On a muggy afternoon in Portland’s Laurelhurst Park, musician and pickle enthusiast Steve Chesborough stands under a shady tree looking for cyclists. He’s nervous because he’s organized a ‘Picklepalooza’ bike ride under the Portland Pedalpalooza cycling program — and so far nobody’s turned up.
“Are you here for the pickling ride?” he asks two cyclists, who nod. “Oh good. This is it!”
As people show up he relaxes and explains that for him, bicycling and pickling are inextricably linked, “Rather than accept a corporation’s pickle, make your own. Rather than accept a corporate way of getting around by buying oil and cars and insurance, just get a bicycle.”
He’s not alone in his beliefs. More than a dozen people turn up for his ride, where they’ll have a pickle picnic and drop in on a couple of pickling businesses. The belabored point is that nowadays, people are jumping on their bikes for any reason. Over the last week, thousands have climbed onto the saddle to do everything from celebrating Star Trek, to crossing bridges and getting naked.
Jonathan Maus the editor of Bike Portland said COVID-19 had everybody dusting off their bikes, “Here’s this thing we can use that can be safely distanced from other people, be a healthy outlet… So all the things that we know that bicycling is so great for, were actually tailor-made for the COVID era.”
At the height of the pandemic, the streets were so full of bikes, the city had to do something. It launched a ‘Slow Streets’ program and put plastic bollards and signs across 100 miles of streets to make them bike and pedestrian-friendly.
“They actually have come back now and fortified those additionally and made them more permanent,” Maus said.
An actual count of the number of bike riders is elusive. Traffic engineers tend to measure car movements, and the pandemic completely changed car and bike commuting. But Maus believes people who’ve embraced bikes during the pandemic, will stay in the saddle.
“Anytime the city does something to dramatically improve streets for people and limit car access…it’s hard to take them back because, guess what, people love having a healthier quieter, more humane way to get around,” Maus said.
The Oregon Department of Transportation just announced $55 million for pedestrian and bike improvements. President Joe Biden’s infrastructure bill also contains some big numbers for cycling.
But while Maus welcomes new money, he doesn’t think it’s enough to fundamentally change transportation
BOULDER, Colo. (BRAIN) — A study measuring how well bicycling infrastructure advanced transportation alternatives across socioeconomic and demographic groups will help guide cities building equitable infrastructure, according to the Better Bike Share Partnership.
“The study will provide a different narrative for understanding the potential impacts of these investments,” said Kiran Herbert, Better Bike Share Partnership local programs writer and content manager.
Entities that make up the Better Bike Share Partnership — a collaboration funded by The JPB Foundation to build equitable bike share systems — are the city of Philadelphia, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, and the PeopleForBikes Foundation.
“That doesn’t let cities off the hook for doing good community engagement — in fact, it elevates the importance of working in partnership with community members to address their needs and involve them in the planning process,” Herbert said. “This study to me says, ‘Yes, build those bike lanes — but do so in a way that engages the community from the start and accounts for specific needs throughout.'”
Long term, Herbert suggested, the study provides another model for measuring the impacts of implementing infrastructure.
“So cities must acknowledge and account for that,” Herbert said. “I think it also offers a lot of food for thought when it comes to thinking about mobility justice and what encompasses gentrification. Sure, we might not be displacing folks with bike lanes, but that doesn’t mean we’re doing a great job of listening to them and accounting for the needs of a wide subset of people.”
The study by Nicholas N. Ferenchak of the University of New Mexico and Wesley E. Marshall of the University of Colorado looked at 11,010 bike facility miles over 10 years (2010-2019) in 29 cities and suggests inequalities in bike infrastructure outside downtown areas.
The cities studied were Chicago; Houston; Philadelphia; Dallas; Austin, Texas; Seattle; San Francisco; Seattle; Denver; Washington; Memphis, Tennessee; Portland, Oregon; Oklahoma City; Baltimore; Kansas City; Minneapolis; Alexandria, Virginia; Pasadena, California; Fullerton, California; Columbia, South Carolina; New Haven, Connecticut; Norman, Oklahoma; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Boulder, Colorado; Iowa City, Iowa; Passaic, New Jersey; Eau Claire, Wisconsin; Portland, Maine; Youngstown, Ohio; and East Orange, New Jersey.
“While lower-income white neighborhoods — where we might expect lower vehicle ownership and higher want or need of access to safe and comfortable active transportation facilities — had high levels of bike facilities installed, (people of color) areas had the lowest rates of overall installation,” the study’s authors wrote. “Lower-income white block groups had 45.9% more bike facilities installed than lower-income POC block groups and 46.2% more facilities installed than higher-income POC block groups.”
