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June 18: 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: Mayor Bloomberg & Friends Announce “Saturday Streets”

Essentially the plan opens Park Avenue to pedestrians and cyclists from 72nd thru to the Brooklyn Bridge (using other connectors) on August 9th, 16th, and 23rd from 7 AM to 1 PM!

Obama: I’ll Boost Funds for Bike-Ped Projects If Elected

Barack Obama, in a private 20-minute meeting with members of the Bikes Belong board of directors, told them if he were elected president he would increase funding for cycling and pedestrian projects. And the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee als

USA: Obama bicycle meeting was “a coming of age moment”

“I’ve been doing the bike policy stuff forever, but, in the last 30 days,” he said, “I feel like more has happened than in the last 30 yrs.”

Cycling Saves Australia $200 million in Health Costs

The study, Cycling: Getting Australia Moving, funded by the Australian government and prepared by Melbourne University and the Cycling Promotion Fund concluded that thanks to the increased health of cyclists, public health services are spared an estimated

NYC: Car-Free Saturdays Will Open Path For Peds and Bikes From City Hall to 72nd

On three Saturday mornings in August, the Department of Transportation will ban cars from nearly 5 miles of city streets to make way for cyclists, joggers and walkers.

Man on a bike is tackled, then tasered by Portland Police

A Portland man says he was tackled, pushed off his bike, and then tasered repeatedly by a Portland Police officer in Southeast Portland last night because he didn’t have a front light on his bike.