Cycling Crackdown

Earlier today, I wrote on Twitter

some guy just called into our local NPR station monthly interview with the Police Chief to ask if they’d crack down on cyclists

and reader Todd responded with a link to a Toronto crackdown. We posted earlier on a helmet crackdown in Seattle.

Are you seeing crackdowns in your cities? Do we need to crackdown? I will say that I’d like to see safer commuters. That’s not a crackdown, but education.

Bikes, Art, Fashion

Check the video recap of Bikeosphere 2008, a bike art & fashion show presented by Momentum Magazine.

I’m hoping we’ll see a bike-focused episode of Project Runway … .

Commuter to the Rescue

Syndicated columnist Robert D. Novak hits a pedestrian in a crosswalk with his car. A bike commuter witness it, chases him down, blocks his car with his bike, calls 911, and holds Novak there until the police arrive. Woohoo!

He said he chased Novak half a block down K Street, finally caught up with him and then put his bike in front of the car to block it and called 911. Traffic immediately backed up, horns blaring, until commuters behind Novak backed up so he could pull over.

Have you ever helped someone in need during your ride? Or acted like a superhero? I’ve stopped for my share of flats and also a homeless person that was passed out on the street and had been robbed.

Hat tip to Hugga reader Chad for the story.

BMX Olympics

The Seattle PI profiles Jill Kintner and her Olympic BMX berth. Jill is from Kirkland Washington, a suburb of Seattle.

BMX is simpler – one kind of bike, one gear, and the terrain is smooth and hard. It’s more about what you can do technically. It’s harder. You have to be smoother.

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While BMX ain’t my thing, big props to Jill and taking BMX to the Olympics. It should play very well on TV.

How to Make the Bike Boom Last?

Following all the media coverage, posts from us, and the bike blogopshere on the economy-driven bike boom, today, the AP asks if consumers frugality will last. The article includes a quote from Fred Clements, executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers’ Association

Consumers stung by $4-per-gallon gas are shifting toward utility bikes and away from recreational versions. That’s forcing bike shops to change their inventories and offer more training for consumers who may not have ridden a bike in years, he said.

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It’s also resulting in lots of bikes like the Raleigh in the photo showing up in mechanic’s stands. After reading the article, I wondered what we and the industry can do to make the bike boom last?

What do you think? Suggestions? Comment and we’ll share your thoughts with the Industry at Interbike this Fall.

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