Posts Tagged ‘bikes’

Bike DC May 13th

May 11, 2012

Bike DC May 13th

You’ve already missed Bike To School Day, so remember that this Sunday is Bike DC Day, fun for the whole family. It’s also Mother’s Day, so bring her along. Registration fee benefits Washington Area Bicycle Association. No bike? No problem, rent one (kids’ bikes, too).

The Washington and Arlington Community Bike Ride
Sunday May 13, 2012

Register online or in person

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Osama bin Laden’s Bike

March 1, 2012

Osama bin Laden's Bike

Now it can be yours: Osama bin Laden’s bicycle. The Pakistan hideout where Mr. bin Laden died is being razed, and souvenir hunters have been scavaging the house site.

“Ali and others quickly scoured the grounds around the building and elsewhere in Abbottabad for anything that might have once belonged to bin Laden, or anyone associated with him, that hadn’t already been confiscated by intelligence agencies.

Ali was lucky enough to find a bicycle. Although the bike was in bad condition, he believes its possible association with bin Laden could mean a handsome profit down the line.

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Bike Art

January 10, 2012

Bike Art

The Brain Pickings blog features Maria Popova’s review of the recently published Bike Art: Bicycles in Art Around the World (Kiriakos Iosifides, Gingko Press). It looks like an attractive book, even if it doesn’t include the sculpture above.

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Bicycles = Elitism?

December 5, 2011

Bicycles = Elitism?

It’s back! That 21st century city transportation question:

“Are urban bicyclists just elite snobs?” Will Doig, Salon.

Earlier iterations:

“Are Bike Lanes Expressways to Gentrification?” Paul M. Davis, Shareable

“Bike Lane Backlash, Even in Portland,” Sarah Goodyear, Atlantic Cities

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Subtle Safety for Bikes

December 3, 2011

Subtle Safety for Bikes

More of America’s city dwellers are trying bicycles, and that makes these trying times for bike riders, pedestrians and drivers alike. Bikes run into people, cars run into bikes, bikes run into cars. New York City is trying a novel approach to improve bike safety: poetry.

The NYC Department of Transportation has rolled out a new bicycle safety program, Curbside Haiku signs. The signs feature 12 designs, and each spells out bike safety tips in poems of 17 syllables. This official New York municipal program is based on an Atlanta guerrilla art project by John Morse.

The thoughtful Curbside Haiku poem cycle covers essential bicycle topics, all except one. This one:

Pedal with respect
The streets are for everyone
Spandex shorts are not

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New York Bike Riders Prepare for Winter

September 21, 2011

New York Bike Riders Prepare for Winter

Actually, that’s not a bicycle with a sweater. It’s an example of “yarn bombing.”  Read about the genre here:

“Graffiti’s Cozy, Feminine Side,” Malia Wollan, New York Times

The wooly bike above is parked on East 23rd Street in Manhattan, across the street from the School of Visual Arts.

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Bike to Work Day in DC

May 20, 2011

Bike to Work Day in DC

May 20, 2011 is Bike to Work Day in the Nation’s Capital.

“Bike To Work Day demonstrates the many transportation benefits of bicycling,” US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood, The Fast Lane blog.

Image (“Bike 2 Work in DC, after Abel Brunyer”) by Mike Licht. Download a copy here. Creative Commons license; credit Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com

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Bikeshare Begins

September 21, 2010

Bikeshare Begins

Capital Bikeshare began rolling out its fleet of red rental bicycles Monday in Washington DC and Arlington Virginia. By late October 1,100 cycles will be available at 114 bike stations across DC and Arlington (see the full map here). The annual membership rate is $50 (reduced from $75) and rides 30 minutes or less are free (see the rates here).

While the program is aimed at serving daily commuters, there are daily rates for tourists.  

The $4 million project, chiefly funded through federal grants, takes advantage of DC’s new bike lanes and bike signals and connects with Metro stations and Circulator bus routes. Alta Bicycle Share operates the system.

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