Seattle Bicycling Plans on NPR
by Byron on Aug 28, 2006 at 8:51 AM
On the eve of a public meeting about the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan, KUOW’s Weekday is discussing cycling in Seattle.
To us, it’s all in the details, and less a master grand plan. Add more bike lanes, bike racks, and signs and that’ll make an enormous difference. I posted on this topic previously and the Seattle Weekly article criticizing the city. The city deserves the criticism. We do have great paths, but terrible on-street routes.
Yesterday, outside of the new Alley 24, we stopped for coffee and there are no bike racks. Across the street is REI, lots of bikes rolling out of that building, and here we were putting our bikes against a tree. The master plan should also have developers promoting cycling.
Another example is Alaskan Way, where thousands of cyclist ride the paths. When the cruise ships are in port, it’s a mess of traffic, cars in bike lanes, taxis, and not a friendly place to ride.
MS 150 Bike Tour
by Byron on Aug 28, 2006 at 8:32 AM
The Seattle PI reports on how cycling is helping MS patients fight fatigue and the related Group Health MS 150 tour on September 9 and 10th. The bike tour is a, “unforgettable, two-day journey through Skagit, Whatcom and Island counties.”
The article profiles Kathy McFadden, an MS patient and participant in the MS 150, who said, “I simply don’t think I would be feeling this good without riding.”
Cycling the Caspian Sea
by Byron on Aug 28, 2006 at 7:26 AM
A young Iranian cyclist will pedal 5,200 kilometers around the Caspian Sea to raise environmental issues and is expected to take 40 days.
Building Bettie, a sport-utility bike
by Byron on Aug 27, 2006 at 7:43 AM
Our sport-utility project bike, named Bettie, is being built. You can see Pam making a DIY cushion for Xtracycle’s SnapDeck, the boxes for the FreeRadical, and Stokemonkey.
Bettie, is a Bike Hugger project to build a sport-utility bike. Learn more by browsing the project tag tag. What’s a sport utility bike? It’s a bike that fits the cycling lifestyle. Use it to haul, commute, for fun, and to meet your transportation needs.
Photo of the day
by Frank Steele on Aug 24, 2006 at 11:37 PM
single track sandwich, by LJ0913.
Click through and look at this one larger (or huge) – I was drawn to it because of the cyclocross frame with dirt drops in the center picture.
Seattle’s Bike In
by Byron on Aug 24, 2006 at 12:53 PM
Featuring an evening of outdoor film and music, brought to you by Northwest Film Forum and the Cascade Bicycle Club, the Seattle Bike In is a unique outdoor event featuring live music and demonstrations about biking and the outdoors. Ending with movies on a big, outdoor screen, the event will be like going to Bike Hugga Town!
A philanthropic cycling circus
by Byron on Aug 24, 2006 at 7:13 AM
We were racing both weekends and missed the Tour de Fat, the self-descrbed philanthropic cycling circus. In Seattle, the event raised $5,019, drained 19 kegs, 100 cyclists paraded, and 1,000 people partied.
That stats from Portland aren’t up yet on New Belgium’s site, but you know that was a huge party, as seen in these Flickr photos from Bike Portland. BikePortland’s Jonathan Maus blogged it and noted that, “got started with the craziest bike parade I’ve ever done … closer to 400 showed up.” And bystanders were “awestruck at the scene.”
Two riders killed in Indiana police charity ride
by Frank Steele on Aug 23, 2006 at 4:45 AM
p>Journal and Courier Online | 2 killed in charity bike ride
Two riders in an Indiana charity ride were killed Tuesday, and another remains in critical condition, after a truck hit their follow van, pushing it into a pack of 10 riders.
The riders were in a group riding to commemorate and raise money for fallen police officers. Gary Martin, a retired Gary, Indiana police officer, and Lt. Gary Dudley of the Indiana State Police died near Terre Haute Tuesday. They were about midway on a 102-mile day that itself was about midway on a ride scheduled to run August 16th through August 28th.
Investigators closed down the road for hours on Tuesday, and are looking into whether the Towne Air Freight truck was speeding. The van was displaying a warning sign and flashing its hazards.
In light of the riders’ deaths, the ride is being cancelled.
As it does too freaking often, our sympathies go out to the families of the dead, and to the injured and their families.
IndyStar.com | 2 officers are killed during bike ride
New York Times | Two Cyclists Die in Crash During Ride for Charity
Wear your helmet when blending
by Byron on Aug 22, 2006 at 9:03 PM
A favorite Xtracycle add-on is the bike blender and the Juice Peddler demonstrates why in a video blog post. No better way to beat the late summer heat, then ride to a shady tree and blend yourself up a smoothie with your bike!
We’re waiting for all the project sport utility bike parts to get in, most are here, and checking the creative uses Xtracycle owners are finding for their FreeRadicals, including a bike towing a bike.
by Byron on Aug 22, 2006 at 7:05 AM
Sponsored by the Bicycle Alliance of Washington, Washington State is offered share the road bike plates.
As of August 1st, over 1150 plates have been sold, which explains why I’ve been seeing them so much!
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