From the Surly Blog:
Over the weekend I saw a posting from an online bike dealer that caused some chamois to bunch up. They posted the image below with a tag line You don’t get legs like this pushing a gas pedal!
The future of bike sharing is now, with cities across the country and around the world embracing bike share programs as part of a healthy, multi-modal transport system. The Earth Policy Institute recently published a report on the worldwide uptake in bike share programs, worth a look for anyone still skeptical of bike share being a successful model.
Today more than 500 cities in 49 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of over 500,000 bicycles. Urban transport advisor Peter Midgley notes that “bike sharing has experienced the fastest growth of any mode of transport in the history of the planet.”
In the Americas, where the car has long been king, the first big third-generation bike-sharing program opened in Montreal in 2009. It now has 5,120 bicycles and over 400 stations, facilitating use of the city’s robust network of bike lanes and paths. Toronto plans to expand its 1,000-bike scheme, and Vancouver and Calgary, along with several other Canadian cities, are expecting to start programs in the next couple of years.
When Mexico City launched its Ecobici program with some 1,000 bikes in 2010, it quickly reached its limit of 30,000 annual members and started a waiting list of eager would-be cyclists. The program has since quadrupled in size and remains the largest of Latin America’s dozen or so programs.
In early 2013, China was home to 79 bike-sharing programs, with a whopping combined fleet of some 358,000 bicycles. According to a paper prepared in late 2012 for the Transportation Research Board’s 92nd Annual Meeting by Yang Tang and colleagues at Tongji University, expansions and new projects could soon balloon China’s public bike fleet to just under 1 million cycles.
The world’s largest bike-sharing program is in Wuhan, China’s sixth largest city, with 9 million people and 90,000 shared bikes.
Read the entire report at www.earth-policy.org
Sometimes you don’t need a fancy messenger bag or backpack for a grocery run, a simple reusable tote bag will do the trick. ADK Packworks has introduced the $25 Grocer Bag as an upgrade to the low-tech tote bags out there, featuring an internal wire frame to prevent crushing your food cargo and reconfigurable straps so you can carry it by your side, over your shoulder or on your back for the ride home. Approximately the same size as a traditional paper bag, unlike paper the Grocer can hold as much weight as you can stuff inside. An optional insulated liner will run you another $6. Available in green, red or grey from www.adkpackworks.com
From The Economist:
Traditionally, business associates would get to know each other over a round of golf. But road cycling is fast catching up as the preferred way of networking for the modern professional. A growing number of corporate-sponsored charity bike rides and city cycle clubs are providing an ideal opportunity to talk shop with like-minded colleagues and clients while discussing different bike frames and tricky headwinds. Many believe cycling is better than golf for building lasting working relationships, or landing a new job, because it is less competitive.
From the press release:
What: Bike Cult Handbuilt Bicycle Show – Custom bespoke bicycles will be shown by their makers to the general public. There will be at least 20 builders in attendance, and their bicycles will run the gamut in style, from no-holds-barred racing bikes to sedate picnic cruisers.
Where: Warsaw concert hall, 261 Driggs Ave, Brooklyn, 11222
When: Friday, August 30, 12:00 to 9:00PM, Saturday, August 31, 10:00AM to 4:00PM
Entry: General admission, $10 per day, $15 for two-day entry. Children under 14 free.
Polish Food & Drink: Warsaw has a full bar and kitchen, including beer, spirits, pierogies, kielbasa, sandwiches & salads.
Bike Cult presents a show of beautiful bicycles in Brooklyn. Held in Williamsburg’s landmark Warsaw concert hall, the Polish National Home “where perogies meet punk,” on Labor Day weekend, August 30 and 31, 2013. Exhibitors include some of the finest artisans of custom hand-crafted bicycles from NYC and elsewhere. Over 20 makers will display their brand of made-to-order cycling machines, using a variety of materials and methods, where cliches like form vs. function, the genius in the details, and 10,000 hours practice surely apply.
That the bicycle has come to be so cool is no fault of itself. The world’s most efficient vehicle is not only about self-propelled transport and synergistic fun and freedom, it’s also profoundly aesthetic as a personal fashion statement embodied with wheels.
Bike Cult Show is produced by Harry Schwartzman, David Perry and Ben Peck. Harry Schwartzman organizes the NY Bike Jumble swap meets in Park Slope Brooklyn, David Perry is a former US National Team cyclist, author of Bike Cult and owner of Bike Works NYC ion the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Ben Peck is a frame builder in Brooklyn and master mechanic at Bike Works NYC, with over a dozen years experience in the bicycle industry.