Thursday, January 28, 2016

NYT article about pedestrians, sidewalks and slush, by Tom Vanderbilt

From Tom Vanderbilt, author of "How We Drive" and the upcoming "You May Also Like",
about personal taste, recommendation systems and such.

From his website, an article about getting a bike built by 718 Cyclery in Brooklyn,
where they specialize in "collaborative builds".

Friday, January 22, 2016

articles about sharrows

Sharrows: the consolation prize of bike infrastructure. 
Dick van Veen, a Dutch bike engineer who is currently working in Ottawa, says cyclists often ask 
him about this symbolic gesture toward bike safety. He says in America, sharrows are often painted 
on an otherwise inhospitable road. The Dutch use them too, but they have a very different approach,

Thursday, January 14, 2016

news from Portland re: Velvet Goldmine

"For many years now, David Bowie and his music have loomed largely in Portland's bike scene 
thanks to the annual Bowie vs. Prince bike ride. 

The ride happens each year in June during Pedalpalooza. Hundreds of people show up in 
elaborate costumes and make-up — some drawing inspiration from Prince, others from Bowie. 

The two "sides" start separately and then meet-up for a huge dance party in the street fueled by 
free spirits and loud mobile sound systems."

article about Bike Master Plan in The Daily Princetonian

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Princeton's bike-friendly community designation: next steps

"The League of American Bicyclists has designated Princeton as a Bicycle Friendly Community at the Bronze level, because Princeton exhibits a sustained commitment to
cycling. The reviewers felt that there is still "room to grow", but that notable steps are being
made in the right direction.

"Reviewers were very pleased to see the current efforts and dedication to make Princeton 
a great place for cyclists.

"Below, reviewers provided key recommendations to further promote bicycling in Princeton 
and a menu of additional pro-cycling measures that can be implemented in the short and
long term. We strongly encourage you to use this feedback to build on your momentum 
and improve your community for bicyclists."

Click here to view the feedback report (10-page PDF) from 2 years ago. This list helps to
guide PBAC in formulating its annual goals. Happy holidays to all - be seen, and be green.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Seeking Input .... and more of your cool photos ... on the Bike Master Plan

The following is pasted from the latest "Princeton Update" from Mayor Lempert. There
is a link "Share your photos" to a dedicated email address for the Bike Master Plan team,
which is <>. The PB consultants are always interested in
images of everyday biking all around town, all year round.

Seeking Input on the Bike Master Plan 

Princeton is in the process of developing a Bike Master Plan to create a safer and more comfortable environment for bicycling. Princeton received a grant from the NJ Dept of Transportation which fully covers the costs of the consulting group preparing the plan, Parsons Brinckerhoff of Lawrenceville, NJ. Residents are encouraged to actively participate in the process in the following ways:
* Use the wikimap tool to identify problem areas
* Take the survey to ensure the plan reflects Princeton's unique needs

Share your photos of biking with the project team for possible inclusion in the Master Plan.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Re: Steve Kruse Is Stepping Down As Chair of PBAC After 7 1/2 Years

Aha! I knew there was some reason I decided to hire that Sam Bunting  guy.   Of course I'm joking --
volunteers don't get hired, they get inspired to freely donate their time & talents. Nudge, nudge, hint, hint.
Hello, are you out there ?    Consider joining PBAC, that rare committee which can wave its own battle flag
Anthem not yet available.

Sporadic news roundup for this week.

1. Tim Quinn, avid bicyclist and Anchor House stalwart becomes a candidate for town council. Read article

2. Should you buy that bike you covet ?  The Financial Benefits of Buying What You Love from NYTimes.

                   Also the "Times Topic" collection of articles on smog

3. Bike Master Plan - new documents - three PDF's have been uploaded into the PBAC doc archive.  Please
    help us publicize the project among your friends & relatives. The Public Involvement (outreach)  flyer 
    summarizes the various ways people can provide input

            Fact Sheet                    Fact Sheet (Spanish version)              Public Involvement Flyer

4.  Should The Bicycle Win the Next Nobel Peace Prize? Some Italian Radio Hosts Think So. From Momentum Magazine news

5.  Is it true that a champion bike racer was spotted at Jammin' Crepes ?  No, sorry. The badger-related rumor is false.

6.  Bike Lane Battle in Vancouver, BC. - 8-minute CBC story on YouTube  featuring noted activist/professor Kay Teschke