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June 11: 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.

I post all interesting Elsewhere Links as well as lots of Bike News from Other Cities over on the Links Page.

NYC Bicyclists Get Their Own MapQuest

The good old New York City Bike Map is about to face some stiff competition. On Sunday, three enterprising cyclists launched “Ride the City,” a web site that finds the safest and most efficient routes for those on two wheels.

Taking a Ride, with a Couple Thousand Friends, by the LA River

Yesterday marked the 8th Los Angeles River Ride. Thousands of cyclists, riders and even some Ridazz gathered at Griffith Park to go on organized rides of 10, 50, 70 or 100 miles.

Bells ring in Portland’s first Blessing of the Bikes

In a respectful and poignant outdoor ceremony, St. Mary’s Cathedral in Northwest Portland held their first-ever Blessing of the Bikes on Sunday.

CNN: “My Next Vehicle Will Be a Bicycle”

In the non-random sample of 42,275 respondents, more people said they are leaning towards a bike than a truck or SUV.

TreeHugger: Obama Wraps Up Nomination, Celebrates By Riding His Bike

This bit of news should erase any doubt left that Obama would be sympathetic to cause of cyclists. Then again, President Bush is known to be an avid cyclist, yet to our knowledge he hasn’t gone out of his way to promote cycling for recreation or transport

Australia: Cyclists want protected bicycle lanes

Bicycle Victoria wants to see bicycle lanes with a higher level of protection than just a white line trialled on some routes in Melbourne

Governors Island to Serve as Testing Ground for NYC Bike-Share

Turns out the wait for free bikes will be a lot shorter. Starting this week, 250 bikes at the island’s rental outfit, Bike and Roll, will be available to visitors at no charge on Fridays, thanks to sponsorship from Transportation Alternatives.

Kingston needs more bike lanes

While the City of Toronto is celebrating Bicycle Month and has plans to expand its 90 kilometres of bike lanes to 495 kilometres by 2011, city councillors in Kingston are delaying making decisions about this issue.

As gas prices soar, so does interest in bicycling in Massachusetts

Drivers clear a lane, bicyclists are taking to the road in record numbers in Massachusetts.

Cycle Fun Montreal: Bikes and local trains – the Montréal experience

Cycle Fun Montreal asks: The suburban train system: does it provide good access for urban cyclists to get to suburban/rural cycling destinations?

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