Category: Bicycle Advocacy

Bush says take fewer car trips; let's ride bikes

Now that President Bush has asked Americans to take fewer car trips, it's our patriotic duty to commute by bicycle.

The disruption to petroleum refining facilities in the Gulf Coast caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita prompted Bush to ask Americans to conserve — something that even his vice president once said “cannot be the basis of a sound energy …

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Bicycle quote: What is considered reckless?

“It was not reckless by any means. It was a simple accident.”

San Luis Obispo Police Officer Sean Gillham describing an accident in which a VW made a right turn in front of a cyclist pedaling in the bike lane on Foothill Boulevard. (The cyclist's helmet cracked when the rear wheel of the VW rolled over her head, but she …

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Sidewalk cycling delayed in Toledo

What started out as a quirky little story about a cyclist in Toledo getting a traffic ticket after he was struck by a pickup truck has turned into a controversy over where bikes belong.

It's easy to make light of the story, considering the ironic nature of the incident. But anyone who bicycles regularly can see the bigger picture here.

To recap: Melvin Surprise, 22, was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk adjacent to a busy Toledo street when a pickup struck him as it pulled out of a shopping center driveway. A policeman gave Surprise a ticket …

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/09/21/sidewalk-cycling-delayed-in-toledo/

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.

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

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/09/16/paris-to-offer-cheap-bike-rentals-bikes-are-free-in-some-us-cities/

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: https://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: https://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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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: https://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 …

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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: https://www.bikingbis.com/2005/05/18/bicycle-ride-for-silence-mourns-fallen-riders-wednesday-night/