According to the study, the causality relationships between bike facilities and socioeconomic and demographic changes were “largely non-significant.” And for advocates concerned about new bike lanes resulting in forcing out historically marginalized groups, the study suggests otherwise.
“Bike lanes have been described as ‘a tell-tale sign of gentrification,’ and it is not uncommon to see popular press articles such as ‘Why are bike lanes such heated
From June 7 to June 13, Bicycling teamed up with Degree to celebrate Bike to Play Weekwhere riders dedicate one day out of the week simply to the joy of biking. It’s easy for serious riders to get caught up in competition whether against a long-time rival or one’s own stats. Here’s how the editors at Bicycling chose to celebrate the day as a chance to let go of the pressure, let loose, and have fun!
Bike to Play, for me, was about making sure to set aside time to get away from work and get out with friends. Work can get pretty chaotic and stressful and really bring down my mood, which is where riding comes in to help. I started my Bike to Play with a slightly extended solo ride that worked as a reset from the workday. Then followed that up with, a few hours, and what some might say was an overly hilly ride, along with a good friend and co-worker Dan Chabanov. It was the kind of ride that when you get back everything just feels good—sore, but good. — Trevor Raab, Photographer
Trevor and I used our Bike to Play time to get out for a ride from the office that we’ve been scheming about ever since the office relocated to Easton, Pennsylvania. It’s essentially a shorter and more condensed version of a semi-famous New Jersey route called Hillier Than Thou. As the name suggests it’s heavy on climbing, and we managed to pack in a bit over 5500 feet of elevation into a 45-mile loop. Turns out our idea of fun is racing each other up stupidly steep hills in New Jersey. — Dan Chabanov, Test Editor
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There’s a road in rural Hunterdon County, New Jersey, aptly named Sweet Hollow. Three tree-covered miles of gradual descent, perfect turns, and a few slightly sketchy one-lane bridges. It’s one of my favorite roads, but too far away for a typical hour-long lunch ride on a weekday. But it was the perfect destination for my Bike to Play ride.
I’m lucky enough to have time at lunch during the work week. Those rides are great, but with set ride times, and a limited number of 20-mile loops to get back to work in time, they’re not always fun. But coasting down Sweet Hollow—ignoring the clock, my average speed, and Wahoo email notifications—that was. And the bagel stop in Milford a few miles later didn’t hurt either. — John Hamilton, Associate Photo Editor
For my Bike to Play week, I spent my Sunday sending it at a women’s Intro to Drops and Jumping mountain bike skills clinic hosted by Cognition Coaching. I had an
The Village of Schaumburg has received a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designation from the League of American Bicyclists for its continued commitment to improve bicycling through policies, infrastructure and programs.
Schaumburg was the first community in Illinois recognized by the League of American Bicyclists as a Bicycle Friendly Community in 1999, and has been a Bronze-level BFC since 2003.
Schaumburg’s recertification as a Bronze level community includes the village in a leading group of communities across the U.S. that is transforming neighborhoods to make bicycling a safe and convenient option for transportation and recreation.
“The village is pleased to receive this distinction once again for our continued investment and commitment to provide safe bicycling options throughout Schaumburg,” said Director of Transportation Karyn Robles.
“The village has always been a champion of bicycling, and this designation recognizes Schaumburg’s long-standing and ongoing efforts to improve upon our bicycle infrastructure and programming for the community.”
The Bronze BFC award recognizes Schaumburg’s commitment to improving conditions for bicycling through investment in promotion, education programs, infrastructure and pro-bicycling policies.
The BFC program provides a benchmark for communities to evaluate these conditions and policies, while highlighting areas for improvement. The national scope of the program also promotes competition and comparison between communities.
Schaumburg has more than 95 miles of bike path and 1,000 bike parking racks and locker spaces. In 2019, the village completed construction of the Roselle Road Bike Path Bridge project, which provided additional safe connectivity to existing bike paths.
Construction included providing a new path on the west side of Roselle Road from Hillcrest Boulevard, along with a bridge over Central Road connecting users to an existing bike path in the Paul Douglas Forest Preserve at the northwest corner of Roselle and Central roads.
Construction is currently underway on the Higgins Road Bike Path, which is adding a segment of roughly .23 miles of new path on the north side of Higgins Road, from Lifetime Fitness, 900 E. Higgins Road, to the village limits between Schaumburg and Hoffman Estates.
For years, the village has hosted annual biking events, such as the Fahrrad Tour von Schaumburg and Bike to Work Week, to encourage biking.
Due to the pandemic, this year’s Bike Month events were moved to September. Bike Month activities for 2020 included the inaugural Enjoy Schaumburg by Bike Photo Challenge and the second annual Business Bike Classic, which had 76 competitors from 19 different teams representing eight Schaumburg businesses and organizations.
