Backpedaling Bad for Seattle

Alan Durning, executive director of Sightline Institute, and Chuck Ayers, executive director of the Cascade Bicycle Club wrote an editorial this week on Stone Way, which is the cause célèbre for Seattle cyclists.

“The fate of Stone Way is particularly important to the future of green, healthy transportation in Seattle. The Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, which calls for an extensive network of new bicycle lanes, originally flagged Stone Way as a key link, connecting the increasing residential and commercial density of North Seattle to the region’s most popular bicycle route: the Burke-Gilman Trail.”

Predictable comments in the Soundoff, reminded me of this YouTube video about funding bicycle projects.

Does Stone Way matter to you? Is it your cause célèbre?

A Warp Speed, Lap-of-Destruction Crit

For a while there I was enjoying the end of the season, but looking at the start list for the Interbike Industry Cup race, I’m getting increasingly nervous.

Team Bike Hugger will race it along with ex-pros, and “ringers.” Formulating our strategy now, it’s mostly to “not get dropped.” And if you do get dropped, try to make it a legendary drop … like by at least trying to hang onto Ned Overend’s wheel. And definitely not by some old-timer, traditional magazine!

Pedal Power your Cell Phone

Finally someone figured out how to charge batteries with a trainer. Now, if you could adapt that to the Fisher-Price Smart Cycle, and put your kids to work for their allowance, that’d be great.

650 Miles of Trails in Denver

When I rode in Colorado, it was up in the mountains, towards ten thousand feet, and a very hard ride – I suffered and climbed and was scared by the sheer drop-offs in hairpin corners, and shivered the whole time.

Heading back towards the airport, later in the trip, I saw miles of bike trails from the highway and thought, “I should come back and ride those!”

Denver’s got 650 miles of trails and quite proud of them.

Cycling in Croatia

croatia.jpg In Zagreb, Croatia, bikes are in fashion and seen everywhere in the city.

Out of the city and towards the coast, on dirt roads near Istria, in the region where James Joyce exiled himself, cyclists are touring.

Check with Saddle Skedaddle for more on cycling in Croatia.

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