Thursday, July 31, 2008
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BikeForums member ReachHigher stripped down to her sports bra and spandex after Walmart refused to let her enter the store with her $600 bike. A manager explained that since Walmart sold bikes, bringing in an outside bike would obviously be too confusing to handle. ReachHigher asked if they also sold shirts. "She said yes so I took off my jersey and said well then I'd better not bring this in either..." read more here
Posted by Bello Velo at 10:06 AM
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Saturday, July 19, 2008
From Urban Velo
According to a report on www.streetsblog.org, San Francisco is considering new legislature that allows cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs, and stoplights as stop signs. It’s something a lot of us do already, so this law essentially aims to decriminalize a victimless crime.
And while some people may think it seems like a totally unsafe proposition, consider how much easier it would be for cars to predict a cyclist’s next move. The state of Idaho recognizes the value of momentum to cyclists (and other human powered vehicles), and has a statute that reads, “A person operating a bicycle or human-powered vehicle approaching a steady red traffic control light shall stop before entering the intersection and shall yield to all other traffic. Once the person has yielded, he may proceed through the steady red light with caution. Provided however, that a person after slowing to a reasonable speed and yielding the right-of-way if required, may cautiously make a right-hand turn. A left-hand turn onto a one-way highway may be made on a red light after stopping and yielding to other traffic.”
Read more at www.streetsblog.org.
Posted by Bello Velo at 12:20 PM
Flying Pigeon (Chinese: 飞鸽) is a Chinese bicycle company based in Tianjin. Flying Pigeon bicycles have a long history. In 1936, a Japanese businessman built a factory in Tianjin which was named “Changho Works” and started to make “Anchor” bicycles. The brand name was changed to “Victory”, and then renamed to “Zhongzi”. After the Communists led by Mao Zedong came to power in 1949, the bicycle industry was revived. In April 1949, Chairman Mao's heir apparent, vice president Liu Shaoqi paid a visit to the factory and commanded that it become the first bicycle manufacturer in New China. Their workers were aimed to build a generation of strong, durable, light and beautiful bicycle for New China. On July 5th, 1950, the first Flying Pigeon bicycle was produced. It was the brainchild of a worker named Huo Baoji. He based his classic model on the 1932 English Raleigh roadster. The name chosen to represent the most prominent bicycle trademark was an expression for peace amidst the raging war in Korea. The logo is a stylised bird which represents concord and harmony, resting on the initials FP.
more info here:
Posted by Bello Velo at 10:36 AM
By JOSEPH TARTAKOFF
P-I REPORTER FROM Seattle PI
The bicycles at the Dutch Bike Co. near the 14th Avenue Northwest boat ramp in Ballard are anything but sporty -- and that's the point.
With model names such as Opa (Dutch for grandfather) and Oma (for grandmother), the bikes are heavy (weighing at least 40 pounds), slow and clunky (with locks, chain guards and mud flaps built in).
But, according to co-owners Stephan Schier and David Schmidt, the bikes are steadily gaining a following in the United States, thanks in part to their business, one of only a handful to carry them here. There's enough demand that the pair plan to open a second shop in Chicago later this year. read more
Posted by Bello Velo at 10:31 AM
BY KAREN VON HAHN From The Globe and Mail
July 19, 2008
I love driving a car. There, I've come out with it: the worst, most inflammatory statement anyone can make at this moment in history.
But seriously, I do enjoy driving, even if I lament what North American auto dependence has wrought, in wretchedly unwalkable cities and car-centric sprawl, as I also enjoy walking. What I find as both a driver and a pedestrian, however, is that it is becoming increasingly difficult to love my fellow cyclists, who are now so empowered by their environmental correctness that they have begun to proclaim their own (naturally superior and far more fashionable) bike "culture." read more here
Posted by Bello Velo at 10:23 AM
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
AUBURN - Bicyclists will find a more welcoming environment at Auburn University over the next few years as the university implements the third stage of its transition from the traffic-clogged campus of a decade ago to a pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly environment.
