Here’s the news and other cool stuff that caught our eyes this past week…
– Bandon, Oregon is home to a new bike shop, South Coast Bicycles, owned by two-time national cycling champion Karl Maxon.
– We love this “Cycles of Life” comic by Grant Snider as found on his Incidental Comics site.
– A man has been acquitted of charges he struck an elderly person with his bicycle after it was determined police mistook him for another person in a Giants jersey one game-day in September of 2011.
– A recent U.S Supreme Court ruling supports strip-searches of people who commit minor offenses, including “riding a bicycle without an audible bell.”
– A guest article in Bicycle Times tackles a concerning and often-overlooked fact: there’s been virtually no growth in the “cycling industry” over the last two decades.
– Portland’s own Hopworks BikeBar came in at the top the San Francisco Chronicle‘s list of “hot spots for bicyclists” (and did you know Williams Ave was a “bike highway?”).
– This past weekend the University of Oregon hosted the pedal-powered Bike Music Fest.
– Also in Eugene, The Register-Guard takes a tour of one of Oregon’s latest designated scenic bikeways.
– Attorneys for the City of Seattle admitted the city knowingly built streetcar tracks that are dangerous for people riding bicycles.
– The City of Sacramento, CA is embarking on a 3-week trial of a “new concept in bicycle paring” by installing its first bike corral.
– Pedal-powered ice cream manufacture Peddler’s Creamery will both make and deliver ice cream by bicycle to residents within 10 miles of downtown Los Angeles beginning in July.
– New York City is preparing to increase the fine for people who ride a bicycle on the sidewalk, including implementing fines for bicycle delivery riders’ employers.
– New bike lanes in Philadelphia will now require approval from the City Council if they impact motor vehicle parking or travel lanes.
– According to the Wall Street Journal, Brooklyn’s City Council Member David Greenfield is pushing legislation that would require adult riders to wear a helmet in New York City.
– Students in Westlake, OH rode over 26,673 miles during May’s Bike to School Challenge.
– New York State’s Senate recently passed legislation strengthening the consequences for people who flee the scene of a car crash.
– The Netherlands saw yet another reduction in traffic fatalities from 2009 to 2010, continuing a consistent downward trend that began in the mid-1970s.
– Bike sharing has created a bicycle boom in Rio de Janeiro, despite the city’s notoriously car-centric culture.
– A swarm of bees temporarily set up shop on a bike’s front basket in one British town center.
– Speaking of freak bikes, check out this 11-foot tall bike built by Felix Girola of Havana, Cuba (he’s got an 18-footer in the works too).
– Curious about how London’s bike share system works? Check out this video tutorial of Barclay’s Cycle Hire system:
– And finally, here’s a time-lapse video, shot on 8mm film, of a bike ride through Vancouver, B.C. in 1974: