The Stanford student government passed out 200 bicycle lights and Jamba Juice smoothies yesterday during the inaugural day of the three day ASSU bike light extravaganza. The giveaway continued today and will be repeated tomorrow at noon.
This is a safety initiative from the Associated Students of Stanford University, aka ASSU, which is the student government on campus. The Stanford Police Department really seems to be cracking down on people who ride their bikes at night without lights this year, so the student government arranged this light extravaganza with help from Stanford's Parking & Transportation Services.
Stanford P&TS also has a promotion now where you receive a $10 certificate to campus dining if somebody from P&TS spots you riding a bicycle while wearing a helmet.
Thank you to Jeremy W @ Stanford for this news and Jonathan Kass for the additional details. Jonathan is the Student Life, Housing, and Education Committee Chair of the undergraduate Senate at Stanford.
Other bicycle news
Scott @ Civia Cycles has a cool idea: Bike Friendly Stickers to mark residences and other places that are friendly to cyclists. The inspiration occurred when Scott flatted without tools and walked until he found a co-worker at his home. The Civia Bike Friendly sticker can put put on your house or business to show passing cyclists that your place is an oasis where cyclists can get help with tools, repairs, a lift or a place to rest. Read here for ordering details.
The U.S. National Safe Routes to School Task Force will meet in Washington, DC on November 15 & 16, 2007. Public comment is scheduled for November 15 at 2:45 p.m.
Sue posted a bicycle haiku. Remember, if you post a bicycle haiku and I run across it, I'll link to it. NOTE: My blog reading lately has been way off, so to ensure I see your poetry in a timely manner you should link to Cyclelicious in a way that Technorati can find it. If you don't know what that means, you can also just leave a comment linking to your poetry.
Photo by me. Neil bought his rusty Schwinn Suburban at a garage sale in Santa Cruz for $5. It's a rust bucket but the wheels seemed true, it cruised reasonably quietly and the 3 speed shifter and brakes all work! What a bargain!
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Recently I made the decision to give up my dependency on the automotive commute. I made the decision to localize my lifestyle by riding my bike everywhere that I possibly could. San Diego traffic, gas prices, insurance rates, countless parking tickets are just a few reasons for me GOING GREEN. I had the pleasure of speaking with Sami Tauber, CEO of Bikewear World the other day. Her sincerity and passion to help San Diegans become more environmentally and health conscious really confirmed my own desire to stop contributing to oil dependency, air pollution and a host of other negatives related to driving and start Biking! I'm starting to really understand the meaning of "Think Global, Act Local".