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Tim McFarlane

Your Biking Wisdom in 10 Words - Interactive Map - NYTimes.com

This is a great app for cyclists to check out and maybe add some wisdom to about where to cycle and what to look out for in the streets. The map defaults to New York City, but type in your location to see your map and pins…

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It reminds me of the “bike to work” movement. That is also portrayed as white, but in my city more than half of the people on bike are not white. I was once talking to a white activist who was photographing “bike commuters” and had only pictures of white people with the occasional “black professional” I asked her why she didn’t photograph the delivery people, construction workers etc. … ie. the black and Hispanic and Asian people… and she mumbled something about trying to “improve the image of biking” then admitted that she didn’t really see them as part of the “green movement” since they “probably have no choice” –

I was so mad I wanted to quit working on the project she and I were collaborating on.

So, in the same way when people in a poor neighborhood grow food in their yards … it’s just being poor– but when white people do it they are saving the earth or something.

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- comment left on the Racialious blog post “Sustainable Food & Privilege: Why is Green always White (and Male and Upper-Class)” (via sister-bell)

(Source: ominykaress, via shangela-lansbury-deactivated20)

(via WD-40 BIKE)
The makers of WD-40 finally realize that they should make a real bike lube…

Terence Koh Rides a Bike (by Tim Barber)

bloglocally:

The Guardian has a nice article on the “United Bike Lanes of America” Planning a road trip across America? Considered cycling? Major US cycle routes mapped 
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Want more bikers? Build more bike lanes like these ones (Photos) (thejournal.ie)

zisaacson:

Constant reminders..

Drifter: Attention everyone who drives a car: The bicycle lane is an area in...

bedboundboredom:

Attention everyone who drives a car:

The bicycle lane is an area in which bicyclists are able to ride free from automobile interference. It is not your buffer zone. If you’re texting your on again/off again lover the bicycle lane is not an extra four feet you’re allowed to use just in case you…

(via Greater Philadelphia Bicycle News: Complete Streets Bill for Philadelphia!)

Iris Melody: Ugh. So, I’m trying to figure out ways to make exercise more...

iapetusneume:

Ugh.

So, I’m trying to figure out ways to make exercise more interesting, you know? And one of the things I’ve thought of, more than once, was buying an adult tricycle.

Yes, I never did learn how to ride a bike. It’s not something I’m proud of, and I am too embarrassed to go out and try now….

Hey, try not to feel bad about being 27 and not having learned how to ride. I was 38 when I finally learned how to ride a bike. One night, I decided to jump onto my then-girlfriend’s bike and rode…badly, but I rode. I even crashed into a tree because I wasn’t quick enough on the brakes.

I had a lot of self-esteem issues related to not having learned when I was younger, but I haven’t looked back. I feel like I’ve been riding for my whole life and I’m pretty fast for an “old” man of 47. Do what you can to find a bike, get on it, and ride. Do it now (and tell your embarrassment to fuck off). You’ll have a full decade more than I did to enjoy riding. The hardest part is not learning to ride, it’s going to be silencing the doubt you have. Don’t let doubt keep you from the freedom and fun of cycling. Find a bike, get on it, and don’t look back.

erikrivas:

dude straight up climbed a mountain on a track bike

(Source: vimeo.com)

(via Bike Registration Laws: A License to Profile? | Streetsblog.net)

EFG November ride (by David King)

Important Message from Peopleforbikes.org

fuckyeahgirlsandbikes:

Federal funding for bicycling is under serious attack. Today or tomorrow, Senator Tom Coburn of Oklahoma will introduce an amendment to eliminate dedicated funding for Transportation Enhancements, which is the main source of funding for bike projects of all types. We need you to take action today by emailing your U.S. Senators to urge them to oppose and defeat Mr. Coburn’s amendment.If Senator Coburn’s amendment succeeds, bicycling in the U.S. will become less safe and more difficult. Twenty years of consistent, cost-effective investment in beneficial bike projects will stop.When we launched peopleforbikes.org, we promised you that we would only ask for your help when we really needed it. This is one of those times.We need every U.S. Senator to hear from hundreds, if not thousands, of their constituents who value government support for bicycling. A strong vote against Coburn’s amendment will be a convincing statement of how much Congress and Americans value bicycling, and will influence all future votes on bike and pedestrian programs and funding.Please email your U.S. Senators today and tell them to oppose Coburn’s amendment and preserve funding for bicycling. (You can find your Senators, review basic suggested text for your email, and send your note directly from this link.)Thanks for your support and your quick response to this call to action.

Tim Blumenthal
Director, Peopleforbikes.org