Learn Stuff – Bike Share
If a bike share hasn’t landed in your
town, that may change soon. Starting in the French town of La
Rochelle in 1974, the bike share began as a free of charge, use-and-return program.
Over the years, the formula for success has been changed but the idea
is no less brilliant.
The bike share concept is a simple solution for
modern cities that face many complex transportation challenges. Bike
share programs are designed to enhance personal mobility and helping
communities achieve a wide range of goals such as reducing car traffic
in city centers, bridging gaps in mass transit, improving personal wellness,
and introducing more citizens to cycling and public transportation.
our neck of the woods, Trek Bicycle Corporation recently launched their
B-cycle system. The core design principle
of B-cycle is to provide an aesthetically appealing and technologically
powerful bike sharing system. The stations and bicycles were designed
to blend into the existing landscape. This bike sharing system is easy
to use and versatile. It’s aimed
at quick errands and trips, giving individuals an active, car-free
Don’t take it for a day long ride - that’s not the point.
Rather, hop on a B-cycle for a quick jaunt to lunch, to deposit a check
at the bank, or to run to the corner store. A quick swipe of your member
card or credit card releases the utilitarian bike with running lights
and a front market basket. Adjust the saddle height and you’re
The B-cycle system gives users the tools to incorporate bike sharing
and its benefits into their every day lives. Currently B-cycle bike sharing
system are located in nine cities including Denver, Chicago, Des Moines,
San Antonio, Honolulu, Boulder, Madison, Omaha and Spartanburg. So if
you happen to live in or be visiting one of these fine cities, give bike
share a try and see how the world looks from the comfy seat of a B-cycle.
Learn Stuff – Bike Share »
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3. Advocacy – 300,000
Supercommuter – Cecily Walker »
2. Accessory Handbook – Stylish
While many bike commuters live by a "function-over-fashion" motto,
there are just as many that place high significance on style. To make
things easier, we've come up with some great new products that live
in both the worlds of function and style.
Grasshopper Bamboo Fenders
Our new Grasshopper fenders are made from
fast growing Moso Bamboo. They keep you
dry while making your bicycling adventures even more sustainable. In
our minds, they’re the best softcore Monocot fenders on the planet.
from fast growing and sustainable Moso Bamboo
- Durable marine-grade top
coat finish and 3 ply Bamboo laminate construction
- Hardware is all stainless-steel
and pre-installed for hassle-free mounting
- V-stays for added stability
- 45mm width fits tires up to 27” x
1 ¼” or 700c x
By way of the Cork Oak forests of Portugal come
our stylish and comfortable Corky Grips. These 100% natural cork
grips wick away hand sweat and dampen vibrations as cyclists pedal on
down the road. The sustainability of production and the easy recycling
of cork products make these grips a favorite of environmentally-minded
velophiles and the endangered Iberian lynx which calls the Cork Oak forest
- 100% natural Cork
- Ergonomic shape
- Dampens vibrations and natural cork wicks away
RING, DING, DING -“Passing on your left!” Our
simple little Courtesy Bells help cyclists happily navigate their way
down the bike path and along city streets.
- Brass bell for clean sound
- 360 degree dinger rotation
- High fatigue spring
- Fits bar diameters 22.3mm – 26.0mm
- Offered in brass
and nickel-plated brass!
Advocacy – 300,000 and counting
Imagine a place where one bike lane leads to
the next. Where trails, bridges and underpasses lead safely to exactly
where you want to go. And regardless of your bicycling experience or
fitness, you can pedal smoothly across the street, across town or even
across the country. Bikes Belong’s Peopleforbikes.org (PFB) campaign
is working to make this vision a reality.
The backbone of the PFB campaign
is a pledge that can be taken (online or on paper) in support of better
bicycling in the U.S. The campaign, which launched at the Bicycle Leadership
Conference in Monterey, CA in April 2010, has already generated more
than 300,000 pledges and created a group with exceptional clout and
potential. The movement is striking a chord with Americans who see
bicycling as a fun way to improve health, reduce road congestion and
carbon output, and save money.
PFB is now the largest unified group of bicycling advocates
nationwide. The campaign aims to show government leaders that Americans
everywhere support cost-effective legislation that improves bike paths,
lanes, trails and other facilities from coast to coast.
message is especially important as Congress considers the renewal of
the federal transportation bill – the
largest single source for bicycling funding, which has invested more
than $4 billion in bike projects and programs since 2004. Renewal of
the bill is now being deliberated, and will possibly come late in 2011.
has rallied the troops three times so far to help show how much Americans
care about the federal investment in bicycling, and has asked supporters
to speak out on local issues, too. Nearly 50,000 letters have been
sent to U.S. Representatives PFB supporters.
Peopleforbikes.org will continue to activate its pledge base to show leaders that Americans
care about bicycling. The campaign will also continue to celebrate the
spirit of bicycling by publishing personal testimonials and stories.
Sign the pledge at www.peopleforbikes.org.
4. Supercommuter – Cecily Walker
This edition’s supercommuter
is written by our friend Alan, the mastermind behind EcoVelo.
Alan has a beautiful way with words and photographs.
Check out his passion for cycling at EcoVelo.
A supercommuter rides through every season,
in all types of weather, day and night. Choosing the simplicity, health
and pleasure of bicycling, a supercommuter simply prefers to ride a
bike instead of driving a car.
Cecily Walker of Vancouver, British
Columbia, Canada, certainly qualifies as a supercommuter. Whether riding
to work, the store, or just to meet up with friends, she uses her bicycle
for 99% of her daily trips. She was a fair weather bike commuter for
6 years, but a little over a year ago she went full-time, riding her
bike year-round, even through Vancouver's cold, wet winters.
moved, in part because she wanted to live closer to work, but also because
she wanted a less hilly commute. Describing
her commute, she says, "my daily ride takes me around Vancouver’s
seawall, and over to a busy four-lane thoroughfare that passes under
Rogers Arena. After that stretch, I bike up a couple of gentle hills
on downtown streets that have only minimal traffic." It's not a
long commute, but Cecily is out there on her bike everyday, enjoying
the ride. "I know 3 kilometers doesn’t seem like much to people
who put in 25 kilometers or more per day, but I use my bike for everything."
Cecily has found that communicating your individual
needs to your local bike shop is important when shopping for a bike. "If
a heavier rider like I am, don’t be afraid to express your concerns
to your local bike shop. Heavier riders have different concerns than
our thinner counterparts, and it pays in comfort and safety to tackle
these issues head on when choosing a bike." Her dealer outfitted
her with a Fryslan,
a Dutch bike made by Batavus for the North American market. Being a Dutch
bike, the Fryslan came fully-equipped for year-round use with a rack,
lights, fenders, and a chain case. For carrying her commuting and shopping
loads, Cecily prefers stylish bags from Basil and
Po Campo - Cycle
Chic is alive and well in Vancouver!
Keeping it fun while integrating
bicycling into her lifestyle are Cecily's secrets to success as a long-term
bike commuter. She advises, "if
you’re feeling daunted by it, start small. Try small trips to the
grocery store, or combine your commute with transit – that’s
how I began 6 years ago when I was commuting to the University of British
Columbia (7 kilometers from home, uphill, on the cheapest bike in the
bike store). And you don’t have to be a perfect commuter to make
riding a bike part of your lifestyle. The most important thing is that
you enjoy it."
We couldn't agree more!
Photo by Cecily Walker.
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