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May 21: Cycling News from Around the World

Cool biking stuff happens in tons of places besides Toronto.

Here’s some news, views, and inspirations that I’ve come across in the last week:

StreetFilms » National Bike To Work Day

Posted: 20 May 2008 01:24 PM CDT

Today’s Streetfilm features Bike-to-Work Day in Austin, San Francisco, New York City and Portland, Oregon.

Vélib – The Movie

Posted: 16 May 2008 11:40 AM CDT

What better way to wrap up Semaine du Vélib’ here on Copenhagen Cycle Chic than with a little video tribute.

LA: Bikes on the 405

Posted: 15 May 2008 12:46 PM CDT

thirty cyclists and rollerbladers make the case that every day should be Bike to Work Day by cruising down the 405 during rush hour. This video has higher production value than the first one. Graphics spell out the difference in speed between those biking

Portland: Man-eating streetcar tracks ahead

Posted: 15 May 2008 12:39 PM CDT

LA: This Morning at the Bicycle Blessing

Posted: 15 May 2008 09:18 AM CDT

A group of bicyclists gathered this morning at the Good Samaritan Hospital for the Blessing of the Bikes (remember the Blessing of the Animals?). It was one of many events taking place for Bike to Work Week.

Democrats and Republicans to Have Bike-sharing at Conventions

Posted: 15 May 2008 09:17 AM CDT

Bike-sharing will be “bike-partisan” at both of this year’s Democratic and Republican National Conventions, showing that bicycling is “neither left, nor right, but ahead” to quote the Green Party’s motto.

The Birth of Bike Culture – Vive la Vélib

Posted: 15 May 2008 09:15 AM CDT

I just spent three days in Paris and two of them were on Vélib’ bikes. It was an astounding experience, even after hearing so many good things about it from afar. I’ve lived in Paris and have been a regular visitor for years so I was not a little amazed

Vélib – Sociable and Sustainable

Posted: 15 May 2008 09:13 AM CDT

One of the best things we noticed about cycling in Paris was that Parisians have understood how sociable cycling is. Cycling in couples is a common sight in Copenhagen and by all accounts Parisians have embraced this sociability as well.

Portland: Why are bicycles key to the future of Portland (and other cities)?

Posted: 14 May 2008 02:44 PM CDT

“Bicycling is the most equitable and affordable form of transportation… All of Portland’s citizens already live within a 20-minute bicycle ride of our existing Regional and Town Centers and Commercial Main Streets.”

Kicking-Off Bike Month

Posted: 13 May 2008 02:53 PM CDT

If you haven’t heard yet, it is bike month in New York. This year over 200 rides, tours, and events are planned. To help kick things off, City Commissioners & Transportation Alternatives held a bike ride down 9th Avenue’s protected bike lane and a pre

Snackin’ & Schwag for Cyclists in Queens

Posted: 13 May 2008 02:53 PM CDT

If it’s Bike Month, then Transportation Alternatives must be hosting their annual commuter pit stops with help from NYC DOT and the five Boro President’s offices.

Portland earns a Platinum rating from the League of American Bicyclists

Posted: 13 May 2008 02:51 PM CDT

The League of American Bicyclists has awarded Portland it’s highest honor, a Platinum rating. The city is the first major metro area to get the recognition. Davis, Calif., is the only other city to have the rating.

NYC: 5 Borough Bike Tour Video

Posted: 13 May 2008 12:39 PM CDT

Guided Bike Tours in Montreal

Posted: 13 May 2008 08:05 AM CDT

Exploring Montreal on bike is a great way to get to know our city. But if you don’t know where to go, or you don’t feel comfortable doing this alone or independently, a guided tour is a great way to go.


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