CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -Bicycling helped him on the road to recovery after a car crash in 2014. Today he’s using that passion to help others.
“40…45..50…55…60…65…66. 466.” Michael Van Dusseldorp counts the tick marks on the wall of his garage turned bicycle shop called New Life Recyclery.
The marks represent the number of bicycles he has fixed since starting in March.
“Once I get something in my head I just go for it, and that’s kind of what this turned into, and I was like I love this, and honestly now nothing else matters because this is where my heart’s at,” Van Dusseldorp said.
Van Dusseldorp takes bicycles in just about any state. If he can’t fix it up, he can try to use its parts to repair a different bike.
After fixing one up, the next step is to give it to someone in need.
“You can give someone a bus pass, but a bus pass too, it expires or buses only go to certain spots,” Van Dusseldorp said. “With this, they have a bike that is their own. They actually own something which gives them that kind of sense of pride, and it allows them to go anywhere.”
This mobility is a chance at a fresh start.
That’s something bikes helped Van Dusseldorp with after experiencing head trauma from a car crash.
“I was constantly in pain, and just laying in bed feeling sorry for myself, and it got worse and worse which made my depression worse and worse because I felt useless,” Van Dusseldorp said. “It wasn’t until I started doing bikes, and I obviously have to ride and test them and make sure they are okay after I fix them, and I started doing that, and I was like oh, I actually feel kind of better.”
One bicycle at a time, Van Dusseldorp said his greater goal is to let those who may be homeless know that someone cares.
New Life Recyclery is expanding its services.
It also offers food, tents, work boots and more for those experiencing homelessness.
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Dan Sirkin’s childhood expertise as a BMX champion led him to become president and owner of Solon Bicycle, a 17-year career thus far that he called “exhausting, but super fun.”
Solon Bicycle serves Solon and the surrounding community with their bicycle needs, whether it is casual neighborhood-style bikes or BMX bikes.
At 12 years old, Sirkin began competing in flatland freestyle, a type of BMX competition that takes place on a smooth surface with no ramps, jumps or grind rails. The purpose of the competition is to perform tricks and gain high scores from judges.
During his 34 years of flatland freestyle, Sirkin competed nationally as a sponsored professional. Two years ago, he switched disciplines in order to start racing. Sirkin built a team of about 30 riders. After starting as a novice, Sirkin worked his way up to the expert level. At the end of 2020, he was the USA BMX state champion in Ohio for the 46 to 50 age group.
The award is presented to the racer with the most points accumulated at four tracks around Ohio, concluding with the finals in Akron.
Sirkin said this experience has carried over into the business he has been running since 2004.
“It’s been really great, actually,” Sirkin told the Cleveland Jewish News June 22,. “We sell so much BMX racing equipment, whether it’s bikes, parts or helmets. And that’s a market that we never did before. And it’s a market that no other shop in this area does. It’s something that, since we do it, we know it really well. Our business has definitely gone up just from that segment alone.”
The Solon resident has worked at bike shops since 1992, when he joined Solon Bicycle as an employee. He then worked in the industry for about a decade as an outside sales representative for a bicycle brand before reeturning to purchase Solon Bicycle in 2004.
Sirkin’s customers, whom he said come from as far as about 15 miles, have followed him since his move in February to 33113 Aurora Road, a few miles from his previous location.
Because of the ripple effects from the COVID-19 pandemic, Sirkin said he has had to get creative in keeping up with the demand of the market. While there are normally about 300 bikes in stock, he said they are only carrying about 50 at this time.
Sirkin said in a non-COVID world Solon Bicycle would make large orders from two or three suppliers every week. Now, he juggles smaller orders from about 10 different suppliers.
Through all of the challenges and changes his store may have faced, he said he has built a loyal customer base because of honesty and experience.
“Our core value has always been full transparency at all times,” Sirkin said. “We never pull any punches. We always call it like
Officers first got a call about the crime shortly before 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found the boy’s body in the basket, covered in multiple stab wounds.
NEW ORLEANS — NOPD arrested a woman allegedly responsible for the stabbing death of a baby in the 7th Ward Saturday evening, according to our partners at NOLA.com.
