Yksivaihde vs. Onguard Bulldog.

Lockedcog - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:39

Looks like Santa’s out early rounding bikes up for the kiddies of the world…just don’t ask where they came from or whats in that bottle. More good from the Yksivaihde dudes in Helsinki here!

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Beauty of Norway as seen from a kayak

GrindTV - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:37
Beauty of Norway

This was the photo Canoe & Kayak used for its December 2014 cover. Photo by Tomasz Furmanek/Caters News

Norway, with its rugged coastline, spectacular fjords, and countless islands, is known for its striking landscape and stunning beauty.

Not that confirmation is needed, but National Geographic reportedly listed Norwegian fjords as the world’s top tourist attraction in 2009.

You certainly don’t have to convince Tomasz Furmanek of the beauty of Norway. He lives in Norway, and his Instagram account is a growing testimony to the splendor of his country—as seen from a kayak.

For the past two years, Furmanek has been documenting his kayak adventures in western and northern Norway, where he visits many of the fjords, inland lakes, and areas around Lofoten Islands.

His photos are stunning, so much so that Canoe & Kayak magazine featured his photo of Reinefjorden Lofoten on its cover for the December 2014 issue.

“I kayak mainly because it is an easy way to get mental balance,” Furmanek told Caters News Agency. “You get close to nature in a kayak and can experience things that are not possible while hiking.”

Furmanek calls his Instagram feed an “adventure blog” with mostly kayakers following him, although one needn’t be an avid kayaker to appreciate the beauty of Norway.

Enjoy:

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Photo by Tomasz Furmanek/Caters News

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CABDA officially relaunches its annual trade show

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 16:33

CHICAGO (BRAIN)—It’s official. The Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers Association (CABDA) is launching a trade show and is booking exhibition space for the Feb. 4-5 midweek expo.

And for industry veterans who remember CABDA’s early foray into the trade show business, the event will be held across the street from the old Pheasant Run facility in St. Charles, Illinois.

Jim Kersten, who owns Edgebrook Cycle & Sport in northwest Chicago, said Friday that the show has already signed up some key companies including SRAM, Todson, Lexco and Sigma. Richard Schwinn and Waterford Precision Cycles, as well as several other custom builders, will also exhibit.

“We’re bringing a preseason, dealer-oriented show back to the Midwest,” said Kersten, who is serving as the show’s director. “Part of the focus is on seminars and for shop staff to see some new product.”

Many Midwest dealers no longer take staff to Interbike, and a regional show in the off-season gives staff a chance to see products and attend technical seminars, Kersten said. Many Midwest dealers also attend QBP’s Frostbike open house and expo, which will be held Feb. 20-22.

Kersten expects the revived CABDA show to attract about 100 store owners plus staff. Within the Chicago area alone, he estimated there are more than 60 dealers. But CABDA will reach out within a 400-mile radius of Chicago in hopes of attracting a wider base of retail support.

At one time CABDA was a major stop on the trade show circuit and was held in Rosemont, Illinois, not far from Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport. But a variety of management and financial issues ended the show and fragmented the Chicago dealer base.

Kersten said CABDA members want to run a trade association that has a trade show — not a trade show that has an association. CABDA, as a dealer association, re-formed several years ago, and meetings during the off-season have been attracting upwards of 40 dealers, he said.

The show will be held in the DuPage Expo Center in St. Charles. “We want to keep this a low-cost event. It’s nonunion and they (expo staff) have been very happy and eager to work with us,” Kersten said.

Booth prices range from $600 for a 10 x 10 with a 25 percent discount for each additional booth. One area is reserved for 20 x 20 booths priced at $1,800, or $1,620 if the exhibitor is a CABDA member.

The DuPage Expo Center offers 23,000 square feet of exhibition and seminar space, Internet access, free parking and discounted hotel rates at an adjoining hotel. It also has a 23-acre site for fat bike demos and a 100-seat theater-style room for seminars and presentations.

Exhibitor move-in is Feb. 3. For more information, contact Kersten at (616) 214-9467 or by email at jim@cabda.net.

 

 

 

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Thoughts on a Santa Clara County transportation tax 2016

Cyclelicious - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:54

After the success of transportation funding measures earlier this month in San Francisco and neighboring Alameda County, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in Santa Clara County began scoping out a proposal for a new transportation tax for the rapidly growing South Bay that the call Envision Silicon Valley.


San Jose / Santa Clara Bike to Work Day May 8 2014

VTA funding backgrounder

VTA is the transportation planning and traffic congestion management agency for Santa Clara County, California, which is located at the south end of San Francisco Bay. The agency operates bus and light rail public transportation, and manages funding, design and construction of the highways in this region.

