Beginning December 1, bicycles and bike helmets will be exempted from the 8% provincial retail sales tax in Ontario, Canada. “We want to encourage more Ontarians – young and young-at-heart – to get outdoors, spend time riding bikes as a family and with friends, or to try riding to work if possible, leaving the car at home,” said Ontario Premier McGuinty.
The full details are at the Ontario Ministry of Revenue website. Bicycles purchased for under $1000 are exempt, as well as bike safety equipment such as helmets, reflectors, lights, bells, horns, and mirrors. Bike rental, bike parts, non-safety bike accessories and labor for repairs and assembly remain taxable.
Mentioned at Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (aka the BR&IN), Canadian Cyclist, Pedal Magazine.
‘Bicycle manufacturers have never been able to say precisely how a bicycle works’, explains Dr Arend Schwab of the Faculty of Mechanical, Maritime and Materials Engineering (3mE). ‘They have always had to refine their designs purely through experimentation. In our model, they can enter into the computer all of the various factors that influence the stability and handling of their bicycle. The model then calculates how the bicycle will react at specific speeds.’ The model has recently been published in the science magazine Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series A.
Because the model has the ability to indicate whether a design will deliver a jittery bicycle, or indeed a stable one for seniors, the bicycle industry is highly interested in the findings.
Read more. Via the always fascinating Velorution.
Milwaukee bicyclist shoots motorist after near collision
A bicyclist shot a motorist after the man’s car nearly hit the bike on Friday night, police said.
The 28-year-old driver of the car stopped to check on the bicyclist, who had fallen to the pavement around 10:45 p.m., police said.
The bicyclist got up, fired three shots and hit the driver once in the shoulder, police said.
The motorist drove to the house of a friend, who then took him to a hospital. He was treated and released.
Police said they were looking for the bicyclist on Saturday. No other details were released.
This real-life Spike Bike was mentioned in the Milwaukee Star Tribune. Reported also at WKBT and FOX 6.