Twitter Giveaway Update

Later that night at Hopworks … beer, bikes, pub food.

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Helmet Laws in Effect

A reader wrote to say

I was riding to work today heading south on Beacon near the VA hospital when I think I saw a police officer pull over a rider for not wearing a helmet. As I rode by, I asked the rider if he was okay (thinking maybe he had gotten hit), and he just looked mad. Has anyone else heard reports of this today?

And I just heard from another cyclist that they got a 103 ticket for no helmet.

Just like the periodic stop-sign crackdowns on Mercer Island, sounds like the po po are looking for helmet scofflaws.

Anyone else seen cyclist getting tickets or got one themselves?

First Day of Twitter Give Away at Webvisions

The first day was a mixed success–our winners seemed genuinely excited, but Twitter made the process very difficult by inexplicably swallowing any messages that contained an @ symbol. Our first batch of winners came out like this:

Twitter ID Item
bzo Ibex Wool Arm Warmers
joshgray Ibex Beezer Full Zip Jersey
wrenchpilot Crumpler Textbook Point
hnordeen Crumpler Textbook Point
viciousalloy Ibex El Fito 3/4 Bike Knickers
wazdog Famous Winebar Raygun
penguin Ibex Fausto Jersey
wryanturner Ibex Arrivee Bib Shorts
danielo Ibex Women’s Spin Jersey
wnalyd Keen Everett daypack
elliothere Crumpler Mahoubar
nicjohnson Crumpler Headaitch

Crumpler Winner via Twitter Winner: wnalyd

Tomorrow, all the stuff we’re giving away can be mailed to you, so you don’t have to be at Webvisions to get it. We’ve got a SXSW Interactive pass, a bunch more Ibex stuff, some Bike Hugger shirts, and more. Stayed tuned–follow us on Twitter because you WILL need to meet certain deadlines if you’re a winner.

Surly @ Mobile Social Portland Reception

good times all … good times.

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Ride of Silence Seattle—Ride report

The riders in tonight’s Ride of Silence in Seattle were like velocipede monks, rolling silently from Gasworks, down Eastlake through downtown and Belltown, then finally out Denny back to the park. I didn’t see an official count, but I’d guess there were 200 riders, a sizable crowd but not quite the volume I saw last year. The ride was well organized, with cue sheets, guides at every turn, and incredibly good control over the pacing and grouping of the whole group.

The ride is international with rides in almost every state in the U.S. The point of the ride is to memorialize riders who have been killed or injured on the road, like my friend Matthew Sperry. I try to make the ride every year because Matt was killed doing what I do ever day – riding to work.

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