Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 10, 2009

10 10 2009
Trucks and Intersectionsisocrates.us
10/10/2009
Here’s an interesting article from the BBC asking if female bicyclists are in more danger than male bicyclists when encountering trucks at intersections (via How We Drive ): Many of the fatalities involving cyclists happen in collisions with a heavy goods vehicle (HGV). This year, seven of the eight people killed by lorries in London have been women. Considering that women make only 28% of the UK’s cycling journeys, this seems extremely high. There are no national figures but there’s little reason to think it is any different.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 10, 2009

10 10 2009
10/10/2009
In 1888, the pneumatic bicycle tire was invented which made riding on rough roads much more comfortable. By 1890, the safety bicycle design (what we have today) replaced the more difficult to ride highwheelers. This also opened the door for more women riders. It was these milestones that ushered in the mass adoption of bicycles. Bicycle production peaked at nearly 2 million in 1897. Historians call this the golden age of bicycling . And during this time, the League of American Wheelmen (LAW) was the national bicycle advocacy organization.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 9, 2009

9 10 2009
Carbon Trace Updateisocrates.us
10/09/2009
I’m out of town attending a writers’ conference. I’m giving a presentation on media ethics (see my PowerPoint slides here ). I did not bring a bicycle with me. But there’s no time to go exploring the local scene anyway. Consequently, I haven’t posted anything since I left town on Wednesday. Here’s a repeat of upcoming events: I’ll be attending a bicycle advocacy workshop in Little Rock later this month sponsored by the Alliance for Biking & Walking .


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 9, 2009

9 10 2009
Come Ride Your Bike!twinriverscyclists.wordpress.com
10/08/2009
Do bicycle advocates who point out bike-fatalities instead of the thousands of safe-miles-ridden actually discourage cycling? Do strident calls of “Where’s your helmet?” discourage potential cyclists? How about bike trails and bike lanes? Even the Leage of American Bicyclists use miles-of-bike-lane as a criteria for Bike Friendly Community Status. Yet, we know that most bike lanes actually increase hazards at intersections and promote the idea of the bicycle as something other than a vehicle.
09/04/2009
There are many avenues that lead to equality, and the Los Angeles Times has an unusual story about one person’s path. You can view it here , but briefly, it’s about a Portland, Ore. woman who tried to ride her bicycle up to a drive-through window at the local burger-ator and found that the place wouldn’t serve a cyclist. Drive-throughs, she found, are only for motor vehicles. Bicycle-riders would not be served. She went home without her burgers, and Twittered.
Helmets Again… Againisocrates.us
09/01/2009
On a slow news day, start a helmet war Here’s my contribution: As a rhetoric scholar I’m always interested in arguments (usually not the shouted kind). And I find the argument that helmets make bicycling look scary worth examining. I appears to go something like this: Helmets make bicycling appear dangerous. People generally try to avoid danger. Therefore, wearing helmets dampens enthusiasm for bicycling. I wonder. Let’s examine “evidence” from my own experience.
Vigilance, Not Fearisocrates.us
07/29/2009
I’ve written a few times about bicycle lights. It’s an important topic, especially because I see so many riders on the road at night without lights. Missouri law says you must have white light up front. Common sense says you should light up like the the 4th of July. Nate, a Carbon Trace reader, sent me e-mail saying he’d recently purchased a nice cruiser-style light for his bicycle. And he sent me a picture of the box. It’s certainly true that riding at night can be dangerous under certain circumstances (e.g.
07/29/2009
UncategorizedPosted by Chad on July 28th, 2009 Wisconsin Ranked 2nd in the Country as a Bicycle Friendly State (7/16/2009) Wisconsin has been recognized by the League of American Bicyclists with a Silver Level Award and ranked 2nd out of 50 states in the League’s Bicycle Friendly State Program.The Bicycle Friendly State program is revolutionizing the way states evaluate their quality of life, sustainability and transportation networks, while allowing them to benchmark their progress and work toward improving their bicycle-friendliness.
I Got Civic Cred :-)isocrates.us
07/28/2009
Today I received my first civic award. The Traffic Advisory Board for the City of Springfield recognized me and Annie DeGraff for our work in publishing the Drive Less, Live More booklet. But there were more people involved than just us. The entire Sustainable Transportion Committee of Ozark Greenways (yes, I swear, a new name is in the works) helped make this booklet possible. And the good folks at the Community Foudation of the Ozarks paid to have it printed.
07/28/2009
Which bike issues do you really want to discuss with BTA staff, members and community partners? Take this short, two-question survey and tell us what you think. Then, attend the first BTA Advocacy Forum on August 15 to ask questions and provide feedback about the issues. It is important for us to know what our members think about our advocacy efforts and where we should direct our work in the future. The event is free, and we will provide coffee, tea and snacks.
We’re On Our Ownisocrates.us
07/28/2009
I don’t claim to know much of anything about health care. My wife is an expert on the business of health care , and she once told me: “We’re on our own.” By that she meant: Americans are probably never going to fix the health care system, so individuals must do what they can to stay healthy so that we can avoid/survive the ever-increasing costs. A new report shows that obese people pay more in health care costs.
07/27/2009
Remember how the prospect of federal stimulus funding posed such good possibilities for installing more bicycle lanes and creating more bike and pedestrian trails when it was approved in February? Well, a group named Smart Growth America has analyzed the requests from states for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding and found that only 2.8 percent ($605.4 million) will go toward non-motorized projects. An even lesser amount 0.9 percent (or $189.4 million) will go toward public transportation projects.
Bicycle path “safety”dukebike.blogspot.com
07/27/2009
“Three major statistical studies have shown that bicyclists on separate bikepaths have an accident rate over two and a half times higher than that of bicyclists on the street. (These studies were commissioned by the AAA, by the CHP, and by a bicycle advocacy group; all three came to the same conclusions.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 8, 2009

