I worked out of Copenhagen a couple years ago. I lived in a hotel downtown and was amazed with the cycling-specific infrastructure the city provided as my bike was my only real means of transportation. WorldChanging.com reports on an effort in Portland to study cyclists behaviors so that other cities can use the findings to best cater to the needs of cyclists. If the results are anything like Copenhagen I’m all for it.
While Beijing announced it was selectively banning cars (odd/even days) to clean up the air for the Olympics, Cadel Evans was there riding the road race course and said, “my lungs hurt to breathe … .”
Taking a claimed 1.3 million cars off the road is impressive and they’ll also blast the sky with rain cannons, encourage more mass transit, and of course just ride their bikes. Don’t know if that’s going to make it any easier to breathe, but at least they’re trying.
When you’ve been building frames for over 38 years, like Bill Davidson has, there’s lots to talk about, including the current obsession with carbon (used to be aluminum), what’s new is actually old, Paragon drop outs, the boomin’ business in S&S-equipped frames, and Parlee’s custom carbon frames (again with the carbon obsession).