The rapid rise in gasoline prices is making bicycles a more attractive alternative to the automobile for short trips at Auburn and nationally. However, even before fuel costs escalated in 2008, campus planners and a university committee were developing a network of bike paths and taking other actions to make the campus more conducive to bicycle traffic.
Previous stages in the transition included expansion of the Tiger Transit bus system and replacement of streets with pedestrianways in the center of campus.
read more here
Posted by Bello Velo at 8:04 AM
BICYCLE FOR A DAY
• a fun, open and proactive invitation designed to inspire individuals, communities, governments and corporations to take a step towards solving the current environmental issues.
• a global initiative bringing together people who choose to ride a bicycle rather than use gas-powered motor vehicles, immediately reducing their carbon footprint.
• supports organizations that restore and protect our environment and make biking safer and more accessible for everyone.
BICYCLING CAN HELP CHANGE YOUR WORLD
BFAD LAUNCHES SEPTEMBER 20, 2008
BFAD will debut with small fundraising events this summer leading up to the official day and a gathering at The South Street Seaport, NYC. Here you'll be informed and entertained and find an amazing gathering of people. You’ll be able to collect / purchase lots of cool stuff from our supporting sponsors and charities to take home.
This is not a bicycle race! BFAD is for anyone who can get on a bicycle and demonstrate that doing ONE thing will better our environment. Participants can even skateboard or walk, just as long as it doesn't use gasoline!
Posted by Bello Velo at 8:00 AM
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Maybe some of us could take notice here and start riding our bikes or car pooling to events. It seems we want a bike friendly community but are we willing to make the sacrifice?
But the 2,257 bike riders who use the Williamsburg Bridge every day is crushed by the daily traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge, which serve as the bike routes into Manhattan for most of Brownstone Brooklyn. Every day, 2,939 riders use those spans. read more here
Posted by Bello Velo at 9:34 AM
While I was out of town on vacation this week, there was an incident between a bicycle rider and a car driver in southeast Portland. It got ugly and nasty. Alcohol was involved. So, apparently, was a lack of good judgment on the part of several individuals at the scene. Since I don't know the full story, I suggest you check out the details at the Oregonian newspaper: read more here
Posted by Bello Velo at 9:00 AM
Thursday, July 10, 2008
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Saturday, July 5, 2008
We're playing bike polo tomorrow at 5pm at Optimist Park (north east corner of Oakwood Ave and Andrew Jackson). Please come out and play;
it'll be fun! If you need a bike, let me know ASAP.
bring a bad attitude and be ready for "THE PAIN" and the "BLOOD"....... and much much more!!!!!!!
ooops sorry I meant dance!!!
Posted by Bello Velo at 10:01 PM
Friday, July 4, 2008
The cycling industry may be seeing commuter bikes fly off shelves, but these real-life modders might just fly off the street with their backyard contraptions. From jet engines to flotation devices, these bikes are the fastest life on two wheels without a motorcycle license. Each inventor, gonzo (and occasionally aliased) in their own right, shared their secrets for your own weekend project, but try this at home only after taking serious precautions. more here
Posted by Bello Velo at 8:55 AM
From CYBERSPACE NOVA
Aquaduct - Mobile Filtration Vehicle is a winner of Inovate or Die competition. Bicycle is amazing, if someone can invest for some thousends of this bikes that would sure mean a lot. This bike makes easier to carry water from well to family home, and also by peddaling you clean the water. Perfect use of wasted energy.
Take a look at the video
Posted by Bello Velo at 7:42 AM
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
From Two Five Fix
Critical Mass went really well this week. We had roughly 80 people ride and a really fun post-ride bike art showing and potluck at the Lowe Mill. Thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make this happen and thanks to everyone who participated. It was really hard to get photos of so many people while riding so most of my shots are from the party. I think it's safe to say that as the night went on, it got a little silly. Anyhow, if you want a copy of a photo or have more to post, please email me. Sorry the pics are displayed in reverse order - i don't feel like reloading all of them right now. More pics here
Posted by Bello Velo at 7:57 AM