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Bicycle News Friday, 2012-08-24

August 24th, 2012 | Author: patrick
Category: News

News and stories from the past week in the bicycling world.

In case you have not yet heard, the Omaha City Council voted on Tuesday to approve the Transportation Master Plan (WOWT story, OWH story) which describes a 25-year vision for Omaha to provide a more balanced, efficient, and cost-effective transportation network.

Three large, national bicycling advocacy organizations (the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Bikes Belong, and League of American Bicyclists) announced last week they have decided not to merge after more than a year of discussion.

After debuting last year, an invisible bicycle helmet developed by two women in Sweden is in the news again.

Fargo, North Dakota has added a number of bike lanes, sharrows, and “share the road” signs.

Thanks to two brothers in Los Angeles, you can now purchase “the most popular mechanized vehicle on earth” here in the United States: China’s famous Flying Pigeon bicycle.

Charles R. Wolfe, a writer for the Huffington Post, shares some great photos of bicycles in the urban setting from around the world.

British folding bicycle company Brompton is looking for more acknowledgment of the advanced manufacturing methods helping the company succeed around the world.

On the heels of Omaha passing a multi-modal and balanced transportation master plan, the city of Edmond, Oklahoma is working on a bicycle master plan.

Rockstar Games, makers of the Grand Theft Auto series, apparently have included a lycra-clad, beach-loving fixie rider in recently released promotional images for the fifth GTA installment.

Here is a cheap, interesting DIY solution for cleaning and degreasing bicycle parts at home.

Do small physical barriers between bike lanes and vehicle lanes have any effect on driver behavior? One citizen in Brooklyn decided to conduct a simple experiment to test the effect of separated bike lanes.

Bicycling Magazine explains how insurance companies are starting to offer coverage for bicyclists.

The City of Long Beach, CA is the latest U.S. city to announce a city-wide, 2,500-bike, 250-station bicycle sharing program. This one happens to be privately funded (can anyone say Omaha B-Cycle?)

Global Voices tells the story of a bicicloteca, a bicycle that carries a small library through the streets of Säo Paulo, Brazil.

Finally, some mini bicycle awesomeness courtesy of man in You-Tube video.

 

Have you heard any interesting stories or news about bicycles? Send a note to info@omahabikes.org.

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