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Bicycle News Roundup, 2/10/09

Posted Feb 10 2009 11:43am

Paul Dorn of the Bike Commute Tips Blog has written a completely fantastic column about experiencing the world as a cyclist versus being in a car, focusing on that great biking town Davis, California.

Pretty much representative of its industry, the North American Handmade Bicycle Show says they are “ holding firm ” in this rough economy. Along the same lines, Bike Portland reports on their first local bike shop to close recently. However, sales of utility and cargo bikes are on the rise.

Meanwhile, a Pedicab operator in Philadelphia gets shut down.

I occasionally feature not-so-glowing bicycle news in this column, like a few weeks back when I mentioned the “bike bomber” in Pakistan. This time, I noticed a story from San Antonio about a drive-by-shooting done by bicycle…ugh.

As a former Arizona resident I was excited and quite surprised to see a great story about exploring central Phoenix by going multi-modal and using your bicycle along with their recently opened light rail system (there may, however, be a problem with bicycle security at the stations)… which reminds me, where the heck is our light rail system…

Staying in the west, SF Weekly reports that San Francisco cyclists have won a small but important victory, getting the Caltrain commuter service to at least “try” to provide more space for bikes, as they have been overloaded for a few years.

Also in California, Lance Armstrong and the Astana team get harassed by an irate driver on a training ride.

Lastly, at online design mag Core77 (yes I do read this stuff), a designer tackles the challenge of creating truly secure bicycle parking and comes up with something yes, secure, but also really large. I guess this would work out if we were taking up a car parking space with it, but on a sidewalk? No way.

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