2012 Week 1 Roundup

Good morning and Happy Wednesday. What’s happened in the world of biking since the New Year began?

Two years ago, Robert Choi and Barley Forsman quit their jobs at Specialized Bicycles and started their own high end road bike company, Volagi. Their former employer filed a lawsuit against them. Jury selection begins today. More in the Mercury News and Bicycle Retailer.

Team Type 1 in the running for the the Giro d’Italia. Congrats to them — they’ve been working hard for this.

A Pedal Powered Talk Show. Via Velo Vogue.

Illinois cyclists outside of Chicago may now legally run red lights.

It’s not (just) about the bike: Mass transit could use some of the design love bikes and facilities have gotten lately.

And speaking of mass transit.

Federal agencies subsidize bike commutes. Via Bike Hugger who tells us, BTW, that Tern will sponsor a bike share at SXSW 2012.

Ride Boldly on people who bike: “At the end of the day, the cycling movement really needs to work on empowering people beyond the spandex-clad, the hipsters, the young, and find ways to reach out to people who feel forced to ride, and people who think riding is out of reach, such as many women, people with kids, etc. It’s a hard problem.

They say bikes get in the way of traffic

Streetsblog SF wants your street dysfunction photos.

Bicycle Design returns from the holidays to post about this interesting vintage singlespeed.

Post Grape Nuts cereal sponsors USA Cycling.


  1. Waiting for a “reasonable time” (which I understand will probably be amended to the standard 2 minutes) isn’t really “running” a red light…

  2. Yeah. I thought this was going to be about another state getting the Idaho stop.

    The law change is still pointless. Anyone that gets to a red light that they know won’t change for them should just make sure the intersection is totally clear, and proceed with caution. In the tiny chance that there was a cop nearby that you didn’t see, and the tiny chance that they actually stop you, and the tiny chance that they give out more than a warning, you’d surely get it thrown out by saying that you were on a bike and the light was never going to change.

    A better law change would be to say that waiting more than 30 seconds at an empty intersection that doesn’t accommodate for recognizing bikes is okay to go. Or just go with the Idaho law – treat the light as a stop sign. Full stop, check for traffic, proceed with caution knowing that you don’t really have the right of way.

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