San Francisco newspaper turns to bikes for delivery

Bicycle culture is big in San Francisco, big enough in fact, that more than a thousand readers of the San Francisco Public Press, a non-profit local newspaper, kicked in more than $30,000 in a crowdfunding campaign to begin delivering the newspaper by bike. The total more than doubled its original goal of $10,000, and got a big bonus from the Knight Foundation which added $10,000 in matching funds. The first bike-delivery issues will begin hitting the streets later this month.

Get the story here courtesy of KPIX San Francisco:


Video: Is this a bait bike?

Bike theft is a problem in all major cities, but San Francisco is making a serious effort to eliminate it with a bike theft task force, headed up by Officer Matt Friedman. His unit has planted bait bikes with GPS trackers all around the city, and not only catches bike thieves, he posts their mug shots to twitter.

This New York Times video show you how the program works, as well as some other efforts the department is doing to stop bike thefts. (Only in San Francisco would a police offer sport a Steal Your Face sticker on his sidearm.)

Have you ever had a bike stolen? Share your story in the comments.

 


Study: More cyclists leads to fewer collisions

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Having ridden the crowded and chaotic cyclepaths of Europe, it’s hard to imagine how having more and more cyclists could lead to fewer collisions, but that’s exactly what a recent study conducted by the University of Colorado at Boulder found.

Boulder has one of the highest rates of cycling in the country, measured at 12 percent of the population. The proximity of the campus made it an ideal research location.

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June is Bike Month in Boulder

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While May is National Bike Month, the city of Boulder, Colorado, is keeping the fun going with its own Walk and Bike Month in June. Since 1977 the event has grown from a single day to a full month with more than 70 free activities, including mountain bike rides, running races, scavenger hunts, historical bike tours and more. It all ramps up to Bike to Work Day on June 25, with breakfast stations fueling hungry riders on their way.

The whole shebang is coordinated by Community Cycles, a local nonprofit that educates for safe bicycle use. It is sponsored by Go Boulder, a division of the city transportation department focused on reducing single occupancy car usage, along with more than two dozen other corporate sponsors.

Check out the full schedule of events and join the fun.

 


Ride on Chicago raises more than $100k

The PeopleForBikes Ride on Chicago successfully reached its destination last week and exceeded its fundraising goal of $100,000 for better bicycling.

Previously known as the Ride on Washington to coincide with the National Bike Summit, the ride moved to the midwest this year. Founded by pro racer Tim Johnson in 2011, the Ride on Chicago aims to raise funds and awareness for better riding conditions in the U.S.

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League welcomes 18 new Bicycle Friendly Communities

bfa-box0With nearly 40 million Americans bicycling in 2012 and U.S. bike commuting increasing more than 61% from 2000 to 2012, there’s growing consensus that making biking better is a key component of a healthy, livable community.

With the announcement of 18 new Bicycle Friendly Communities, there are now 303 BFCs in 48 states. An additional 28 communities earned an Honorable Mention. The League of American Bicyclists’ BFC program is helping transform the way communities evaluate quality of life by assessing investment in bicycling promotion, education programs, infrastructure and municipal policies.

See the new communities here.


PeopleForBikes study measures safety of protected bike lanes

A new Portland State University (PSU) research study released today offers the most comprehensive evaluation of protected bicycle lanes to date. The study, Lessons from the Green Lanes, examines recently installed protected bike lanes in five of the six founding PeopleForBikes Green Lane Project cities and provides the scientific basis for decisions that could improve bicycling in cities across the United States.

Protected bike lanes are on-street lanes separated from traffic by curbs, planters, parked cars or posts to help organize the street and make riding a bike an appealing option for people of all ages and abilities. Because protected bike lanes are relatively new to the U.S., little academic research has existed to help leaders evaluate the risks and rewards of the investment in putting the facilities on the ground.

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Adventure Cycling video contest still accepting submissions

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The deadline is drawing near for Adventure Cycling Association‘s 2014 Bicycle Travel Video Contest, which celebrates the beauty and spirit of bicycle travel through videos shot around the world by amateur videographers traveling by bike. Submissions must be made through the contest’s Vimeo group by June 30, 2014.

