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Daily Roundup: Bike to Work Day wrap, Ride safe out there!

In Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on May 20, 2009 at 5:50 am

My friend Chuck Taylor, who could be dead, discusses his near-miss in KING-TV clip on Bike to Work Day. Chuck has the right attitude: He’s buying a new bike!

Also out on Bike to Work Day: The unsinkable Ellen Fletcher. When I lived in Palo Alto in the late 1970s and early 1980s, Ellen was fighting the good fight on every cycling front. Marked bike lanes. Locking, fully enclosed bike lockers at commuter train stations. Helmet safety. Many fond memories of this Elizabeth Cady Stanton of cycling; glad to see she’s still on the case! Hat tip to Cyclelicious.

Final Bike to Work Day link: Bike Hugger’s “Huggacast” of riding to Microsoft.

Final aside: Isn’t it great to see all the new media on Bike to Work Day?

Congrats to Steve Peat, who broke the record once thought unbreakable this past weekend, surpassing Nicholas Vuilloz’s 16 career World Cup wins. With so many great young cyclists from all over the world entering the sport, we may never see anything approaching this again. (But then, they said that about Nico too…)

Warning from the desert: Mountain biker gets separated from friends in 100-degree temps in Utah, later found dead.

Warning from the tow-o-sphere: Driver will serve more than 3 years in jail after towing drunken cycling friend at 25 miles an hour. Friend hit drain cover and was killed. Witnesses observed “whooping and shouts of excitement.” Judge cites “highly culpable stupidity.” Helmet not mentioned. See comments…

Back to Utah: These two luckily survived. Ride safe out there!

Happy Bike to Work Day! The gods must be cycling…

In Bicycle advocacy, Bicycling on May 15, 2009 at 12:11 am
Ride fast ... Live slow...

Sunshine is predicted!

One more time now:

Bike to Work Day rally, 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. at City Hall.

Bike to Work Day after-party, 4 to 7 p.m., Ballard.

Cascade Bicycle Club’s full event schedule.

Now get out and RIDE!

Daily Roundup: Bike to Work Day tomorrow, Whistler Saturday, Washington State No. 1, Lance “philosophical”

In Bicycling, Daily Roundup, Mountain Biking on May 14, 2009 at 6:48 am

Bike to Work Day is tomorrow! Looking outside this a.m. ain’t too promising, but the forecast is still calling for sunshine and 68 degrees. Quick check if you haven’t done so already: Test ride the bike today, lubing chain and other parts if needed and getting the tires up to pressure. Find someone to ride with, if not today then when you head out tomorrow. Riders are always happy to hook up, and there’s safety in numbers. Don’t worry about flats: Take a spare tube along and someone will help out if you run into trouble changing the tire. Have fun! Especially if the weather is good, it’s gonna be a circus out there!

And Whistler opens on Saturday! Yikes, can they really have all the snow cleared? This has been one ugly freezin’ pain in the butt Spring so far… PinkBike has details on Opening Day festivities.

Bike Rumor: How to get that non-cyclist in your life onto a bike.

Bicycle Retailer: Bike industry gets 2-year extension on lead limits. I have mixed feelings on this one. As an environmentally healthy and healthful activity, cycling should be aggressively setting the pace on eco- and “green” standards. I know it’s tough financially to turn an entire industry around, but let’s hope this extension is it and the Powers That Be move forward asap on reducing lead exposure.

Biking Bis: Washington State is No. 1 in League of American Bicyclists ranking of bicycle friendly states — for second year in row!

Velo News: Lance “philosophical” about Giro chances after being dropped yesterday.

Seattle Times editor befittingly retires on Bike to Work Day

In Bicycle Commuting, Bicycling on May 13, 2009 at 7:58 am

Perhaps it’s mere coincidence, but I found pregnant symbolism in the announcement that Jim Vesely, head of The Seattle Times editorial page, will retire on Bike to Work Day.

