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big box fixie

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Our great uncle sam walton’s local mart is now selling fixie bikes online for the low low price of $149… not sure how shipping works out, but I’m sure no matter how it’s shipped, it’s still a piece…

well any way here’s the story via gawker, who’s probably responsible for making the bikes sell out.  Downside is that it’s a hit for legit bike makers/shops.  Upside, maybe more folks on bikes… Major Upside, a healthy hit to the ego for the hipster.  Welcome to cult mass production.

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April 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm

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Visual Values

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Martha Kang McGill illustrates the commuting habits of eight major U.S. cities based on the 2008 U.S. Census Bureau American Community Survey.
the fine print…
via For the Love of Bikes
via Out of Habit via Infrastructure

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February 23, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Cycling Quote

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From an interview in Cycling and Society, Horten, Rosen, Cox (p. 39), Essay Cycling the City by Justin Spinney, in reference to riding in a busy intersection.

“Yeah, that’s one of the great exciting things about places like that, you have to be super alert because everything is coming at you from all directions, and you’re working on those gaps and you shoot through it and it disappears.  You’re working within …. you know that the gaps are going, it’s like watching a wave break or something; it’s going to be there for that amount of time (snaps fingers) and it’s gone and it’ll never be there again.  And Hyde Park Corner or any of the big complexes really excite and I like that.  Berkeley Square is another one.  You ‘switch on’ to Berkeley Square as soon as there’s a gap …. those moments when you know it’s all happening, they’re really exciting because all your sensory hairs stand up, you’re listening and looking … it’s all crucial (interview, with bike messenger, 11/15/05).”

I just love the comparison of the traffic flow to that of a wave.  Enjoy the ride!

– Salty Dog

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February 17, 2010 at 4:20 pm

Policing from the Bike

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Some behind the scene on Bicycle Policing from Officer.com

 

By Jonathan Kozlowski
 

     While the majority of the country is hit by flash flooding and snow storms, riding a bicycle might not be the on top of many agencies’ minds. What better place than Florida, then, to explain the benefits of mobilizing a bike patrol rather than locking it up to rust in the weather.

     Behind the wheel officers have access to, if installed, a mobile data terminal, high-caliber firearms possibly mounted or stored in the trunk, console storage for paperwork and (possibly the most specific) a mechanical engine. Even the motorcycle officer has this advantage to chase a suspect at 60 mph. While the bicycle typically doesn’t experience high speeds, these differences can ultimately lead to the bike’s benefits.

     “The challenges between being on a bicycle or in a police car are no different,” says Sgt. Frank Sousa of the Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Police Department. “The nature of the work is the same — you’re just on a bike.”

     Fort Lauderdale posts a bicycle patrol part time, sending officers to other jurisdictions when needed, Miami Beach for example.

     There, according to Sgt. Jeff Cohen of the Miami Beach PD motorcycle unit and bicycle unit trainer, events like major holidays and football championships bring in a massive amount of tourists. To combat this influx, Miami Beach trains each officer in a 30-hour bicycle course whether he or she is headed to the bicycle unit or not. “We call them ‘Rapid Response Units’ because when traffic is bad they can much more rapidly respond than anybody else,’ says Cohen.

     This training opens a lot of officer’s eyes to the bicycle. Sousa recollects that when he began his bicycle training instructors told him he had to go up some stairs on bikes. “I was like, ‘That’s impossible,’ but it’s not — a lot of it is mental, learning how you can and what you cannot do with [the bike].” He says officers should look at a bicycle as another law enforcement tool, comparing it to learning the firearm.

     “[After training] I had a whole new respect for the bicycle … you can do so much on a bicycle that you would think is not possible,” he adds.

Tactics     An obvious difference between patrol car and bicycle, even motorcycle and bicycle, is how much the officer is exposed. Overcoming this involves less special-effect dare-devil moves but rather a new way of thinking.

     “We train all the time, regardless of being on a bike or on patrol,” says Sousa. “We train for a multitude of things … every time something happens you learn from it.”

     Staying in line with this thinking, Cohen had to translate some methods learned from his motorcycle unit to the bicycle. With a motorbike, an officer has an opportunity to use it has a barricade, since motorcycles are typically large enough to offer some cover. “With a bicycle [riders] really can’t do that,” he says. “We have to teach [officers] to be very aware of their surroundings and what their cover opportunities are, being that the bicycle provides zero cover.” – Full Article Here…

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January 22, 2010 at 11:47 pm

MacAskill Video Back Story

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If you haven’t had a chance to check out one of the tightest Urban Cycling Stunt Vids in the whole world, peep this shizzle!

