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  • Bicycles and The Great Leap Backwards

    05/03/2019 9:56:27 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 14 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/03/19 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    The stakes are high – will we be able to keep our much envied “antiquated” American way of life, our very freedom and mobility which defines who we are? Americans hold constitutional elections in order to choose, among many positions in government, the local mayor. But a non-governmental organization (NGO), Bycs, which created the bicycle mayors’ program, wants to change that. How can an unelected ‘mayor’ be constitutional? “It is nice to have one, centralized voice,” … “And, honestly especially in the U.S., it’s so much easier to do as a party of one, than a committee, meeting, month to...
  • When This Bike Company Put a TV on its Box, Shipping Damages Went Way Down

    01/28/2019 10:44:51 PM PST · by vannrox · 23 replies
    www.bicycling.com ^ | 12OCT17 | Molly Hurford
    VanMoof Sometimes, to make a product truly great, a company must think outside the box. But for Dutch bike manufacturer VanMoof, thinking about the box itself solved a major problem when it came to shipping.According to CNN, the company reported that more than 25 percent of its bikes were damaged before even being delivered last year. The problem was especially bad when shipping to the U.S."Your covetable products, your frictionless website, your killer brand — they all count for nothing when your delivery partner drops the ball," Bex Rad, Vanmoof's creative director, wrote in a Medium post last year.RELATED: Strava Will...
  • DeVos breaks bone in cycling accident, has surgery (Sec. of Ed.)

    01/04/2019 4:01:56 PM PST · by Yossarian · 27 replies
    Las Vegas Review-Journal ^ | 1/4/19 | The Associated Press
    Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is recovering after undergoing surgery to repair a broken bone suffered in a cycling accident. A department spokeswoman says DeVos is resting at home after the Thursday surgery. She is expected to recover fully. The spokeswoman did not immediately answer questions about the accident or the nature of DeVos’ injury. (Snip. Not much more article after this...)
  • It's a fad. It's dangerous, and police just want kids to stop doing it (Swerving)

    09/13/2018 4:51:36 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 32 replies
    NJ.com ^ | September 12, 2018
    You're headed down the road in your car and a kid, on a bike, heads straight for you and pops a wheelie right next to your car, or near a parked car. It's dangerous and it's a fad that just won't die in New Jersey, police say. The stunts are called "swerving" -- or intentionally biking in the path of vehicles while performing tricks. Sometimes, large groups of teens will do this together, just to confound traffic. In response, N.J. towns have taken to local Facebook groups and public forums to air concerns about this dangerous practice, and local police...
  • NYC should stop coddling young white bros on bikes

    09/04/2018 6:22:02 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 39 replies
    New York Post ^ | Sept. 1, 2018 | Steve Cuozzo
    “More protected bike lanes!” was summer’s war cry for take-no-prisoners cycling advocates. But the roughly 98 percent of New Yorkers who get to and from work by other means than bicycles need protection from the young, testosterone-fueled white males who comprise the vast majority of two-wheel desperadoes.
  • American couple killed in terror attack were on dream trip around the world

    08/02/2018 4:10:06 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 93 replies
    https://nypost.com ^ | August 1, 2018 | Tamar Lapin
    The American couple murdered in an ISIS-claimed car attack in Tajikistan quit their office jobs last year and were in the midst of pursuing their lifelong dream of cycling around the world when they were killed. Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, both 29 and living in Washington, DC, chronicled their adventures on a blog called “Simply Cycling” where they wrote that they’d decided to take on the globe on two wheels, “because life is short and the world is big and we want to make the most of our youth and good health before they’re gone.”
  • Millennial Couple Bikes Through ISIS Territory to Prove ‘Humans Are Kind’ and Gets Killed

