and staff approval.

Source: Virginian-Pilot

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Bike News Review – 8/14/14

Bicycle group plans to add 3 new bike rental stations
Des Moines Register – 8/9/14
Armed with a government grant and increasing usage, organizers of Des Moines B-cycle are planning to add three new bike rental stations and 10 to 15 new bikes next year. The Des Moines Bicycle Collective, which operates the bike-sharing program, is considering three locations: at the east side of the Iowa Capitol building; at East Fourth and East Locust streets; and at 10th and Walnut streets.

Redding police bicycle patrols targeting problems
KRCR – 8/7/14
The Redding Police Department started patrolling the downtown and Hilltop Drive areas on bicycles last week. This change is intended to allow police officers interact with businesses in the community and also patrol areas they wouldn’t have access to in a vehicle or on a motorcycle. On Thursday, thanks to the new change, officers were able to get rid of an abandoned van that was used by transients and was causing trouble for surrounding businesses.

Four common myths about bicycle safety, busted
Oregon Live – 8/7/14
A “Bike Rodeo” put on by the Hillsboro Police Department and Hillsboro Main Library on Thursday, Aug. 7, at the library was attended by approximately 43 children. A pamphlet distributed at the event, crediting John Williams of the National Center for Bicycling and Walking as its primary author, includes a list of four common bicycling myths and the truth about them:

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Bike Lanes, Sharing and Lane Sharing – Bike News Review – 1/30/14

Website Lets Public Weigh in On Bicycle Improvement Issues in City
Corona del Mar Today – – 1/30/14
The Draft Bikeways Network is a “key component of the master plan details the proposed bicycle network and possible improvements,” according to an email from Brad Sommers, an assistant city engineer. “As this includes a lot of information (traditionally shown on a very busy exhibit), the project team has developed an interactive website where you can view draft recommendations for bikeway facilities including off-street bikeways, on-street bike lanes, bike routes, and bike boulevards,” he wrote.

Hitting the Brakes on Bicycle Lanes
Alexandria Times – 1/30/14
The debate over bike lanes on a stretch of King Street that has roiled the Taylor Run neighborhood will roll on for several more months.

City bike share program may compete with University’s program
The Daily Texan – 1/29/14
Austin will add three new bike kiosks near campus to its bike sharing program, but the additions may conflict with an existing student-run bike-rental program. B-cycle manages the Bike Share of Austin, an Austin government-sponsored program that began in December. The program allows users to pay a day rate or buy an annual membership to rent a bike, which can be returned to any of 11 bike kiosks throughout the city.

Plan to make S.W. 14th bicycle-friendly ‘quiet street’ approved
Des Moines Register – 1/27/14
The trip between Gray’s Lake Park and Blank Park Zoo could soon get a lot more peaceful for bicyclists. Southwest 14th Street in Des Moines is set to become the state’s first designated quiet street, with lower traffic volumes and lower speed limits that make it more conducive to cycling.

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Bike News Review – 8/23/13

Philadelphia to launch bike share in 2014
Bicycle Retailer – 8/22/13
Plans are underway to unveil a bike sharing system in Philadelphia in the fall of 2014. Mayor Michael Nutter has committed $3 million of the city’s capital budget toward bringing the system to life, and a request for proposals is anticipated this fall.

Camp offers kids with special needs lessons in bicycle riding
Naperville Sun – 8/22/13
Abby Richardson was cruising around the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, pedaling like a pro. It’s hard to believe that just two days earlier, the 11-year-old saw bike riding as an impossible task.

$2.1M South Lansing walking, bicycle path moving forward
Lansing State Journal – 8/22/13
City leaders are poised to move ahead with an estimated $2.1 million walking and bicycle path that would bisect the city’s south end, connecting with the Lansing River Trail and a planned pathway into Holt.



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Bike News Review – 5/29/13

City Club committee proposes bicycle excise tax
Sustainable Business Oregon – 5/29/13
A 4 percent excise tax on new bicycle sales, with revenue steered toward the production and distribution of bicycle safety materials, bicycle safety programs at schools and community centers and the purchase and installation of additional automated bicycle counters.

Lancaster man uses his bicycle to power his recycling business
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Scavenging metal appliances and fixtures people want to discard was a hobby of Duncan’s for a couple of years. But this spring he gave up temp-agency jobs to see if he could turn junk removal into a living.

Bicycle accidents on Memorial Causeway Bridge stump planners
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County and city representatives have formed a task force, which met last week. They discussed the subtleties of bridge and bicycle mechanics in greater detail than many people ever have or will. But as the discussion of how to improve the bridge’s safety for cyclists moves forward, officials are stumbling over a vexing question: How do you regulate or engineer against bad behavior?

Bicycle sharing gets in gear in N.Y.
SF Chronicle – 5/28/13
The nation’s biggest bicycle-sharing program got rolling Monday, as thousands of New Yorkers got their first chance to ride a network billed as a new form of public transit in a city known for it.

Sacramento metal artist creates bicycle racks with flair
Sacramento Bee – 5/24/13
Riders were securing their bikes to lamp posts and power poles, and even the little fences that encircle sidewalk cafes. “There just weren’t many good places to lock up bikes,” said the Sacramento metal artist. “I saw this as a way to create public art and have it be functional. It looked like a great market.”


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