Vesely is no friend to cyclists. He opposed bike trail funding in Bellevue and, more infamously, championed an annual fee on cyclists in King County — just for riding a bike. And he took these anti-bike views with gusto, calling the Bellevue measure a “boondoggle” and stating that the fee “would also make cyclists true members of the world of transportation, rather than free riders on the tax rolls.”

I don’t know of any cyclist who does not pay a host of taxes. The vast majority own cars and houses and buy stuff in the city. You can’t do that be a “free rider” on the tax rolls. It should also be noted that taxes are a way to shape progress — tax smoking, for example, and give tax credits for things like green construction. If anything, cyclists should get a tax credit for reducing pollution, being healthier and putting less stress than cars and trucks on streets and highways.

But all of those points and many more were made eloquently in the firestorm of outrage that followed Vesely’s harebrained columns.

People said nice things about Vesely in the Times announcement, and it should be noted that personally Jim is a great guy. But with all the issues and challenges facing Seattle Times readers, why beat up on cyclists? Especially in a time when newspapers are financially under duress and seeking public dollars to continue publishing, it makes no sense to needlessly provoke a growing constituency of the Seattle-King County population and by extension, newspaper readership.

In our nation’s post-Obama evolution, the transportation equation is changing. So perhaps it’s fitting that Jim make his exit on the biggest day of celebration for cyclists. Have a great retirement, Jim, and hope to run into you (while riding my bike) enjoying your leisurely years on a bicycle!

Daily Roundup: Bike to Work Day countdown, Texas 3-feet-please, Seattle’s Major Taylor Club, Dahon recall, Boonen finished?

In Bicycle Commuting, Bicycling, Daily Roundup on May 13, 2009 at 5:52 am

The weather outlook is good (sunny and 67) for Bike to Work Day here in Seattle this Friday. Here‘s Cascade Bicycle Club’s “Party from Dawn to Dusk” Guide. Come on out, it’s a rolling carnival on wheels! Elsewhere the countdown is on as well
: In the San Francisco Bay Area, where the San Jose Mercury points out “About 40 percent of Bay Area commuters live within five miles of their jobs, according to the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition’s Web site. If all those people biked to work Thursday, 60,000 vehicles would be off the road and tailpipe emissions would drop more than 150,000 pounds….”

Houston Chronicle on Texas “3-feet-please” bill banning “right hook,” the maneuver by motorists to speed up ahead and make a right turn in front of a cyclist. “Motorists could be charged with a misdemeanor offense if they don’t give cyclists at least three feet passing clearance in most circumstances….”

Seattle Times: Cycling clubs for disadvantaged get rolling. Great story exploring Seattle’s Cascade Bicycle Club efforts to involve kids in cycling.

Bicycle Net: Is Tom Boonen gone from cycling after his second positive cocaine test? My impression btw is that coke is not a performance enhancing drug (it just makes you think you’re better), but none of the articles I’ve read clarify this point. Here’s a pretty good discussion noting that if anything cocaine may actually impair performance.

Cyclelicious: Huge Dahon folding bike recall, with REI in the middle. Dahon make popular folding bikes — if you own one, be sure to have the recall done. Handlebar hinges are at potential fault and you don’t want to mess with steerage, especially on a foldie. (Handlebars are by design on the short and narrow end, and steerage is quicker than a typical bike.)

It’s still early in the Giro d’Italia, but Lance’s moment of truth has already arrived in today’s tough stage. Full results not yet posted, but he’s out of the Top 10 in general classification. Which is all OK. As we’ve been saying, the Giro and the Tour this year are kind of a big publicity tour for both Lance and the races, aimed at regenerating interest in the sport that waned after countless drug scandals. And so far, Lance is doing great at PR, with daily coverage in The New York Times and even network TV interest. Follow the Giro on Cycling News, which so far is beating the venerable Velo News at Giro coverage.