According to the article, NOPD arrested 35-year-old Angelyc Seely, from Detroit, after a witness saw her dragging the baby’s body in a bike trailer down Columbus and North Broad streets.
Police determined Seely is the mother of the child.
Officers first got a call about the crime shortly before 6:30 p.m. When they arrived, they found Seely with the boy’s body in the basket.
Police also found a bag with the bike Seely had and in it was a railroad spike that was made into a blade and was covered in dried blood. Paramedics said the baby had deep cuts to his stomach, neck and chest and had been cleaned off and wrapped in blankets said NOLA.com.
According to police, paramedics took Seely to University Medical Center after seeing she had small cuts on her neck. Allegedly police said that at the hospital, Seely said she cut herself with scissors because she wanted to — and was supposed to — “go” with her son but “it went wrong and she failed.” Seely was placed on suicide watch, according to NOLA.com.
NOLA.com said NOPD received a warrant to book Seely on a count of Second-degree murder and was transferred from the hospital to New Orleans jail at 4:40 Sunday morning. Seely’s bail was set at $500,000 and will receive a mandatory life sentence if convicted of murder.
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situated next to the central station in uppsala, sweden, tengbom architects designed a bicycle garage that has room for 1200 vehicles inside its unique triangular shape, with mirroring glass façades clad over an exposed wooden frame. this garage promotes both environmental and social sustainability and has become a beacon of the city’s sustainability ambitions.
all images by felix gerlach a sustainable bicycle garage with a bold and solid design
tengbom architects combined practical functionality with a strong design concept, by trying to make the area safer while reinforcing uppsala’s identity as a bicycle community. situated in a rather dark and unsafe area by the central station, the transparent façades allow programmed lighting to spread, making the commuters´ path more appealing and safer at night and during wintertime. created in collaboration with a lighting consultant, tengbom architects strived to make the area safer while at the same time emphasizing the building’s wood structure. inside the building, lighting effects have been added to the soles of the wooden beams. programmed to change colors, they give the illusion of northern lights.
an illusion of the northern lights emerges on the bottom side of the wooden beams through the lighting design, which is programmed to change colors
the two floors are connected by a wooden ramp, making it possible to ride the bike between floors. the bicycle garage has an exposed wood structure, clad in glass façades with black steel molding. along with its triangular shape, the simplicity in structure and use of materials provide the building with a strong sense of identity. at the same time, its glass façades mirror their surroundings, causing the large volume to seemingly disappear from view at certain angles.
the center of attention is the distinct geometrical design
the garage also relates to the station building next door through the mirroring of its lantern roof and geometric expression with an inverted use of steel and glass. the building faces contrasting spaces on all three sides: the platform, a viaduct, and a bus station. restrained materials – concrete, black steel, and wood – have been carefully selected to provide a sense of lightness and simplicity, giving the building a distinct but uncomplicated expression that works within each context.
the bicycle garage is situated in quite a dark location, which is why we collaborated with bjerking to create a lighting design that illuminates and highlights the warm wood
moreover, tengbom architects placed solar cells on the sedum-covered roof. while absorbing excess water from the heavy downpours, the roof also functions as a fourth façade toward the many tall buildings that surround the bicycle garage. both environmental and social sustainability have been cornerstones throughout the project.
the transparent façade provides weather protection as well as a feeling of security
as few materials and colors as possible brings out the beautiful wood construction
a bicycle garage that focuses on design, a sense of security, and eco-friendly materials
a wooden ramp makes it possible to ride your bike between the floors and binds
Few roads better epitomize the frustrations of Peninsula’s bicycle advocates than El Camino Real, a critical north-south connector that offers both the most direct and, arguably, the most perilous route between Redwood City and Mountain View.
Living up to its moniker as “The King’s Highway,” the original connector between California’s network of Spanish missions is today dominated by cars in just about every Peninsula jurisdiction through which it passes, despite years of talk around the region about converting it into a multimodal “grand boulevard.”
