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Posted on 07. Feb, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
I couldn’t help but share this clever DIY bike barometer. If you are a fair weather cyclist who happens to live somewhere with decent public transit (e.g. London, in the designer’s case), this little toy can help you decide whether to take public transit or ride your bike. The barometer was designed by Richard J. Pope of Optimise for the Common Case, and I spotted it over at Lifehacker. The barometer gathers data from weather stations and local public transit to give you a weighted estimate of what mode to utilize. Check it out!
Posted on 01. Feb, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
Here’s a heartwarming story and video for your Friday viewing pleasure. Grist recently had a story about young Vanis Buckholz who learned about recycling on Earth Day when he was 7 and was prompted to launch a business, with the help of his parents, called My Recycler. Vanis uses his bicycle and bike trailer to pick up recyclables from his customers, and his parents help drive him to more distant customers. He has been very successful and has been able to start donating 25% of his earnings to a charity that helps underprivileged youth called Project Hope Alliance. What an awesome example of the endless possibilites for bike businesses for young and older entrepreneurs alike! And way to go, Vanis!
Posted on 24. Jan, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
Streetfilms recently documented a new movement that is happening in the Lower East Side and Chinatown areas of New York City called Local Spokes. Local Spokes is a bike advocacy group, but they are taking a very comprehensive approach to bringing bicycling into the area in which they work by looking at a whole host of other associated issues like neighborhoods, diversity, income, green streets, and much more. They have done extensive survey work to figure out what needs to happen to improve cycling in the area. The group is a coalition of nine different groups that are working together to come up with a well-rounded plan to encourage cycling. Looks like a great model for other places, as well. Check it out!
Posted on 18. Jan, 2013 by Melanie Colavito.
2013 is shaping up to be a big year for women and bicycles! The League of American Cyclists is putting on the second annual National Women’s Bicycling Forum as part of the National Bike Summit. The National Women’s Bike Forum will be March 4, 2013, in Washington, D.C., and the theme “Women Mean Business” will showcase female leaders in the bicycling industry and greater bicycling movement. Meanwhile in D.C., the Washington Area Bicycle Association (WABA) is launching the Women and Bicycle’s Campaign, which involves outreach and education to get more women on bikes. As you can see from the video below, which is a short PSA for the Women & Bicycle’s Campaign produced by Terence Johnson Media, it’s already got some great momentum. And as a brief personal plug, here in AZ, we just launched the Women’s Cycling Association of AZ (WoCAA). Ladies, let’s ride in 2013!
Posted on 20. Dec, 2012 by Melanie Colavito.
This video provides an interesting overview of the El Tour de Tucson, which is an annual charity bike ride that draws thousands of cyclists to the city of Tucson each year. In addition to raising money for its many beneficiaries, El Tour also provides a major positive economic impact to Tucson, which is documented in this video by JT Peterson, a University of Arizona journalism student. Indeed, cycling can have a lot of positive economic impacts, as another video on bicycle tourism by The Path Less Pedaled demonstrates. Streetsblog and others have written about the positive impact of cyclists on local business, as well. Large charity bike rides like El Tour can also have positive impacts on the culture and attitudes of a community towards cycling. This video captures a lot of that, and it is well worth a watch. Even though many of El Tour’s participants are what might be characterized as sport or recreational cyclists, the potential impacts of events like this have positive implications for utility cyclists and all cyclists alike. And as Andy Clarke notes, and we wholeheartedly agree, all “types” of cyclists should all work together anyhow. Enjoy!
Posted on 13. Dec, 2012 by Melanie Colavito.
Today is one of those days where I’m in need of some lighthearted bicycle-related fun. This video provides just that, and I hope you can all share in the fun with me. I spotted this over at Change Your Life, Ride a Bike, and it was the winner of the Bicycle Short Film Festival earlier this year. The video is called Bicycle Sounds, and it’s just that and really quite lovely. The filmmaker is Stephen Meierding. Enjoy.
Posted on 07. Dec, 2012 by Melanie Colavito.
Here’s a funny, quirky video to finish the week off in good spirits via Cyclelicio.us. The video is by Daniel Bolda, a freelance filmaker. He does a lot with his bike (though he might be happier grocery shopping by bike if he had a bike trailer). What do you do with yours? Have a happy weekend!
Posted on 29. Nov, 2012 by Melanie Colavito.
The holidays are upon us once again, as is a fun season of winter cycling. The holidays inevitably involve gift shopping, running errands, and visiting family and friends. The holidays also involve a lot of eating and merriment, so getting around by bike during this time can sure help curb those holiday pounds. Indeed, this season provides a lot of opportunities to haul just about anything by bike – including but certainly not limited to – a Christmas tree! Cyclelicio.us recently posted this video from John Nilsen Studios of a Christmas tree being hauled by bike, which will surely help get you in the bikey holiday spirit! From those of us at Utility Cycling, we hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the holiday season!
Posted on 20. Nov, 2012 by Melanie Colavito.
Combining transit with cycling is an effective way to encourage more people to ride bikes and generally encourage people to leave the car at home more often. With a combination of options, it’s easier to feel comfortable leaving home without the car. If you want to arrive at work clean and dry, you can take your bike on transit on the way to work, and then ride home at the end of the day when you aren’t worried about sweating, etc. as one user of Vancouver’s Translink system notes. Streetfilms recently documented the ways in which Vancouver is encouraging and mixing walking/ cycling with transit networks by combining and linking different types of routes and infrastructure. Indeed, Vancouver has been getting a lot of attention for it’s bicycling improvements, as of late, and it also happens to be considered one of the most “livable” cities!