“I’m proud that Schaumburg has remained a Bicycle Friendly Community for so many years, and for the role our Bikeways Advisory Committee and others have played in maintaining this important distinction in the village,” said village President Tom Dailly.
“A strong bicycling infrastructure encourages positive health and environmental choices, as well as provides multimodal transportation opportunities for the public. Bicycling is also one of the many
Cruisers are made more for fun than fitness. So they’re perfect for exploring downtown Phoenix’s bike-friendly historic neighborhoods, such as the Willo or Encanto-Palmcroft districts, where you’ll find lovingly restored homes—in architectural styles ranging from Mission Revival to Classic Bungalow—dating to the 1920s.
Or wind your way along the banks of the Salt River Project’s web of irrigation canals, where more than 100 miles of paved and packed-dirt paths crisscross Greater Phoenix, passing neighborhoods, urban parks and shopping and entertainment districts.
For those who like a reward at the end of a morning ride, try the beer brunch at O.H.S.O Eatery + Nanobrewery’s Arcadia locale, where bike racks, locks and tools for simple repairs attract riders from the nearby canal path. Or there’s downtown’s Phoenix Public Market Café, where breakfast is served until 3 p.m., and it’s never too early for a bourbon milk punch. You can also fill your bike’s basket with fresh goodies from the adjacent open-air farmers market, held Saturday mornings and Thursday evenings.
Before you rent a cruiser, check with your hotel to see if it has a bike program. Greater Phoenix properties such as The Clarendon Hotel and Spa, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix, JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort and Spa, Bespoke Inn and The Saguaro all offer guests complimentary loans of bicycles.
Pack the trail mix, because Greater Phoenix is heaven for mountain biking. Between its parks and preserves, the metro area boasts hundreds of miles of mountain-bike-friendly trails that put you in the midst of the Sonoran Desert, often just minutes from urban centers. As you careen around switchbacks, keep your eyes peeled for saguaro and prickly pear cactuses, spring wildflowers and desert critters such as roadrunners, coyotes and javelinas.
In northeast Phoenix, parts of Phoenix Mountains Preserve offer lengthy, easy treks, such as the 10.7-mile Charles M. Christiansen Memorial Trail, which uses a series of tunnels to cross under a freeway and busy streets. Or try more challenging rides, such as the 4.8-mile Perl Charles Memorial Trail, which loops the backside of landmark Piestewa Peak.
At South Mountain Park, the National Trail follows 14.5 miles of the mountain’s ridgeline, offering great views of downtown Phoenix. For those who want to hone their skills, the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department has specially constructed competitive tracks (as well as general mountain biking trails) at Estrella Mountain, McDowell Mountain and White Tank Mountain regional parks.
Don’t own a mountain bike? No problem. The outfitters mentioned below offer rentals, guided tours and transportation to and from area hotels.
To explore the heart of the city sans car, check out Grid Bike Share. This program places 500 easy-to-ride, lime-green bikes at 50 “hubs” throughout central Phoenix. The project was launched in 2014 as a public-private partnership
On this coming Monday, April 20, the Transportation Policy Board at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will consider cutting already-approved projects, including some active transportation projects, to divert $600 million to rebuild I-35 in Central…
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Biking is more essential than ever. We also want to share that we’ve officially postponed Bike to Work Day until the fall, but May is still Bike Month and we’ll be offering some fun ways to engage those of you who still want to celebrate all things cycling.
Welcome to the Bikeway Program for the City of Columbus. The Department of Public Service builds and maintains facilities to help those travelling in and around the Columbus area to use bicycles and a green, low cost and healthy means of travel. The city has also been selected for a bronze award from the League of American Bicyclists. Click here to see a video about bicycling in Columbus!
Maps and Routes The City of Columbus partnered with the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (MORPC) to produce the 3rd edition of the Columbus Metro Bike Map, which is available at Columbus area bike shops and public libraries
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Protected Bike Lanes Protected bike lanes
help eliminate perceived risk and fear of collisions; reduce the risk of
crashing into car doors; and add a level of predictability making streets safer
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Share the Road Share the Road is a safety campaign created by Mayor Michael B. Coleman to encourage more people to ride their bicycles to work and school, and for fun.
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Turn Box Bicycle lanes and cycle
tracks located on the right side of the roadway pose challenges for cyclists
making left turns.
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Multimodal Thoroughfare Plan The City of Columbus is
currently developing a true Multimodal Thoroughfare Plan to improve safety,
reduce congestion, assist children and the elderly, and promote economic
development, fitness and environmental responsibility.
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Bicycle Parking Accessible and secure bicycle parking encourages people to get where they need to go on their bicycle. A variety of parking options can be found in Columbus.
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Projects and Planning Information about current and upcoming bicycle projects.
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News about Bicycling as a means of transportation and recreation in everyday life.
Edlin’s Crank An exquisite study by our favorite artist, Taliah
Lempert (Used with
Like Edlin, who’s crank appears above, you may not have a racing bike
(regardless of the pretentious logo), but if you have a bike, any bike,
you can join the human race instead of the rat race. A quiet evening
ride or a trip to the store does not require a $2000 bike.
bicycle web sites are “event” oriented. Lots are interested on races or racers.
Most are seasonally oriented, and a few are advocacy oriented. We are not disinterested in
these things. We are simply more interested in the promotion of cycling as a
“normal” means of transportation for every day travel needs as well as
recreation and healthy exercise.
We also want to counter all the fear mongering, intentional and
unintentional, that happens when bicycling is discussed.
Sometimes cycling enthusiasts are their own worst enemy.
It starts when fairly
competent cyclists start lobbying for bike paths and bike lanes at local public
meetings. It ends with school districts banning bicycles as a means of
transportation, or with local road closures because elected officials are afraid of
How to Buy Your First Bicycle? If you plan to do more than just salivate over the shiny new bikes in our Buyer’s Guide, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by your options. Before your head explodes, allow us to demystify the process of bicycle buying. Start by deciding which of the most common bike types makes sense for you—mountain, road, hybrid, or city/commuter. Next, factor in yourcycling goals. Consider things like what kind of terrain you’ll ride most, what distance you want to cover, and what you want to accomplish.
You may unsubscribe at any time. Your Privacy Rights| About Us If you’re more interested in exploring off road, your choice is pretty straightforward: Look for a mountain bike with wide, knobby tires, a flat handlebar, strong brakes, and shock-absorbing suspension that’s made for rough, unpredictable trails. You’ll then need to decide how much suspension you want (most have between 4 and 8 inches of travel) and which wheel size is right for you: 26-, 27.5-, or 29-inch. Smoother trails require less travel and allow you to use larger, more stable wheels.
Bontrager’s Interchange ANT+ Cadence Sensor is a cadence sensor that wirelessly transmits your data to a variety of ANT+ enabled receiving devices including Bontrager Node computers (sold separately). It includes a 5mm crank cadence band magnet and a silicone mounting strap to fit most chainstays, making installation a snap.
– Provides infinite angle adjustment allowing for your preferred computer placement
– Compatible with 31.8mm handlebars
The KICKR CORE is the latest in Wahoo’s line of smart indoor bike trainers. It delivers a realistic, accurate, and quiet indoor training experience by using the proven flywheel technology and advanced algorithms of Wahoo’s legendary indoor bike trainers. The KICKR CORE indoor trainer is built with the durabilty to withstand all of your indoor training sessions and no other brand of smart trainers has more apps and software training options, including Zwift and Trainer Road. The Core also features built-in cadence measurement, without the need of an external sensor.
PLEASE NOTE: Some assembly is required. The KICKR CORE does not include a cassette or wheel block. These items can be purchased separately.
– Wahoo’s KICKR CLIMB indoor grade simulator was designed in conjunction with the KICKR smart trainers to deliver an unmatched indoor training experience when combined.
– KICKR HEADWIND was designed to deliver innovative climate control to your indoor training experience.
– The new KICKR features 12×142 and 12×148 thru axle compatibility in addition to standard 130/135mm quick release. Click to find out if your bike is compatible.
– Enhanced power accuracy to provide accurate power measurement and generate up to 1800W.
– Maximum percent grade adjusts to simulate up to a 16-degree incline.
– Visual confirmation that KICKR CORE is powered, connected and transmitting via Bluetooth and/or ANT+.
– ANT+ and Bluetooth capabilities allow it to connect to both smartphones and GPS devices simultaneously or separately. An ANT+ FE-C connection allows the KICKR CORE to be controlled from any FE-C enabled device or application.
– Robust steel construction ensures the KICKR CORE stays in place while you crank out the watts and stands up to years of heavy use.
– When connected to your device, it automatically sets your resistance via your favorite app or software.
– The KICKR flywheel is innovative and proven technology emulates the power and inertia experienced during outdoor riding. It provides the most realistic ride feel especially when using virtual riding/training platforms like Zwift and TrainerRoad.
– Get these vital cycling metrics on your indoor ride.
– Works with popular training apps such as Zwift, The Sufferfest, Fulgaz and TrainerRoad.
– Compatible with a third party power meter.
Power links provide tool free chain assembly.
– Chain Compatibility: SRAM
– Reusable: No
– Convenient storage for any bike with elegant space-saving design
– Welded construction with padded wheel hook
– Maximum load: 40lbs
– Includes Da Vinci tire tray to save walls from tire marks
How fast, how far, and how long? Bontrager’s wireless Trip 300 displays all of