In addition to the various funds redistributed out to local agencies by the Federal government and the state of California, VTA currently collects a number of local sales taxes.

  • ¼¢ Transportation Development Act (TDA) funds mostly go to transit operations. 2% of this TDA tax — about $1.5 million annually — are earmarked for “Article 3″ bicycle and pedestrian projects.
  • 1976 Measure A ½¢ funds transit operations.
  • 2000 Measure A ½¢ for public transit capital improvement and operations expires in 2036.
  • 2008 Measure B ⅛¢ to fund operations and maintenance for BART Silicon Valley. Expires 2042.

East Bay and San Francisco Transportation Funding 2014

In California, any new tax or tax renewal requires a two-thirds supermajority to pass and become law. San Francisco’s Proposition A, allows the city and county of San Francisco to borrow up to $500 million for transportation projects and increase property taxes to pay for the bond obligations. This bond measure is tied to the city’s 10 year transportation improvement plan, so spending will primarily be on improvements that will benefit cyclists, walkers, and those who ride public transportation. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition endorsed Prop A, which passed with 70% earlier this month.

Alameda County voters also endorsed their new transportation tax, Measure BB, with 70% of the vote. Bike East Bay endorsed this measure, pointing out that 48% is dedicated for transit, 11% for biking and walking, and 9% for freeway projects. This is encouraging given that 83% of trips in Alameda County are made via automobile.

Envision Silicon Valley Stakeholder Meetings

Emboldened by these successes in nearby communities, VTA are now planning a similar transportation tax for the South Bay and have met with stakeholder groups. I’m encouraged by what I see so far. In their meetings with community organizations, representatives from these organizations have specifically asked for more frequency in low income communities, retaining BART Alum Rock, improving transit for all users, and better bicycle infrastructure for those using transit and those who don’t. These community groups also specifically listed out “improve air quality near highways in low-income neighborhoods” and “against freeway widening.” These “community groups” aren’t radical environmental groups asking for these things, but organizations such as La Raza, disabled advocacy groups, a group representing South Asians, and the African American Community Services Agency.

In another stakeholder meeting, representatives from transportation advocacy groups and chambers of commerce gave their input. Again, I mostly see good stuff in those notes, with a focus more on the benefits for employers and businesses: “Remember why we need transit – work, entertainment, personal travel/errands,” “Take into account the need for Silicon Valley employees to access the county on a daily basis from other counties within the region,” and so forth. The only mention of car traffic was in the context of bad congestion and “total gridlock,” although this was followed by a suggestion that any new transportation funding plan should “maintain existing transportation system.” If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten.


Silicon Valley Highway 101 Traffic Hell

Otherwise, there’s lots of happy stuff about improving the cycling network and safety for cyclists and pedestrians. This chamber of commerce group also talked about improving last mile connectivity, especially for seniors and the disabled.

One interesting note caught my eye — “anti-displacement strategy for those who are forced out of areas where there is more transit because housing is becoming unaffordable” — suggesting that some stakeholders understand that transit is a path to gentrification commercial growth.

I like the direction the discussion is going, with an emphasis on active transportation over “maintaining the existing system” and a realization that continued economic development in the South Bay will absolutely depend on more efficient and smarter modes of transportation. They’re probably already looking at it, but I encourage VTA to look at AC Transit’s Measure BB and their outreach efforts as a possible model of this effort.

For more about Envision Silicon Valley and read those stakeholder meeting notes for yourself, visit the VTA blog: Stakeholder Groups Share Principles, Help Envision Silicon Valley.

Categories: Culture

After years of disappointment, single track lovers have reasons for optimism

BikePortland - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:21
Newton Rd in Forest Park

With renewed energy from Portland’s off-road biking advocates and a Metro project that could open up 1,300 acress of trail possibilities, 2015 could be a very big year for the elusive goal of more singletrack in Portland.

As we reported yesterday, local advocacy and trail building group the Northwest Trail Alliance has thrown down a gauntlet of sorts by launching an online petition in the form of an open letter to members of Portland City Council. The petition urges them to “catch up with the overflowing demand for off-road cycling opportunities.” By the time this story is published there will likely be close to 1,000 signatures collected in its first two days.

It’s been four years since a bruising public process ended without any real progress on bike access improvements in Forest Park. After that loss, the NW Trail Alliance vowed to stay focused on the issue.

Now, with the passage of time and healing of wounds, it looks like they’re ready to start pushing once again. The Trail Alliance can start fresh with lessons learned and new faces in charge at City Council and on their staff.

Also working in bike advocates’ favor is a Metro plan to develop 1,300 acres of land known as the North Tualatin Mountains along Forest Park’s northern boundary. As we reported back in September, Metro is entering this planning process with eyes wide open.