    08/15/2018 4:27:40 PM PDT · by GraceG · 211 replies
    Pluralist ^ | 15 Aug 2018 | Michael Sinkewicz
    "Evil is a make-believe concept we've invented to deal with the complexities of fellow humans." A progressive young American couple was killed in an Islamic State-claimed terrorist attack last month while on a bike trip around the world. Jay Austin and Lauren Geoghegan, who were both in their late 20s, quit their jobs in 2017 to embark on a trip around the world. Austin, a vegan, and Geoghegan, a vegetarian, decided that they're were wasting their lives working. "I’ve grown tired of spending the best hours of my day in front of a glowing rectangle, of coloring the best years...
  • China Is Still Sorting Through Its Colorful Bike-Share Graveyards

    08/07/2018 8:45:26 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    Atlantic ^ | Aug 1, 2018 | Alan Taylor
    Back in March, I posted “The Bike-Share Oversupply in China: Huge Piles of Abandoned and Broken Bicycles,” showing just some of the millions of bicycles that had been rapidly built and dumped into Chinese cities by bike-share companies looking to get in on the next big thing, only to crash hard. In the months since, more of those bike-share startups have gone bankrupt or consolidated, and the bicycle graveyards remain. Municipal governments are still wrangling with the fallout, confiscating derelict or illegally parked bikes, crafting new laws, and working out what to do with millions of abandoned bicycles. In a...
  • Another School Shooting: Why and What Should We Do?

    05/24/2018 2:16:28 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 37 replies
    www.TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 5/24/2018 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Two weeks ago we endured the third anniversary of the death of my beloved pastor and father-in-law, David Fitzpatrick. David was killed by an impaired (alcohol and drugs), hit-and-run motorist. David’s killer pleaded guilty to first degree vehicular homicide, among other charges, and is now spending many years in prison. … I recall vividly the gut-wrenching moments on May 4, 2015 when we knew there was a bicyclist down in the area where my father-in-law used to ride. The calls to David’s cell phone that would never be answered; the rushed and lonely drive from my job to the crash...
  • How California Car Culture Killed The Promise Of A 20-Minute Commute

    04/16/2018 8:33:57 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 40 replies
    KPBS News ^ | April 16, 2018 | Meghan McCarty Carino/KPCC
    As an innovator and early adopter of freeways, California became the symbolic capital of car culture. But the ease of movement conferred by the massive postwar freeway building boom was short-lived, turning the dream of car travel into a nightmare of congestion and long commutes. The story of how Californians went from getting around to getting stuck behind the wheel is deeply entwined with the history of the urban freeway, an enterprise that advanced earlier and on a larger scale here than anywhere else in the country. Half a century ago, there was reason for optimism about cars. Los Angeles...
  • Harley-Davidson to close KC plant

    01/30/2018 11:52:04 AM PST · by Red Badger · 74 replies
    www.kmbc.com ^ | 01/30/2018 | Staff
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Harley-Davidson announced that it will close its Kansas City plant as the company moves to consolidate operations. In the company's fourth-quarter earnings report, Harley-Davidson said that the Kansas City motorcycle plant would be consolidated with its plant in York, Pa. Workers were reportedly told that the plant would close next year. A statement released from Harley-Davidson Tuesday morning said the plant would close in the third quarter of 2019. "As we continue to improve our cost structure and maintain world-class manufacturing operations, we are launching a significant, multi-year manufacturing optimization initiative that is anchored in the...
  • Lawrence Solomon: Ban the bike! How cities made a huge mistake in promoting cycling

    12/17/2017 2:23:19 PM PST · by Lonely Bull · 59 replies
    Financial Post ^ | December 1, 2017 | Lawrence Solomon
    --SNIP-- Today the bicycle is a mixed bag, usually with more negatives than positives. In many cities, bike lanes now consume more road space than they free up, they add to pollution as well as reducing it, they hurt neighbourhoods and business districts alike, and they have become a drain on the public purse. The bicycle today — or rather the infrastructure that now supports it — exemplifies “inappropriate technology,” a good idea gone wrong through unsustainable, willy-nilly top-down planning. London, where former mayor Boris Johnston began a “cycling revolution,” shows where the road to ruin can lead. Although criticism...
  • 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...