April 26, 2010

Bike Sharing comes to Denver

Bike sharing is a new way for people to get out of their cars, and use bicycles to get around town.

It is a world-wide phenomenon.

The idea is that you pick up a bike at a bike sharing station, in the city, and drop it off when you’re done, at the same one, or another more convenient.

Talk about a simple, clean and affordable program!

Now one has been set up in Denver, Colorado.

Denver B-cycle is a joint program of Denver Bike Sharing and B-cycle LLC.

It was formed with the encouragement of the mayor with the notion of supporting, and carrying out certain aspects of city transportation plans.

With over 350 miles of bike routes, and trails, in the area they believe the program will be quite populare with natives, and tourists.

On their FAQ Page they list 14 benefits to Bike Sharing.

There is a  3 year old Blog, out of Washington DC,  by Metro Bike, that provides information about Bike Sharing around the world.

April 26, 2010 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (2)

January 30, 2010

Will First Lady's Obesity Campaign Be Good for Safe Routes to School Efforts?

Bike Portland addresses this issue in an interesting blog post in which he talks to the State Network Director of the Safe Routes National Partnership, Robert Ping. Ping works out of an office in North Portland and is the former Safe Routes to School coordinator for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

January 30, 2010 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 26, 2009

Arizona Cycling Advocates Honored by Prescott Alternative Transportation

There is a great story out of Prescott, Arizona, sent me by a friend who lives there, about how efforts to encourage bicycling are being honored.

Prescott Alternative Transportation (PAT) has honored these efforts with a CYCLE award (Central Yavapai Community Leadership Excellence Award).

PAT, a nonprofit organization, offered the awards for the first time.

1. Joe Howard, principal of Prescott Mile High Middle School, walks to work whenever possible, and is trying to encourage more children to walk or ride bikes to school....

Howard, a former student who graduated from Prescott High School in 1989, is using money from Safe Route to Schools grants to bolster his efforts to encourage walking and bicycling.

2. Charlene Craig, was rewarded for her work on the Greenways Trails, Acker Park, the Bicycling Opportunities Map (described in PDF of 2009 City Bike & Ped Master Plan), open space, "and generally supporting the quality of life in Prescott."

3. Epic Rides of Tucson for turning Prescott into a huge mountain bike destination by creating and expanding the Whiskey Off-Road Endurance Race.

4. Prescott traffic engineer Ian Mattingly, for helping to strengthen relationships among the city's Transportation Coordinating and Bicycle Advisory committees, and PAT (Prescott Alternative Transportation.

See Joe Howard, with his award, and learn a bit more in this article by Ken Hedler, of The Daily Courier, of Prescott -- Achievers: Group honors people, business for promoting bikes.



 


October 26, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 14, 2009

Kids With Disabilities Get Help Learning to Ride a Bicycle

As Summer fades into Fall there is a cool story, from July, that I want to share, reported by Denise Lockwood of the Wisconsin blog Know More:

Riding a bicycle is a tough thing to master.

There’s the peddling, the handlebars, the balance, the keeping focused on what is ahead of you and the turning. And for most children, riding a bicycle is a right of passage… except for children who have disabilities.

Those who cannot master the skills are children often left inside their homes with their parents. And they are often the odd kids out.

But that is not the case for 28 children and young adults who attended a weeklong camp held this week at Union Grove Elementary called Lose the Training Wheels. This week they became less disabled and more able. 

 As one who spent 29 of his first 38 years around a dozen mentally disabled women, several of whom where Down Syndrome, I found this story to be an inspiring one.

Read: Camp helps children with disabilities lose those training wheels

October 14, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 12, 2009

Great Dane Gets $200 Million for Expanding Bicycle Lanes and Greenbelts

This is a really cool story about how persistent advocacy for cycling CAN pay off in a huge, and important, way:

Meet Lise Pedersen. She is the lead political lobbyist for Danish Cycling Federation or Dansk Cyklist Forbund (DCF), a cyclist advocacy group that has been working since the '70s to create the hundreds of miles of bike paths that connect every corner of Copenhagen....

And two weeks ago after a year of hardcore policy work, Lise won a major victory for bicyclists (and what may be the largest government infrastructure subsidy for bicycles in history) -- $200 million for expanding bicycle lanes and greenbelts across Denmark.
 
That certainly makes Lise a "Great" Dane in my book...wouldn't you agree? ;-D
 
Watch the vdeo, and read the rest of the story, at Mother Nature Network.

October 12, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 09, 2009

Road Guardian Website is Re-Launched

I got this e-mail the other day:

After several weeks of tweaking and polishing (which never stops), we are pleased to announce the relaunch of RoadGuardian.com !


You can find the News Release here.


Our hope is that you and your fellow cyclists will contribute to and use this site to ride smarter and safer.

  Please share the above link with every cyclist you know... because the success of this site depends upon cyclists sharing their cycling experiences to help eachother.

Our goal is to save lives... with your help we can achieve this goal.  So, please share our link and this news with any and all of your cycling friends.

Thank you,

Joe


Joe Mizereck
Founder
"3 Feet Please" Campaign

Road Guardian
Initiatives of Safe Cycling, LLC
[email protected]
[email protected]


October 9, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0)

October 06, 2009

Bicycle Tree to Hold 2nd Annual Pancake Breakfast in Orange, Ca.

The Bicycle Tree is a project of Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs (SEE),
a non-profit, public charity based in Orange, Ca.

I first wrote about The Bicycle Tree in June 2007, when they were located in Anaheim, Ca., and I visited them, and took photos for my story: A Bicycle Tree Grows in Anaheim.

