Pearl Harbor Day

We have a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place now for the Kickstand Cyclery Virtual Alleycat, but prizes still remain for (1) the random winner, (2) a the best comment and (3) Lanterne Rouge, so you slow cyclists keep going. If you haven’t started yet, begin here. If you’re lost, stuck, or made a wrong turn someplace, shout out where you need help and I’ll give a few hints to help you along.


BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 02: A snow-covered bicycle is pictured on December 2, 2010 in Berlin, Germany. The German capital was hit with the season's first big snowstorm and temperatures are expected to fall to -20 degrees Celsius around the city in what meteorologists claim is Germany's coldest beginning of December in 100 years. Winter weather has covered much of northern Europe with ice and snow. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)


London UK Mayor Boris Johnson proposes a lorry ban for central London, suggesting low carbon vehicles can take up the slack in moving goods from supplier to retailer. For the Americans, lorry is a UKism for truck. Elly at Grist wonders if cargo bikes can replace trucks for deliveries. Another suggestion: a city wide network of pneumatic tubes — you know, what Winston Smith used to deliver documents for his job at the Ministry of Truth.

Trials riders in Iran of all places! And you know what? There’s even a heavily used bike share in Tehran. And Tehran begins mass transit planning.

Maybe you’ve seen this already, maybe not: The Rails to Trails Conservancy will deliver a petition to the AAA asking them to rescind their opposition to Federal funds for non-automotive infrastructure. I’ve never been a member of AAA, but I signed the petition.

Auburn WA plans for cycling future.

iFan charges your iPhone with wind power. Includes a bicycle mounting option, so you can charge your iPhone indirectly with pedal power!

BEIT OREN, ISRAEL - DECEMBER 02: (ISRAEL OUT) A man rides his bicycle as smoke from a wildfire rises to the sky December 2, 2010 in Beit Oren, Israel. A large forest fire in northern Israel has reportedly killed at least 40 people, many of whom were prisoners who died when an evacuation bus went up in flames. (Photo by Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)


WIRED Gadget Lab reviews Sturmey Archer S2C 2 speed hub. It’s a coaster brake hub, and you kick back to change gears. I mentioned the S2C Duomatic back here.

High fashion hipster store (complete with bicycles) in Paris, France.

Robin Sansom, formerly of Kona and Specialized, joins Yuba.

Velochimp: Interview with Speedplay Pedal Founder Richard Bryne.

Ask Dr Wally: Winter cycling. Who knew bib tights aren’t dorky!

Huff Post: reckless driver kills 8 cyclists in Italy.

Gift idea: New holiday colors for Zero Per Gallon shirts. Free shipping on orders over $30 through December 10.

December 7 is Pearl Harbor Day — the anniversary of the Japanese sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in 1941. I grew up knowing it as “Slap A Jap Day” (I’m half Japanese).

2 Comments

  • December 7, 2010 - 2:41 pm | Permalink

    Forgetting that AAA is more that just a road-side service, I recently became a member in order to get a good deal on a new battery. Guess I’d better make a donation to Rails-to-Trails to balance it out.

  • December 7, 2010 - 2:57 pm | Permalink

    Hmm, Rails-to-Trails isn’t very well rated. Any suggestions for other alternative transportation organizations that don’t spend so much on fund-raising? Know anything about the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy?

    http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=4381
    http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=8014

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