Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:
– In Mexico City, the year-old bike sharing system ECOBICI is at capacity with a waiting list for memberships, and is said to have contributed to a 50% jump in ridership of privately owned bikes.
– Jakarta, Indonesia gets its first bike lane, and 5,000 people show up to ride it.
– In the U.S. a spate of new state laws require people to drive more safely around bicycles.
– A Swedish study has found a correlation between long commutes and divorce, loneliness, and other forms of suffering.
– Bicycling, not driving, is the way of the future worldwide, or so one analyst predicts after looking at the numbers and trends.
– A fifth of licensed drivers in the U.S. would fail a drivers test if asked to take one today, among other distressing findings.
– And here we go again… A radio show in Ontario launched a presumably jokey “Eff Cyclists” campaign advocating violence on the roads.
– A serious bicycle-car crash made one guy feel less afraid rather than more.
– Montreal has pledged to expand its bike network to the tune of $10 million this year.
– In Hawaii, a spirited rally protests plans to repave a major road without adding a bike lane.
– Seattle is discontinuing its bike parking installation program.
– A Long Island church gives away free bikes to local residents who can’t afford a car.
– A tale of parking passes and electric assist: How Seattle’s bike-friendly mayor got on two wheels.
– New Yorkers who work at computers all day enthusiastically recharge by building bikes by night.
– A Boulder woman was reunited with her stolen bike only a few hours after putting the word out via social media.
– If your bike is making weird noises, try these pro tips.
– Remember that all-wood bike from a while back? Here’s more coverage of it.
– A baby owl! On a bike! No kidding! Pictures!
– Video of the week: In Seattle, a guy gets hit by a car while biking through an intersection and lands on his feet.