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.
– 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.
Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com