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The American Bicycle

Before World War II, tobacco companies included trading cards in their cigarette packaging, similar to baseball cards included in some modern packages of bubble gum.

In 1939, Player Cigarettes in Great Britain released a series of 50 cycling cards with the help of Mr “Harry” England, the editor of Cycling (today’s Cycling Weekly).

The series briefly covers the history of cycling, describing early and (then) modern bikes, such as this Light Roadster Bicycle, described as “admirably suitable for the young and middle-aged for riding to work, to the allotment, or to school.”

Player Cigarette Cards: Light Roadster Bicycle

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Santa Cruz to consider bike share

Bike Party in front of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

At the Silicon Valley Bike Summit last month I saw city of Santa Cruz Economic Development Director J. Guevara looking closely at the bike share bikes on display. Social Bicycles — which provides the “smart bike” systems now in use in San Mateo, CA and — somewhat more famously — Portland, OR, was on hand at the bike summit to demonstrate their system.

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A dooring defense in New Jersey

My cycling attorney pal Jim Moss of Recreation Law looks at a civil lawsuit from 2012 filed by a cyclist who was doored while riding her bike in a marked bike lane in Avalon, New Jersey.

DZBL door zone bike lane Avalon, New Jersey

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Might makes right

wedge truck

After a Tennessee law professor posted his online opinion that people in cars have a right to run people on the road over if their way is impeded, several people actually agreed that it’s okay to behave like a monstrous sociopath, especially if your target is somebody “different” from you, like a person of color, or a woman, or some hippie on a bike.

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New FixIt Station and a Library Ride in Santa Clara

The city of Santa Clara Central Park Library at 2635 Homestead Rd will unveil their Bike Fixit Station at 10 AM on Saturday, October 15, 2016.

The Library’s Fixit Station has a bike stand and a set of attached theft-resistant tools, including Allen wrenches, screwdrivers, and tire levers. The Fixit Station also includes a heavy duty theft-proof pump that accommodates both Presta and Schrader valves.

Dero Fixit Station

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Vision Zero, Data driven enforcement, and Discrimination?

The Safe Routes Partnership moderated a Twitter chat this morning on the topic of equity and law enforcement in the context of active transportation. Among the good discussion starters, the Safe Routes Partnership asked:

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