Mama Chari rides on by

Not specifically bike-related news, but check the striking photo of a mama chari passing a minivan crushed by a house in the NYTimes today.

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(Photo credit Franck Robichon/European Pressphoto Agency)

Bikes in the City of Lights

Paris launched Velib, a bike share service, over the weekend. Velib is a combination of velo and liberty and for Parisians is another public transport option. Check our posts on Bike Share, Velib in the news, on Flickr, and blogs.

“This is about revolutionizing urban culture”

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NYTimes also reported on the story.

… and that makes Seattle’s Master Plan even more depressing. Photo credit malias.

STP Hit-And-Run

The Hugga send wishes for a speedy recovery to Gerald Marvin, a 24-year-old cyclist hit on Hwy 30 on his way into Portland Sunday morning. More information at King5.com.

Update

Also see Pedaling Portland for posts about STP.

Critical Mass Paradox

Critical Mass is a paradox. In Manhattan, there’s nothing but turmoil and in Seattle a knife was pullled during the last one or arrests get made. In Brooklyn, for 3 years now, they’ve critically masssed with no arrests, no tickets, and the NYPD is even called “friendly.” StreetFilms just published a short film on the subject. I’ve only ridden a Critical Mass once, by accident (all kitted up with my race bike, feeling totally out of place) and it was fun and festive with tall bikes, longtail bikes, old schwinns, and everything else.

In Arizona, the next Critical Mass is on July 21st where they’ll meet around 6:30 pm at @ Tempe Beach park and ride to the Lost Leaf Tavern at 5th & Roosevelt. After the mass they’ll alleycat race with the winner taking all in the fixed race. Don’t know if they’re friends or foes with the police there.

One-Day Rider Patch; Check

With my heart set on a One-Day Rider patch after last year’s STP, I rode into Portland last night to claim my prize. 204 incredible miles and I cannot believe that I survived without so much as a flat tire. Complete ride review will be posted in the next couple of days. For now, congrats to the many other STPers out there this weekend and many, many, many thanks to all the Cascade staff and volunteers.

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