News round up: California gets bike-share; Cavendish calls for better laws; National Women’s Bicycling Summit; and more bike news

California gets its first municipal bike-sharing program

Courtesy of Bike Nation

California got its first-ever municipal bike-sharing program on Saturday with the launch of a pilot project in Anaheim. Tustin-based Bike Nation opened up its initial kiosk with 10 hassle-free bikes that have airless tires and chainless drivetrains. [Read more…]

 

World champion Mark Cavendish calls for laws to protect bicyclists

In this clip from The Times, road race world champion Mark Cavendish calls on ministers to consider European laws to protect cyclists. “In Holland and Belgium the actual law is if the driver of a motorized vehicle has an accident with a cyclist, unless the driver can actively prove it was the cyclist’s fault it is the driver’s fault. There is an assumption of guilt on the driver,” he says. “I would like to see it examined, for sure. Cyclists can be in the wrong a lot of the time. They have got to ride within the law … but if people know there is a problem if they hit a cyclist they will look more, they have to be more aware of cyclists.” [Read more…]

 

First-ever National Women’s Bicycling Summit coming up in September

Courtesy of League of American Bicyclists

Hosted by the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, the National Women’s Bicycling Summit is aimed at increasing the number of women who ride bikes and empower female leadership at all levels of the bicycle movement while providing a unique opportunity to network, share best practices and develop action steps to close the gender gap in American bicycling. [Read more…]

 

8-year-old killed while riding his bike in Federal Way

Eight-year-old Wayde Rodriguez-Fale was struck and killed by a car on Sunday night.

Wayde was riding his bicycle in Federal Way around 10 p.m. when he was hit by a vehicle on SW 333 Street. [Read more…]

 

Swedish company markets ‘invisible’ helmet

Courtesy of Hovding

Hövding is marketing a bicycle helmet unlike any other currently on the market. Claimed to be  ergonomic, practical, and complient with all the safety requirements, the helmet is ‘invisible’ and, like an airbag, pops out in case of “abnormal movements of a bicyclists in an accident”. [Read more..]

 

 

Author dies from complications of a bike crash

Author Stephen Covey passed away last week due to complications from a bicycle accident back in April. He was best known for his bestselling book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  In April, he suffered bleeding in his brain, cracked ribs and a partially collapsed lung after a bicycle crash. [Read more…]

 

Cyclocross: The Mommy Race

Courtesy of Outdoors NW

As we’re getting ready for CX season, here’s an inspiring story from a local mom who, after years of cheering on her kids and husband on the sidelines, decided to jump in and do a cyclocross race herself. [Read more…]

 

 

A history of bicycling in Chicago

The Huffington Post featured an interesting look at Chicago before it was a bicycle-friendly city. A video released by Chicago Park District last week takes viewers back to the introduction of “high-wheelers” in 1870 as well as to a time when two-wheelers were banned in the city. [Read more…]

 

E-Bike to be part of U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame exhibit

EVELO, Inc., a New York City-based electric bicycle company, announced today that one of their electric bikes will be displayed as part of an exhibit at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame located in Davis, California.

The bike, one of three models currently manufactured by EVELO, is a pedal-assist electric bike equipped with a NuVinci N360 drivetrain , can reach speeds of up to 20mph on electric power, and is powered by a lithium battery with an estimated battery range of 40 miles. [Read more…]

 

Op-Ed: Are conservatives engaged in a war on bicycling?

Bangor resident examines the new transportation bill and wonders when bicycling became a political act in this Op-Ed in The Bangor Daily news. [Read more…]