Bike Shaped Objects

Funky bikes and news
Bike news Review – 10/9/14

Civic hackers are giving the Bicycle Coalition a tech upgrade – 10/7/14
Every fall, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia does a survey of biking trends across the city. It’s a big undertaking that requires an army of volunteers to watch specific intersections and note every biker (and relevant detail) they see. It’s all done manually, with pen and paper. When the civic hackers at Code for Philly heard this, they set out to build a more efficient system.

Bicycle Advocates Want Off-Road Wisconsin Avenue Crossing Restored
Bethesda Now – 10/6/14
The petition, from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, comes a few weeks after the County Council agreed not to pursue a proposal for the Bethesda Purple Line station that would have meant a separate trail tunnel for bicyclists under the busy road. The deal with the owner of the Apex Building and a third-party developer would’ve cost the county a reported $68-$70 million, though the exact figure is unknown since the discussion was held in closed session.

Brunswick piecing together grant applications to link bicycle trails
Florida Times-Union – 10/5/14
The city is seeking grant money to add another segment of bicycle/pedestrian trail to one it completed early in 2013. The proposed trail would link with one that begins at Sidney Lanier Park on U.S. 17 and ends at Fourth Avenue, providing riders and walkers with a safe route into the heart of town. Instead of following directly along U.S. 17, however, Fourth Avenue would link it to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. From there, riders could follow Prince Street to Inez Williams Park in the Dixville neighborhood.


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Bike News Review – 12/12/13

City Bicycle Count Report Shows a Dramatic 96% Increase in Ridership
SF Bicycle Coalition – 12/12/13
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) released its 2013 Bicycle Count Report today, which shows that the number of people biking in San Francisco increased a dramatic 96% since 2006.

Rwanda and the transformative power of the bicycle
Velo News – 12/11/13
A bicycle is just a machine, and, as machines go, a relatively simple one. However, it can take the rider to faraway places, both physically and emotionally, while making that rider a better person for it. And in some cases, not only the rider is transformed, but also entire communities, countries, and even the world.

High-end bicycle thefts in Boulder throughout 2013
The Denver Channel – 12/10/13
Boulder police believe a series of high-end bicycle thefts throughout 2013 are the work of one suspect or group of suspects. The crooks take both road and mountain bikes, police spokeswoman Kim Kobel announced. So far, none of the stolen bikes have been recovered.

Holiday lights bicycle tour to feature Griswold-inspired South Philly scenes
NewsWorks – 12/10/13
Some people love driving around taking in holiday light displays. The Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition is leading a two-wheeled tour in South Philly Thursday night. Mirra said riders get into the spirit just as much as homeowners for what is now an annual event.


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Bike News Review – 12/10/13

Bilenky Junkyard Cross 2013
Urban Velo – 12/9/13
Costumes encouraged, partying mandatory, rules optional. Bilenky Junkyard Cross is a less-than-formal bike race through the junkyard behind Bilenky Cycle Works in Philadelphia.
(This event just might become the first item on my bucket list – Tom)

Adventure Cycling honors Bicycle Travel Award winners
Adventure Cycling – 12/9/13
The Adventure Cycling Association‘s nationally recognized awards program acknowledges exemplary contributions to the success of bicycle travel. There are four awards:

IBDs don’t need drones
Bicycle Retailer – 12/6/13
When asked about the disruption to traditional retailers from Amazon, Bezos was straightforward, “You gotta earn your keep in this world. When you invent something new, if customers come to the party, it’s disruptive to the old way.” The future is also happening to the bike industry but a little differently. If we agree with Bezos that complaining is not a strategy, what are some strategies that will lead to success for bike shops with physical locations? Are there some best practices being employed today that will help physical stores survive and prosper? Such as …

Bicycle Sharing Coming to Providence
Eco RI News – 12/6/13
A bike-sharing program is on its way. If all goes as planned, the city will soon have some 200 bicycles and 20 bike-share stations scattered across the East, West and South sides. The Board of Contract & Supply recently awarded management of the project to Alta Bicycle Share of Portland, Ore. Alta runs bike-share programs for Boston and New York City. Social Bicycles Inc. of New York will provide the bikes and bike stations. Dynamic Bicycles of Bristol will have its chainless pedal system used in the bikes.

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Bike News Review – 8/23/13

Philadelphia to launch bike share in 2014
Bicycle Retailer – 8/22/13
Plans are underway to unveil a bike sharing system in Philadelphia in the fall of 2014. Mayor Michael Nutter has committed $3 million of the city’s capital budget toward bringing the system to life, and a request for proposals is anticipated this fall.

Camp offers kids with special needs lessons in bicycle riding
Naperville Sun – 8/22/13
Abby Richardson was cruising around the Vaughan Athletic Center in Aurora, pedaling like a pro. It’s hard to believe that just two days earlier, the 11-year-old saw bike riding as an impossible task.

$2.1M South Lansing walking, bicycle path moving forward
Lansing State Journal – 8/22/13
City leaders are poised to move ahead with an estimated $2.1 million walking and bicycle path that would bisect the city’s south end, connecting with the Lansing River Trail and a planned pathway into Holt.



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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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