1st Annual Karnes City Family Fun Day

Come and enjoy a 10k bicycle ride at the First Annual Karnes City Family Fun Day on Saturday, June 30th, – and if you don’t want to ride, there’s a run and a walk, too, plus various other activities such as a moon walk, a climbing wall and many many more.

The day starts with a bicycle ride at 8:00 a.m. and will end at around 4 p.m.

The main events are at the city park at the corner of S. Browne and E. Wall streets.

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To Avert Liability, Washington Town Drops Helmet Laws – NYTimes.com

To Avert Liability, Washington Town Drops Helmet Laws – NYTimes.com.

Is it really better not to have laws to make bicyclists wear helmets? I must admit, I’m in two minds about it. There certainly are arguments for and against it. Btw, that’s a controversial discussion in my native Germany, too, with, strangely as it seems, the ADFC [General German Bicyclists’ Club] campaigning against the law. Their argument: fining bicyclists for not wearing a helmet might reduce the number of people who use bicycles, especially for commuting.

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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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Read the full story here: The New York Times

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2012 Real Ale Ride | Don Bynum’s Blog

2012 Real Ale Ride | Don Bynum’s Blog.

2012 Real Ale Ride

The 2012 Real Ale Ride is now in the history books (recorded with gallons of muscle burning lactic acid!) and as the pain fades it is becoming a legend that my grandchildren will tell their children around the campfire (providing heat from a ball of solar and wind powered magic plasma on the cold, still, nights on the plains).

Read the full post here: Don Bynum’s Blog – Cycling, Sailing and Surviving in the Texas Hill Country

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Bicycling the Black Forest

30 tours with more than 1000 kilometers of enjoyable bicycle tours in one of Germany‘s most favourite region, the Black Forest, mostly on dedicated bicycle paths: check this website [http://www.rad-paradies.de] out even if it’s in German

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New York to Albany by Bike at age 13! | customtripplanning

New York to Albany by Bike at age 13! | customtripplanning.

New York to Albany by Bike at age 13!

The summer Sam was 13 we found a summer trip opportunity  that ended up making a profound difference in his life.  He joined a group called Teen Treks on a bicycle trip from New York City up the Hudson River Valley to Albany.

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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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For Good of San Antonio, Free City’s Pedicabs – San Antonio Express-News

For good of San Antonio, free city’s pedicabs – San Antonio Express-News.

For good of San Antonio, free city’s pedicabs

Updated 11:42 p.m., Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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For years, the city has imposed silly, overly strict regulations on pedicab drivers, who peddle people in carriages to and from downtown locations on bicycles.

The three laws that bug them the most: They can’t work after midnight; they can’t stop peddling unless they’re dropping people off or picking people up; and they can’t peddle at all on Commerce, Market, St. Mary’s or Navarro streets, or on César Chávez Boulevard.

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In November, Julian and others in the pedicab industry began working with the city’s Transportation Advisory Board to craft a more rational ordinance for consideration by City Council.

The concessions they won were significant: The curfew was extended to 3 a.m.; they were allowed to stop in commercial loading zones; and they were allowed to work on all downtown streets.

Then the bike cops caught wind of it, complained and kicked the ordinance back to the TAB.

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Here are a few other candid gems:

“Once traffic gets messed up, and you have situations, then you throw in additional horse carriages or pedicabs, it makes our job a lot harder.”

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Again, the recalcitrant lieutenant: “One reason I know is, after 12, that’s when things start picking up for bike patrol, especially on weekend nights. Things start happening, and we don’t need additional work.”

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