Paul Andrews

Posts Tagged ‘Bicycle Leadership Conference’

News Cycle: Women of Dirt premiere, Pedaling consternation, Rider Ryder & more

In Bicycle advocacy, Mountain Biking, News Cycle, Obama Bikes, Videos on February 5, 2010 at 12:53 am

Reminder: World premiere of “Women of Dirt” tonight in Seattle! The DVD is out btw and can be ordered online.

Washington’s “Vulnerable User” legislation is already further along than a similar bill made it last year.

Jonathan Maus at BikePortland.org raises the question of why a local newspaper seems deliberately provocative (one might say antagonistic) on the issue of the city’s 2030 Bicycle Plan:

“Instead of helping to foster civil public discourse about a very important plan for our city’s future, I’m afraid this story will only serve to intensify the “bicyclist” versus “motorist” sensationalism that The Oregonian has admitted to “overplaying” in the past.”

As newspapers (the ones that survive) continue to focus on their natural constituency, that being local communities, our hope is that they’ll show more sensitivity and receptiveness to the bicycling community in the transportation matrix. The perplexing irony in this case is that The Oregonian has on staff one of the nation’s experts on just this subject — Jeff Mapes, author of “Pedaling Revolution.” Maybe he could persuade an editor or two at his newspaper to read his book?!

For your good deed of the day — heck, the whole weekend — take the Bicycle Leadership Conference survey.

We like Ryder Hesjedal for two reasons: First, his mountain bike heritage. Second, his first name. Keep an eye on him in the 2010 season.

Have a great weekend! Hopefully the weather will let you Get out ‘n RIDE!

News Cycle: Facebook Protest Ride, Reckless endangerment, a $290,000 traffic ticket & more

In Bicycle advocacy, Mountain Biking, News Cycle, Obama Bikes, Videos on January 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

Big bike rally Saturday in Palo Alto to protest the hate-cyclist page on Facebook. Riders will convene at Facebook headquarters near California Avenue and Bowdoin Street. This is a residential area called College Terrace where the locals may well join the protest. Facebook is not well liked. Its employees sucked up all available parking for blocks around the place, forcing College Terrace to adopt “restricted zone” signage. Although that takes care of the Facebookers, it creates hassles for having friends, associates and house guests over. Ah well, life in America…

Streetsblog: The $290,000 speeding ticket. Wonder what they’d do in Palo Alto if speeding tickets were assessed like Switzerland?

Drunkcyclist: Pickup truck driver runs cyclists off the road, pleads guilty to reckless endangerment and felony menacing, and walks free. DC’s big jonny is disgusted, as are we. But this is progress. Not so long ago the case wouldn’t even have reached a judge anywhere. In Washington State, it still wouldn’t reach a judge. More grist for Cascade Bicycle Club’s mill in Olympia this legislative session.

PinkBike has a
teaser for “The Next Generation” DVD. There’s a bunch of freeride DVDs in the mill, and we continue to wait breathlessly for some movie maker to break the mold. Hey it’s either that or they’ll all have to shut up about doing it.

Bicycle Retailer has a partial agenda for Bicycle Leadership Conference panels at Sea Otter in April.