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Bicyclists Using Cameras to Capture Accidents – NYTimes.com

Bicyclists Using Cameras to Capture Accidents – NYTimes.com.

WASHINGTON — When Evan Wilder went flying onto the pavement during his bicycle commute one morning here, he didn’t have time to notice the license plate of the pickup truck that had sideswiped him after its driver hurled a curse at him. Nor did a witness driving another car.

But the video camera Mr. Wilder had strapped to his head caught the whole episode.

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Andy Hampsten’s Spin on Cycling Tours – NYTimes.com

Andy Hampsten’s Spin on Cycling Tours – NYTimes.com.

Bicycling Italy – Tuscany, to be exact

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Castle Ruins and Smoked Herring: Touring a Danish Island on Two Wheels – NYTimes.com

Castle Ruins and Smoked Herring: Touring a Danish Island on Two Wheels – NYTimes.com.

Worthwhile reading about bicycling on Denmark’s island of Bornholm

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This Is How We Ride – NYTimes.com

This Is How We Ride – NYTimes.com.

THIS summer the city’s Department of Transportation inaugurates a new bike-share program. People who live and work in New York will be able to travel quickly and cheaply between many neighborhoods. This is major. It will make New Yorkers rethink their city and rewrite the mental maps we use to decide what is convenient, what is possible. Parks, restaurants and friends who once seemed beyond plausible commuting distance on public transportation will seem a lot closer. The possibilities aren’t limitless, but the change will be pretty impressive.

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Reducing Traffic Fatalities for Cyclists and Pedestrians – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com

Reducing Traffic Fatalities for Cyclists and Pedestrians – Room for Debate – NYTimes.com.

Room for Debate:

Making Cities Safer for Cyclists and Pedestrians

An article in The Atlantic Cities this month lamented the lax enforcement of traffic laws in New York City, even in cases in which a pedestrian or cyclist is killed. The author calls for a crackdown on traffic violations large and small, emulating the “broken windows” approach to suppressing crime in the 1990s.

Would this be effective? Are there other ways to make cities safer for pedestrians and cyclists?

Read the discussion here: The New York Times – Room for Debate

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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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New Saddles Can Help Release Cyclists’ Unrelenting Pressure – NYTimes.com

New Saddles Can Help Release Cyclists’ Unrelenting Pressure – NYTimes.com.

Before the Tour de France begins this weekend, before the cameras follow all those seemingly virile athletes, let us consider another sort of role model on two wheels.

Robert Brown is an officer in the Seattle Police Department’s bicycle patrol, which lacks the sleek machines and tight jerseys of the Tour de France. But Mr. Brown has something that could be more important to both male and female cyclists: a no-nose saddle.

Like most cyclists, Mr. Brown at first didn’t see any need to switch from the traditional saddle on the mountain bike he’d been riding full time for five years on the force. When researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Safety offered new noseless saddles intended to prevent erectile dysfunction, he quickly told his supervisor, “No problems here!

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Cycling the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway – NYTimes.com

On Two Wheels, With Water as a Companion

WHEN I told my local bicycle mechanic that I was thinking about circling the city by following the Manhattan Waterfront Greenway, he shrugged off my reservations about the unfinished route, which I’d heard was still dicey in parts.

“It’s Manhattan,” he said. “It’s an island. What are you going to do, get lost?”

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In New York Schools, Adding Bikes to Gym Class – NYTimes.com

THEY say you never forget how to ride a bike.

Tell that to Delsa Jacqueline Lopez.

Delsa, a sixth grader, first learned to ride when she was about 4, but when she found herself facing “the dreaded bike” in gym class, she discovered the lessons had not stuck. And she was terrified.

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Promoting Bicycle Lanes

“Struggling to control the controversy over one of its signature transportation policies, the Bloomberg administration is embarking on an unusual kind of political campaign: convincing New Yorkers that bicycle lanes are good for them.”

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