“As of today, we’ve received about 20 submissions,” said contest coordinator Michael McCoy, “from nearly as many countries. We have entries from cycling videographers living in Slovakia, France, the Czech Republic, Canada, the Philippines, Nepal, Belgium, Tanzania, the United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Turkey, and the United States. This worldwide geographical spread is quite amazing, really.”

Learn more about the contest and how to enter here.


Nominate someone deserving for the ‘Raleigh Bunch’ bike giveaway

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Raleigh Bikes is looking to give something back to the community, to pay it forward, to hook someone up. That’s the idea behind the Raleigh Bunch giveaway. A well-deserving “family” (the quotes are theirs, as “family” is open to your creative interpretation), is going to get set up with up to $2,500 in Raleigh bikes. Sweet!

How do you enter? Well you can submit a photo, essay or video through the Raleigh website and explain why your friend or family is deserving of a fleet of bikes. This isn’t even much to ask: the video need be only 60 seconds and the essay only 250 words. And hey, if you can only managed the second best entry, YOU STILL WIN. There will be two grand prize winners.

So head over there and nominate your BFFs. Tell ‘em Bicycle Times sent you.


Tim Johnson’s Ride moves to midwest

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Tim Johnson’s Ride on Chicago (formerly Tim Johnson’s Ride on Washington) is preparing for the annual five-day bike tour benefiting PeopleForBikes. Champion cyclocross racer Tim Johnson and 24 other riders, including world-champion athletes, journalists and business executives, will pedal through the Midwest, from Kansas City to Chicago, on May 29 to June 2.

Founded in 2011, the ride has raised nearly $200,000 for the national bike nonprofit PeopleForBikes, helping to build more safe and appealing places for people to bike. The ride has also increased awareness for bike advocacy amongst the racing and enthusiast communities.

See what makes this ride different.


Wednesday: The Ride of Silence will not be quiet

rideofsilenceAt 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 21, the Ride of Silence will begin in North America and roll across the globe. Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn’t aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

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How to create a bike-friendly workplace

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Since today is National Bike to Work Day, it only seems fitting that we share this e-book from commercial bike rack maker Upbeat. Biking to work is on the rise across the country, and beyond adding more bike racks, there are several things you can do to help your employer make riding to work more comfortable and convenient. Doing so doesn’t just help you, it helps others who may be interested in trying to ride to work and countless others who will benefit from less congested streets, less pollution and better overall health.

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Get involved – Make a world of difference

In Bike Month in May, communities across the United States are focusing on the benefits of bicycles- economic, health, environmental. Whether someone is bicycling to avoid urban gridlock in the U.S. or trying to reach a distant school in rural Africa, bikes provide a simple solution to some of our world’s most complex problems. In this short video World Bicycle Relief showcases the hard work of individual across the country who are showing how they, one person at a time, can make a real difference. Nine-year-old Griffin Donovan, Team WBR Indiana members and Ironman World Champion Jordan Rapp are making a world of difference through the Power of Bicycles. Learn how you can get involved here.


Short film: ‘Havana Bikes’

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Cuba underwent a bicycle revolution in the 1990s during its five year ‘Special Period’. Oil was scarce as a result of tough economic constraints, and throughout those years of austerity, bicycles where introduced as an alternative mode of transport. Thousands of Cubans used bicycles on a regular basis, as pedaling became the norm on the island.

Years later, the transportation crisis subsided and motorized vehicles returned, and the country’s bicycle culture took a hit. Now, new bikes are difficult to come by and parts are not readily available, yet many Cubans still use bicycles daily and, despite the limited resources, a handful of mechanics provide a service to those who rely on their bikes in their everyday lives.

Plenty of cyclists roam the streets of Havana and the rest of Cuba. Ángel, a typical bike riding Habanero, provides a brief insight into Cuban bicycle culture and the importance of bike mechanics in the capital as we come across both riders and repairmen.

Watch it here.


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