Bike To Work Day Record!

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by Kelli on May 19, 2007 at 3:28 PM

With incredible weather and over thirty commute stations providing free snacks and schwag, Seattleites had every reason to take full advantage of Bike To Work Day. Powered by Cascade and caffeinated by Starbucks, the annual event saw nearly four thousand more bikes than last year, coming in at over 19,000 cyclists.

More interesting numbers:

  • The station with the highest count was the Fremont Bridge station with 1370 cyclists.
  • We estimate that 266,616 miles logged by bicycle today (using the average commute length of 14 miles from the Group Health Commute Challenge).
  • That’s 133 tons of CO2 that was not produced by BTWD participants.
  • With 8.8million calories burned today, riders have earned 44,000 delicious tall Starbucks lattes.

Congratulations Seattle, way to kick off another terrific summer of cycling! Keep logging those commute challenge miles and enjoying our long summer days.

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Cargo Bike Jamboree!

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by Byron on May 19, 2007 at 9:01 AM

On Memorial Day at noon, bring your sport-utiity bikes, longtails, and cargo bikes and meet at the Pike Place Pig for a totally flat ride to Lincoln Park in West Seattle. See the flyer and check the video below.

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Lemond Drops a Bomb!

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by Byron on May 17, 2007 at 7:13 PM

I’ll interrupt our normal bike blogging for stunning testimony today from Greg Lemond at the Landis arbitration hearing. Lemond told the courtroom that Landis implicitly admitted to him that he doped, that Landis’ business manger intimidated him before his testimony (and was fired on the spot in the courtroom), and that he was sexually abused as a child.

News Reports

Blogs

(from the Dark Side of American Cycling) “A bitter and jealous old champion who has never received the adulation he feels he deserves, a dominant personality with a carefully protected image who is fighting to keep his name out of the mud that the rest of the cycling world is stained with, an Olympic champion who appears to have been a total fraud and an ornery Mennonite who’s business manager is pitifully trying to blackmail the bitter old champion with his childhood trauma.”

And my post from last year on not believing anything anymore.

It’s remarkable to see cycling pushed to the front of the sports sections, as seen in this screenshot from Google News.

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Bike to Work Day

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by Byron on May 17, 2007 at 8:53 AM

Well, hey, tomorrow is Bike to Work Day! That came up fast and I missed the related cycling needn’t be life-threatening editorial in the Seattle PI with its now standard cyclists suck/motorist suck comment thread.

I’ll join Pam during her commute on Bettie and will see you out there at the commute stations.

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Calipers, Chimes, and Mountain Bikes

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by Byron on May 17, 2007 at 7:17 AM

SoundClips is an occasional series from All Things Considered that collects various sounds from their listeners. One of the clips features the calipers and chimes at a bike shop in Moab.

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Sport-Utility Bike Sounds

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by Byron on May 16, 2007 at 9:19 PM

Listen to the Bettie Grind, Stokemonkey music, and the sounds a Sport-Utility Bike makes in another Bike Hugger Bettie video. Download just the audio in .mp3.

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