Bike festival, why dirt roads, a real oil spill…The Weekly Chatter
The Third Coast Bicycle is set to begin this Sunday, August 22 and will continue with events throughout the week. The festival has a little something for all types of velophiles, including lycra clad road racing/rides, fixed gear sprints/hill climbs, Two Wheel Technique‘s “fun cruise around town”, film night at the State Theatre and a plethora of other events. Suggestion for next year: A Tweed Ride. Hopefully, the Old Town Crit & won’t be in a torrential downpour like 2009.
www.TCBikeFest.org for the schedule.
- An undriving license? Does it get you into the bar?
- Why does A2 always get the cool stuff first? TC wants a couple of Hawk signals, too!
- Cyclists are better shoppers! The adage that “vitality of commercial enterprises = access by car” is out-of-date.
- The yikes department: story from Taiwan, 10-year old Boy Collapses on forced bike excursion. He was “soaked, tired and hungry.”
- I’ve been noticing a lot of bad parking lately, here’s a BLOG dedicated to it. To the right, an example in Traverse City —–>
- The largest oil spill no body has even mentioned, until now. 3.1 million barrels dumped into the U.S.: “We’re looking at a crisis of cataclysmic proportions.” That other, messier spill, isn’t just going away.
- There’s nothing wrong with dirt roads. Why the current underfunded roadways are not an emergency and reflective of a “paving binge for the last 50 years” by the federal, state & local road agencies.
- New York pedestrian safety report has a few surprises. The good news? Deaths down 20% since 2001. The noticeable? Male drivers overwhelmingly involved in crashes that led to ped death–> 80% of them.
- Lessons learned from a town planner. “Mostly, the work I was asked to undertake largely focused on making cars happy…I was obligated to tell developers they must provide a huge amount of parking.“
- who you calling bike crazy? (1st on street bike parking in Minneapolis) (@BirchwoodCafe)
- “Vehicular cycling should be regarded as a riding strategy for the individual, not an organizational strategy for the development of cycling” (@t1mmyb)
- “Cars are the leading cause of death among children between the ages of 1-14″ Our answer, removing the children from a place. (@thebusbench)
- Read this story, then look at ‘From other news sites’. If these weren’t car crashes this would be called an ‘epidemic’ (@mikedunn)
- Based on SCIENCE, not fearmongering: (Helmet debate) (@copenhagenize)
- My Evolution from Biking Girl to Biking Mom: Being a first-time mom comes with its challenges (@BikeShopGirlcom)
To wrap, more love for Montreal. Not only is it an excellent place to develop appreciation for sharrow use, it’s also a great place to bike around for a morning. It’s even one of the top 5 cities to ride around in style, at least according to girlsgetaway.com. You don’t even need to take a bike as Montreal’s Bixi Bike is easy, inexpensive and everywhere. The following tourism video sells it well, follow Tammy:
Have a weekend.