After the Mobile Social

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by Mark V on May 24, 2008 at 11:54 PM

2519843155_d1d6ddcaf3.jpg Here’s the Bike Hugger crew with Keith from Ibex, post-social dinner on Wednesday night. Hey, hey, we’ll maybe come to your town…..

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Helmet Laws in Effect

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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?

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First Day of Twitter Give Away at Webvisions

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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:

Twitter ID Item
bzo Ibex Wool Arm Warmers
joshgray Ibex Beezer Full Zip Jersey
wrenchpilot Crumpler Textbook Point
hnordeen Crumpler Textbook Point
viciousalloy Ibex El Fito 3/4 Bike Knickers
wazdog Famous Winebar Raygun
penguin Ibex Fausto Jersey
wryanturner Ibex Arrivee Bib Shorts
danielo Ibex Women’s Spin Jersey
wnalyd Keen Everett daypack
elliothere Crumpler Mahoubar
nicjohnson Crumpler Headaitch

Crumpler Winner via Twitter Winner: wnalyd

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.

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Ride of Silence Seattle—Ride report

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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.

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Mobile Social Today

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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.

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Ride of Silence

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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.

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Twitter Giveaway @ Webvisions

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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.

Quick FAQ

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.

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How to Follow Us on Twitter

The instructions and how to with visual aids are on the Twitter Giveaway Details page.

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