And even as each city has been making its own bike-safety improvements (Palo Alto, for instance, is now completing construction of a bike bridge over U.S. Highway 101 as well as planning for further bike improvements along East Meadow Drive and on the Charleston-Arastradero corridor), these efforts have largely steered clear of El Camino.
A recent traffic analysis commissioned by city managers from Peninsula cities concluded that the 12.5-mile stretch of El Camino between Redwood City and Mountain View has a “high concentration of bicycle collisions” and virtually no bike infrastructure.
But even as it poses a steep challenge for city leaders across the Peninsula, El Camino also represents their greatest hope. During the pandemic, the cities of Redwood City, Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Mountain View collaborated on a Peninsula Bikeway study, a survey of bike amenities in each city with recommendations for further improvements to bike connections between the jurisdictions. The study, which was released in November, evaluates three different possibilities for separated bikeways that would stretch along the Peninsula. After considering other routes, including Alma Street and Middlefield Road, the study concluded that a bikeway on El Camino, despite the massive challenges it would entail, “represents the most viable opportunity to implement such a vision and help improve safety and connectivity for all bicycle users.”
The Peninsula Bikeway study is an outgrowth of a partnership that city managers from four cities formed in 2016 to discuss stronger connections between their jurisdictions. Known as the Managers’ Mobility Partnership, the effort initially focused on using existing bikeways and routes to design an interim “low-stress bicycle connection” between the north and sound ends of the segment.
The latest effort is far more ambitious. The new study bills itself as “the first phase of implementing a high-impact bicycle superhighway network in the Bay Area helping residents and workers increase connectivity and safety to jobs and activity centers.” Its goal is to offer a “long-term, high-quality, bikeway suitable for bicyclists of all ages and abilities.”
Unlike the interim route — a meandering path that forces riders to cross El Camino Real once and the railroad tracks twice to avoid hazardous road segments in the various cities — the new bikeway would be direct. All three of the study’s options feature a straighter path between Redwood City and Mountain View. One would rely predominantly on Middlefield Road; another would stay within El Camino Real; the third would run along the Caltrain right-of-way and rely on Alma Street in the
On Friday night, between 9 and 10 p.m., a 78-year-old woman died Friday after her bicycle collided with a pickup truck on County Road 512 in Sebastian.
Initially, the Sebastian Police Department said it was a hit and run homicide because the driver of the pickup truck, a 52-year-old man, left the scene, but later returned.
The collision occurred between Delaware and Easy Street on CR-512. The investigation is still active.
The cyclist and driver have not been publicly identified.
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Santa Clara County is planning the region’s first bike superhighway—but a route still needs to be selected.
“I don’t see a bicycle superhighway going down El Camino,” Erik Lindskog, a member of VTA’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, said at Wednesday’s meeting. “I think a bicycle superhighway needs to be a little more separate from traffic.”
The idea of a superhighway stems from VTA’s Santa Clara Countywide Bike Plan released in 2018. The plan proposes a central bikeway to help cyclists travel more easily and safely between cities.
Santa Clara County already has 800 miles of bikeways, including dedicated bike lanes on roads such as San Fernando Street in downtown San Jose. There are 200 miles of dedicated bike trails, but many popular routes—such as the Guadalupe River Trail and Coyote Creek Trail—are not connected through a continuous, uninterrupted path.
VTA allocated $903,000 in funding toward the project, and aims to complete an analysis of the preferred route by January.
The transit agency reached out to local bicyclists to evaluate three alternative routes for a protected bike path stretching from East San Jose to Santa Clara. The three routes—dubbed the Shortliner, Trail Trackway and Walsh Wizard—take different paths from east of Highway 680 north of Mabury Road to Santa Clara as far west as Lawrence Expressway.
VTA judged each route by eight metrics: equity, compatibility, desirability, sustainability, access, joy, safety and feasibility. Equity measures how attractive a route is to new users, women and people of color, while desirability is based on whether segments of a route lead to popular destinations.
The Shortliner route scored highest among the most categories and follows an on-street path from Mabury Road, Taylor Street, Hedding Street and The Alameda to El Camino Real. The route is the shortest of the three alternatives.
