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The deadline for the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan has been extended until 5 pm, May 18th, 2007. Get your comments in now; especially in light of the pressure the plan is under from Stone Way businesses.

NY Times on Electric Bikes

Not nearly as surprising as seeing a Biomega in Design Within Reach, but today the New York Times ran a story on electric bikes. While good (any mainsteam coverage of bike commuting is good), the article missed the sport-utility bike market being built by companies like Clever Cycles, Xtracycle, Surly, and custom builders like Sycip and Vanilla.

We agree that cyclists are finding that bikes are, “a viable option for commuting, shopping and other local trips” especially with a long tail, rack, and motor assist.

As I noted in my Bettie Delivers post, if the attention the Bike Hugger Bettie gets is any indication of a national trend, we expect more cyclists to use their cars a lot less, if at all.

For more on electric bikes, check Electric Bikes Northwest ebikes.ca, a bike v. Prius, and Todd’s thougts on motors and bikes.

Friday afternoon read: Little 500 edition

Starting line

ESPN.com: Page 2 : Nothing little about IU’s Little 500 ESPN’s Jim Caple offers a feature story on Indiana University’s Little 500, the race that features in 1979’s Oscar-nominated Breaking Away.

This year’s edition went off April 21st, and was won in a photo finish by the Cutters team, their 8th overall victory.

Also:

Gallery from gfisk.com

Flickr photoset by spence_sir

Bike Hugger Bettie Delivers

Running the kids around, errands, dates, and mostly delivering the goods is what we’ve been doing with Bettie. I’ve got suggestions for Stokemonkey, observations, and a movie after the jump.

Bettie

The Flying Scotsman

It’s not often a bike-themed movie comes along and who knows if we’ll ever see one about Lance. That leaves us American Flyers, Breaking Away, and Quicksilver. In advance of the screenings, there are good reviews of The Flying Scotsman and Seattle is one of the few cities to get it in theaters.

Of course I remember the story in 1993 when Graham Obree broke the world record, had it stripped, won again, and the ongoing battles with his mind. In 1994, I started to get “serious” about cycling and he was one of the most talked about athletes in the sport.

Ain’t it cool news interviews Jonny Lee Miller who plays Obree and according to the reviews, Obree has several cameos in the movie.

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