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  • TV TONIGHT: Harley and the Davidsons Miniseries (to all motorcycle Freepers)

    09/05/2016 5:39:06 PM PDT · by max americana · 15 replies
    indie wire ^ | max americana
    It’s no accident that Discovery Channel premieres its original “Harley and the Davidsons” miniseries on Labor Day. The three-part series turns back the clock to reveal how the creation of the Harley-Davidson motorcycle was a true labor of love by three men from blue-collar immigrant families, who championed labor rights. They were even inducted posthumously in 2004 into the Labor Hall of Fame for their company’s accomplishments and ongoing contributions to the workforce. Despite being one of the most iconic American brands, however, the Harley-Davidson story is not widely known.
  • Advice from fitness Freepers (vanity)

    05/13/2016 7:48:37 AM PDT · by LYDIAONTARIO · 71 replies
    Self | 05/13/2016 | LydiaOntario
    Vanity question: just saw doctor, said my cholesterol and blood sugar sky high! Politically active does not count as exercise!!!! Who knew? Doc recommended exercise bike, the portable kind. Saw some on amazon in the $100 price range. Can anyone recommend good brand? Do not need bells and whistles, just durable and simple for senior woman to assemble and fit in car. Want to be fit enough for upcoming election!
  • Bike doping? I had no idea.

    02/02/2016 9:16:22 PM PST · by Baynative · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Feb 1, 2016 | Daniel McMahon
    Cycling officials on Saturday detained a bicycle ridden during the cyclocross world championships in Zolder, Belgium, to investigate "technological fraud," and on Sunday they confirmed the bike had a concealed motor in the frame. The International Cycling Union said the bike belonged to 19-year-old Belgian Femke Van den Driessche. It is the first official case of "mechanical doping" or "bike doping" at cycling's highest level. If used at the right time during a race even a small motor can provide a critical burst of power and speed.
  • Bees Take Over Bike in Times Square

    08/04/2015 2:50:10 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NY1 ^ | Tuesday, August 4, 2015
    Times Square is usually buzzing with activity, but Tuesday, a different kind of buzz drew a lot of attention. A swarm of bees decided to visit, and take over a parked bicycle near 7th Avenue and 56th Street. The NYPD called in their beekeeper, who then rounded up the flying insects by vacuuming them. Officials say there are no reports of anyone being stung in the area. They believe the bees migrated because their hive was too full
  • Hempfield bicyclist to stay in Westmoreland jail until July 28 hearing

    07/22/2015 11:27:30 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 30 replies
    Tribune-Review (Pittsburgh area) ^ | 22 July 2015 | Rich Cholodofsky
    A Hempfield bicyclist charged with obstructing traffic on several roadways will spend at least the next week in jail after being taken into custody Tuesday morning by Westmoreland County sheriff's deputies. David Smith, 56, was shackled during an afternoon hearing before Judge Rita Hathaway, who ordered him detained until a bond revocation hearing is held July 28. Until then, Smith will be held without bond at the Westmoreland County Prison. Sheriff Jon Held said deputies went to Smith's home Tuesday morning and took him into custody. “He didn't resist, but he was a little confused at first,” Held said. Prosecutors...
  • 6 signs you're a Twin Cities bike jerk

    06/22/2015 5:14:28 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 35 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 6-18-15 | Steve Stratman
    Let’s face it, bicyclists are becoming unlikable, even to other bicyclists. And if you think there are more important issues, you’re right — homelessness, political corruption, pet laws or ISIL. But there are good articles about those issues already. As a man who enjoys Netflix like any other guy, eats cheap Chinese food with chopsticks and just spent $40 on premium decaffeinated coffee, I feel I’m qualified to talk about The Breakdown of the Family Bike Trail. I’ve compiled a checklist, a self-intervention of sorts, that the average bicyclist can use to determine if he or she is indeed, a...
  • Dedicated cyclists claim purity, but I'm not buying it

    06/14/2015 9:02:41 AM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 27 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-15-15 | Joe Soucheray
    My favorite response was from a woman with a funny name -- one of those names where the alphabet got tossed up in the air -- who told me that she bicycles to and from work, to any event, social or otherwise, to the store, what have you. Really? You ride your bike to social events? Don't you get sweaty? I'm wondering what would constitute a social event that you could ride your bike to. Let's say you're going to an art museum charity fundraiser. Do you wear a dress? Valet park? I'm not buying that, any more than I...
  • Trek urges Wisconsin cyclists to oppose governor's proposed budget cuts and bike tax

