Read of the week
The Cycling Lawyer on cycling against the car culture.
The law is an ass
Are you doing 30 Days of Biking in April?
Cycling in Melbourne is so good
Nik Dow gets ranty about the current state of cycling in Melbourne.
Beware of Spyclists
Spyclists: how Hitler Youth's cycling tours caused panic in prewar Britain. Lord Baden-Powell, you old fruit:
"I had a long talk with the ambassador [Ribbentrop] who was very insistent that the true peace between the two nations will depend on the youth being brought up on friendly terms together in forgetfulness of past differences…"
Bicycle toe clips: "Most of the clips are upwards of 5-20 for a pair, and most are made of plastic. It's much cheaper to make your own." Dude, no it's not.
The bike as economic unit
Here's an idea: the next time you hear some ridiculously large monetary figure ask "How much is that in bicycles?"
Hmmm… \<eyes roll>
Dutch women 'enjoy' cycling—I'm sure there was an older video almost identical to this.
The Zurich based architect and designer Rafael Schmidt submitted this new bike sharing system to a competition which was organised within last year's International Climate Conference in Copenhagen. The system involves a comprehensive architectural intervention into the urban centre.
Neat and tidy, but I can't see any local authority allowing those little bumps and gooves in public pavement like that—major tripping hazard! [thanks woowoowoo]
Re-inventing the foot
a newly opened elementary school in Ontario is heralded as the nation's first school that requires nearly all of its students to get to and from school using their own two feet.
UK Police have been criticised for needing training on using bikes on patrol. I'd have thought it's normal for police to be trained on all types of equipment that they are expected to use in their duties.
Random act of violence
I completely fail to comprehend the state of mind of anyone who would commit such a random act of violence.
A ride's a ride and a bike's a bike
In Mountain Bikes: Who Needs Them? Chris Kostman argues that by taking your road bike off-road "You'll actually have the nerve to venture down a trail that you discover while out road riding. In fact, you'll quit even thinking of 'road rides' or 'dirt rides.' A ride's a ride and a bike's a bike. It's what you make of them that counts." [via RBR's Newsletter]
A fine tradition continues
For decades, Sheldon's masterful mechanical skills transformed discarded and disused bicycles and components into splendid examples of artistry and style -- and into practical, useful transportation and joyful recreation for him, his family, friends and customers.
NOW it's your turn!
Unspeakably brilliant. [via Chainguard]
Fundamental errors of fact
Chris James Executive Manager – Communications and Public Affairs for the Victorian Employers' Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VECCI) reckons he's got support for bicycle registration. If he thinks that worn out ol' idea is going to fly, he's at best badly informed and at worst delusional. And speaking of badly informed, how's this?
Road users have paid for these roads via fuel taxes and steep registration fees, which also include a component for third-party insurance.
No. They. Don't. Fuel excise and vehicle registration do not pay for the roads. End of story.
For someone who claims to deal with transport policy, he's remarkable ill-informed.
[via I Pay Road Tax]
Xylon Bikes is a project that revolves around the development and production of wooden bicycles.
How's that saying go again?
London Cyclist's round-up of cycling magazines.
Tom Vanderbilt notes some research on driver behaviour that found that "there were more aggressive events recorded at the beginnings and ends of journeys."
You know where you can stick your bottle
Karl asks Why have just a bottle cage?
Then again, you could just use your budgie smugglers…
Dave Moulton's bike is a time machine to him.
Wacky races, bad consequences
It's only a matter of time before boy racers on shared pathways cause someone serious injury.