Opinion: Dockless bike sharing creating chaos

LimeBike

My immediate response when I heard about dockless bike share was “More butts on bikes, great.“ Then I started to ask questions. “So what do you do with it when you’re done?” “I could just leave it anywhere?… that doesn’t sound like a good idea.”

Dockless bike sharing launched in the United States this year, but is it a good thing? As of August 2017, Seattle became the first city in the United States to try dockless bike share. In September, a dockless bike share launched in D.C.

This bike share program is referred to as the “Uber” of bike sharing. Here is the concept behind dockless: You download an app, it locates a bike near you, you unlock the wheel with the app, and you pay roughly $1.00 for 30 minutes of use (this can differ based on the bike share company), park it when you’re done, manually lock it. That’s it. Definitely sounds affordable and more convenient than finding a bike share docking station and hoping there is a bike available, or hoping that a station has a parking spot available for the bike you have rented and are done with.

LimeBike

If you look at China there are over 40 dockless bike share companies currently, with over 350,000 bikes and growing daily. But the problems that dockless bike shares have create have been reported multiple times. Bikes are left in the middle of sidewalks so that pedestrians cannot get to their destinations, which is especially a problem for senior citizens trying to walk with grocery carts, strollers and rascals. Bikes are being left basically everywhere – in huge bike piles, in trees, dumped in rivers, garbage cans – you name it and a dockless bike has probably been parked there in China.

So, how is Seattle doing with their new program? According to a recent Seattle Times report it’s going about the same as in China – dockless bikes are being parked irresponsibly.

And how about D.C.? You guessed it! In October, the Washington Post reported the same problems.

You will always have people who abuse programs or who don’t care to be responsible adults. But there is another problem this “Uber-style” bike share is causing. Not only is it creating another level of irresponsibility in busy cities, but it is not good for the commuter cycling community. Aggression on the streets towards cyclist continues to increase and having these bikes laying everywhere is just furthering that anger towards our community, further adding to the negativity anti-cyclists have. 

Docks create a place where you have to put something away. People are lazy and I include myself in that category, I love convenience and when things are easy. If you give someone the opportunity to be lazy, the majority of the population is probably going to just leave that bike parked in the middle of a pedestrian sidewalk. It’s naive to think that people will park things appropriately. If we continue to grow this program in the United States, are we destined for the large-scale problem China is currently facing.

What do you think about dockless bike share? Does your city have a dockless bike program? Have you tried it? Have you seen the chaos of bikes in weird places? Let’s discuss below!

Print

Opinion: Why BMX is making a comeback

By Jeffrey Stern

BMX has long been the childhood gateway for many cyclists into mountain biking, road riding and more, but now the twenty inch wheeled bikes are making a resurgence of their own.

Anyone over the age of thirty likely remembers their first BMX bike. A particularly handy tool that doubled as a way to get to school as well as shred urban trails, jumps and berms around town. It was the first cool bike to own as a teenager and is again what the younger generation seems to be gravitating towards post-elementary riding.

Although many independent bike shops don’t carry BMX bikes from any of the core brands, those that do are seeing an increase in interest and sales. The Bicycle Product Suppliers Association recently reported that sales through July were up nearly 25%.

To further fuel the fire, BMX is continuing to grow on the international level. Traditional BMX racing was added to the summer Olympic lineup in Beijing for the 2008 games indicating a renewed interest in the discipline worldwide. Freestyle BMX was also added to the 2020 Tokyo games, exciting a new generation of BMX riders and manufacturers. Defined as “bicycle motocross” or stunt riding aboard BMX bikes, it is considered to be an extreme sport consisting of five disciplines: flatland, park, street, trails and vert. A quick YouTube search yields almost 1.5 million freestyle BMX results and the top result, a four-minute video from IcompliationTV, has 4.4 million views. The popularity is more than evident.

