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How to Register Your Bicycle in Japan

Japan Info, 9/29/15
When riding a bicycle in a big Japanese city like Tokyo, you need to register your bicycle. Yes, that’s right, you have to treat it like a car in order to be in accordance with the law. But no need to panic, the registration process is a piece of cake.

New Phoenix signs warn wrong-way bicycle riders

KPHO. 9/30/15
While it’s not illegal to ride your bike against traffic on a sidewalk in the city of Phoenix, traffic engineer Kerry Wilcoxon says it’s not always safe. But, an even bigger safety concern is people who ride against traffic on city streets, which violates state law.

For D.C. Second-Graders, It’s All About The Bikes

NPR, 10/3/15
Decked out in blue helmets, hair nets (for lice protection) and bright orange mesh vests, their eyes shift impatiently between their phys-ed teacher and the racks of shiny new BMX bikes behind him.

Fighting Resistance, a Mayor Strives to Ease Gridlock in a Brazilian Megacity

NY Times, 10/4/15
The mayor, Fernando Haddad, a 52-year-old scholar with a doctorate in philosophy, has carried out the equivalent of urban shock treatment in an effort to ease São Paulo’s congestion. His efforts have unleashed a fierce debate over mobility, the use of public spaces and the limits of political power in a metropolitan area with 20 million people.



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Bike news review

Wired – 7/31/15
The ambitious plan calls for a network of 14 two-way bike paths, each 13 feet wide and fully segregated from automobile traffic, that would spread out over an area of about 400 square miles. No crossroads, no traffic lights. It’s an autobahn for cyclists, or, as the Germans obviously call it, a Radschnellverbindungen.

Museum Masterpieces Ride On as Bicycles
Psfk – 8/5/15
The bicycle has been called one of the most significant objects ever designed. The combination of circles, triangles and lines has inspired artists and designers to incorporate bikes into a regalia of 2D and 3D artwork. The Minneapolis Institute of Arts wanted to do something unique as part of their 100 year anniversary celebration in 2015. They approached local bicycle builder Handsome Cycles with an idea to create three custom bicycles inspired by masterpieces in their permanent collection.

Police in Japan crack down on umbrella-toting cyclists – 8/8/15
Under revised laws, holding an umbrella can be considered to constitute dangerous riding. Individuals 14 years and older who commit this or other cycling violations twice in three years are obliged to attend a three-hour safety lecture.

Dubai’s new cycling track all set to open in October
Kahleeg Times – 8/10/15
Dubai’s new 23-km cycling track is now 70 per cent complete and is slated to open to the public in October. The Seih Assalam – Nad Al Sheba track will be linked to the existing cycling lane of Seih Assalam at Al Qudra Road and extended further towards Emirates Road, Latifa bint Hamdan Road, Shaikh Zayed Road and Al Barari.
(You HAVE to see the picture! Literally a bike path to nowhere.)

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Bike News Review – 7/9/13

Dahon to Offer Folding Bike-Share
Urban Velo – 7/9/13
Dahon Bikes is gearing up to launch an innovative bike-share program that will offer riders an opportunity to borrow a bike that will not only aid in their commute but also fit into tight spaces, like crowded buses and trains, or indoors should one not have a lock to secure it.

Bike commuting infographic from the UK
Bike Commuters – 7/9/13
Getting to and from work is always a topic is in the news. Not only are there various options, there’s also debates over which is the best way to do it. While the majority of people will probably stick with their cars and swear blind that they’re superior, the cycling scene is actually gaining continuous popularity. According to Express Solicitors’ new infographic, since 2003 over three quarters of a million more people in the UK have decide to get out their bikes and cycle their way to work. That is a dramatic and impressive increase in people altering their normal routine for an apparently faster, healthier and cheaper way to work.

Japan man arrested over high-end bicycle auction plot
The Straits Times – 7/9/13
A Japanese comedian was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly staging an online auction of an acquaintance’s valuable bicycles, then stealing them for sale to the highest bidder, reports said.


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