San Jose resident and cyclist Andy Murillo said that when they travel via bike, they choose routes with as few turns as possible, which makes the Shortliner route attractive. However, they cautioned that riding along The Alameda and El Camino Real can be dangerous.
“The optimal option would be to make it easier and safer to bicycle The Alameda (and) along El Camino Real, rather than along a bike route that you have to piece together,” Murillo told San José Spotlight. “For a lot of people, it’s a lot easier to imagine yourself sharing a trail with pedestrians than sharing a street with cars.”
The Trail Trackway route scored highest for equity and safety. The route extends along the Penitencia Creek Trail, Coyote Creek Trail, Caltrans Corridor, Caltrain Corridor and San Tomas Aquino Creek Trail through Central Expressway.
However, VTA considers the route infeasible along some stretches of San Jose and Santa Clara. For example, in Santa Clara the route faces gaps in the Caltrain Corridor which are expensive to connect.
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Five years ago, Oakland planners broke ground on a bold project on Telegraph Avenue: a protected bicycle lane. It might not seem like that big of a deal until you see it. Most bicycle lanes in Oakland and the rest of California are the buffered type, which place bike riders in a painted strip next to vehicle traffic, with parked cars on their right. Protected lanes entirely separate bicyclists from moving traffic by putting a barrier in between them.
To do this on Telegraph, Department of Transportation staff started by reducing its four-driving lane design to two, with one lane for each direction of vehicle traffic, and a center turn lane. Then they moved car parking about four feet away from the curb and painted stripes designating the space in between parked cars and the sidewalk as the protected bicycle lane.
Over time, the Department of Transportation, commonly referred to as OakDOT, added other physical barriers like bollards, plastic poles stuck into the ground to better separate the protected lanes from the parking spaces, and planters and small islands. This pilot project was intended to demonstrate the effectiveness of protected lanes, and eventually the city would build permanent concrete separators and wider bike lanes, making the changes permanent.
But on June 2, OakDOT Director Ryan Russo recommended abandoning the protected lanes and returning the street to a buffered layout. The announcement caught many by surprise and marked an about-face for one of the transportation department’s most high-profile projects.
In a blog post explaining his decision, Russo wrote that it came down to three things. First, the many staggered outlets and entry points for cars, bikes, and pedestrians created dangerous intersections between the protected bike lanes and traffic. Second, the protected design, at least in its pilot phase, failed to alleviate potentially harmful economic effects on local businesses. And third, OakDOT was unable to conduct sufficient and equitable community outreach about the redesign and its impacts. Russo said further improvements could not overcome these issues.
“We brought in well-received bus boarding islands, two kinds of plastic posts, and planters designed to both beautify and protect the installation,” he wrote about improvements. “But each of these interventions proved temporary and insufficient.” Cars ended up running over posts, people removed planters, and the islands caused accidents.
For outdoorsy enthusiasts, some accessories are an absolute necessity – portable outdoor light being one of them. A headlamp solves a wide range of purposes when out on an adventure trip but there is still room for improvement, don’t you think? Sure, a small design evolution can bring a totally unseen functionality to something as simple as a compact light that you can carry in a backpack or even the front pocket of the pants. More so in modern times when life is an adventure unknown, whether going on a hiking trip, camping escapades or simply biking on the outskirts of the city for fitness.
Cha Hongkun, a designer from China has pondered over tweaking the design of a portable light to an extent where it addresses an even wider array of activities. Cha calls it the “Ray” – an outdoor accompanying portable light with a never before seen form factor. It’s essentially a wide strap that can be hooked onto your bike, backpack, or anything one can think of. It goes without saying – Ray is an outdoor essential accessory that’ll never let you down. The ease of use and portable credentials make it one accessory I would want in my absolute essentials for a trip anywhere.
The portable LED light can be charged with a USB-C compatible power bank or via a wall outlet. What’s got me hooked on here is the cool choice of colors the designer has penned for Ray. The royal blue, cool blue, and bright orange are all so tempting. Plus that hook-on functionality is truly unique for an ultra-portable personal light. Take my money and tell me it’s going to hit the shelves pretty soon!