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Bike News Review – 1/13/14

The Bicycle is coming to the YAM
The Billings Gazette – 1/12/14
The Bicycle is coming to the Yellowstone Art Museum. Many bicycles, actually. The one-day exhibit will be rolling into the YAM’s Visible Vault, 505 N. 26th St., on Jan 25 from 2 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will include bikes owned by local collectors and a collection of photographs and articles compiled by the Western Heritage Center, chronicling the history of bicycles in Billings.

Norman Foster unveils plans for elevated ‘SkyCycle’ bike routes in London
The Guardian – 1/2/14
Unveiled this week, in an appropriately light-headed vision for the holiday season, SkyCycle proposes a network of elevated bike paths hoisted aloft above railway lines, allowing you to zip through town blissfully liberated from the roads.
(The article also explains the problems of this idea and how it’s been tried before. – Tom)

A Bicycle With a Flat Frame Is an Impractical Masterpiece
Gizmodo – 1/7/14
With its flowing metal frame, wooden handlebars and seat post, and proprietary headset, this bicycle puts form on a par with function. It might not be the most practical ride, but it’s certainly one of the most beautiful.

Cold weather cycling tips: It’s all in your head
Bicycle Times – 1/7/14
When the temperature drops and daylight wanes, many riders confine themselves to an indoor trainer or hang up their bikes altogether for the winter months. True, winter riding presents unique challenges, but it also reaps great rewards. Aside from the physical benefits of riding all year long, winter riding opens up a world of opportunities for adventure, fun, and natural beauty.

Proposed 2014 Ruleset: Version 4.0 Beta
North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Association – 1/7/14
NAH has completed the final proposal for the 2014 ruleset. Building on years prior, we have highlighted some critical safety concerns and filled in holes that had previously allowed for what we deemed to be unfair play as observed over the course of the season. Also, some technical descriptions, sizes and measurements were hashed out to a finer specification. We hope that you will find the ruleset to be more organized and worded better, on the whole.


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Bike News Review – 12/6/13

Commuting Aboard The L.A. Bike Trains
NPR – 11/1/13
Enter L.A. Bike Trains — an organization that arranges commutes by bike in groups. Each Bike Train route has an experienced conductor who serves as a guide. Insua especially likes that these volunteer conductors offer new riders door-to-door service from their homes to the train.

Cold as Ice – Layer Up!
Bicycle Commuters – 12/6/13
My neighbors and I biked home together at about 7pm, or 20-something degrees o’clock here in Portland. And I am proud to say that I somehow survivor-ed the coldest commute of my life. How did my sissy-la-la pants make it happen? Layers, Cycle Gators… layers! And lots of them. I’m no expert on looking fly riding home in the cold, but here was this night’s order of operations:

Funding More, Better Biking: A Winning Strategy for ALL San Franciscans
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition – 12/5/13
At a Board of Supervisors’ Budget Committee hearing yesterday, Supervisors Eric Mar and John Avalos listened intently to a long roster of people who want to see more funding for bike improvements in their neighborhoods and across the city.

PeopleForBikes highlights year’s top bike lane projects
Bicycle Retailer – 12/5/13
PeopleForBikes has called out 10 protected bike lanes in eight different cities as the best in the nation completed during 2013.

Hundreds take part in ‘die-in’ protest
BBC – 11/29/13
About 1,000 cyclists have staged a “die-in” protest in south-east London to call for the government to improve road safety in the city. The vigil outside Transport for London’s headquarters in Southwark follows the deaths of six cyclists killed in a two-week period.



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Bike News Review – 9/27/13


Bicycle summit set for Brainerd area
Brainerd Dispatch – 9/26/13
Bicycle enthusiasts from across the state will gather in the Brainerd area on Monday, and Tuesday to share how they are getting more people on bikes more often in Minnesota. Bicycling improves the health of individuals, communities, the environment and the economy, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) said.

Bicycle Film Festival hits London
Cycling News – 9/26/13
The tenth edition of the Bicycle Film Festival’s (BFF) kicks off on October 3 in London. The four-day event which showcases and celebrates a number of the best cycling films takes place at the Barbican until October 6.

Wheel maker brings it all home to Eugene
The Register-Guard – 9/26/13
Rolf Prima Wheel Systems has brought production of the aluminum rims used in its bicycle wheels home to Eugene, after outsourcing rim manufacturing to Asia for more than a decade. The wheel systems have been handmade in Eugene since the company opened its doors a little over a decade ago. But Rolf Prima, like other bicycle manufacturers, had the aluminum rims for the wheels made in China and Taiwan.


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Bike News Review – 3/10/11

Nyquist, BMXers open Bayou City Bicycle Park
The Daily News (Galveston TX) – 3/10/13
One moment, kids were zooming around a BMX track and the next, the bikes had been ditched and the racers were lined up and craning their necks expectantly. It had been announced that Ryan Nyquist was signing autographs in a tent off to the side of the track at the grand opening of Bayou City Bicycle Park on Saturday and when a BMXer gets a chance to meet one of the sport’s all-time greats, well, riding can wait.

WDOT doesn’t count bicycle fatalities
My San Antonio – 3/10/13
“There’s no reporting threshold when it comes to bicycle crashes,” said Lt. Tom Kelly of the Jackson office of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. “It’s pretty much up to the judgment of the trooper who responds whether it’s serious enough to write a report.”

Boris reveals £900million plan for ‘Crossrail for bicycles’ with cycle route from one side of London to the other
Daily Mail (London) – 3/8/13
The Mayor of London plans to build a ‘Crossrail for the bike’ as part of an ambitious £900m plan to build a huge cycle path through the capital. The segregated route will run for more than 15 miles from the western suburbs through the heart of London to Canary Wharf and Barking.

Drive On: Volvo invents bicycle detection system
USA Today – 3/8/13
Volvo has introduced a new safety system that detects bicyclists as they bolt in front of the car and automatically applies the car’s brakes to avoid hitting them.




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