8 10 2009
09/24/2009
My son told me from college earlier this week that some of his buddies saw two guys with a hacksaw trying to steal bikes from a bike rack outside his dorm about noon Sunday. The guys and gals chased them off and called campus police, who dutifully took a report. All were surprised and amazed by the brazen attempt to steal bikes in broad daylight. College campuses seem to be frequent targets for bike thieves; lots of bikes left around that are often unlocked or locked with an inexpensive cable lock.
09/23/2009
The Advocacy Zone, a welcome sight for this Interbike newbie. (Photos © Elly Blue) It’s my second day at Interbike (see Day 1 report here ) and the main event is open — a giant exhibition hall packed with many hundreds of booths and the many thousands of bike industry insiders who have come to gawk, shop, and mingle. But before I got into the main floor, I stopped into The Advocacy Zone.
09/22/2009
CC photo ( attribution ) David Byrne wrote a new book entitled Bicycle Diaries , a travelogue about bicycles and urban life. From DB website : he pedals through and engages with some of the world’s major cities. In places like Buenos Aires, Istanbul, San Francisco, and London, the focus is more on the musicians and artists he encounters.
09/22/2009
Early this year I rode a lot of miles preparing for the 200-mile Seattle-to–Portland (STP) ride in early July. The weather was great here in Seattle and I fondly remember putting in some serious distance. One day, as an advisory committee member at Symform, I had a important “board meeting” at its beautiful Lake Union offices. The meeting ended at 2:00pm, I left my car parked at its offices and rode 80+ miles around the larger Lake Washington loop.
09/22/2009
Later this fall, 24 people will travel to Africa to ride their bikes in Zambia and South Africa to learn more about what World Bicycle Relief can make possible. The bike tour, which includes pro cycling team manager Johan Bruyneel, also hopes to raise $1 million toward the efforts to provide tens of thousands of bicycles to people in those countries. The non-profit was founded in 2005 by the SRAM Corporation and Trek Bicycle to get transportation — bicycles — into coastline communities devastated by the Indian Ocean tsunami.
September 21st, 2009ecovelo.info
09/21/2009
Transportation or Fashion Accessory?According to an article in the New York Times “Fashion & Style” section, bicycles have crossed the line from being merely fashionable to being actual fashion accessories: Fendi, for example, recently introduced the Abici Amante Donna, a handmade $5,900 bicycle with a front-mounted beauty case and saddlebags in Selleria leather ($9,500 for the version with the optional fur saddlebags). At Louis Vuitton, the designer Paul Helbers riffed on Manhattan bike-messenger style at the Paris runway shows in June.
09/18/2009
The following are sentences from recent news stories about bicycle crashes. I gathered them by searching for “ bicycle accident ” on Google news. I’ve listed every statement mentioning helmet use in each of the first 10 appropriate stories (one mention per story). Two stories did not mention helmet use. Her bicycle was nearby and she was not wearing a helmet. If he hadn’t been wearing a helmet, Solomon said the injuries could have been much worse. Williams wasn’t wearing a helmet when the accident occurred.
09/18/2009
What: BikeDenver’s Autumnal Equinox Ride is a casual, safe, ride for Denver cyclists. Come join us to celebrate the onset of FALL! We will ride from City Park’s Thatcher Fountain to Scruffy Murphy’s Irish Pub at 2030 Larimer. You’ll still have time to cruise over to Salvagetti at 8pm to see some great bicycle film shorts (6 minutes films) in the parking lot by Salvagetti’s new digs at 1611 Platte Street. When: September 22, 6pm Ride, 7pm Social, Bike Film Shorts start at 8pm at Salvagetti.


