Three Feet

In conjunction with Bike To Work Month, Cascade’s education arm has launched a new campaign to spread the word about “Giving Cyclists Three Feet of Space”. I’d seen a few posters and bumper stickers around town, but it was on my bike commute to last weekend’s CTS ride that I saw the first billboard on South Dearborne, a major cycling artery into downtown Seattle.

The campaign is funded jointly by federal transportation grants and a generous donation from Group Health (the title sponsor of Cascade’s STP ride), in an effort to encourage motorists to modify their driving behavior when approaching cyclists. The Washington State driver’s manual mandates allowing at least three feet of space when passing a bicycle.

While not ready to run off and have three feet tattooed on my knuckles, the launch of the new campaign was the kick in the …er, tires… that I needed to finally put in the paperwork for our “Share the Road” plates.



One Laptop Per Child or One Bike?

Working in the tech industry, when not blogging here, I’ve been following Negroponte’s One Laptop Per Child program. It started at $100.00 has gone through various permutations and he’s set to release it at $170.00. At the same time as Negroponte is evangelizing the laptop, the bicycle industry in various nonprofits is giving bikes to Africa: helping farmers, rebuilding economies, and transportion for health workers.

For $100.00, you can adopt an AfricaBike or give that same amount to World Bicycle Relief or Project Rwanda.

While I see value in OLPC and the passion that brought it to market, I also think a bike is going to help a kid more than a laptop. It’s working locally at Bike Works.

What do you think?



Bike Hugger Shirt Action Shot

Hey there’s a couple of Wines of Washington team members in Bike Hugger Shirts playing bike polo! From Fred Soo Photography.

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A Better Helmet Cam

Pushing helmet camera technology even further is Twenty20, a fellow Seattle-based company. As I noted last year, helmet cams have come a long way since the Late Night Monkey-Cam and I’ve been getting asked lately about how we shoot videos on the bike. I’m actually (and surprisingly) using a Casio Exilim that shoots 30 mins of MPEG4 at 640x480 (available on Amazon.com). For web videos it works really well and steadies the shots with a fast shutter speed.

One drawback to the Casio method is that I’m holding it in one hand and that can get sketch in traffic or with a heavy load on Bettie.



NPR Bikes to Work

Listened to this great story about biking to work from NPR on Sunday.

“We’ve been adding bike lanes, we’ve been adding bike racks,” he said. As for a two-wheeled commute, he added: “You don’t get quite the same feeling in a car.”

Also noticed on Friday this TRAFFIC ALERT: The state Department of Transportation is reporting a three-car accident on northbound I-5 near the Kent-Des Moines Road. The accident is on the right shoulder of the road and the distraction is backing up traffic further then usual this morning.

No backups on the bike path.



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