Ride of Silence

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by Byron on Apr 22, 2007 at 7:07 AM

During National Bike Month, the Ride of Silence will occur. Organized in “honor of those who have been injured or killed while cycling on public roadways,” the rides will take part across the US and World on May 16th at 7:00 pm. Check the locations for a ride near you.

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Blue Sky Beijing

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by Byron on Apr 22, 2007 at 6:13 AM

The blue sky in the background of this photo was a rare site in Beijing. We were lucky to see it and the next day the pollution returned to normal oppressive levels. What I mistakenly thought was morning fog for a few moments, when I first arrived, was instead a gray smog that envelopes the city usually every day.

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It’s tough not to be cynical on Earth Day after seeing that level of pollution and reading that Beijing is on track to become the top carbon emitter. While Oprah teaches her audience how to be green, eco-socialites throw parties, and Cheryl Crow urges us to spare a square, the “latest data shows China is building a coal-fired power plant every four days.” The IOC’s confidence in China’s ability to clean up the air for the Olympics is laughable. I was having problems just riding a folding bike around and expect that Olympic performance scientists will focus on breakthrough exercise-induced asthma drugs in Beijing.

Of course, Bike Hugger will do our part to promote cycling and bike culture (May is National Bike Month), but with a new realization and appreciation of how perilous global warming is. China has promised to focus on pollution and the poor. We can only hope that’s true.

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Olympic progress report video

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by Byron on Apr 20, 2007 at 12:36 PM

In this video clip, Bryan and I observe the Olympic progress. You can also see that we’re having a good time. Learn more about Beijing, the Olympics, and how they’re going to get that done in my post on Textura Design.

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Mechanic Mao

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by Byron on Apr 17, 2007 at 10:28 PM

This gentleman administers the curbside service center near our hotel. He was nice enough to pose for a photo and proudly displayed his Chairman Mao pin. I expect the Olympics tourist will love him. He refused my offer of a tip for the photo and barked some orders at a mechanic before I left.

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17 flavors of Diesel fumes

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by Bryan Rhoads on Apr 17, 2007 at 10:18 PM

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Biking through the streets of Beijing offers a myriad of sights… and industrial smells. It ranges from light sweet crude to Kuwaiti sensimilia to high-sulphur coal w/ a hint of turpentine… The more exotic, the more we cracked up at the insanity of it all.

Beijing is a spectrum of activities. Bikes carrying buckets of meat and buckets of tar to baby bakchoy.

We’ve made it out on the bike everyday we’ve been here. Biked at least 10 miles yesterday through heavy rush-hour bike traffic to the Pearl Market (which has everything in the World for 2 dollars). Trying to head out later today to the Lotus Market which is a little closer.

Heaviest bike traffic I’ve ever been in… even more than Amsterdam. We just have jumped in and followed the crowds… http://farm1.static.flickr.com/230/460705490_e478193991_m.jpg

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Bike Parking

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by Byron on Apr 17, 2007 at 10:13 PM

Bike Parking

Beijing has bike parking lots near the massive malls. That’s the attendant having lunch.

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Beijing by Bike Video

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by Byron on Apr 17, 2007 at 3:03 AM

In this clip near the Olympic Park, I blurt out “Beijing” while Bryan rides on past …

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David Byrne’s Bike Stolen

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by Byron on Apr 17, 2007 at 2:52 AM

Clarence from StreetFilms wrote to tell us that David Byrne just had his bicycle stolen! See Byrne on StreetFilms and Jason’s post on a chance encounter with him at SXSW.

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Curbside Service in Beijing

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by Byron on Apr 16, 2007 at 6:07 PM

Every few blocks in Beijing, there are curbside mechanics that fix bikes as cyclists ride up. The mechanics have tubes, pumps, wrenches and more. At some of the stops, cyclists socialize and hang out. I stopped and filled up my rear tire on the folding bike and said hello. The mechanic and his buddies didn’t speak english, but nodded and smiled just the same and gave us happy thumbs up.

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