Archive for the ‘bicycles’ Category

Anti-Bike Lane Arguments

April 17, 2019

“What’s the dumbest excuse you’ve ever heard for not building bike lanes? Professional bike advocates have heard ’em all!”

— Angie Schmitt, StreetsBlog

Related:

“Ridership Jumped 400% When Seattle Protected a Bike Lane,” Angie Schmitt, StreetsBlog

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Wayward Bikes

January 29, 2018

Wayward Bikes

“Bikeshare users sometimes park their dockless bikes on sidewalks and curb cuts, making them obstacles for people who use motorized chairs or otherwise experience disabilities affecting mobility, among others. Plus, it’s just rude.”

— “What People Mean When They Call Dockless Bikeshare a ‘Nuisance,'” Kriston Capps, CityLab

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Cargo Bikes

June 7, 2014

Cargo Bikes

“A national campaign to reclaim the bicycle’s utilitarian role in transportation is coming to Brattleboro this weekend.

Environmentalists and public health advocates are seeking to replace the traditional family station wagon with so-called cargobikes – large bikes used to carry children, groceries and other onboard loads during daily commutes.

Some of these bicycles include front-loaded baskets and trailer-like cargo space in the rear. Other pedal- and solar-powered bikes include headlights, windshields, overhead protection, an electric motor and enough space to carry hundreds of pounds of cargo.”

— “Cargobikes Touted as Alternative Transportation,” John Herrick, VTDigger

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‘I Stole Your Bike’

February 19, 2014

I Stole Your Bike

Christian, Stephon and Joshua White followed a bike thief around and shot the documentary I Stole Your Bike. Here’s the trailer:

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Tour de France Starts, Le Monde Interviews Lance Armstrong

July 1, 2013

Tour de France Starts, Le Monde Interviews Lance Armstrong

The 100th Tour de France began Saturday in Porto-Vecchio, Corsica, the first time the famous bicycle race has started on the french island. It will also be the first time the Tour finishes in France. All the living winners will be there except for disgraced seven-time champion Lance Armstrong, who was stripped of his titles for doping.

That didn’t keep Mr. Armstrong out of the french headlines. He granted interviews to the country’s leading newspaper. “The Tour cannot be won without doping,” he told Le Monde.

More:

“As Tour De France Begins, Interview With A Defiant Lance Armstrong,” Stéphane Mandard, Le Monde via Worldcrunch

“Tour De France: A Fresh Start For 100th Race?” Bill Chappell, NPR News blog

“Lance Armstrong: ‘Le Tour de France ? Impossible de gagner sans dopage,'” Stéphane Mandard, Le Monde

“Marcel Kittel wins a bizarre opening to the 100th Tour de France,” Velo News

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Library Moves Lance Armstrong’s Books to Fiction Section

January 22, 2013

Library Moves Lance Armstrong's Books to Fiction Section

Celebrity cyclist Lance Armstrong has written a bunch of books about his life. After he finally admitted he was liar, an Australian library moved Armstrong’s memoirs to the Fiction Section.

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Lance Armstrong’s New Charity: Oprah’s Cable Network

January 17, 2013

Lance Armstrong's New Charity: Oprah's Cable Network
Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong was forced to abandon his Livestrong foundation, but he seems to have found a new pet charity: Oprah Winfrey’s money-losing OWN video venture. OWN has been bleeding money at an alarming gush, over $300 million as of last May. Oprah’s exclusive Armstrong interview will be a powerful shot in the arm, and the Queen of Confessions is hyping it for all it’s worth.

As for the interview subject himself, here’s the best take:

“Lance Armstrong Admits To Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs To Show Remorse,” The Onion

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Bike Helmets: Safety or Fear-Mongering?

November 30, 2012

Bike Helmets: Safety or Fear-Mongering?

All the smart people have been saying that campaigns promoting bicycle helmets are so much fear-mongering, that both the dangers of bike riding and the protective value of helmets are exaggerated.

One Arlington rider might disagree. A dump truck knocked him down and rolled over his head. He was wearing a helmet and thinks it saved his life.

 

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Lance Armstrong Stripped of Titles, Banned From Cycling

October 22, 2012

Lance Armstrong Stripped of Titles, Banned From Cycling

Lance who?

“Lance Armstrong deserves to be forgotten, says UCI,” First Post

More:

“Armstrong ‘has no place in cycling,’” Euronews

“World Cycling Body Strips Armstrong of Titles,” John Revill and Vanessa O’Connell, Wall Street Journal

“Lance Armstrong Is Stripped of His 7 Tour de France Titles,” Juliet Macur, New York Times

“Cycling’s governing body agrees to strip Lance Armstrong of his 7 Tour de France titles,” AP via Washington Post

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Image: Parody Livestrong bracelet from The Onion.

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Nike Drops Lance, Lance Drops Livestrong

October 17, 2012

Nike Drops Lance, Lance Drops Livestrong

“Due to the seemingly insurmountable evidence that Lance Armstrong participated in doping and misled Nike for more than a decade, it is with great sadness that we have terminated our contract with him. Nike does not condone the use of illegal performance enhancing drugs in any manner.

 Nike plans to continue support of the Livestrong initiatives created to unite, inspire and empower people affected by cancer.”

 — Nike Statement on Lance Armstrong

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