The “style” aspects of similar extreme boardsports (snow, skate and surf) are what most kids find intriguing about BMX in this day and age. Couple that with the ability to get around town with jumps, tricks and grinds, the cool factor that kids often look for (and can sometimes be hard to pin on the spandex clad crowd) is obviously there with BMX.

Parents of these new kids that are into BMX rode the bikes themselves, so it easy to see why the proliferation is happening; it’s a sport they can support. Brands that may have turned their backs on BMX over the past couple decades may be seen running back to the BMX bike for it’s simplicity, relative low-price point compared to mountain/road/cyclocross bikes and because of the lifestyle correlation. It’s easy for BMX to be coupled with complementary brands that cross extreme sport industry lines like the shoe giant Vans or action-sports apparel companies like Fox.

BMX is clearly poised and well positioned for a resurgence in an industry that is struggling to find it’s stronghold. Born in Southern California during the ‘70s and cemented in the ‘80s by movies like “E.T.” where all the kids rode BMX bikes, the small wheel speed and fun will always be a sport created by kids emulating their motocross idols, but now it’s all grown up and it’s time for the adults, the industry leaders, to take notice and give it it’s due worth. The glory days for the sport may well be in the future, not the past.

Print

Win a prize package from Knog

bicycle-times-knog-prize-pack

Contest ended. Congrats  Christopher White! We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Knog has teamed up with us to give one lucky winner a  light set and apparel prize package. Enter to win below!

bicycle-times-knog-prize-pack

PWR Commuter is a 450 lumen LED front bike light that can also be used as a power bank. Includes the option to program your brightness and runtime (through ModeMaker app), or use remaining battery to charge your phone or cycle computer on the go. The Mr Chips MOB V rear bike light uses COB LED tech to pump out 44 lumens of light in a 120° beam ensuring you are well seen not just from the rear, but from the side too. And its secret weapon? 3x rear interchangeable straps so you can swap these tail lights between bikes with different sized seatposts – including aero seatposts. Also, this comp gives you the chance to get your hands on a cap, musette and t-shirt from the limited edition Knog x Leave Pass range. This is a limited edition apparel range has been designed in collaboration with “Leave Pass”, to help you look more badass (than you know you really are .)

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m. November 1, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey
Create your own user feedback survey

Create your own user feedback survey

Print

Win a Cycliq front and rear bike camera

Fly6 - Front - Full res

Contest ended. Congrats to Derek Sisson of San Francisco, CA!

We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Cycliq has partnered with us to give one winner a Fly6[v] Rear-Facing Bike Camera with 30 Lumen Tail Light and a Fly12 Front-Facing Bike Camera with 400 Lumen Light. Enter to win below.

Screen Shot 2017-10-13 at 8.31.09 AM

Cycliq’s HD bike cameras and safety lights – the Fly6 and Fly12 – are a cycling advancement. Packed with innovative safety features, they improve cyclist safety and allow you to enjoy your ride.

The main features:
– HD video recording with audio
– Bright safety lights
– Massive battery life; the only camera to outlast your rides
– Incident protection technology
– Looping recording for set and forget use
– Simple two button operation

The bike cameras not only capture the cycling lifestyle, but also help deliver valuable proof should an incident occur on the roads. The incident protection technology acts as black box, safeguarding the relevant video files when the camera detects a crash. Footage from the Cycliq cameras has been used successfully as evidence on multiple occasions and are also used by the police to raise awareness for safe passing distance legislation.

Fly12 Full res

 

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., October 18, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.
Create your survey with SurveyMonkey

Print

Win a Planet Bike Commuter Light Set

PlanetBike.360.lightset

Contest ended. Congrats to Jennifer DeFalco of Bergenfield, NJ!

We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Planet Bike has partnered with us to give one winner a Commuter Light Set;  Blaze 650 SLX, Bottle Blinky, Superflash USB. Enter to win below.

PlanetBike.360.lightset

This is the ultimate bicycle commuting light set. With this combination of lights Planet Bike has you visible with 360 degrees of light day or night.

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., August 23, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

Print

Win a Sunrace Sturmey-Archer CSMX8.EAZR.MS0 Cassette and DLMX30.RE Shifter

Contest ended. Congrats to Christopher Cama of Bronc, NY! We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Sunrace Sturmey-Archer has partnered with us to give one winner a CSMX8.EAZR.MS0 Cassette and DLMX30.RE Shifter. Enter to win below.

The Sunrace CSMX8 11-46 11 speed cassette will fit on a standard MTB Shimano freehub body. Weighs 465g. Compatible with SRAM derailleurs and new Shimano XT and SLX rear derailleurs The Sunrace DLMX30 11 speed rear trigger shifter is Shimano compatible and weighs 139g.

http://www.sunrace.com/

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., July 26, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

 

 

Print

Win a Nutcase Helmets Metroride MIPS- Helmet

Nutcase helmet shoot on Tilikum Bridge in Portland

Contest ended. Congrats to James Klukan of Canfield, OH.! We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Nutcase Helmets has partnered with us to give one winner a Metroride MIPS- Helmet. Enter to win below.

A classy alternative for a lightweight, well-ventilated helmet complete with Nutcase’s signature magnetic buckle. This helmet comes equipped with Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS-) which is designed to add protection against the rotational motion (or kinematics) transmitted to the brain from angled impacts to the head.

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., July 19, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

Print

Win a SARIS SuperClamp EX 2-Bike, Beverage Carrier and Made in the USA T-Shirts

Prize Package Giveaway Collage

Contest ended. Congrats to Stephane Lacote of Medford, MA! We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

SARIS has partnered with us to give one winner aSuperClamp EX 2-Bike Beverage Carrier Made in the USA T-Shirt (Men’s) Made in the USA T-Shirt (Women’s). Enter to win below.

Whether you’re hauling eBikes, beefy downhill rigs, your prized TT bike, or an assortment of bicycles, the SuperClamp‘s dual shepard’s hooks promise all bikes a truly secure ride without touching the bike’s frame. And thanks to the SuperClamp‘s tilting feature, no more unloading bikes to let the dog out of the back. Top it all off integrated locks, a built-in bottle opener and head-turning reflectors, the SuperClamp 2-bike is proof that you can have your cake and eat it too. Plus, the SuperClamp EX is made in Madison, Wisconsin, and is backed with a lifetime warranty. That’s not all. This prize package includes two Made in the USA T-shirts and a six-pack beverage carrier so you can take your picnic to places only bikes can go.

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., July 12, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

Print

Win a SENA X1 Smart Cycling Helmet

BicycleTimes

Contest ended. Congrats to Chris Palmer of Pittsburgh, PA! We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

SENA has partnered with us to give one winner a X1 Smart Cycling Helmet. Enter to win below.

Challenge convention with the first-ever Bluetooth integrated cycling helmet, the X1. Sena is breaking new ground by taking its world renowned technology and packing it all into one sleek, safe and cutting-edge cycling helmet. Welcome to urban hi-tech cycling with the X1, allowing for seamless smartphone connectivity via Bluetooth 4.1 to listen to music, GPS navigation, make and answer phone calls, and even receive data from fitness apps through the built in HD quality speakers. Perfect for the cosmopolitan cyclist, the X1 is equipped with built-in FM radio and a fully integrated Bluetooth communication system, allowing intercom with up to three other riders over a half mile distance.

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., June 28, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

 

Print

Win a ABUS Granit X Plus 54 Mini U-lock, and a Yadd-I Urban Helmet

20160928-AN0Q4556-2

Contest ended. Congrats to Nate Phipps of Ann Arbor, MI!

We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

ABUS Mobile Secuirty, Inc. has partnered with us to give one winner an ABUS Granit X Plus 54 Mini U-lock, and a Yadd-I Urban Helmet. Enter to win below.

Modern design comes to the urban helmet. The Yadd-I with its distinctive angular design takes the urban helmet to a new level. Forced Air Cooling Technology keeps the rider’s head cool even on the warmest of days, and the Soft Tune retention system allows the rider to adjust the helmet for a perfect fit. Identical to its big brother lock (The Granit X-Plus 540) the U54 Mini is a shorter shackle version of ABUS’s flagship bicycle U-Lock from ABUS. Originally designed to accommodate locking around the reinforced parking meters in San Francisco, this lock is ideal for urban settings and high quality bicycles needing strong theft protection.

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., June 21, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

 

 

Print

Win a pair of Ryders Eyewear FYRE Lens

Contest ended. Congrats to Angela Eppley of Geneva, IL! We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Ryders Eyewear has partnered with us to giveaway a pair of FYRE Lens glasses. Enter to win below.

SONYA-promo-good

The five most innovative advancements in sports optics, packed into one lens. Developed in partnership with Essilor® Sun Solution-, the RYDERS FYRE- lens is the only lens of its kind on the planet, with unmatched versatility, fog-resistance and clarity.

NXT – Advanced impact protection and superior optics.

antiFOG – Military-grade fog-resistance.

VARIA – Fast-acting, wide-range photochromic technology.

COLOUR BOOST – 20% faster colour recognition.

MLV MIRROR – Allows VARIA to perform at its full potential.

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., May 31, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

Print

Win a Feedback Sports Ride Prep Tool Kit

Feedback-BT-Lauren-RidePrep-tools-640x420

Contest ended. Congrats to Winner: Brian Kautz of Romulus, MI!

We’re sorry

The promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Feedback Sports has partnered with us to give one winner a Ride Prep Tool Kit. Enter to win below.

Fine-tune your bike before or after a ride with this set of essentials. Perfectly sized to keep on the bench or in the car.

• 12 bicycle tools/16 functions

• professional grade durability

• overmolded file tread grip for comfort & style

• weather resistant TPU coated nylon case

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., May 24, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

 

 

Create your own user feedback survey

Print

Win a Ortlieb Single Bag

Contest ended. Congrats to Richard Wilczynski of Chicago, IL!

We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Ortlieb USA has partnered with us to give one winner a Ortlieb Single Bag, Enter to win below.

The minimalist Single Bag QL3 is yet another confirmation of the famous paradox that less is more. Despite being stripped down to the bare essentials, the Single Bag QL3.1 is a cut above the rest with its large mouth, waterproof zipper and its ingeniously simple QL3.1 rack mounting system that does away with protruding and cumbersome hooks.

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., May 17, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice. – If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

 

Create your own user feedback survey

Print

Win a pair of Michelin Cross Max tires

Contest ended. Congrats to Jim Marszalek of Munster IN!

We’re sorry the promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Michelin has partnered with us to give one winner a pair of Cross Max tires. Enter to win below” 

TR7891

 

The Protek Cross Max features a deeply recessed tread pattern and a 5mm puncture protection ply underneath. Put in big miles on your commuter rig without worrying about durability or a worn-out tread with one of Michelin’s longest-lasting commuter tires.

Available Sizes: 700x32mm, 700x35mm, 26×1.85″

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., May 10, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice.

If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

Create your own user feedback survey

Print

Win an Abus U-Lock plus a wheel and seatpost security system

0K5A9335

Contest ended. Congrats to Vic Maslanka of Shepherdstown, WV!

We’re sorry

The promotion you are trying to access has ended

Enter to win an Abus Granit Plus 640 U-Lock, NutFix wheel Security System and NutFix Seatpost Security System!

0K5A9335

The GRANIT Plus 640- compact and lightweight – is slightly wider than its predecessor, the Futura 64, and is capable of locking around reinforced parking meters despite it’s compact size. It also features an array of security upgrades making this our highest security mini u-lock (12 out of 15).

nutfix_bicycletimes
The NutFix- is ABUS’ innovative solution to preventing component theft. This stylish lock is THE solution for securing bicycle components, including wheels, seatposts and saddles against would-be thieves. Its real strength lies in its design. The nut is fitted with a mechanism that only releases the screw below when the bike is on its side. This means it is not possible to access the screw unless the bike is on its side.


Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., May 04, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice.

If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

Create your own user feedback survey

Print

Sea Otter Classic 2017: Ortlieb bikepacking bags

Ortlieb has been a reliable pannier bag brand for cyclists for decades, so it wasn’t surprising to see them release a few bikepacking-specific products in 2016.

At the Sea Otter Classic this year, Ortlieb continued that progression by upgrading their Gravel-Pack panniers, seat pack and handlebar bag, and adding couple new items.

The big focus of these bags is reducing the overall size of the bag. This is based on consumer feedback that Ortlieb has conducted and the statistic that when given the option to use more space, most people will use it, but when space is not available, they make-do. When you are riding long distance, multi-day trips, less weight is a good thing.

The Ortlieb Gravel-Pack front panniers are a more compact version of their current Sport-Roller pannier. The Sport-Roller has 25 liters of storage space, while the new Gravel-Pack has 22 liter. The Gravel-Pack features Ortlieb’s signature 3M Scotchlite reflectors on the sides of the bag and double lower mounting hooks for V-shaped racks. The Gravel-Pack will be available this fall and will retail at $170. 

And now a little sneak-peek at 2018 products:

IMG_0250

The Ortlieb Seat-Pack M is a compact version the currently available Seat-Pack. Both bags offer Ortlieb’s 3M Scotchlite reflectors, honeycomb texture, waterproof with a roll closure, and the air release valve.

The original Seat-Pack is a substantial 16.5 liters while the M is a cozy 11 liters. Because the M is smaller, Ortlieb was able to make the seat post attachment a single velcro strap versus the original’s double. The benefits to a single seat post attachment are that it can now be used on a dropper post and it’s also more usable for petite cyclists who have limited space to attach a bag to the seat post. Price: $145 

IMG_0258

Another evolved product is the Handlebar-Pack S, again another shrunken version of the original. The S is 15.7 inches wide and 6.7 inches in diameter. Its short length makes it a good candidate for drop bars, with the capacity for up to 9 liters. The S has 3M Scotchlite reflectors, honeycomb texture, and is waterproof with roll closures. Price: $125 

Ortlieb also has two brand new bags for 2018. One is the Frame-Pack Top Tube, a narrow frame bag that accommodates water bottle cages or rear shocks. The Frame-Pack is waterproof and offers 4 liters of volume. Price: $135

The second bag is the Cockpit-Pack, a waterproof bag positioned on the top tube to house a few small essentials in an easy-access location. It looks as though it could hold a cell phone, keys and a snack easily. Price: $55

All Ortlieb products come with a 5-year warranty.

Ortlieb also had their no-sew patches on-site. Patches are awesome, but holes in your waterproof gear are not. Thanks for the patch!

IMG_0261


Keep Reading: Check out more coverage from the 2017 Sea Otter Classic here.

 

Print

Win a pair of Pearl Izumi P.R.O. Escape Bib Shorts

Contest ended. Congrats to Michele Degennaro of Cedar Grove, NJ!

We’re sorry

The promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Pearl Izumi has partnered with us to giveaway a pair of P.R.O. Escape Bib Shorts! Enter to win below.

PI_RIDE_062916_7000

The all new P.R.O. Escape Shorts were engineered from the ground up with one goal in mind: all day in-the-saddle comfort. Luxurious fabric with minimal seaming hugs your body like a second skin. Raw edge leg openings create a smooth transition from short to skin that looks and feels great. The new P.R.O. Escape 1:1- Chamois uses a patented two-piece design to deliver support without bulk, and only the best materials and construction to maintain breathability. But when you ride in these shorts you won’t think about those details, you’ll forget about what you’re wearing and focus on the road ahead. If you haven’t tried a Pearl short recently, now is the time, and if you’re a devoted Pearl rider, these will be the most comfortable shorts you’ve ever worn.

PI_RIDE_030216_1004

 

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., April 05, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice.

If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

Create your own user feedback survey

Print

Win a BikeFlights prize pack

Contest ended. Congrats to Stephen Newhall of Santa Fe, NM!

We’re sorry.

The promotion you are trying to access has ended.

BikeFlights has partnered with us to give one winner will a BikeFlights.com cardboard bike shipping box and a voucher good for up to $200 off shipping rates for a shipment on BikeFlights.com. Check out BikeFlights story and enter to win below!

bf_stack_color_dark

 

BikeFlights Bike Box

 

Single-use voucher is good for one-way, round-trip or multi-city orders at any shipping speed. The discount is applied to the “shipping rates” and does not include fees for pickup, residential delivery and/or shipping protection charges.

 

 

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., March 29, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice.

If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

Create your own user feedback survey

Print

Win a pair of Michelin tires

Contest ended. Congrats to Charles Overlay of Oakfield, TN!

We’re sorry

The promotion you are trying to access has ended.

Michelin has partnered with us to give one winner a pair of MICHELIN Protek Max tires. Enter to win below.

With a super durable 5mm puncture protection layer, reflective sidewall, and Protek tread pattern, the MICHELIN Protek Max tire offers riders the speed of a road tire, with the durability of a commuter tire.

TR7887

These tires come in several sizes and the winner will be able to choose from the following size options: 26 x 1.4”, 26 x 1.85”, 700 x 28mm, 700 x 32mm, 700 x 35mm, 700 x 38mm.

 

TR7887-01

Complete the survey below by 11:59 p.m., March 22, 2017 to be entered to win. We will choose and notify a winner the following day. Some terms and conditions apply, but don’t they always? Open to U.S. residents, only. Sorry, but that’s not our choice.

If you are on a mobile device, click here to take the survey.

Create your own user feedback survey

Print

National Bike Summit Recap Part 2: Julie from Bike PGH

For the National Bike Summit Recap, we are highlighting some of the amazing organizations and people that attended this year’s event. The role that these organizations play in bicycle and pedestrian safety is extremely important. Go here to read the Part 1 Recap.

Bike Summit Attendee: Julie Mallis
Organization: Bike PGH, Pittsburgh, PA

Bike PGH Logo

Tell me why did you attended the National Bike Summit? I wanted to meet with other youth bike educators and LCI’s (League Cycling Instructor), connect with other women in the industry, discuss and challenge the equity of the work we all do, lobby our state senators for people-centric safer streets and to bike around DC! Being around a lot of bike advocates is empowering and fun!

What are some easy ways for people to get involved and support an organization like yours? Thanks for asking! It’s easy, you can: 1: Donate or become a member. You can become a monthly sustainer or contribute annually, 2: Get your business involved with supporting bicycling, 3: Volunteer at our big events like OpenStreetsPGH or parking bikes at the bike valets.

Why should people support organizations like yours? We are a membership-based organization and we need the support and participation of the community to keep up the work! Our organizational focus is on advocacy, community, and education. We work for policy change and transformation of our urban core by inspiring and advocating within communities to achieve bikeable/walkable streets. As we work together for safer streets, we also host large community events like OpenStreets that reimagine how a street could be used. We provide accessible education programs and printed resources for youth and adults to learn online or on-the-saddle bike safety and tips. There are a number of ways in which someone can support or participate in this work!

What was your #1 takeaway from the Summit? Youth are the future of bicycling and we must centralize their voices and experiences in advocating for safer streets. The Engaging Youth in Advocacy and Education was my favorite session. It was hosted by young people from Philly’s Cadence Cycling and Neighborhood Bike Works, Arlington’s Phoenix Bikes and DC’s Gearing Up. Everything the youth had to say was on-point, inspiring and direct. “Just because I’m a youth, doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m talking about” – Theo of 

28965916152_3e6c58481d_k

Look forward to one more National Bike Summit attendee posts !

 

Print
Back to Top