By December 2007 of that year things had changed as they announced that "December 8th will be our last weekly public bicycle repair clinic, and we will thereafter be using that time to focus on processing and liquidating our sizeable collection of bicycles.  We intend to donate several yet-to-be-working bicycles to a worthy organization.  We will suspend major repair activity in February."

Bicycle Tree Grows, Ends Weekly Public Bicycle Repair Clinic.

By May of this year things were looking up again as I reported that they had a new website, and new outreach efforts set to begin:

"The Bicycle Tree is pleased to announce that we will be holding bicycle repair workshops on the last Saturday of every month from 11 am - 4 pm at The Road Less Traveled store in Santa Ana!" 

The Bicycle Tree is an organzation that "incorporates bicycle education, bicycle recycling, and do-it-yourself repair."

They offer programs and services for youth and adults, promoting the "excitement and accessibility of cycling, the fulfillment of conservation, and the rewards of education".

 The Bicycle Tree IS a unique, empowering resource for Orange County cyclists, and now comes their latest Press Release, updating event of the year so far, and issuing an invite to local cyclists....



 

You are cordially invited to the Second Annual Pancake Breakfast benefitting The Bicycle Tree, to be held on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at Hart Park in Orange.  The invitation is attached - feel free to share it with all who may wish to come!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

It has been a good year for The Bicycle Tree since our first pancake breakfast in September of 2008.  In February 2009, we taught bicycle repair to students of Morasha Jewish Day School at their Leave Only Footprints Environmental Awareness Festival in Rancho Santa Margarita.  We have had repair booths twice at the seasonal Patchwork Indie Arts and Crafts Festival in Santa Ana.  Since May, we have been holding Pancake09inviteworkshops the last Saturday of every month at The Road Less Traveled Store in Santa Ana.  In August, we were at the Second Annual Townsend-Raitt Community Street Fiesta and Resource Fair, also in Santa Ana.  All in all, we have provided hands-on bicycle repair education for over 90 participants, and helped keep an equal number of bicycles rolling smoothly!  

In July of this year, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (otherwise known as REI) generously awarded The Bicycle Tree a $5,000 grant to develop our mobile workshops!  This boost, in addition to the gracious donations of countless workshop participants, has really gotten our wheels rolling!

To celebrate our progress, and to set the stage for another year of growth, we are pleased to announce that we will be hosting our Second Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser on Saturday, October 24th from 9:00 am - 11:30 am at Hart Park in the City of Orange!

Pancake09reverse  Last year's pancake breakfast was a lot of fun and a strong success.  We served pancakes with real vanilla maple syrup, blueberries, bananas, oranges, apples, bagels, tofu scramble, spiced tempeh, organic OJ, and organic fair trade coffee.  We had a great silent auction with items from REI, Orange Cycle, Rock n' Road Cyclery, Fullerton Bicycle, Thuyen Vien, Harvey's Original Seatbelt Bags, Sprouts Farmer's Market, GoZilla, and local artists and photographers.

We hope this year's breakfast will be even better!  We invite you to come out for a morning of food and friends in support of The Bicycle Tree.  It will be a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family, meet new people, get a deal on donated items, fill your belly, honor our volunteers, and celebrate another amazing year!  There is a $10 suggested donation for adults, $2 for kids.  

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you would like to help prepare for the breakfast or lend a hand that morning, please contact us at [email protected]

If you have great items you would like to donate for our silent auction, please contact Paul at [email protected]


Thank you for reading!

The Bicycle Tree

[email protected]

P.O. Box 881
Orange, CA 92856

 

I live a few short miles away from the park, and hope to be able to attend the event. ;-D


October 6, 2009 in EVENT GUIDE (California and Selective Others), Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 28, 2009

Columbia, Missouri Becoming More Bicycle Friendly

Parade Magazine has a great article on cycling improvements in Columbia, led by the town’s 76 year old mayor, a survivor of both esophageal and prostate cancer.

It seems that the Federal Highway Administration has launched a pilot program aiming to make roads safer and more enjoyable, and $22.5 million each, has been allocated to Columbia, and 3 other cities across the country, to make them more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly.

Among the things this wide-ranging article on cycling improvement efforts across the country mentions about Columbia:


1. The mayor recently ordered concrete bike paths alongside Columbia’s streets, rejiggered major intersections for bike safety, and turned existing residential streets into “bike boulevards” with painted bike lanes and obstacles to slow down cars.

2. A city-sponsored cycling-safety class.

3. Hindman’s next goal is to connect every neighborhood to a bike path.

The guy rides his bike 60 miles a week! 

Read the whole article: A Free-Wheeling City.

September 28, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0)

September 12, 2009

Honoring the Victims of 9/11 by Keeping Their Memory Alive Through Cycling Events

The Tour de Force's dual mission is to honor the victims of 9/11 by keeping their memory alive through cycling events and to raise funds, to benefit the families of police officers, who were killed in the line of duty, each year, nationwide, making the ultimate sacrifice.

Tour de Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride, and website...Since 2002.

September 12, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

August 27, 2009

What's YOUR Reason to Bike?

For almost 7 years I've made no secret what my reason for Bicycling is:

 Bike riding is good for you and fun.

Daniel, of the Brighter Planet Blog, has made a short, but beautiful, amusing, and thought-provoking, video that touches on this question, and has written a little about the making of the piece.

I had never ridden a bicycle into water before so it came as quite a surprise to learn that the darn thing wouldn’t stay on the bottom....

Read the rest, and enjoy the video, here. ;-D

August 27, 2009 in Pedaling Advocacy | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack