Monthly Archives: July 2011

It’s big, it’s green and everyone wants one | Life and style | The Guardian

It’s big, it’s green and everyone wants one | Life and style | The Guardian.

It’s big, it’s green and everyone wants one

A US Congressman was on Newsnight talking about the debt crisis, but all eyes were on the bright green bicycle he was wearing on his lapel. What could it mean?


guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 26 July 2011 20.00 BST

On Monday night, viewers of BBC2’s Newsnight were served an undoubtedly vital, but rather dry discussion between two US politicians about their nation’s looming “debtaggedon”. But the moment the satellite link-up patched through to the two men standing together on Capitol Hill, all watching eyes were quickly diverted to Earl Blumenauer, a Democratic congressman from Oregon.

Not only was he wearing a rather flamboyant bow-tie, but pinned to his lapel was a large, plastic, neon green bicycle. Twitter immediately lit up with comments such as, “What’s with that man’s bicycle?!”

Even Jeremy Paxman couldn’t resist, ending the interview with the query: “Can I just ask you, Mr Blumenauer, what is that extraordinary green bicycle on your lapel?”

“Well, I am aggressively ‘bike partisan’,” replied Blumenauer, “and this is the congressional bike caucus membership pin.”

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The US could learn some lessons from Europe on biking | Environment | guardian.co.uk

The US could learn some lessons from Europe on biking | Environment | guardian.co.uk.

The US could learn some lessons from Europe on biking

Yale Environment 360: To create a thriving bike culture in America’s cities, people must begin to view bicycling as Europeans do — not just as a way of exercising, but as a serious form of urban mass transportation

By Elisabeth Rosenthal for Yale Environment 360
guardian.co.uk, Friday 15 July 2011 16.16 BST

This spring, curiosity propelled me onto a New York City subway bound for Prospect Park West in Brooklyn, where a new bike path along the edge of Brooklyn’s largest park had angry residents worked up into a lather.

For those not familiar with the territory, Park Slope is one of New York City’s most prosperous and progressive neighborhoods, home to the famed Park Slope Food Cooperative and liberal U.S. Senator Charles Schumer. And yet… the creation of a simple green bike path — the kind that edges dozens of streets in Barcelona or Paris or Copenhagen — at the expense of one lane of car traffic and a few parking spaces evinced the kind of venom normally reserved here for The Tea Party.

I expected to find a diversity of opinion about the bike path, which was created last year by Mayor Michael Bloomberg. I did not. Almost everyone

I interviewed began with the following introduction: “Don’t get me wrong I love bikes, I ride all the time…” and then segued into a barrage of objections: The path was a hazard for old people and mothers with baby strollers crossing to enter the park. Riders pedaled too fast. They should just ride inside the park. The loss of a lane made parking worse and traffic slower. It made it harder to stop to drop kids at school. It was unsightly.

Wow.

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Carmageddon #flightvsbike challenge: How a team of cyclists beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach. – By Tom Vanderbilt – Slate Magazine

Carmageddon #flightvsbike challenge: How a team of cyclists beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach. – By Tom Vanderbilt – Slate Magazine.

Carmageddon Challenge: The Bikes Won!

How a team of cyclists—and a guy on the subway, and a Rollerblader—beat a Jet Blue flight from Burbank to Long Beach.

n cycling news today, the Belgian Jelle Vanendert won the 14th stage of the Tour de France, beating Spain’s Samuel Sanchez by 21 seconds, and 46 seconds ahead of Luxembourg’s Andy Schleck

And in Los Angeles some guys on bikes beat a Jet Blue plane from Burbank to Long Beach.

It was a bad day for intra-metropolitan area commercial aviation. Jet Blue flight No. 405—the flight that was supposed to help Angelenos beat the chaos resulting from the closure of the 405 freeway—was bested not only by the @wolfpackhustle A team (elite cyclists who had pledged to follow traffic rules), but by @garyridesbikes, a late entrant promising to take only public transit and walk, and, if Twitter is to be believed, a Rollerblader, @jennix, who supposedly came in third. The gripping tale of the race to the Long Beach lighthouse is there for all to see on Twitter at #flightvsbikes.

According to Twitter-based calculations by @bcgp, the unofficial finish times were:

Bike: 1:34
Metro/Walk: 1:44
Rollerblades: 2:40
Plane/Lost Cabdriver: 2:54

Lost cabdriver? A late Tweet by the Jet Blue flyers, @ohaijoe and @ezrahorne, elaborated: “Our cabdriver didn’t know what a lighthouse was, and was too blind to see the map on my phone.”

Not that it would have made much difference (although a smoother cab ride might have allowed the aviators to beat that pesky Rollerblader).

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Ride to Remember

Yesterday I rode – to get the ride data on my Garmin GPS – the 22-mile route of the upcoming [September 10] Ride to Remember in Poth/TX. We – that is Travis Pruski, who organizes the ride, and me – met at the city park in Poth and then went on the 22-mile route. The first part had a good climb – at least for southern Texas – and was somewhat into the wind, but then, after taking a right in Dewees, we had the wind on our backs and that made for easy riding. And even the last leg, from Floresville to Poth – which was into gthe wind again – wasn’t too bad. All in all a very enjoyable ride.

To see a map, a flash animation of the elevation profile etc. click here: RideWithGPS.

I’ll ride and map the other routes soon, too.

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Normann Ride with the Beeville Stingers

Last Sunday I drove down to Normanna for an evening ride with the Beeville Stingers, and it was a wonderful one. I really enjoyed the back roads of Bee County. Even the country roads down there are paved, and they’re so much better than even the highways around here, in Karnes County: a fairly smooth surface with rarely a pothole – well maintained. We met at the Baptist church in Normanna and then went out for a 25-mile, one-and-a-half-hour ride, and I averaged 15.5 mph. What I enjoyed especially – besides the great company of my fellow riders – was the fact that it cooled down nicely towards the middle of the ride. I’ll certainly be back there soon for another ride.

Check out the ride here: RideWithGPS

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Driver who hit, killed Marilyn Dershowitz, sister-in-law of Alan Dershowitz, may not be charged

Driver who hit, killed Marilyn Dershowitz, sister-in-law of Alan Dershowitz, may not be charged.

Driver who hit, killed Marilyn Dershowitz, sister-in-law of Alan Dershowitz, may not be charged

DAILY NEWS WRITERS

Originally Published: Sunday, July 3rd 2011, 2:33 PM
Updated: Sunday, July 3rd 2011, 7:16 PM

The husband of a cyclist killed by a postal service truck said Sunday that the driver must have seen his wife before his vehicle struck her.

Marilyn Dershowitz, 68, sister-in-law of legal giant Alan Dershowitz, died Saturday after the truck driven by Ian Clement, 62, hit her on W. 29th St. near Ninth Ave.

Clement apparently didn’t even know he hit the biker and may not face charges, police sources said Sunday.

But Nathan Dershowitz, the victim’s mourning husband, who was biking just ahead of his wife, believes otherwise. “If they did the work and spoke to the people I spoke to, it is inconceivable from what they told me that he did not see her,” he said.

The Tudor City couple was pedaling to the West Side bike path about noon when the accident occurred. She was wearing a helmet while riding a silver mountain bike, investigators said.

“What I was told (at the scene) was that two vehicles, neither one was willing to yield to another, so they both went through too narrow of a space to get through,” said
Nathan Dershowitz, a criminal defense lawyer. “She was ahead of both vehicles. The driver just ran her over.”

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Number of Female Cyclists Lags in New York, With Safety as a Concern – NYTimes.com

Number of Female Cyclists Lags in New York, With Safety as a Concern – NYTimes.com.

Women, Uneasy, Still Lag as Cyclists in New York City

When Julie Hirschfeld opened a bicycle boutique for women, she envisioned fashion-obsessed customers with a disdain for spandex flooding in to buy bikes and accessories they would model along New York City’s paved catwalks: miles and miles of new bicycle paths. She lined her shop downtown with vintage-inspired bikes, many with Brooks saddle seats; partnered with Kate Spade to sell a $1,100 bicycle the color of freshly cut grass; and sold helmets that would pass more for fashionable
hats.

One year later, Ms. Hirschfeld has conceded that it takes more than fashion to get women on bikes.

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Users fitting bike share into their lifestyles – San Antonio Express-News

Users fitting bike share into their lifestyles – San Antonio Express-News.

Users fitting bike share into their lifestyles

Updated 11:18 a.m., Sunday, July 3, 2011

No wonder some call him “The Jared of B-cycle.”

In only three months, Phillip Schrank has logged more than 750 miles using San Antonio‘s bike-share program, shedding about 45 pounds. He’s B-cycle’s No. 1 user and — like the Subway spokesman he’s been compared to — a natural booster.

“I call myself the ‘spokes-person,’” Schrank jokes.

Since the downtown bike share launched this spring, B-cycle users have logged more than 32,400 miles. Some, like Schrank, ride for health reasons, others use the bikes for transportation or just for fun. Many are also enjoying a burgeoning sense of community among riders.

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