Take a tip
Bicycle-Safety Tips. Read 'em and dweeb.
The Quickfix and Foldnfix Foldable Bike Fenders are mudguards that slip over your back wheel, keeping you from getting that damp grey stripe up your arse. More protection than a seat posted mounted mudguard but not as much coverage as full-length guards, they're a clever design. They look a bit rough-and-ready to me but then I reckon that'll make them pretty rugged when it really counts. [twitterer]
Turning pedals, turning pages
Kent Peterson recommends:
Baillieu ♥ bikes…umm, not
The Victorian Government remains fixated on the costly east-west link , with little relief for public transport commuters and funding for bike works turned down to zero. I don't often use the term but to me this all seems nothing short of retarded.
Economies of bike
the economic benefit of bicycling for communities doesn't end with cyclists' expensive cappuccinos and impulse buys. Properties near bike paths increase in value 11 percent…access and proximity to walking and biking facilities, especially greenways, makes homes easier to sell.
And on The Conversation Brad Pettitt argues that bike lanes' economic benefits go beyond jobs:
the economic benefits of bike paths are not simply limited to jobs created during path construction. Long after the bike path concrete has dried the economic benefits can keep rolling, so long as the bike path is well planned and integrated into a broader cycle network.
Shared paths: not safe?
A study reported in the Canberra Times which "examined the characteristics of bicycle crashes in different cycling environments" with the aim of finding "strategies to reduce bicycle crashes" has concluded in part that:
The number of crashes involving pedestrians and the relatively high speeds of some of the cyclists on shared paths and footpaths suggests that the regulation of cycling in shared areas should be reviewed, formally recognized as a part of the road reserve and appropriate speed limits applied. Such measures would be in the interests of cyclists and pedestrians, as cyclists who crashed on shared paths sustained higher average injury severity scores than those injured in any other road environment.
While I don't see how shared path speed limits could be enforced, I actually find this report fairly convincing. I found alternative routes for my daily commuting years ago when the daily tangle with bike path racers started getting just a bit too scary.
This video of a crazy mobile phone driver ramming a police officer is downright scary. But it's important to remember that homicidal nutters like this are rare, fortunately. [twitterer]
Driving Mr Hitler
See also Bike tour + Twitter = Map.
How to steal a bike redux
Remember this? How to steal a bike.
Of course, there may be very good reasons for that…
Sting like a butterfly
Having trouble with free-roaming pedestrians cutting you up on your daily commute? Slightly gullible? Well, help is at hand. Maybe. One frustrated London commuter got so tired with SMIDSY peds that he came up with a novel approach to the problem: the Bike Butterfly.
OK, this is getting just a bit ridiculous…
For your own sake, don't
Hit and run
The fact the people can do hit-and-run makes my stomach churn. So it was good to see this video showing a driver attempting to flee after hitting a bicyclist being blocked by a quick-thinking bus driver. Check it out: Salute to a Heroic Bus Operator. [twitterer]
As a follow-up, Cyclelicious summarised recently reported hit and runs. This one particularly caught my eye: "Hit & run with injury. Small child on bike hit by gray pickup truck. Driver of the vehicle gave juvenile $20 and left the scene." Lovely.
"Need any help, buddy?"
Will make you cry
Take a private 10 minutes to watch this beautiful film Boy, featuring the wonderful Timothy Spall.
For the kids
On Momentum Mag, Tiny Helmets, Big Bike:
Since I've started biking for transportation, I feel like a better mother. I am more excited about each day, and less rushed because the journey becomes as fun as the destination. I am healthier and happier and able to watch the world go by at a child's pace. We still have days where it is difficult to get out of the house and even days where we can't avoid taking the car. However, knowing that with each pedal stroke I am creating a better future for my children gives me that extra push.
What was I thinking?
A selection of rants on one of my favourite ranting topics:
- No play please, we're American
- Fat-arsed schoolkids
- Unwrap the cotton wool and get real
- What precisely is wrong with playing on the road?
Create your own cost of driving infographic thanks to Karl's spreadsheet.
Why do you ride like that?
No tribes please
Interesting discussion sparked by a cartoon in the New Yorker.
My key point: don't try to tell me that any flavour of cyclist is more pure at heart—we all love our bikes, we all love cycling—we just do it differently.
Some good follow-up added to the original post later.
For what it's worth, I thought the New Yorker cartoon was amusing.
See also these stunning vintage photos of early 1900s Australian bike culture [twitterer]
Holding up traffic
Design it, print it
Print your own bike parts. I really want a 3D-printer…
Get my drift?
Trike Drifting. Yeah, you've probably seen this sort of thing before…doesn't mean you don't enjoy watching it again!