Category: Bicycle Advocacy

Paris to offer cheap bike rentals; bikes are free in some US cities

A French wire service reports that Paris may offer cheap bicycle rentals at 350 Paris metro stations. Some US cities, such as Austin (photo at left), are doing them one better by offering free bikes and bike rebuilding classes.

The Agence France-Presse says the first 30 minutes would be free; after that, 50 cents to one euro an hour. The idea is to reduce car traffic in the French capital. In Lyon, where 1,000 bikes are available, a bike official said more than 10,000 rentals were made last month.

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It's a great idea; but let's talk about free bikes in the US. …

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Traffic ticket adds insult to injury for bicyclist; city changes law

(UPDATED)A bicyclist in Toledo, Ohio, didn't get any comfort from police after he was struck by a pickup truck. Instead, he was issued a traffic ticket.
On Tuesday, the Toledo City Council proposed an ordinance that allows adults to ride their bikes on some city sidewalks. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/08/31/traffic-ticket-adds-insult-to-injury-for-bicyclist-city-changes-law/

Four communities get $25 million each for bicycle trails

That $286 billion transportation bill recently passed by Congress includes $100 million for pilot programs in four communities to get people out of their cars and onto their bikes.
The four are the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; Sheboygan County, Wisconsin; Columbia, Missouri; and Marin County, California …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/08/09/four-communities-get-25-million-each-for-bicycle-trails/

GhostCycle tracks Seattle bike accidents

Bicycles painted a ghoulish white are appearing around Seattle to mark locations of car-bike accidents.
The displays are the work of the GhostCycle bike accident awareness project. The activists want to draw attention to particularly hazardous locations where bike accidents happen.
The group collected data on bicycle accidents from cyclists at its GhostCycle.com website for about three months. Then it took …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/08/02/ghostcycle-tracks-seattle-bike-accidents/

Money for cycling in transportation bill passed by Congress

Congress finally passed the $286.4 billion Transportation Equity Act on Friday. While most of the money is aimed at huge transportation projects, it also spends several billion for alternative methods of travel — namely biking and hiking.
One section will fund $370 million for recreational bike and hike trails over the next 5 years, in addition to more than 150 bike projects termed “high priority.”

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/07/30/money-for-cycling-in-transportation-bill-passed-by-congress/

Other voices on Bike to Work Day

Today is Bike to Work Day across the US. Here are some interesting stories I've run across today on that topic.

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“Promoting bicycles as a healthy, inexpensive, and environmentally sound alternative to cars is now a mainstream cause in San Francisco … But on the ground, where the rubber truly meets the road, city policy makers make sure that cars come first.” — San …

Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/20/other-voices-on-bike-to-work-day/

Bicycle “Ride for Silence” mourns fallen riders Wednesday night

Bicycle riders in northwest cities will join those across the US tonight for a Ride for Silence, mourning those killed or injured in accidents with motor vehicles.
I've been hearing about this year's Bike Month and Bike to Work Day for weeks. A story in this morning's Detroit Free Press was the first I've read about the Ride for Silence.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/18/bicycle-ride-for-silence-mourns-fallen-riders-wednesday-night/

Bike to Work on Friday

The reasons to participate in Bike to Work Day on Friday are too numerous to mention. I'll take a stab at a few:
You'll get to do something you really like on the way to work;
You'll be admired by your slothful co-workers;
You can eat that mid-morning snack guilt-free;
You'll be sticking it to those big oil companies…

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/16/bike-to-work-on-friday/

Legislators improve cycling in Washington

The Bicycle Alliance of Washington reports that three bills to improve safety and education for bicyclists in the state passed the Legislature in the recent session. They've been sent to Gov. Gregoire for her signature.
The first, HB 1108, prohibits a motorist from crossing over to the left lane to pass when a bicycle or pedestrian is visible in the …

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/06/legislators-improve-cycling-in-washington/

34 bicycle riders arrested in New York critical mass

(Updated May 4) How much longer will these mass arrests during critical mass in New York City go on? Is there so little crime in the Big Apple that the city can deploy a cadre of police to stop some people from riding their bikes and inconveniencing some motorists?
New York's finest swooped in and arrested up to 34 bicycle riders during last Friday's critical mass ride, including a woman who had been walking her bike on the sidewalk.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/03/34-bicycle-riders-arrested-in-new-york-critical-mass/