Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Bike News Review – 2/6/14

Fat bikes – don’t call it a fad
Bicycle Times – 2/3/14
There was a common theme during this year’s Global Fat Bike Summit in Ogden, Utah: fat biking is not a fad. Many statements in Summit presentations were preceded with, “I used to think differently about fat bikes, until I tried one.” The Summit provided the opportunity to throw a leg over the industry’s finest products for the uninitiated to the disciple.

Bicycle manufacturing increases in Indian state of Punjab
Global Times – 2/3/14
Bicycle manufacturing in India’s northern state of Punjab is on the rise. According to the latest figures provided by industry sources, around 50,000 bicycles are manufactured every day in Ludhina City alone. The city has around 4,000 small, medium and big enterprises that are associated with the manufacturing of bicycles and bicycle parts. Industry sources said that around 300,000 people in the city are dependent for their livelihood from bicycle manufacturing and trading.

Bicycle registration is now available through the Menlo Park Police Department
In Menlo – 2/2/14
Bicycle registration is a new program being offered this year by the Menlo Park Police Department, allowing residents to record their bicycle’s identifying information in a secure and private way. If a bicycle is lost or stolen, the MPPD has the information on file to add it to the statewide stolen property database. If it’s located anywhere in the state of California, it can be identified.


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Bike News Review – 10/1/13

PeopleForBikes distributes $80k-plus in grants
Bicycle Retailer – 9/30/13
The Community Partnership Grants required collaboration between at least one non-profit organization, one business, and one city or county agency to be considered for funding. Grant awards ranged from $5,000 to $10,000 and will support infrastructure and advocacy projects. Since 1999, the PeopleForBikes Community Grants Program has funded more than 250 projects in 49 states, with most helping build facilities like bike paths, trails, and parks.

Kolkata, India Bans Bicycles To Reduce Traffic Congestion, Terror Threats
International Business Times – 9/30/13
Cycling enthusiasts, activists, environmentalists and others have expressed their outrage over a decision by the police department in Kolkata, India to ban the use of bicycles in most thoroughfares of the teeming metropolis. Police officials claim the prohibition on bicycles was needed to thwart any potential terror attacks on the city and to relieve chronic congestion on its overcrowded streets.

Who should have to pay for bicycle facilities?
The Coloradoan – 9/29/13
Readers often comment that bicyclists should pay a fee for the “special” facilities the community provides them. They claim that motorists pay for roads through “user fees,” including fuel taxes, vehicle registration fees and tolls while bicyclists pay nothing. According to a Pew Charitable Trust study published in 2007, user fees pay for only 51 percent of our highways. In fact, most transportation costs (including parking in Old Town) are paid from general funds through income, sales and property taxes, as well as bond issues.

Granite State bicycle rules at a glance
Union Leader – 9/28/13
Bicyclists have the same rights and duties as drivers of motor vehicles, according to New Hampshire law.

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Bike News Review – 7/1/13

Bicycle club, a big hit @ Infopark
The Times of India – 7/1/13
Less than a month after its launch, the bicycle club at Infopark has become a big hit with around 350 employees joining it. The club, a joint effort by Infopark and Athi Bicycle Club, initially had 50 bicycles and eight racks. Now, the authorities are planning to introduce 18 more bicycles and two more racks.

Henderson looks to become more bicycle-friendly
KTNV – 6/30/13
On Saturday, the city held a Bike Fair to teach residents about the best bike trails in the city and about bike safety. But it’s also looking for feedback from riders.

Toyota releases luxury bicycle
The Record – 6/30/13
Toyota Motor Corp. has released a luxury bicycle priced at 1 million yen ($10,000) under its Lexus brand and will limit sales to 100 units worldwide.


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Bike News Review – 3/4/13

Lawmaker Wants to Tax Bicycle Pollution
Comedy Central – 3/4/13
If I am not mistaken, a cyclist has an increased heart rate and respiration. That means that the act of riding a bike results in greater emissions of carbon dioxide from the rider. Since CO2 is deemed to be a greenhouse gas and a pollutant, bicyclists are actually polluting when they ride.

Romania becomes major EU bicycle exporter, but Bulgaria could be winning the race
Romania Insider – 3/4/13
Bicycles may not be the first thing most people associate with Romania, but in recent years local manufacturers have been exporting to the EU in a big way. Neighboring Bulgaria has also seen growing bicycle exports to the rest of Europe, however, while Bulgaria changed up a gear in 2012, Romania sat back and freewheeled in the EU Balkan bicycle export race, according to industry news service, Bike Europe.

Bicycle registration, licensing not feasible
The New Indian Express – 3/4/13
Following the Dilsukhnagar blasts, for which bicycles were used to carry explosives, organisations promoting bicycle-riding are pressing for mandatory registration of bicycles and issuance of licence to riders as a measure to control use of bicycles by terror elements. But authorities say there is no provision under the relevant laws to register a bicycle.

Where bicycle helps reap a harvest
The Hindu – 3/3/13
He realised that though the activity appeared tedious, the grocer would have been saved the cost of cartage, and he thought, “Why should I not modify the bicycle for the purpose of farm operations?” Bhise set to work on this idea, and after a lot of trial and error, he came out with an implement — fashioned out of the front axle, wheel and handlebar of a standard bicycle — that could be used by marginal farmers to execute functions carried out by bullocks or tractors.


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Bike News Review – 2/24/13

City bicycle traders fear Chinese invasion in market
Hindustan Times – 2/24/13
The three-day India International Cycle Expo-2013 that kicked-off at Government College for Girls here on Friday is seeing a lot of activity among the traders and the consumers. But the cycle industry in Ludhiana, which has developed and manufactured new techniques to create modern bicycles, is now facing many problems and the fear of China to eat into its profits also looms.

Bicycle dealers seldom ask for ID proof; cops lax in checking
The Times of India – 2/24/13
Despite the police making it compulsory for the bicycle traders to ask and keep identity proofs from their customers, a rule in force after the 2008 Jaipur serial blasts, which claimed 70 lives, was proven that the IEDs were planted in bicycles, majority of traders in the Walled City and others parts don’t abide by it.

Health board backs initiative to make streets pedestrian and bicycle-friendly – 2/23/13
An initiative to make streets more friendly to pedestrians and bicyclists received unanimous backing Wednesday from the Lenawee County health board.

Phila. pedestrian/bicycle road safety campaign is in your face
Philadelphia Business Journal – 2/23/13
One ad shows the shape of a stop sign with the message, “The sign doesn’t say ‘Sorta Stop.” Another shows the international image of a pedestrian with the line, “Thank you for not running pedestrians over.” Still another shows the image of a cell phone with the tagline, “The most dangerous part of your commute.”



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