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TTC Installs Bicycle Repair Facilities at 10 Subway Stations

Josh Colle, 9/29/15
TTC customers are now able to make minor repairs to their bicycles at select subway stations making it more convenient to complete the first mile/last mile of their trip. TTC Chair Josh Colle unveiled the new self-service bicycle repair stop at Davisville Station, additional stands will be located at 10 subway stations across the system. The pilot program will allow customers to complete minor bicycle repairs while commuting in Toronto.

Architect imagines a neighborhood and a whole new building type designed around bikes

Tree Hugger, 9/29/15
Copenhagen brands itself as a “city of cyclists”, but has no building stock to reflect this. The centre has buildings designed for an age when everyone walked and the suburbs have houses to drive to, while designers of redevelopment districts assume that people would rather take trains to the city. In other words, their bicycle planning stops at the curb.

Lack of transport retailers a barrier to everyday biking in Vancouver

Vancity Buzz, 9/29/15
While many reasons have been given for that falloff, we firmly believe the theory that most manufacturers and retailers are selling “the wrong bikes for the wrong reason.” Nowhere is that more apparent than here in Vancouver, where manufacturers, retailers, advocates, and city officials continue to conflate the worlds of sport and transportation cycling, to the distinct detriment of the latter.

Jackson County, ATA to buy rail corridor to connect with Katy Trail

Kansas City Star, 9/30/15
A decades-old dream of connecting Kansas City with Missouri’s cross-state Katy Trail gained major momentum Wednesday when Jackson County and the area’s transit agency announced the purchase of a rail corridor from Lee’s Summit to near the Truman Sports Complex.


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Bike News Review – 2/18/14

Four Reasons Protected Bike Lanes Mean Business
Alliance for Biking and Walking – 2/15/14
The economy is slowly bouncing back after the biggest slowdown since the Great Depression. For the first time in two generations, Americans are moving to cities in record numbers. And during all this, more and more people are expressing a preference for living in places where bicycling is easy and comfortable.

Bicycle offers best view of Kansas
Leavenworth Times – 2/17/14
Once again, the eight-day Biking Across Kansas sold out just a few days after opening registration, leaving hundreds or thousands of bicycle riders out from the communal ride across Kansas.

Tour of California adds second day of women’s racing
Cycling News – 2/16/14
The first of these will be a city centre criterium in Sacramento, which will take place after the start of the opening stage of the men’s race on Sunday May 11. The following day will feature a time trial, over the same course as the men, in Folsom. Total prize money of $20,000 will be on offer, between the two events.



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Bike News Review – 2/10/14

Wichita Falls City Officials Working on Becoming Bicycle Friendly City
KFDX – 2/9/14
Wichita Falls is in the process of applying to become designated a bicycle friendly city. To get the designation, the city has to show how they encourage biking. They’re working on shared lane projects and will have many events in may for bicycle awareness month including speeches about bike safety at local schools and having a bike to work day.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan – Wetlands and Wildlife National Scenic Byway
Great Bend Tribune – 2/7/14
The Kansas Department of Transportation and a consultant team led by CFG Engineers of Topeka and RDF Planning & Design of Omaha are developing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan for the Kansas Byways System. This plan will include ideas for making each of the state’s eleven scenic and historic byways more friendly to people experiencing them on foot and by bicycle.

SF’s voluntary bicycle registry set to launch
SF Examiner – 2/7/14
San Francisco’s voluntary bicycle registration program is set to launch this week. SAFE Bikes, a collaboration between a police advisory board and safe-streets advocates, will be aimed at reuniting owners with their stolen bicycles. It will officially launch Thursday.

Tolstoy Rode a Bike
Bike Hugger – 2/6/14
The author of “War and Peace” took his first bicycling lesson at age 67, only a month after the death of his 7-year-old son, Vanichka. He was still grieving, and the Moscow Society of Velocipede-Lovers provided him a free bike and instruction along the garden paths on his estate. He became a devotee, taking rides after his morning chores.


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Bike News Review – 1/24/13

Velocity offers upcycled bike-rim clothes hangers
Bicycle Retailer – 1/24/14
Velocity USA is now making clothes hangers out of scrap rims that did not meet its quality control standards. The clothes hangers are available individually or in four-packs, and are available at wholesale for dealers who want to sell them or use them for displays.

Kansas Byways Program Looking For Input For New Bicycle And Pedestrian Plan
KMUW – 1/23/14
Kansas Byways Program wants bikers and walkers in the state to share their ideas for the program’s new Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. The plan is to enhance bicycling and pedestrian opportunities for each of the state’s 11 scenic and historic byways.

Kent International to open South Carolina bike factory
Bicycle Retailer – 1/23/14
By the end of the year Kent hopes to make 75,000 bikes in a new South Carolina factory. And by the end of 2016, 500,000 bikes should be rolling off Kent’s assembly line, according to Kent CEO Arnold Kamler. Kent’s $4.3 million investment in the factory is expected to bring 175 jobs to the area.

Rocky Mountain National Park to consider allowing bicycle use on west side trail
Reporter-Herald – 1/21/14
RMNP spokeswoman Kyle Patterson said the National Park Service has prepared an environment assessment to analyze the effects of allowing bicycle use on the northern two miles of the trail within the park, looking at two alternatives — continuing as now with pedestrian use only or making minor improvements to the two-mile section to accommodate bikes and other current uses.

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Bike News Review – 11/22

SE Kan. students building shelter for bicyclists
SF Gate – 11/22/12
Construction students at two colleges and a high school are spearheading a project to make the southeastern Kansas community of Pittsburg more welcoming place for hundreds of cross-country bicycle riders who stop in the city each year.

Bicycle-themed restaurant/bar in North Park gets OK
Trib Live – 11/20/12
A proposed bicycle-themed restaurant and bar in the historic North Park Boathouse cleared a final hurdle Tuesday with Allegheny County Council unanimously approving the deal.

European cyclists and industry support e-bike decision
Bicycle Retailer – 11/20/12
The European Parliament on Tuesday voted that electric bikes with motors of up to 250 watts and top speeds of 25 kph (15.5 mph) will remain regulated as bicycles. Anything faster or more powerful will remain a motorbike.



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