Interbike 2006 is the Largest Ever

In talking with Chip Smith who does communications for Interbike, I learned that it’s going to be the biggest show ever this year with a record amount of exhibits and strong preregistration numbers. I’ve also heard from bike retailers that they’re seeing strong sales and interest. That ties into what I’ve been seeing locally and a reason we launched Bike Hugger. See the press releases about Interbike for more.

I’m not exactly sure if it’s people wanting to get in shape, frustrated with traffic, fuel costs, or wanting to escape lots of bad news, but more people are riding and the industry is certainly noticing it with lots of new products in 07, including

And much more. What I’ll be on the watch for at Interbike is all things commuter. And that strong demand for cycling is not limited to the US, see this report on Eurobike, which is going on now, and a new study shows how extremely popular trekking is.



Bike Hugger Linkage

A few months into publishing and Bike Hugger is getting some linkage …



A safer Seattle for cyclists

I was finishing up the racing season at Pacific Raceways (a crash fest, when it started raining) and missed the Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting. The Seattle PI reports that 400 cyclists showed up to hear transportation officials discuss a “$300,000 project that will guide improvements to streets, bridges and trails to boost rider safety and encourage more Seattleites to pedal instead of drive.”

I checked the blogosphere this morning and haven’t seen reports from the meeting. There are two more meetings planned.



Hipster in a Hugger Shirt

Hugger Shirt Scott, our hip designer and brand manager, took this self portrait with a camera phone while biking to the store in a Hugger tshirt.

Nice. Those shirts will be showing up all over P-town, in Vegas for Interbike, and later this year San Fran and Girona, Spain.

We’ve also got a Canadian Contingent wearing them. Hello Canadians!



Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting

A reminder that the Bicycle Master Plan Public Meeting is tonight at Gould Hall, UW Campus, 3949 15th Ave NE at 6:30 - 9:30 PM. On the agenda is an open house, presentation, and interactive workstations.

As posted earlier, I think most important in this plan are on-street routes and wayfinding. See the Cascade Commuter’s post as well.



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