    05/21/2015 1:05:24 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 45 replies
    Industry News, Bicycle Retailer ^ | May 20, 2015 | Brain Staff
    "I think the reason these anti-bike policies are being proposed is it’s a red-meat issue for a lot of Republicans," Bike Fed executive director Dave Cieslewicz told Madison.com. "They have stereotypes about what cyclists are and they don’t see them as their voters. They see attacks on cycling as politically beneficial." WATERLOO, Wis. (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle's president, John Burke, is urging Wisconsin cyclists to contact their state lawmakers in support of the state's Complete Streets Law, which Gov. Scott Walker has proposed eliminating. Burke, in an email sent this week, also urged them to oppose a $25 state bicycle...
  • A tax on non-metered downtown parking to fund bike and pedestrian improvements — yay or nay?

    04/27/2015 5:58:08 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 33 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 4-23-15 | City Hall Scoop
    The cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul are asking lawmakers to put a new tool in their toolbox, so to speak: a parking surcharge that could eventually fund downtown amenities like pedestrian walkways and bike paths. Proposed legislation would allow the Twin Cities to impose a tax on non-metered parking, including stalls in public and private ramps and surface lots, within a defined area of their respective downtowns.
  • New York Citi Bike program accused of shoddy maintenance and poor cleanliness

    12/12/2014 10:13:45 AM PST · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 12, 2014 | Sadie Whitelocks
    New York Citi Bike riders are at risk according to a new audit exposing spotty maintenance checks, poor cleanliness and defective docking stations. Comptroller Scott Stringer released his report Thursday looking at if New York City Bike Share, which manages the scheme, is in compliance with its Department of Transport contract. According to maintenance data, only 28per cent of the 6,000 two-wheelers in Manhattan and Brooklyn were inspected in November 2013, 34per cent in December 2013 and 38per cent in January 2014.
  • Dozens of bicycles stolen from city bike-share program

    05/30/2014 12:32:39 PM PDT · by BBell · 60 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 5/30/14 | By Carrie Wells
    More than 40 bicycles belonging to Baltimore's Recreation and Parks department for a bike-share program were stolen this week, and the activity has been suspended indefinitely, city officials said. The bikes, which included children's bikes and adult-size blue beach cruisers, were stolen on Monday during the city's Ride Around the Reservoir program in Druid Hill Park. Recreation and Parks spokeswoman Gwendolyn Chambers said staff had set up the bikes to lend out when a large group of youths began stealing them. One staffer was kicked by a youth, though the injury was not serious, Chambers said. "We don't want our...
  • BailoutBike: Another Bloomberg-Obama Success

    05/05/2014 4:37:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 5, 2014 | John Ransom
    Citibike is a success. Unqualified. Raving. Success. “Citigroup, who was the recipient of over $476 billion dollars of taxpayer bailout money,” wrote Alex Garcia on Townhall Finance in 2012, “has joined forces with the City of New York to sponsor a $41 million dollar bike share program.” That program became Citibike. The goal wasn’t quite as ambitious as Obama’s target of a million electric cars on the roads in eight years. But still the program aimed at putting 10,000 bikes in 600 locations around New York City for commuters to share in the name of environmentalism, health and being hip....
  • Critical Mass is free, but Houston police may begin charging riders for escort [bicyclists]

    01/03/2014 4:19:28 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 26 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 3, 2014 | Heather Alexander
    Houston police are considering a plan to charge the Critical Mass bicycle group as safety concerns draw officers away from their regular duties. The event, which sees thousands of riders take to the streets on the last Friday of every month, has operated in cities across the world for over 20 years..... Four officers in two police cars help riders through intersections, with officers driving ahead and behind to clear the path. Houston police say they are now exploring the possibility of riders footing the bill for those services, as happens now for big funeral processions and for some busy...
  • Putting bicycles ahead of people

    08/16/2013 9:23:41 AM PDT · by Baynative · 15 replies
    Climate Change Dispatch ^ | August 15 2013 | Ton DeWeese
    This is a story of raw power, collusion and government corruption. A story that is taking place in countless towns all over America. A story of “reinvented” government, where self-proclaimed private “stakeholders” and pressure groups set the rules, local elected officials rubber stamp them, and non-elected regional governments enforce them, sometimes with an iron fist – all with no input from citizens, and apparently no rights for private citizens and property owners to stop them or even have a say.
  • ‘Citi Bikes made me late to work’ (Bloomberg's Bike Share Debacle...)

