Browse Category by Advocacy

This has to do with city infrastructure, city planning, laws, and those that do what they can to make a place for bikes on our roadways.

Advocacy, art, Bicycle, Media, News, Travel

Parkcycle: Mobile Park Life

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Parkcycle, a social green space on wheels. That’s what John Bela of Rebar group and Till Wolfer of N55 had in mind when the conceived ‘Parkcycle Swarm’. consisting of four small mobile parks, the project explores the possibilities of the public sculpture, while at the same time raising awareness of cycle-power and green space trough a participatory activity. ‘Parkcycle Swarm’ invites city dwellers to pedal the mini park lands throughout the city of Baku. ‘Parkcycle’ has been specially commissioned for PARTICIPATE: Baku Public Art Festival 2013, which continues until September 17th. So if you find yourself in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan be sure and take one for a spin!

More information & photos here: Parkcycle on Designbloom.com

Advocacy, Bicycle, History, Media

The Urban Cycling Hall of Fame

It feels like things have changed in urban cycling over the last few years.  It’s being embraced by pop culture and you can see bikes and riders shown in a positive light in commercials, music and film.  Not that it’s indicative of motorists embracing those that they are expected to share the road with necessarily- but urban cycling feels more casual lately.  With a culture of it’s own, it seems it’s time to showcase those that have helped bring urban cycling to where it is today.

Enter the UCHOF.

UCHOF is a collaborative effort that celebrates the culture of urban cycling and showcases the history and people shaping the modern urban bike movement.

UCHOF Selection Committee is compromised of those individuals who have contributed to the urban cycling movement and have been assembled to cull through the nominees and select the UCHOF Class of 2013. This year’s inaugural committee includes  Kevin “Squid” Bolger, John “Prolly” Watson, Christina Peck, Austin Horse, Nelson Vails and Andy White.

UCHOF pays tribute to those individuals who have contributed significantly to the urban cycling culture and draws attention to the influence urban cycling has had in popular culture through events, products and legendary triumphs of influential cyclists. UCHOF’s mission in the first year is to collect the artifacts and stories of urban cyclists to create the Collections that will tell the story of urban cycling and educate the public on urban cycling culture.  At it’s core UCHOF was born from the desire to unite riders and gather collectibles to tell the story of where we came from and who helped us get here

As part of its launch, UCHOF is issuing an open call to the public to nominate cyclists who have contributed to the urban cycling movement.  The categories include Riders, Organizers and Makers.  Riders are recognized heroes who have earned respect from a local to global level.  Organizers are the masterminds who work behind the scenes of legendary events that play a pivotal role in the cycling culture. Makers celebrate the true artisans of our time and are those who have proven their excellence and add value to the community we live and ride in.

From September 18 – 20, 2013, UCHOF will be exhibiting and participating at this year’s Interbike in Las Vegas where they will host the First Annual Urban Cycling Award Ceremony at the Double Down on Sept 18  2013.

To nominate a cyclist into UCHOF or donate cycling memorabilia, visit www.uchof.com.

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You can follow them on the Instagram at @Urbancyclinghof

Facebook at Urban Cycling Hall of Fame

And Twitter at @Urbancyclinghof

Advocacy, Commuting, Media, News, Seattle

Fremont Bridge Bike Counter: A New Record

If you have ridden across the Fremont Bridge since last October, chances are you’ve noticed this electronic sign on the Northwest bikeway/sidewalk. The Fremont Bridge Bike Counter has been ticking away since October 11th 2012 counting cyclists crossing the bridge in both directions and both sides (if you haven’t tested this, I did and it picks up cyclists crossing on either side and direction).

Fremont Bridge Bike Counter
Photo courtesy of bikingseattle

Tuesday May 7th, the second day of the second week of National Bike Month marked the most cyclists to cross the bridge in a 24 hour period to date since the installation of the bike counter, 5,103 bike crossings recorded. The excellent weather that week and the fact it is Bike Month helped pushed the weekly total to over 28,000 crossings. That is a lot of bikes.  The below graph is a weekly tally of bike trips recorded since the installation of the counter.

Bike Counter Graph

Bike to Work Day is this Friday May 17th, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw a new record set.

 

 

Advocacy, Commuting, Media, News, Washington

Washington: Ranked #1 Bicycle Friendly State, 6th Year Running

In honor of National Bike Month, the League of American Cyclists has released its Annual Bicycle Friendly States ranking. Washington State achieved the top ranking nationally for a sixth consecutive year. As a life long Washingtonian and a passionate cyclist that is exciting to hear. Hey Ryan, whats up with Alaska coming in 45th?WA_#1

From the official press release: For the sixth year in a row, Washington continues to lead the nation, with high performance in all categories. But up-and-coming states — including Delaware, Illinois and Arizona —  charged up the ranking in 2013, shaking up the top 10. “We are encouraged to see significant progress in top states like Washington, Delaware, Colorado and Oregon,” said Andy Clarke, president of the League of American Bicyclists. “But as the scores clearly highlight, there’s much work to be done in critical areas like infrastructure and planning in every state.” Continue reading the full press release HERE.

If you want to know more about how the other states stacked up check out the 2013 Bicycle Friendly State Rankings Chart, or this handy-dandy interactive State Rankings Map. Who doesn’t like charts and graphs?

Advocacy, Commuting, Events, News

May is National Bike Month

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I would venture to say that a good amount of Go Means Go readers ride their bikes nearly year round, through rain and shine. But its not hard to admit, riding when the weather is pleasant is much easier and more enjoyable. May is National Bike Month, and even if you ride your bike every month (as you should) it is still a great opportunity to get friends, family or coworkers back on the bike or on the bike for the first time. If you haven’t taken a look at the weather forecast in the Pacific Northwest for the coming weeks you are in for a nice surprise. We are going to be hitting the 70s and possibly even 80s with lots of sun, in other words you aren’t going to have any excuse not to be on two wheels this month.

Wherever you are biking this month take extra care and be aware of the other riders around you as there are bound to be a lot of new and out of practice cyclists on the trails and roads.

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Advocacy, News

Business Insider & Copenhagenize Index: What Americans Don’t Get About Cycling

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The 2013 Copenhagenize Index of the world’s most bike-friendly cities is out, and not a single American metropolis made the top 20.

By failing to embrace cycling culture, American cities are losing out on significant financial benefits, Colville-Andersen (CEO of Copenhagenize)  told Business Insider. Studies show that every kilometer cycled in Denmark earns the country €.23 (partly because cyclists have been shown to spend more money in local stores), he said. And even with significant taxation of automobiles, every kilometer driven in Denmark costs the country €.16.

The problem in the U.S. is all about perception, said Colville-Andersen. Many commuters see cycling as a form of exercise, not convenient transport, and cities are still being built around automobiles.

Read the full story here: Here’s What Americans Don’t Get About Cycling — And Why It’s A Problem

 

Advocacy, Media, News

NBA Stars & Critical Mass

NBA & Critical mass

It has been a few years since I have ridden Critical Mass, and it is the general consensus at GMG that Seattle Critical Mass has ceased to be a relevant or positive event for Seattle bicycle advocacy.  That being said, more power to anyone looking to get on two wheels and spread bicycle love.

Men’s Journal recently reported on NBA superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade riding Critical Mass in Miami, FL and a little bit about their new found love for cycling. Read the whole article HERE. Wade was quoted saying “I had one of my best games of the season after a Critical Mass bike ride.” Which obviously raises the question, if the Super Sonics return to Seattle will they start commuting by bike and riding critical mass? Watch out Seattle drivers, next time you plow your Subaru through a Critical Mass ride you might be running over your beloved NBA team!