Posts about bicycle advocacy as of October 8, 2009

8 10 2009
10/08/2009
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance , Oregon’s largest nonprofit bicycle advocacy and education organization, has been undergoing substantial internal changes in the past year and a half. These changes were thrown into stark relief with the release of the organization’s Annual Report for the fiscal year of January 1 through December 31, 2008. The report — scheduled to be released to the public by the end of this week — states a loss for the year of $92,509.
10/08/2009
Geek Givers generously donate to green cause at SMB Nation Fall 2009. Sponsors donated relevant technology items for attendees to bid on. SMB Nation is now reporting record donations at its annual charity-related giving program that is a fixture at SMB Nation events. Over $6,000 was raised and will benefit a bicycle advocacy group, Bikes Belong. SMB Nation attendees bid in a silent auction on technology items donated by the sponsor community. Items ranged from consumer electronics to business books.
10/07/2009
“Don’t sneer at old 3-speeds. They are serious bikes, built for serious use. They are meant for utilitarian cyclists, and they are still extremely appropriate for riders who don’t usually go more than a few miles at a time. They are particularly at home in stop-and-go traffic, because they can be shifted even while stopped. Their English heritage: full fenders, oil lubrication, and totally enclosed gear system makes them relatively impervious to wet conditions.
Car Free Trailseleventhstack.wordpress.com
10/06/2009
Pittsburgh is a city of hills and valleys, rivers and plateaus.  And while it may not seem to have the most bike-friendly terrain, there are many ways to enjoy the Steel City by bike.  With the help of the bicycle advocacy group Bike Pittsburgh and a rising number of people getting around by bike, cyclists are gaining more respect and a greater presence in the city.   Riding in traffic may not be for everyone, and for those individuals Pittsburgh offers multiple car-free bike paths along the
Indian Summer?isocrates.us
10/05/2009
It feels, if not looks, a lot like Indian summer these days. High, clear skies. Crisp, cool temperatures. The only thing missing is the turning leaves — still a week or two away. I love the fall. This weather makes me want to ride purely for fun, i.e. to ride just to ride with no destination in mind.Riding is nearly always fun for me. The only difference between utility bicycling and fun bicycling for me is merely the addition of a destination.
10/04/2009
Brian McCormick is a member of the Facebook Group ” I bet I can find 1 million families who want big beautiful bike paths. ” and he shared this story with me. “When the pair stuck with their plan, they were met by school administrators and a state trooper, who emphasized that biking was prohibited.” Read more: http://www.timesunion.com/AspStories/story.asp?storyID=847190&TextPage=1#ixzz0Shb57gTg Please take a minute to support Adam and Janette’s RIGHT to freely choose their method of transportation by sending a quick email.
10/04/2009
I was hoping to write a good post about riding in the Australian Capital Territory. I was hoping to write a good post about new experiences cycling in a great place with good people and with excellent facilities. However today I am writing the first post since I moved to Canberra about an ugly rant by an unfunny comedian Magda Szubanski. Magda Szubanski is the female equivalent of Mikey Robins – a comedian who used self depreciating humour regarding her obesity.
Numbers In The Streetisocrates.us
10/02/2009
Here’s an interesting video I found at Bicycling is Better. There’s discussion of bicycles at the start of the video and again around 6:30. One word of warning: This film was made in a less-than-enlightened age re: race.As Mighk notes, here’s a good example of bicycles mixing well with traffic without the help of bicycle lanes and other accommodation. Whether or not this is possible today in an American city is not entirely clear to me.What I find especially fascinating about traffic as shown in this video is how uncontrolled it appears to be.
10/01/2009
There are plenty of anecdotes from people who say they’ve been surprised by silent-running hybrid cars. I’ve even read where people say that crash victims may not have heard the hybrid coming. Now here’s a government report that has some statistics to back up those stories. The study issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration compares hybrid cars to internal combustion automobiles.
10/01/2009
Posted by Review-a-Day, October 1st, 2009 No CommentsFiled under:Review-a-Day. Bicycle Diaries by David ByrneReviewed by Damian KilbyThe OregonianWherever David Byrne travels, on tour as a musician or pursuing other creative interests, he brings along his folding bicycle.Byrne, best known as the leader of the iconic new wave band Talking Heads, is an avid urban cyclist. Bicycling — meandering, exploring, just getting from place to place — has become his “panoramic window” on life around the globe.