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Backpedaling Bad for Seattle

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by Byron on Aug 28, 2007 at 1:43 PM

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?

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A Warp Speed, Lap-of-Destruction Crit

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by Byron on Aug 28, 2007 at 11:47 AM

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!

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650 Miles of Trails in Denver

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by Byron on Aug 28, 2007 at 11:14 AM

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.

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Berlin Bikes

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by Byron on Aug 28, 2007 at 10:08 AM

Reporting for CBSNews.com, Christine Lagorio, writes that

“In this city where less than half of residents own a car, bicycles are not only in vogue; over the past two decades it has become downright common to ride one every day. They are chained to every pole or knob on every major thoroughfare. They crowd apartment building lobbies. They dominate the flow of traffic in intersections. Bicyclists have power in numbers; a major fantasy of U.S. cyclists has come to pass in Berlin: cars yield to bikes.”

That is indeed a fantasy and one I escape to every time I ride down Alaskan Way with semis next to me, potholes, train tracks, and cruise ship traffic. You ever want to experience raw, urban biking, navigate through container traffic at the east side of the Swing Bridge when a cargo ship is in town.

woman_bike_copenhagen.jpg Ah, but back to Berlin, or Copenhagen where Jason lived out the urban bike fantasy commuting with parcels and smartly-dressed business women ride bikes to work.

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Timbuk2 Artists

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by Byron on Aug 28, 2007 at 9:46 AM

Timbuk2 is bringing their dog & pony show to Seattle for a one-time Artist Originals event at EVO on August 31st, 2007 with food, drink, djs, and bikes.

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Hugg it out for August 27th

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by Byron on Aug 27, 2007 at 8:38 AM

I was off most of last week, enjoying a few weekday rides, and getting detoured along the way, for this week …

Bikesphere

Team Bike Hugger

Huggacast

  • Resuming this week with another feature on REI

Interbike

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