On the heels of Josh King’s gear recommendations for Urban Bad Weather Commuting, I found more recommendations for winter cycling equipment and a review of the best bicycle tires for wet or snowy conditions–both on Yahoo! Sports, of all places. (I confess, Yahoo!, I underestimated you.)
The California Environmental Protection Agency is conducting a four-week trial of a bike-sharing program. Big whoop, right? But they’re doing it with Bionx-equipped e-bikes. Your move, Washington DC.
Speaking of e-bikes, California, and trials: The New Wheel in San Fransisco held a demonstration of their electric bikes in the Golden Gate Park. To underscore their message, they transported the bikes to their demo location on a bike trailer
In Nashville, regional municipal leaders met recently to discuss urban sprawl. “People in the Nashville area spend a lot more time in their cars than other areas.” That understatement from the head of Nashville’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, Michael Skipper. Nashville leads the Nation in the average time commuters spend in their cars as a result of sprawl. Skipper is spearheading a transportation plan that will prioritize buses, trains, bicycles and walkable communities.
Ethel MacDonald, a 72-year-old bike commuter filled up her car the other day for the first time since January 23, 2010. In the interim she has traveled almost 3000 miles by bike; a combination of commuting 1,200 miles within Missoula, and touring from Paris to Amsterdam, and riding along America’s West Coast.
“I love our city,” MacDonald said. “I really believe every person on a bike and every person walking or riding a bus makes our city a friendlier place to live.
“Every person not confined inside metal makes for a better community.”