    05/29/2013 8:40:13 AM PDT · by jimbo123 · 16 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5/29/13 | FRANK ROSARIO, REBECCA ROSENBERG and ELIZABETH HAGEN
    Maybe the DOT can write their bosses a late note. Commuters using the city’s bike-share program on its first workday ran into a slew of technical problems — and confusion — that made them tardy for their jobs. There were issues across the system, from Columbus Circle to Brooklyn Heights.
  • Pope's friendliness impresses Harley-Davidson crowd

    06/17/2013 2:57:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | June 17, 2013 | David Uebbing
    Patrick from the Corsica, France chapter of Harley-Davidson poses in front of St. Peter's Basilica on June 16, 2013. Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Jun 16, 2013 / 09:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Harley-Davidson owners flocked to St. Peter’s Square today for a chance to greet Pope Francis, and they came away struck by his friendliness and closeness to the people. “To be here and see the Pope is absolutely amazing. He’s so friendly, he’s just so friendly,” said Bob from the Lakeside, England chapter as he spoke to CNA June 16. His fellow Lakeside member Harry agreed. “He’s so friendly,...
  • Complete Streets Program: Good Law or Bureaucratic Overreach?

    06/07/2013 10:34:44 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/5/2013 | Jack Spencer
    Gov. Rick Snyder recently fulfilled an obligation of his office by naming members of something called the "Complete Streets Advisory Council." This government board exists as a result of Public Acts 134 and 135 of 2010, which were signed into law by former Gov. Jennifer Granholm on Aug.1, 2010. The law mandates that those who design (or redesign) roads and transportation systems take more than just automobile traffic into account when they draw up their plans. It is to make sure pedestrians, bicyclists, etc. aren't forgotten by the designers and, if appropriate, are accommodated. Here's how the "Complete Streets" concept...
  • Swarm of Homeless Bees Claims Woman’s Bike

    08/01/2012 2:01:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    A swarm of relocating bees in southern Sweden chose to leave an overcrowded hive to squat on a bicycle parked on a central square in Kristianstad. Passers-by witnessed how bees were swarming around a bicycle at Kristianstad square Södertorg, reported local paper Kristianstadbladet. “Then the Queen arrived and they started to come in droves after that,” said Jan Ekdala, who became a witness to the event, to the paper. Ekdala watched as the bees started swarming over the bike, literally covering parts of it. “In only five minutes it was a gigantic bee-swarm,” Ekdala told the paper. He told the...
  • Motorists Paying for Bike Paths, Museums

    12/29/2011 9:13:04 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 22 replies · 1+ views
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/29/2011 | Russ Harding
    Where I live outside of Lansing, there are new bike paths sporting shiny asphalt, but the roads are crumbling. Motorists might be surprised to learn that of the 18.4 cents per gallon of federal gas tax they pay at the pump, only about 11 cents goes to maintain highways and bridges. According to federal law, about 10 percent of federal highway funds must be used for projects such as highway beautification and transportation museums. According to a new National Center for Policy Analysis report, “Paying for Pet Projects at the Pump,” the Federal Highway Administration also allocates gas tax revenues...
  • They're our streets. It's our money. So why isn't it our decision?

    09/28/2011 5:42:26 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 1 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 9-28-11 | Joe Soucheray
    The residents, quaintly enough also known as taxpayers, don't want that island. They have formed their own ironic offspring known as Local Taxpayers for a Livable Community, distinguished from TLC by the fact that they are not funded but, in fact, are the funders. My hope for LTLC is that they are not too late in the sense that a wild horse has already left the barn. Let us understand our civics, shall we? The people who pay the bills, the taxpayers, watch, seemingly helplessly, as millions of dollars in federal funds - their money - is won by outfits...