Good morning from California.
Carlton Reid reminds us that it’s our own stupid fault the motor car became so popular. We cyclists insisted on hard surface roads. We wanted road rules to keep pedestrians out of the way. Because cycling as a hobby belonged mostly to deranged, sport-minded young men with a bent for innovation, we attached motors to our bikes, and, later to four wheeled contraptions. The rest is history.
More bike news below the redhead riding a bike at sunset.
Katie Archibald and Laura Trott take gold in the European Elite Track Championships.
This 3 foot law webinar looks interesting:
3FootCycling.com and CHP Golden Gate Division have launched an innovative partnership that allows cyclists to report, track, and discuss 3 Foot Law violation incidents. Our process also allows cyclists to share their incidents with other cyclists to identify and predict repeat offenders. We believe this might be a model for other law enforcement agencies. Please join us to add your voice as we discuss our process in detail.
Forbes: Chinese bike share boom (with 650,000 public bikes available for use nationwide) means billions for bike investors. Some might recall that Shanghai Forever Co nearly went out of business about 15 years ago when China began its big push to automotive prosperity. HL Corp (formerly Hsin Lung) sells aftermarket bike components in the USA under the “Zoom” brand.
Potential for occasional death and mayhem on a New Jersey bridge leads to long term bridge closure.
— TwoWheeledTank (@TwoWheeledTank) October 20, 2014
Skinny bars in a track race?
Myth Busted: Elite track racers prove that you don't need super wide handlebars to help you sprint or "open up" your lungs. #cycling
The unstealable bicycle?
Design insights at BMC bikes.
Is anything happening yet with John Van Velde’s World Cycling League yet? I haven’t seen any updates since about July.
Cancer claimed the life of Santa Cruz District Attorney Bob Lee last weekend. In sharp contrast to his neighbors in Santa Clara and San Francisco counties, Lee’s office pursued criminal cases against motorists who killed and injured cyclists and pedestrians on Santa Cruz County roads.
“Why I don’t drive.”
Cyclists should have registration tags so we can catch them when they mildly annoy people. It'll cost a fortune to enforce but. Well, grrr.
— Top Driver Tips (@mylanefeckoff) October 16, 2014
No city where cycling is widespread has improved safety with a mandatory helmet law.
Philadelphia Bike Expo on November 8.
SF Bike Expo is coming up on November 22.
Carlton Reid’s Roads Were Not Built for Cars was published just a couple of weeks ago. Buy the Kindle version here. This is an exhaustively researched and enjoyable text on the history of road transportation in Britain and America. Carlton tells me the iPad version is much better, but I don’t do iTunes so you’re on your own for a link to that.