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June 4: 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 also post all the Elsewhere Links I find over on the Links Page.

Bikes go mainstream with Today Show coverage

In recent weeks, there’s been an unprecedented barrage of bike-related news stories in the mainstream media.

CNN: Car crashes into bike race; one dead

A car plowed into a weekend bike race along a highway near the U.S.-Mexico border, killing one and injuring 10 others, police said.

Columbus, Ohio Unveils 20-Year Bicycle Master Plan

There are also plans for a bike share program, the installation of more bike racks, the creation of several bike boulevards and significantly improved signage. Looks like nowadays cities of all geographies, political landscapes, and socio-economic…

Downtown LA Critical Mass

When your average person thinks of Critical Mass, they usually picture hundreds of colorfully dressed cyclists swarming the streets of a big city disrupting motor vehicle traffic. That’s exactly what last Friday’s “Downtown Critical Mass” was…

Portland: Governor Kulongoski will bike to work on Monday

He walked to work on Earth Day, and now Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski says he’ll ride his bike to the office on Monday.

UK: Higher fuel prices = cycling boom

A press release headed “Higher fuel prices = cycling boom” which boldly predicts that “an extra 1.25 million trips will be made by bicycle every day due to the rising price of petrol and diesel.”

Portland: Bikes, the ballet, and a best legs contest

The award for best event logo of the summer so far has to go to Bike to the Ballet — coming this June from the Portland-based Oregon Ballet Theater.

National Bike Bill passes U.S. House vote

The resolution recognizes the importance of bicycling to “enriching the nation’s health, reducing traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, and improving America’s economic vitality and overall quality of life.”

Springwise: Pedal-powered coffee retailer

Mobile coffee carts have been around for a while, including those from Dutch MobiCcino, which we covered back in 2006. But whereas most such carts are motorised, UK-based Bikecaffe has come up with a pedal-powered and eco-friendly alternative.

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