Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 30, 2009

30 10 2009
10/25/2009
OK, I am still seeking sponsorship–seriously, consider me your two wheeled ambassador of good will & adventure. I am going to work out my initial strategy and plan to target U.S. bike makers–have one you would like to see sponsor me, let me know by leaving a comment below. Facebook folks you can follow and comment on Tony-K.org . I have been doing some more reading on the organizing company’s (Tour D’Afrique, LTD) site and have learned they have several tours they organize and they have thought about the time and money issue a bit–each tour can be done as a whole or in stages.
07/27/2009
A recent Jeff Outhit column in the Waterloo Region Record suggests that the designated bike lane may have dropped off the radar of Waterloo Region transportation planners and politicians. According to Outhit, regional council recently approved a revision to its cycling facility construction standards to encourage the addition of extra pavement in certain areas, but not dedicated bicycle lanes. The logic was that it is easier to add 65 centimetres of extra asphalt at the curb, than to add the 1.5 metres of space needed for a full bike lane.
07/27/2009
Click here for video of the first annual Rocky Mountain Bike Polo Open held on Saturday July 18. The First Annual Rocky Mountain Bike Polo Open in Denver had a great turnout! The 13 team double elimination tournament included teams from Fort Collins, Denver, Colorado Springs, Como, Phoenix, Austin TX, and Joker from LA. BikeDenver was the local bicycle advocacy sponsor. Standings for first place through 13th place: 1st Place: PBP (Phoenix) MiniMike, The Mailman, NOD – Undefeated until the finals.
07/27/2009
The Green Mobility Network is an organization dedicated to making Miami-Dade County a better place to walk and bike in. According to a recent press release: The Alliance for Biking & Walking has awarded a $30,000 matching grant to Miami-based Green Mobility Network . The grant was made possible by Planet Bike and is the first in a series of special grassroots bicycle advocacy grants to be given by Planet Bike in 2009. Visit www.greenmobilitynetwork.org for more info.
07/23/2009
As if the streets are dangerous enough, some nitbrain in Seattle apparently has decided it’s great sport to shoot blowgun darts at bicyclists. Two people riding their bicycles in the Seattle neighborhood of Ballard reported to police that they were hit by 4-inch darts fired from a blowgun on Monday. Police are investigating the separate attacks against a 29-year-old man and a 39-year-woman as aggravated assaults. One victim, Avram Dolen, told the Seattle Times …..
I Hate Parkingisocrates.us
07/23/2009
OK, I have issues. Parking issues. I’ve had them as long as I’ve had a driver’s license. Basically it’s this: I need to know where I’m going to park before I ever start the car. And if I don’t know, well, then I’m not a happy camper. And if I get to my destination and find that I have to hunt for parking, well, them I morph into really-pissed-off camper. I do manage to keep all of this to myself. If riding with me you would only notice an expression of anxiety on my face.
Kimbrough Re-Stripingisocrates.us
07/20/2009
Here’s what S. Kimbrough Ave. between Sunshine and downtown looks like now. The road has been re-striped so that it is now three lanes. This is an excellent development for bicyclists. Three-lane roads are very pleasant routes — especially with a 30 mph speed limit. Proper lane positioning here is from the right tire track to the center of lane. The lanes are narrow, so it is proper for bicyclists to take the lane. Cars can easily pass using the all or part of the center lane.
07/20/2009
After denying a permit to a charity bicycle ride, commissioners in a Denver metro area county say they’ll ask the state legislature to grant counties the power to ban bicycles from county roads of their choice. The Bicycle Colorado advocacy group says this must not be allowed to happen. “If such legislation were to pass, county roads anywhere in the state could be closed to bicyclists, including critical cycling routes like Deer Creek Canyon in Jefferson County, Swan Mountain Road in Summit
Greetings From Vegascyclechicny.net
07/17/2009
Well kids, CycleChic is in Vegas for the week. In my personal opinion, the strip doesn’t seem any different to me than Times Square. I almost feel bad for being a New Yorker sometimes because it seems that New York kind of spoils all other places for me in so many ways. But I digress. That is a posting for one of my other blogs. However, can I tell you hot freakin’ HOT it is out here?!?! When we touched down on the plane, it was ten in the evening, we get our bags, step out for a cab and BANG…one hundred degrees at night !! Can you believe it? Then today, during the day I think I heard it was one hundred and six, give or take.
July 16th, 2009ecovelo.info
07/16/2009
Planet Bike continues to be an industry leader in bicycle advocacy: Washington, D.C..- July 16, 2009 â??The Alliance for Biking and Walking has awarded a $30,000 matching grant to Miami-based Green Mobility Network. The grant was made possible by Planet Bike and is the first in a series of special grassroots bicycle advocacy grants to be given by Planet Bike in 2009.Green Mobility Network is a young non-profit with the mission to make Miami-Dade County a healthier, more livable community by promoting bicycling, running, and walking for daily transportation, leisure, and fitness.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 27, 2009

