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In South Windsor, CT our town has just purchased a fleet of bicycles and this trailer to bring them to all of our elementary schools, events, etc. to carry out our Bicycle Education Program.
  #bicycle #bikeeducation #walkandwheelways  
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Palo Alto's first bike corral, in front of Coupa Cafe on Ramona Street, holds up to ten bikes and on weekends it's usually full. Some of the people parking bikes there used to drive and park a car on the street. Some of them just didn't visit as often because parking a bicycle was so difficult.

Bike Corrals free up car parking spaces and they boost local business by attracting more customers. #bikesmeanbusiness
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A very simple and cheap urban upgrade. Every bike carries a wallet. 
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American cities and counties have already for decades declared their commitment to making walking and bicycling safe and viable transportation options for their residents.

Why are these goals still not being achieved?

For example, from the 1985 San Mateo County General Plan (adopted 29 years ago):

"Bicycle and pedestrian travel are important but often overlooked means of transportation in San Mateo County. Inexpensive, non-polluting, and healthful, bicycling and walking are particularly suitable in this County because of its mild climate and the location of many residential, commercial, and industrial areas on relatively level terrain in proximity to each other." 

"Although the bicycle has been present in the United States for over 100 years, it has not been recognized as a viable means of transportation until recently."

"Pedestrian travel has been hindered in various areas by the construction of barriers, such as freeways and railroad rights-of-way, and by the expansion of automobile facilities, including streets, driveways, and parking lots, at the expense of pedestrian areas."

http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/planning/genplan/pdf/gp/GP%20Ch%2012_Transportation.pdf
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Good question, I don't know what the answer is. One thing in their statement I find very interesting - "it (the bicycle) has not been recognized as a viable means of transportation until recently" is not historically correct. At the turn of the century the bicycle was a popular, viable means of transportation in cities and towns here in the USA. Yes it was short lived, but most of us here have no knowledge of our own history. It does appear though that some cities and counties are taking this seriously now and are being rewarded for it.
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Lone Star State. Go!
Texans overwhelmingly choose cars and trucks for their commutes, but in cities like Houston, Dallas and San Antonio, policy leaders have incentives to support cycling. They say it's good for business.
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+Adam Pressler  I remember my DFW commutes. I had an insane 25 mile commute across the Mid Cities. My shorts and jersey were caked with salt in the summer when I arrived home from work.
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Delaware DOT ditches "SHARE THE ROAD" signs,working on warrants (rules) for BMUFL signs.
Published in the Institute of Transportation Engineers Bicycle and Pedestrian Council Newsletter April 4, 2014 "Share The Road": It's practically the national motto of cycling advocacy in the United States. It's the cycling "message" on license plates in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Texas,…
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"Millions of motorists have joined the Shell SHARE THE ROAD Club!" https://www.flickr.com/photos/sa_steve/4685930475
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A voter's resource for people who want to make walking and bicycling safe in San Jose.
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Kudos NJDOT: Bike lines along the Jersey Shore!
 
Kudos NJDOT!
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I saw this in the road cycling community and thought it deserved to be here as well.
 
New laws in Queensland promote cycle safety
Today, Queensland is moving in the right direction that sees new laws introduced that show 'a metre does matter' when out on the road. Read more http://bit.ly/1spXdOL 
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Stoked my story on women dirt jumpers is published today with my photos, too! Read here: http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/aptos/ci_25490705/aptos-mountain-bike-festival-nothing-sweet-about-sugar
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#Cycling  is a great means of transportation. However, it's not safe enough everywhere. Read more on what we can do to improve the safety and how it's like in #Toronto .

http://ilovetoronto.com/featured/2014/03/toronto-safe-cycling

#bikeTO   #bike  
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Great article . Sounds like more bicycling infrastructure results in safer cycling results in more people riding bikes to get from here to there. Interestesting to hear what is happening in other cities.
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At Burlingame City Hall to discuss a better bike lane striping design for Airport Blvd with the engineer. Cities need expert input to design safe and useful bikeways, so become an expert and give them input.
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Walking into someones office, and knowing what you are talking about, makes a huge difference. It shows them that you are really interested. It means more that a thousand signatures on a pettition.
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Flavio Gomez turned 18 years old in March 2013. He bikes and he'll vote on June 3!
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What would you to ask the candidates for San Jose Mayor and City Council?

I Walk I Bike I Vote will send a list of questions on safety for walking and bicycling to each of the candidates on April 15. The answers will be posted online to help voters decide on June 3.

Draft questions are available here:
http://www.iwalkibikeivote.org/our-questions/
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Go Missouri!
An anti-bicycle amendment was resoundingly defeated on the floor of the Missouri House today. ;Rep. Jeremy LaFaver of Kansas City The amendment, introduced by Rep. Paul Curtman of Pacific, would h
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Yeah! It is good to hear of any victory for bicycle infrastructure that will make for bicycle friendly streets and roads. More people on bikes coming to Missouri soon! 
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Neal Saiki, CEO NTS Works, will be speaking on innovation and the environment in Chicago this Friday, http://www.nusos.org/. You can hear about what we've been up to over the last 4 months on Chicago Fox News TV at noon on Thursday 4/10. Stay tuned!
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Administrivia

Please read the "ABOUT THIS COMMUNITY" page before posting. I very specifically list a few things that will result in immediate deletion of your posts.

In case you're wondering, I'm looking at you +Top Carbon Bike Zone . I deleted two of your completely off-topic posts over the weekend. I'm assuming language barrier is part of the problem, but do it again and you'll be banned.

I also have deleted a couple of charity ride posts from others.

That is all.
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i feel like i missed all the commotion 
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San Jose Bike Polo Players Vote! on June 3.
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Friday fun at Twitter.
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The ones by the guy who started this has some really good ones, with pics. http://www.robertprinz.com/bikes-r-dangerous/
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Soon to be the site of another Ghost Bike.
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New road rules affecting cyclists to come into force on April 7 in Queensland, Australia. A good move to improve cycling safety.
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Fines need to be high enough to sting a bit, but not so punitive that they be come difficult to enforce. 
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