Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on June 20th, 2011 at 9:31 am
A design student claims that a bike helmet made of corrugated cardboard can outperform the regular helmets you buy at the store.
Here's the bike news from around the world that caught my eye this week:
- As gas prices rise, many are taking up bicycling to save money -- even in small towns and rural areas.
- Minneapolis opens what some are calling the nation's first bicycle freeway.
- A new report takes a hard look at the shrinking transportation options of the U.S.'s growing population of seniors.
- Vermont has newly passed a Complete Streets law.
- In Wales, the legislature is considering a law that would require the government to provide bike routes.
- In Los Angeles, a woman who drove into a group bike ride, injuring 11 people -- one critically -- is confirmed to have been drunk and was reported by witnesses to have been talking on her cell phone.
- A popular program in Uganda trains women to be bike mechanics.
- Around the world, the rate of bike crashes appears to be lower during trips made on bikes rented from bikesharing systems.
- Toronto's new bike sharing program hasn't expanded to all its neighborhoods yet -- so someone decided to start a neighborhood program that runs out of his garage.
- A program to help businesses encourage customers to shop by bicycle is being promoted unconventionally -- by one guy biking around the country and selling stickers.
- In the world of bike racing, some question how prize money should or should not be determined by gender.
- One man's irreverent account of his first year of living without a car in Baltimore.
- A photo essay examines cargo bicycles in India.
- A design student claims that a bike helmet made of corrugated cardboard can outperform the regular helmets you buy at the store.
- Here's what to do if you're in a crash, legally speaking.
- All your questions about bikes, answered at last.
- Video of the week: Bike paths in the U.K. and the Netherlands, in comparative perspective.