Helmet Laws in Effect
by Byron on May 23, 2008 at 1:15 PM
A reader wrote to say
I was riding to work today heading south on Beacon near the VA hospital
when I think I saw a police officer pull over a rider for not wearing a helmet. As I rode by, I asked the rider if he was okay (thinking maybe he had gotten hit), and he just looked mad. Has anyone else heard reports of this today?
And I just heard from another cyclist that they got a 103 ticket for no helmet.
Just like the periodic stop-sign crackdowns on Mercer Island, sounds like the po po are looking for helmet scofflaws.
Anyone else seen cyclist getting tickets or got one themselves?
First Day of Twitter Give Away at Webvisions
by Jason Swihart on May 22, 2008 at 5:05 PM
The first day was a mixed success–our winners seemed genuinely excited, but Twitter made the process very difficult by inexplicably swallowing any messages that contained an @ symbol. Our first batch of winners came out like this:
Tomorrow, all the stuff we’re giving away can be mailed to you, so you don’t have to be at Webvisions to get it. We’ve got a SXSW Interactive pass, a bunch more Ibex stuff, some Bike Hugger shirts, and more. Stayed tuned–follow us on Twitter because you WILL need to meet certain deadlines if you’re a winner.
Surly @ Mobile Social Portland Reception
by Byron on May 22, 2008 at 7:53 AM
good times all … good times.
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Ride of Silence Seattle—Ride report
by Dave R. on May 21, 2008 at 8:24 PM
The riders in tonight’s Ride of Silence in Seattle were like velocipede monks, rolling silently from Gasworks, down Eastlake through downtown and Belltown, then finally out Denny back to the park. I didn’t see an official count, but I’d guess there were 200 riders, a sizable crowd but not quite the volume I saw last year. The ride was well organized, with cue sheets, guides at every turn, and incredibly good control over the pacing and grouping of the whole group.
The ride is international with rides in almost every state in the U.S. The point of the ride is to memorialize riders who have been killed or injured on the road, like my friend Matthew Sperry. I try to make the ride every year because Matt was killed doing what I do ever day – riding to work.
I don’t think Matthew would have organized this ride. He would have put together a Jazz Funeral on bikes at the very least. Personally, I struggle with the concept of the ride. The last thing I want to do is be quiet about cyclists being killed. The silence also makes it hard to get the message out. Even though I’m ambivalent about the ride, I’ll keep riding it every year until the Bicycle Wakes get large enough to make an impression on the public at large.
Mobile Social Today
by Byron on May 21, 2008 at 1:27 PM
We’re in Portland, chilling before the Urban Ride and Reception at Lucky Lab. See you all there.
Ride of Silence
by Byron on May 20, 2008 at 4:49 PM
Tomorrow night is the annual Ride of Silence. We’ll toast the ride during the Mobile Social reception and pay our respects. Our event ends just as the Ride of Silence begins at 7:00 PM in Portland. And we encourage all to ride silently from Lucky Lab. We will.
Twitter Give Away Prizes
by Jason Swihart on May 20, 2008 at 2:13 PM
What We’re Giving Away
Twitter Giveaway @ Webvisions
by Byron on May 20, 2008 at 6:49 AM
Following the Mobile Social @ Webvisions, we’re giving away even more schwag via Twitter. Check how we’re doing it on the Twitter Giveaway details page. All you have to do is follow us on Twitter, tweet us, and pick up your prize if you win.
- So what’s a Mobile Social Event?
- It’s an intersection of bikes, technology, and culture – we ride, talk bikes, party, and giveaway schwag.
- Twitter Giveaway? Huh?
- Yep. We’re giving away schwag from our sponsors during Webvisions. Just tweet us for the chance to win. There’s no catch, spam, or weirdness.
- What’s the catch?
- If there is one, we haven’t thought of it yet. But check back.
- What’s this Twitter thing you speak of?
- It’s a messaging application where you tell all your brohams what you’re doing all the time. It’s a terrific time suck.
How to Follow Us on Twitter
The instructions and how to with visual aids are on the Twitter Giveaway Details page.
Neodymics Cycle Motor
by Byron on May 20, 2008 at 6:01 AM
From the Necessity is the Mother of Invention category, comes the Neodymics self-contained, powered-wheel conversion kit. With gas prices raising and increasing interest in electric bikes, I expect to see more entrepreneurs and inventors developing their own take on powering bikes. Using Dewalt power tool batteries is practical and even thinking of just popping off a non-powered wheel for a powered one is an interesting approach. It also looks like something that fell off a moon-lander or was once connected to a Cyborg …
by Jason Swihart on May 19, 2008 at 6:10 PM
Webvisions–Portland, OR–May 22 & 23
Sponsored by Ibex
Ibex, Crumpler et al have given us a bunch of schwag to give away at Webvisions, so here’s how we’re doing it:
Follow us on Twitter. When you’ve received word back from us (via Twitter) that we’re following you, send us a direct tweet with the words “webvisions firstname.lastname@example.org” in it. (If you don’t know how to do this, see below.)
That’s it. You’re in. Then during Webvisions on May 22 and 23, we’ll randomly select winners throughout each day. When we pick a name, we’ll send it out through Twitter with instructions for collecting the schwag. If you’re the winner, follow the instructions and it’s all yours. But, if you don’t follow the instructions, you’ll be out of luck. (Don’t worry–nothing weird. The instructions will be who won, what they won, and a time and place to pick up the prize.)
How to Follow Us on Twitter
- Go to Twitter. If you don’t have an account, create one. (Read more »)
- Now go to http://twitter.com/bikehugger and click Follow.
- To get updates via SMS, turn device updates on (click on “Devices Updates” and then “On”). Make sure you’ve given Twitter a device to send them to. This is usually the fastest way to receive Twitter updates.
- Once we see you following us, we’ll reciprocate and send you a direct message to let you know. Once you receive it, go to the Twitter homepage and, in the what are you doing? box, type:
d bikehugger webvisions email@example.com
We’re using your email address to verify your identity but we’ll probably share it with our sponsors. If you don’t want us to do that, add the words no email to your entry Tweet. I.e., d bikehugger webvisions firstname.lastname@example.org no email. Anyone can enter, but they must follow the instructions for entering the contest and collecting the prize.
Note we’re not spammers.
More at the Mobile Social
Learn more about the Twitter Giveaway during our Mobile Social event the day before Webvisions. Mobile Socials are an intersection of bikes, technology, and culture. They include an urban ride, reception, and schwag.
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