employer-provided perk in San Fancisco.
(Photo: Will Vanlue/BikePortland)
Here’s the news and other cool stuff that caught our eyes this past week…
– Have you seen the “Magnic Light” over on Kickstarter? It looks to us like it could revolutionize the bike lighting world. It’s a wireless dynamo that’s super bright. Check it out.
– Tea Party members are pushing hard to eliminate federal funding for public transit and bike facilities under the notion that transportation projects are part of a plot by the United Nations to “herd citizens toward cities.”
– 87-year-old retired Oregon State professor Bill Brown died from his injuries last week after a woman driving a car struck him as he rode his recumbent trike on January 9th.
– This new GPS bike theft tracker looks very promising because it conceals itself in the headtube.
– A man in Bristol, U.K. was been jailed for using a motor vehicle “as a weapon” to attack another man on a bicycle.
– Centenarian Robert Marchand set the first-ever track record for his age group. Marchand said he didn’t set out on his track bike to create the record but instead “just wanted to do something for [his] 100th birthday.”
– Green bike lanes will be disappearing from a Los Angeles street after it was discovered the pavement markings interfere with the filming of car commercials and other location shoots.
– One mother in Arkansas faces a year in prison and a $1,000 fine for forcing her son to walk to school after the child was suspended from riding the bus.
-The Bay Area Air Quality Management District issued a Request for Proposal for a bike sharing pilot program to be launched on July 1st.
– School Board members in Imperial Beach, California voted 3-2 to maintain their current policy of labeling biking to school as a “dangerous activity.”
– New Zealand Cycle Classic Tour director Jorge Sandoval feels riding without a helmet in New Zealand is not a “sensible option” adding, “I only wear helmets because all drivers here are idiots.”
– A rapid transit line in the Philippines lifted its ban on folding bicycles after citizens advocated for the change.
– Employers in downtown San Francisco may soon be required to provide bike parking for their employees.
– Bill Walsh tackles the assumption that “normal people aren’t bike commuters.”
– Protesters are planning a “human chain” to block the first installment of the World Naked Bike Ride in Tauranga, New Zealand.
– Two pedestrians were killed in Chicago by a man driving a car at 80-90 mph in a 30 mph zone.
– Residents of Savannah, Georgia are seeing the benefits of a “road diet” after the first of six projects to create neighborhood bike lanes was completed on Price Street.
– Officials in Bordeaux released a concept for a new combination scooter and bicycle.
– Bicycling magazine released the results of their reader survey which found 50% of men and 58% of women would rather give up sex than cycling.
– And finally, there’s a new book coming out from Bike Snob NYC. Check out the hilarious promo video below: