Today's Coffee Talk deals with American's maturity with bikes. Cycling is becoming more and more popular in recent years and I mean that in the most general sense, not racing or weekend lycra warriors. Problem is many of these new cyclists might not have been on a bike since either their teens or when they had a young child and they rode around the block in their neighborhood. By never having grown up in the culture where cycling transportation was a part of their life, can cause conflict due to their ignorance. Longmont Colorado is one of those beautiful towns which has been doing amazing work at making their town more bike friendly yet along they way, as the new cyclists mature into their new cycling culture, they make mistakes and bad choices and Longmont is trying to reduce tension and educate cyclists on cycling ettiquite by proposing Dismount Zones for Cyclists in the downtown area.
Given the layout of downtown Longmont there is little reason to ride on their core streets and cyclists will learn that as they learn to ride in traffic safety and as they continue to work with the city to add more structures for cyclists.
Question of the day is how do new cyclists learn how to move on from their 10yr cycling skill set to that of a more mature transportation cyclists? This problem may exist in Longmont but if the cycling movement continues to catch on it will be the same problem in nearly every city across the nation
BOULDER — December 5, 2012 — Community Cycles will hold the seventh annual Kids’ Holiday Bike Giveaway on Sunday, Dec. 16 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Optibike, 3200 28th Street. More than 300 bikes will be given away to kids in need of a bike.
303Cycling caught up briefly with Mitch Hoke and talked a little bit about the Clif Bar Cyclocross Development team and their up coming fundraiser.
[303Cycling] Can you tell me a little the Clif Bar Development Team (whos on the team etc)? [Mitch Hoke] We have a great team of young riders who we believe can be some of the next cyclocross stars. There is our local crew of Zane Godby, Maxx Chance, Ian McPhearson, Spencer Downing, Liam and Cormac Dunn. And the Bjorn Fox and Kolben who our off at college and other life adventures. We don't have any real requirements for the team but a love for cyclocross and riders that want to improve and succeed at a high level.
[303Cycling] How did you get involved and what is your background?