NYC Introduces Protected Bike Lanes

From the Washington Post today

City officials, hoping to make commutes like his less treacherous, have created a seven-block experiment of a bike lane on Ninth Avenue. Here, concrete dividers and a row of parked cars shield a bike lane from the street and its traffic. Low mini-traffic lights show when cyclists have the right of way. Bike commuters, messengers and delivery people peel down perfectly smooth paths.

The article also cites Portland as an example, how bikes are fashionable, and cites a needed change from car culture to bike culture in major cities. (Who’d a thought we’d see NYC promoting commuting!)

One of our faves is still the Calmest Road in America.

After the Mobile Social

2519843155_d1d6ddcaf3.jpg Here’s the Bike Hugger crew with Keith from Ibex, post-social dinner on Wednesday night. Hey, hey, we’ll maybe come to your town…..

Twitter Giveaway Update

Later that night at Hopworks … beer, bikes, pub food.

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Helmet Laws in Effect

A reader wrote to say

I was riding to work today heading south on Beacon near the VA hospital when I think I saw a police officer pull over a rider for not wearing a helmet. As I rode by, I asked the rider if he was okay (thinking maybe he had gotten hit), and he just looked mad. Has anyone else heard reports of this today?

And I just heard from another cyclist that they got a 103 ticket for no helmet.

Just like the periodic stop-sign crackdowns on Mercer Island, sounds like the po po are looking for helmet scofflaws.

Anyone else seen cyclist getting tickets or got one themselves?

First Day of Twitter Give Away at Webvisions

The first day was a mixed success–our winners seemed genuinely excited, but Twitter made the process very difficult by inexplicably swallowing any messages that contained an @ symbol. Our first batch of winners came out like this:

Twitter ID Item
bzo Ibex Wool Arm Warmers
joshgray Ibex Beezer Full Zip Jersey
wrenchpilot Crumpler Textbook Point
hnordeen Crumpler Textbook Point
viciousalloy Ibex El Fito 3/4 Bike Knickers
wazdog Famous Winebar Raygun
penguin Ibex Fausto Jersey
wryanturner Ibex Arrivee Bib Shorts
danielo Ibex Women’s Spin Jersey
wnalyd Keen Everett daypack
elliothere Crumpler Mahoubar
nicjohnson Crumpler Headaitch

Crumpler Winner via Twitter Winner: wnalyd

Tomorrow, all the stuff we’re giving away can be mailed to you, so you don’t have to be at Webvisions to get it. We’ve got a SXSW Interactive pass, a bunch more Ibex stuff, some Bike Hugger shirts, and more. Stayed tuned–follow us on Twitter because you WILL need to meet certain deadlines if you’re a winner.

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