By Yokota FritzDutch Bike Company Chicago announced the location of their new Chicago shop at 651 W Armitage Ave #1E at Lincoln Park in Chicago's north side, where they'll open for business on October 18.
According to Henry of WorkCycles, "they'll be unpacking a 40' high-cube container stuffed full of WorkCycles-Azor Dutch city bikes and Bakfiets Cargobikes. Another container full of bikes and gear is apparently already on its way from Dutch Bike Seattle."
By Yokota FritzSeattle bike dealer to open Dutch bike shop in Chicago
Stephan Schier of the Dutch Bike Company Seattle plans to open the Dutch Bike Company Chicago (aka Dutch Bike Chicago) in September. "We already have an enthusiastic customer base in Chicago," Stephan tells me, so it made sense for them to open a dealership there.
Dutch Bike Seattle is currently one of only a handful of North American dealers who imports the Bakfiets cargo bike, as well as other utility bikes from WorkCycles, Amsterdam's utility bike experts. Stephan plans to carry these bikes in the new Chicago store, as well as bikes from the Azor brand (Oma, Opa, and Transport bikes); Danish Velobris bikes; the German Retrovelo brand; Birdy folding bikes and more.
Stephan is pretty excited about his Chicago plans. "Anyone visiting the city can see volumes of cyclists on the main boulevards on all manner of bikes and in all manner of dress. They are vying for a shot to host the Olympics and a well developed transportation infrastructure, which includes cycling, will make Chicago a highly attractive candidate."
The Dutch Bike Company will ship bikes anywhere in the United States, but shipping charges are pretty high for these heavy duty bikes. They recommend that buyers make a trip to the store and then ride the new bike home because there's "plenty of room for your camping supplies and a cooler!"
Alternatively, Stephan says, "If there are a bunch of Bafiets aficionados who want to make a group purchase, we can likely palletize a batch, ship them by truck and drastically reduce the freight charges."
By Yokota Fritz
(I almost wrote "ordnance," which could either be really good or really bad for cyclists).
The City of Chicago passed the Bicycle Safety Ordinance this afternoon. The new law now establishes fines for turning left or right in front of a bicyclist, passing a bicyclist with less than three feet of space, and opening a vehicle door into the path of a bicyclist. Fines range from $150 to $500 and go up to $500 if the violation results in a bicycle crash.
It also establishes a fine for double-parking in a marked shared lane, and increases the fine for driving, standing or parking in a bicycle lane.
"We are committed to making Chicago the most bicycle friendly city in the country, and safety is a very critical part of the plan," Daley said after the measure passed. "More than 6,000 crashes between bicycles and motor vehicles were reported in Chicago between 2001 and 2005. Unfortunately, 30 bicyclists were killed. These new laws will help prevent injuries and save lives."
Daley defended bike messengers when asked about their sometimes risky riding and rude behavior. "The bike messengers are a breed unto themselves," Daley said, smiling. "I got to meet a lot of them so I know a lot of them. They've got a job to do, and like anything else, they are respecting the laws on the road and all that, and the rules."
By Yokota Fritz
It's been at least a year since somebody has mentioned David Peterson's bicycle snow plow.
Peterson rides his bike seven miles to his job at Fermilab in Chicago Chicagoland. When he built this snow plow for his bicycle several years ago, the bike paths he took to work weren't plowed, so he started walking to work with a shovel and shoveling the path along the way. He soon moved up to a push plow, a contraption he pushes like a baby stroller with angled blades to push the snow to the side.
In 2002, he built his tow-behind snow plow.
David Peterson posts the history and detailed construction plans for the bicycle snow plow at his website. I have no idea if he still uses this (the website was last updated in 2005), but I've sent Peterson an email and we'll see what he says.
Here's another bicycle snow plow photo I found randomly on the web.
Dutch Bike Chicago opening October 18
Bakfiets in Chicago
Another reason to be jealous of a city on the move to bigger and better things. Chicago rocks and supports cycling in ways most towns (like St Louis) can't even imagine. Jack
Velorbis from Copenhagen Denmark is comming to Chicago so i've heard from the owner over at dutchbikes.us - see this great review here http://commutebybike.com/2008/07/25/first-look-velorbis-churchill-balloon/
Velorbis website www.velorbis.com
Anon, Stephan's the guy who's bringing Velobris to Chicago. Thanks for bringing attention to that.
Do we have a location yet?
This is very cool
Charlie, when I asked Stephan this last week he said he was still negotiating a location. Sorry!
Thank you Yokota
Hi Fritz, rumor has it that Velorbis will open a concept store in down town Chicago in the near future.... I'll keep you posted.
Anon: Oooh, fascinating. I'll keep my eyes open!
Dutch Bike Chicago location announced:
651 W Armitage Ave #1E 60614 Chicago, IL
Website is here: http://www.dutchbikechicago.com/
The site is still basically a placeholder but it says they'll be open October 18. Somewhere around then they'll also be unpacking a 40' high-cube container stuffed full of WorkCycles-Azor Dutch city bikes and Bakfiets.nl Cargobikes. Another container full of bikes and gear is apparently already on its way from Dutch Bike Seattle.
You make me proud Chicago!
ps: I not under the impression that Velorbis is part of the Chicago plan, considering they're being heavily discounted at their Seattle shop. The very beautiful Retrovelo's will almost certainly go to Chicago though.
I've heard there is another bike shop opening in the wicker park area that will be carrying Velorbis. Cant' wait!
Chicago passes bicycle safety ordinance
Effective advocay pays large dividends. Now let's hope that law enforcement is properly trained. My kind of town! Jack
...i gotta agree w/ jack...hopefully the laws will be applied intelligently & judiciously so as to not foment more cyclist/ motorist negativity...
...that & i'd like to go for a ride & a beer in his town w/ mayor daley...
I think I would rather have explosives at my disposal than more laws to be ignored by officers.
Bicycle snow plow
Fermilab is actually in Batavia, about 30-40 miles west (depending on who you ask). [/nitpicking]
That's awesome. I wonder which bike path he uses? There are dozens in that area, and more of them are being built all the time. Nice to see someone utilizing one for a daily commute.
Yes, awesome. Having lived through 30 plus winters in the windy city, it is cold. Cycling in winter is tough enough but also plowing the snow, now that's a story. Jack
Excellent. Now that's dedication.
It must suck when it snows again after a good plowing!
...props to david peterson...it's obvious he does this for altruistic reasons & therefore, he's encouraging others to winter ride... ...the man's also gotta be getting pretty strong doing that...sheesh !!!...
...it's also nice to hear jennifer saying there are already dozens of cycle paths w/ more being built in the area... ...the chicago area seems to be quite progressive regarding bicycles...
I just heard back from Peterson. He indeed continues to plow the paths, and in fact now they have a "pony express" of plowers -- other cyclists catch up to Peterson and they trade bikes to split the labor. He plans to update his website with new information, also.
"I just heard back from Peterson. He indeed continues to plow the paths, and in fact now they have a "pony express" of plowers -- other cyclists catch up to Peterson and they trade bikes to split the labor."
That is the most awesome thing I've heard in months.
Sadie Hawkins' Day race and style ride