27 10 2009
Big Box Parkingisocrates.us
10/27/2009
Human behavior can be understood as making choices that weigh costs against benefits before taking action, according to the rational choice theorists . I don’t buy it because our choices are always complexly situated. But this theory can be an amusing lens on bicyclist behavior. For example: I rode my bicycle to the local big-box hardware store on Saturday to by a pair of cabinet hinges for $2.97. Driving a car would have added extra costs beyond the value of the hinges.
10/25/2009
The Tour de France is the world’s grandest bicycle race in the world, spanning more than 2,200 miles of French countryside. Professional cyclists around the world consider travel to France to take part in the race as their biggest stage in their cycling careers. It is the one cycling event where media outlets deliver the event to millions of watching cycling fans. The Tour de France lasts for twenty-three days. Each stage of the race features picturesque French towns that represent the beauty of the countryside.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 24, 2009

24 10 2009
10/22/2009
Last weekend I was among the members of the STAR Team of Ozark Greenways who participated in bicycle advocacy training sponsored by the Alliance for Biking & Walking . The training took place in North Little Rock, Arkansas. About 40 advocates from states in the south-central region attended the training. The purpose of the training was to help advocacy groups develop winnable, short-term campaigns by teaching a particular method of strategic planning. I plan to write about the STAR Team campaign soon.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 21, 2009

21 10 2009
10/21/2009
Bad traffic day in California: I won’t claim riding a bicycle will save us at the end of the world, but it will make getting there a lot more enjoyable. Have a nice day Technorati Tags: bicycle advocacy , cycling , green revolution
10/21/2009
The League of American Bicyclists named 15 more cities to its Bicycle-Friendly Community list this week, bringing the grand total to 124. While cities named to the list over the past 14 years are predominantly from western states, the League trumpeted the fact that 10 of the 15 newest communities came from midwestern or eastern states. The addition of the new communities means that 35 million of us live in Bicycle-Friendly Communities.
BFC designation for Greenvillebicycledesign.blogspot.com
10/20/2009
If you have been following this blog, you know that I have been involved in local bicycle advocacy issues here in Greenville, SC for a while. I was previously the advocacy chairperson for the Greenville Spinners bicycle club and during much of that period I had another blog, Bike Greenville , which covered local cycling issues. More recently, I have served as a member of Bikeville , a group of City employees and concerned citizens who were working toward League of American Bicyclists “Bicycle Friendly Community” designation for Greenville.
Bicycle Commuting at MSUisocrates.us
10/20/2009
The following is a bicycle commuting video produced by students working with Brad Mitchell in the MSU Web & New Media office downtown. The STAR Team of Ozark Greenways wants to talk to students interested in active transportation issues. If you’re a college student in Springfield reading this weblog, leave a comment or contact me directly if you’d like to get involved. Technorati Tags: bicycle advocacy , bicycle commuting , cycling , utility cycling
10/16/2009
I’ll be leaving in a few minutes for the  bicycle advocacy workshop in Little Rock sponsored by the Alliance for Biking & Walking . Several of us from the STAR Team (yes, the thing we were recently calling the START committee that used to be the Sustainable Transportation Committee of Ozark Greenways) are going and taking bicycles. I’ll be reporting from the from the workshop if I find an internet connection.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 18, 2009

18 10 2009
10/16/2009
Who doesn’t like bike theft story with a happy ending. Here’s one from Wellesley College in Massachusetts. A college professor discovered that her much-loved Trek bicycle had been stolen from the front porch one night after she left it resting against her husband’s locked-up bike. Much distraught, she started hunting around on Craigslist the next morning for a replacement bike. Instead, she stumbled across a bike — not pictured — that matched the description of her bicycle.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 15, 2009

15 10 2009
No Bullisocrates.us
10/14/2009
Mikael, at Copenhagenize , examines the “bull in the china shop” that traffic safety campaigns ignore: Like our previous post about applying logic to the case and placing health warning labels on all cars and trucks , a change of focus about the very real possibility of killing innocent people while driving would be an effective way to place responsibility in the right place, as well as encourage motorists to choose alternative transport forms.
10/13/2009
Pigeon Forge has a lot to offer when it comes to activities and area attractions. It also houses a lot of budget friendly hotels. Pigeon Forge is one among the many well loved vacation destinations in the US. Aside from the shows it is famous for, nature parks and historical sights abound in this region. For families, couples and groups traveling to Pigeon Forge, getting into cheap but high quality service hotels is a tough task to pursue.
10/13/2009
I’m a little late mentioning this , but… The best part about this new dataset is that we’ve been able to add a lot of new, detailed information to Google Maps – information that helps people better explore and get around the real world. For example, college students will be pleased to see maps of many campuses ; and cyclists will now find many more trails and paths to explore. Soon we even plan on providing you with biking directions to take advantage of this new data.
Bicycle association honors South Floridiansspokesnfolks.blogspot.com
10/09/2009
The Florida Bicycle Association is honoring Mary Jane Mark, owner of Mack Cycle & Fitness in South Miami, for her long and active support of cycling beyond the needs of her own business. The store’s… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 12, 2009

12 10 2009
Art Predator Gets a Bikergo to call her own!artpredator.wordpress.com
10/11/2009
After two days of hanging out with Bikergo founder Steven Ascher, and riding around Marin, and enjoying breakfast one day at the Half day Cafe and the next at Comforts in San Anselmo, and strolling through Biketoberfest in Fairfax with the bikes in tow as people ogled them…After two days of sharing the bikes with hundreds of people from the casual passerby to the ones who gave the bike seat a squeeze to the men, women, and children who took one for a test spin…well (*drum roll please!) I now have a Bikergo to call my very own andI have learned a few things!1) My love affair with this bike is NOT a passing infatuation–this IS true love! 2) This bike really is phenomenol.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 12, 2009

12 10 2009
No Impact Man on Colbertisocrates.us
10/12/2009
Here’s Colin Beavan, of No Impact Man , on The Colbert Report: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Colin Beavan www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Michael Moore A couple of thoughts (i.e. painfully obvious assertions): 1. Using a bicycle as basic transportation can have a dramatic effect on one’s carbon footprint, or, rather, one’s carbon trace 2. Bicycles can play a role in connecting you with your community in a way that a car cannot.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 12, 2009

12 10 2009
10/12/2009
Washington state bicycle advocates are pushing for a law to make it illegal for a motorist to seriously injure or kill a vulnerable roadway user — such as a bike rider — in a crash caused by ordinary negligence. All too often, motorists receive mere traffic tickets and don’t even have to appear in court when their inattentive driving results in a bicyclist’s or pedestrian’s death. The Cascade Bicycle Club, among others, is sponsoring a Traffic Justice Summit from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
10/12/2009
The source of this justice problem is our social acceptance of inattentive driving . — Keri Caffrey. Go read the entire thing right now . Resources and information: U.S. Legal Definitions Mid-America Regional Council Online Lawyer Source National Motorists Association Dealernews.com Something to ponder: There are approximately 40,000 traffic deaths per year. A typical, fully-loaded Boeing 747 holds 416 people. Imagine two of these crashing each week for an entire year.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 10, 2009

10 10 2009
Biketoberfest Fairfax 09jacquiephelan.wordpress.com
10/11/2009
It’s easy to say yes to a request that one appear at a gathering. It’s not hard to pedal there on the appointed day (Oct 10th).  In fact, for an afternoon, it was a cinch to run around in an Austrian dirndle dress crying,:  ” raffle tickets, only a buck…raffle tickets, try your luck…” I was hawking tickets  in a melange of lycra-clad cyclists in Fairfax on the second f ine autumn Saturday of the month. Marla Streb was there with her kids. I got precisely two minutes quality time with her…she’s living here in Marin now.