Bike Shaped Objects

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Bike News Review – 5/15/13

Iowa DOT Offers Websites on Byways and Bicycle Trails
KCRG – 5/15/13
The state Department of Transportation says the sites will help visitors explore Iowa’s two national scenic byways and nine state scenic and heritage byways. Many bicycle trails crisscross and complement the byways. The byways site includes route descriptions, history, contact information and a listing of local attractions and events. The site lets visitors plan, map, save notes and send an electronic postcard.

Introducing the Urban Cycling Hall Of Fame
Urban Velo – 5/15/13
It’s been in the works behind the scenes for a while but today the Urban Cycling Hall Of Fame officially launches and begins the search for both artifacts and inductees.

Artworks unveils bicycle art show – 5/15/13
Artworks is celebrating Trenton Cycling Revolution’s 17th annual bike tour with a new exhibit on display until June 13. Unchained — The Art of the Bicycle celebrates the bike tour, which is scheduled for Saturday May 18. Artwork on display includes depictions of bicycles and bicycle culture and objects made out of bicycle parts.

Every month is Bicycle Month in California
Contra Costa Times – 5/14/13
If there was any doubt about the ubiquity of bicycles in California, it was put to rest this month. The state Department of Motor Vehicles, which, as the name suggests, oversees motorized transportation, has unveiled a website dedicated solely to bicycle safety. Pedal power has officially become a force too large to ignore.



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Bike News Review – 4/23/13

Olympic boost? Early season attendance up at some BMX events
Bicycle Retailer – 4/23/13
Attendance at last week’s Great Northwest Nationals in Redmond, Oregon, was up 35 percent over last year. The week before, the event in Powder Springs, Georgia, saw a 16 percent increase, while the earlier Super Nationals in DeSoto, Texas, was up 11 percent and the Winter Nationals in Phoenix in early March was up 46 percent.

Iowa Bicycle Coalition to target education in Iowa schools
Daily Iowan – 4/23/13
State officials are not only pushing school districts across Iowa to encourage their students to ride bicycles to school, but they also hope to provide more rider education.

Doughnut-Shaped Bicycle
The Atlantic Cities – 4/22/13
The aptly named Donut Folding Bicycle, which recently won a bronze award for innovative vehicles in the A’ design competition, comes from the booming tech hub of Bangalore, India. Its creator, Arvind Mahabaleshwara, wanted to make a bike that would help alleviate the city’s constant traffic congestion and fetid air pollution.


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Bike News Review – 1/3/13

BMX Sidehacks
Bike Hugger – 1/3/13
The BMX Sidehack, aka sidecar. These mutants were birthed during the Old School Era of BMX, they largely disappeared except for some isolated cultural pockets in southern California and strangely sports clubs in Europe…kinda like the mullet haircut.

Preventing Bicycle Theft: Tips Every Cyclist Should Know
SF Weekly – 1/2/13
Bike theft is a constant problem in San Francisco, and while more and more people are traveling and commuting by bike, many of them still don’t know how to lock their bikes safely and securely. According to the SFPD, bicycle thefts are “crimes of opportunity,” and “a thief’s worst enemies are time, light, and noise.” This means that if you are knowledgeable, aware, and prepared for locking your bike safely and correctly, you’ll never have to worry about losing it.

U-I bicycle simulator used to study bike safety for kids
Radio Iowa – 1/2/13
Dr. Jodie Plumert is co-director of the sophisticated virtual environment which is used to study how children make decisions in heavy traffic without being at risk.

Two bike designers ahead of their times
Bicycle Design – 1/3/13
I first saw the news on Bike Biz that engineer and inventor Dr. Alex Moulton passed away this week at the age of 92. For any of you who aren’t familiar with his work, Dr. Moulton pioneered the small wheel bicycle in the early 1960s with the launch of his first full suspension bicycles.



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Bike News Review – 12/10/12

North Liberty to review ordinance saying bicycles not allowed on some streets
The Gazette – 12/10/12
Bicyclists may soon have more freedom to ride on North Liberty streets. The City Council is being asked to remove a section of the city code that says bicyclists cannot ride on the road when there is a “usable path” along the roadway. The code does not make clear what constitutes a “usable path,” but the city administrator in a memo to council members references trails.

City of Philadelphia Wants To Get ‘Instant’ Bicycle Rentals Rolling
CBS Philly – 12/10/12
The next and latest transportation option may allow Philadelphians to — without getting arrested — grab a bike from a street corner when they need one, then leave it somewhere else when they’re done.

Rules of the Road: At what point do I need to stop for a pedestrian?
The News Tribune – 12/9/12
If a pedestrian or a bicyclist is on the sidewalk approaching the intersection/crosswalk and appears to be planning to cross the street, the car(s) nearest to the pedestrian/bicyclist need to stop to allow them to cross. Once they have started across, the rest of RCW 46.61.235 applies. If we look at the RCW as written and didn’t look at the approach to the roadway, a pedestrian would never be able to cross the street.
(Translation: always)

Bicycle industry looks for ways to promote tourism in Montana
Revalli Republic – 12/9/12
National and international research shows bike touring has grown rapidly in the past three years, despite the global economic setback. In the past two years, the U.S. Bicycle Route system has 41 states involved in planning and signing travel networks. Individual states have developed their own bike routes or banded together, such as the Lake Michigan bike system involving Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.



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