Bike Zeitgeist

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by Byron on Sep 24, 2006 at 9:13 AM

As Todd said in email, “I got your zeitgeist right here pal!,’ and linked me to BikePortland’s post on Electra’s new Amsterdam bike. The concept of a stylish, simple transport bike, be it “working,” “urban,” “townie,” or sport-utility bike, can flow right into that mood of change that’s going on in cities.

Given a good alternative, I think people want to get out of their cars.

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A ferocious turf war in the city

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by Byron on Sep 24, 2006 at 8:24 AM

The NYTimes reports today on a bike-friendlier New York. With “an estimated 120,000 regular cyclists in New York” and “40,000 of them” commuting, there’s a ferocious turf war. And an absolute moment of opportunity. Just like Seattle.

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The Walla Walla Gran Fondo

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by Byron on Sep 24, 2006 at 6:42 AM

The Gran Fondo Walla Walla is a ride that has been around in concept for about 10 years. It has had different people interested in promoting it, sponsoring it, and helping put it on for at least 5 of the last ten years, but it was not until last year that everyone that was interested finally sat down at the same table to put it al together. And when they put it all together, they decided to do it for people with cancer.

The Gran Fondo is on 9/30/06. Registration is $40.00 and includes a lunch and beverage.

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Raise the hammer

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by Byron on Sep 22, 2006 at 8:15 AM

Ryan McGreal sent us an email about his essay, Can the Bicycle Save Civilization, in the September issue of Raise the Hammer.

Ryan believes that the “lowly bicycle could be a key to our long-term survival.”

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Ephraim the Track Bike

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by Byron on Sep 22, 2006 at 7:40 AM

Ephraim the rather snarky track bike answers readers questions at the SFWeekly and this week responds to the question of “why hipsters would imitate bike messengers?” Hipsters even have their own line at Timbuk2 and aging frat boys can find cycling-inspired shoes this Fall (better than bowling-inspired shoes) from Skechers.

If you really want to try something hip, climb aboard a tall bike dressed like superman, and try not to seriously hurt yourself like you would in the old days of penny farthings and busted skulls.

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The car you don’t drive

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by Byron on Sep 22, 2006 at 7:29 AM

I was chatting with Drew about cycling in the UK and he linked me to Sustrans, a “sustainable transport charity.” Imagine that, a charity set up just to make a better commute.

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Weightshift Bikes

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by Byron on Sep 20, 2006 at 3:05 PM

I was talking about blog design and checked one of my fav design blogs, Weightshift, today to show as an example. Weightshift is the design work of Naz Hamid and features art + design + code and bikes. Lots of bikes, including the last few years of riding fixed.

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Six Apart Bikes

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by Byron on Sep 19, 2006 at 7:50 PM

Six Apart Bikes I was in San Francisco visiting Six Apart and noticed all the bikes!

There were two more city bikes downstairs and one Serotta fixie in the hall. Six Apart loves bikes.

I’ll see the Six Apart crew again in November at their Business Blogging Seminars. I’ll be talking about practical business blogging and how we built this blog and more.

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New York City releases bicycle fatality study

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by Frank Steele on Sep 17, 2006 at 9:37 PM

In New York City, StreetsBlog offers an interesting few posts on a new bicycle safety study released last week by New York City. Here’s the full report (PDF file), weighing in at 39 pages, with lots of interesting implications for bicycle advocates in cities around the country.

The city immediately followed up the release of the report with promises of improved bicycle facilities (press release PDF file), including 200 miles of additional bike lanes and routes over the next three years. That’s a huge increase over the 13.6 miles added in 2004, or even over the 46.8 miles added in 2000, the most in the last 10 years.

Charles Komanoff and Michael Smith take issue with the fault numbers in the study over at RightOfWay.org (longer version from StreetsBlog), having examined the raw accident data for 1996-1998, and found that the proportion of fault for drivers and riders was approximately the reverse of that reported in the new study.

Here’s a look at the three clusters of cyclist deaths in NYC, and here’s an interview with NYC DOT’s Director for Street Management and Safety Ryan Russo.

Also last week, Transportation Alternatives programs director Noah Budnick and NYC DOT commissioner Iris Weinshall discussed the study on the Brian Lehrer Show on New York Public Radio (audio stream | MP3).

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