In the nation’s capitol, for a dozen blocks, running down Pennsylvania Ave from the White House to the Capitol, #bikes take centre lane. What a symbol of progress! #dc
Rad! Hot Art Wet City gallery features an exhibit of painted bike seats til June 15! $100 a piece, with partial proceeds going to PEDAL, a community bike non-profit.
Editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz on New York Citys new bike-share program.
Huh?! Fox News, I mean, Wall Street Journal editorial board member Dorothy Rabinowitz bashes NYC bikeshare and cyclists - going so far as to call Mayor Bloomberg “totalitarian” even though the public consult process for Citi Bike was extensive, to say the least.
It strikes me that she - just like all the rest of us - is a product of something much larger than what her own free will would suggest. And that she is merely demonstrating what happens when the beneficiaries of a dysfunctional, hierarchical system - whose entire existence has been built on, supported by and in service to power on the backs of everyone else - are confronted with change.
Flail away, madam. I’m going for a bike ride.
In honour of next week’s Commuter Challenge…
(btw I’m pretty happy that I don’t sell chachkies for a living)
Get ‘em while they’re hot, folks!
Breathable, quick-drying, reflective and super rad, Modo’s new athletic shirts work great for cycling, running, hiking, playing sports and doing yoga.
To purchase one for yourself or to share one with a friend, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your size, preferred method of payment (apply it toward your next invoice if you’re a member or pay by cash or plastic when you come to pick it up) and the date you expect to come pick it up at our office downtown (200 - 470 Granville Street, between Pender and Hastings).
Love this interview with Vancouver artist and facilitator Sara Ross (aka Redsara) by HOT ART WET CITY's Chris Bentzen, who is just putting the finishing touches on his new gallery space on Main at 6th Ave! The annual Carded! show will be the first show in the space, this Saturday, April 6. Then, next week, Andrea Hooge has a solo show of mixed media, inspired by 1950s dolls. Can't wait!
Based on a funding level of $40 per person, the [BC Cycling Coalition] is hoping for a total of $175-million per year across all levels of government for infrastructure including bike paths and separated bike lanes.
The coalition is also asking for changes to the Motor Vehicle Act, including the reduction of the speed limit on residential streets to 30 kilometres per hour; a requirement for motorists to leave at least a metre of distance when passing a cyclist; and to allow cyclists to ride two abreast on roads.
Cycling advocacy group HUB, which is a member of the coalition, made headlines last month when it called for the province to allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs. Spokeswoman Erin O’Mellin told media that a complete stop can cause cyclists to lose their balance, potentially leading to more accidents.
via Momentum magazine:
Platform: iPhone, Android
Bike Repair provides knowledge at your fingertips to help you with most repairs. In this easy-to-navigate guide, over 70 problems are explained in 15 different categories covering the most common bike part ailments. The menu directs you to 55 simple to follow, step-by-step guides all written in plain English with clearly labeled photos and links to helpful videos. The majority of repairs described require no specialty tools, making this app accessible to the beginner cyclist tackling home bike repairs for the first time.
BikeBrain unleashes the cycling computer in your iPhone. The app allows you to track ride details with GPS mapping and plan your routes by measuring distance, altitude, elapsed time and plenty of additional data parameters. Onetouch links allow you to share photos and videos to social media or geotag a photo of your favorite restaurant along the way. Make the most of your BikeBrain by creating a profile and sharing with the online community. Rides are auto-saved by your phone with Google Maps at the ready for instant mapping. GPS optimization tames the GPS battery appetite for better battery life. Bluetooth now available.
Platform: iPhone, Blackberry, Android
Spotcycle shows you the nearest bike share stations and includes bike and dock availability to help you plan your trip. A handy timer and alarm helps keep track of your rental time. The app is equipped with Google Places to help you fi nd nearby local businesses. Take advantage of the Spotcycle online community to find top rated and top viewed bike routes, or use GPS to map out, customize, save and share your bike routes on social media. Spotcycle is available in nine cities in North America, with nine additional cities coming soon.
THE WEATHER CHANNEL weather.com
Platform: iPhone, iPad, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone
Of the countless weather apps available, The Weather Channel is one of the most downloaded for good reason. Pinpointing your location at launch, the app provides hourly and up to 10-day forecasts. Users can track weather changes with interactive radar maps or simply check out the current temperature at a glance. For commuters, the daily forecast includes “feels like” temperature, humidity and UV index. The latest version features customizable weather backgrounds to reflect local weather conditions and links to videos and Twitter.
RIDE THE CITY ridethecity.com
Platform: iPhone, Android
This nifty navigational tool helps users get around and locate key cycling services. Bike shops, rentals and bike shares services, where available, are listed with hours of operation and contact information. Routes are classified as “safer,” “safe” and “most direct” based on known cycling infrastructure and user feedback. Travel routes are displayed with distance, estimated time and elevation gain. As an added bonus, current and forecasted weather are also displayed. Currently available in 39 cities.