Business first before fun, remember that this Saturday night when you go to bed to move your clocks forward so that you make it to all of your races ON TIME. Now on with the show..
Busy week, Google unveils their Biking feature on google maps but still trying to see how this will change anyones riding habits. And at the rate Denver is going most of the downtown streets will have sharrows and now your neighbor will feel safe riding on those streets.
Sounds like some idiots/rednecks tried to harass local cyclist Danny Summerhill. Maybe if the road he was on would have had a sharrow painted then everything would have been different. If that's true then lets all hit our local Home Depot this weekend and get some white paint and get painting.
Less cynical, a new website launched this week, http://www.peopleforbikes.org/, they want you to take their pledge. The site is backed by the Boulder Bikes Belong so you can assume that you pledge will help them fight in congress
I am for bikes. I'm for long rides and short rides. I'm for commuting to work, weekend rides, racing, riding to school, or just a quick spin around the block. I believe that no matter how I ride, biking makes me happy and is great for my health, my community and the environment we all share. That is why I am pledging my name in support of a better future for bicycling—one that is safe and fun for everyone. By uniting my voice with a million others, I believe that we can make our world a better place to ride.
One of the best online videos I've seen in awhile, this one talks about fixing "The Great Mistake" which they are referring to the autocentric development of the past 60-ish years. Even though this vid highlights the issues in NYC pretty much 90% of the towns across America, even Boulder, can relate to the submission citizens granted to the roads. Maybe now is the time for "Reclamation of the streets".
Make CycloCross a Winter Olympic Sport
Cycling lost a cycling event in the summer Olympics so why not pick one up in the winter? Besides, if we have to be subjected to brother/sister ice dancing again then I might boycott it. If you are interested in making Cyclocross a winter sport
Today's Friday fun is a feel good story about a local cycling organization Bicycles for Humanity Colorado. This group collects old bikes that are donated to them, fixes them up to be ridable, packs them into a shipping container with bike stands and tools and ships them off to Africa where the bikes are unloaded and given out and the container itself acts as a make shift bike shop. They are a 501(c)(3) with 100% of their donations going to their goal which is to address a fundamental barrier to African development– mobility. Poor transport systems mean poor access to healthcare, education, and economic opportunities. To learn more watch the video below, check out b4hcolorado.org or check out their very informative brochure on Bicycles for Humanity Colorado. Their next shipment of bikes to Africa leaves at the end of January