It’s a pure and inspiring art!  Great soundtrack too…  Anyway the NYTimes has posted some back story on Danny MacAskill and his life on his bike.  The story is a great reminder to follow your dreams and to get out there and ride!

“This was quite a turn of events for MacAskill, who said he rode only for fun and, until he was 18, called his bicycle his best friend. One of six children of a local businessman and an office worker, he grew up in the rural village of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye. He started riding when he was 4.

“I got my first proper bike at 11 that was a gift from my parents and my aunties,” he said. “I owe them a lot.”

In horizontal rain, cold temperatures and anything else Mother Nature hurled at him, he would ride his bike each day, practicing old tricks and dreaming up new ones.

“I could do the longest wheelie among my friends,” he said.

The police were not amused and frequently cited him for reckless riding, sometimes confiscating his bicycle for weeks.

“I wasn’t an angel, but it was a place where maybe one or two cars would come by every five minutes,” MacAskill said, and that was during rush hour.

Hindered by dyslexia, he left school at 17 and moved to a resort town in the Scottish Highlands.

“My goal in life was to work at Bothy Bikes in Aviemore,” MacAskill said. He stayed there and lived under the watchful eye of his aunt Jean Hamilton.”

– Via NYTimes.com

Cycle for Health, Cycle for a Cleaner Earth, Cycle for Love!

– Salty Dog

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December 29, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Seattle Sees Increase in Cycling

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Seattle has released results from its 2009 bicycle count and the numbers are good!  Read on into the report you’ll also see percentages are up for helmet use as well.  This speaks well to the success of the city’s bicycle master plan.  

“The 2009 Downtown Bicycle Counts took place on Wednesday, September 16. Volunteers were out on the streets counting cyclists from 6:30 to 9:00 AM at the 29 locations surrounding downtown. Click here to see a map of the count locations.

Click here to see the results, which show the total number of bicyclists passing each location in 2009 as well as in 1992, 1995, 2000 and 2007. The results show a 15% increase since the 2007 counts, with a total of 2,609 bicyclists being counted in 2009.”  – via Seattle.gov

I think that a 15% increase is remarkable gain in 2 years.  That’s a bunch of Green House gases reduced and a great many happier and healthier citizens.  Seems like the pacific northwest is going to be a great example of city cycling policies that work.   

For more information about the Seattle Bicycle & Pedestrian Program, call (206) 684-7583.

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December 18, 2009 at 9:10 pm

Urban Bicycle Design Resources

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NACTO (National Association of City Transportation Officals) has posted a fine list of resources pertaining to urban bicycle planning and design.  I’ve included the links below and more information can be found on their website at http://www.nacto.org/citiesforcycling.html 

Chicago Bike Lane Design Guide (pdf)

Minneapolis Bicycle Facility Manual (pdf – large file size)

New City York Street Design Manual

New York City’s Ninth Avenue Bicycle Path and Complete Street, for ITE (pdf)

Portland Bikeway Design Best Practices, Appendix D

San Francisco Bicycle Plan Update: Supplemental Design Guidelines (pdf)

San Francisco Shared Markings Study (pdf)

Cycle Tracks: Lessons Learned, from Alta Planning & Design

Fundamentals of Bicycle Boulevard Planning & Design, from the Initiative for Bicycle & Pedestrian Innovation

Bike Sharing/Public Bikes: An Overview of Programs, Vendors and Technologies, from Alta Planning & Design

International Scan Summary Report on Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Mobility, Federal Highway Administration

Infrastructure, Programs, and Policies to Increase Bicycling: An International Review, Pucher, J., Dill, J., and Handy, S. (pdf)

At the Frontiers of Cycling: Policy Innovations from the Netherlands, Denmark and Germany, World Transport Policy and Practice, Volume 13, Number 3 (pdf)

Design Manual for Bicycle Traffic, CROW (The Netherlands) (for purchase)

Technical Handbook of Bikeway Design, Vélo Québec (Canada) (for purchase)

London Cycling Design Standards, Transport for London (UK)

Cycling Guidelines and Practical Details Issue 2, Sustrans (UK)

Collection of Cycle Concepts, Danish Road Directorate (Denmark)

Get your read on!

– The Salty Dog

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December 10, 2009 at 10:05 pm