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But then again, mountain biking advocates were also optimistic back in 2009 when former Parks Commissioner Nick Fish made a bold promise that he was ultimately unable to keep.

However, this time around advocates have even more reason to expect a good result. The biggest difference is that their fate is in Metro’s hands now, not Portland Parks & Recreation. And unlike the 2009 Forest Park effort, biking hopes can be based on clear policy language, not a politician’s promises.

mccarthycreek At 403 acres and accessible right off Skyline Blvd and McNamee Road, the McCarthy Creek parcel holds great promise.

The North Tualatin Mountains project is funded through Metro’s natural areas levy that voters passed in 2012. The NW Trail Alliance came out in support of that levy because it included specific language about mountain biking.

The levy was adopted by Metro Council in December 2012. Page 14 of Exhibit A in the adopted resolution contains an initial project list. Among the projects listed is one of parcels of the North Tualatin Mountains project. Here’s the text of that project description:

Agency Creek/McCarthy Creek
Various parcels near to but outside of Forest Park are currently or could be used by walkers or cyclists to access nature close to Portland. Access to the site is challenging and there may be opportunities to enhance use. Over the past decade the demand for single track mountain biking trails has increased. This project would explore the potential to provide quality cycling and hiking experiences for formal single track cycling and walking trails, and as appropriate, construct the facilities.

While that language doesn’t set anything in stone, it’s clear Metro has been thinking about single track from the outset and they’ve left the door wide open.

As you can imagine, people who want more single track trails within riding distance of downtown Portland are taking this Metro process very seriously. If they succeed here, it won’t just give them a great new place to ride, it would serve as a symbol of success right next door to where the City of Portland has thus far only failed.

Metro is holding four community meetings to gather feedback on this project. The second one is coming up on December 2nd.

Ryan Francesconi and Andy Jansky, two volunteer advocates with the NW Trail Alliance, hope to see a large contingent of bicycling supporters at the meeting. “Allowing bikes on trails is currently very much a possibility,” they wrote on Facebook, “however if we don’t attend this meeting and give voice to our perspective we may lose out.”

    North Tualatin Mountains Open House
    Skyline Grange
    Tuesday, December 2, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m
    11275 NW Skyline Blvd. Portland, OR 97231

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Categories: Culture

Friday Job Market

Streetsblog New York City - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:00

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are the current listings:

Launch Project Manager, Alta Bicycle Share, NYC
We at Alta Bicycle Share, located in NYC, are seeking a Launch Project Manager. This role requires a high level of judgment, decision making, and time management. This is an exciting opportunity for a high performing individual to be part of the Launch Team in a growth environment.

Systems Architect, Alta Bicycle Share, NYC
We at Alta Bicycle Share are looking for an engineer with the intellectual curiosity, attention to detail, and bottomless memory to understand how our bike share systems work end to end and help design them into the future. You don’t need to be in the code or circuit boards, but do need to understand how all the pieces fit together and pin down problems (and responsible parties) when they occur. As the systems develop, you will help roadmap their development and figure out who needs to do what to which part of the system to make it work.

Technical Project Manager, Alta Bicycle Share, NYC
We at Alta Bicycle Share are looking for a Technical Project Manager who thinks relentlessly about who does what by when, everything that can go wrong, and how to make it all come together in the end. Someone who knows enough about technology to identify risks and evaluate plans, but doesn’t need to be the one actually writing the code or designing the system. Someone who always has a plan B and a Plan C, and can stay cool when everything else seems to be going wrong. This is an exciting opportunity for a high performing individual to be part of the Technology Team in a growth environment.

Policy Analyst (PAE030), Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Chicago
The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) is seeking to hire a Policy Analyst. CMAP is the official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. CMAP developed and now guides the implementation of metropolitan Chicago’s comprehensive regional plan, GO TO 2040, which was adopted unanimously by leaders from across the seven counties in fall 2010. To address anticipated population growth of more than 2 million new residents, GO TO 2040 establishes coordinated strategies that help the region’s 284 communities address transportation, housing, economic development, open space, the environment, and other quality-of-life issues.

Associate Director, Progressive Transportation Services, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
Plans, directs and manages program operations of three divisions: Streetcar Development, Transportation Business, and Mass Transit. Prioritizes and allocates available program resources; review and evaluate program and service delivery; makes recommendation for and execute changes in operations to ensure maximum effective service provision; institute a routine issue and risk management process; proactively monitor progress and critical path, identify potential crises and determine contingency plans; and assists in developing new program function elements, including researching, compiling and analyzing supporting data.

Transportation Safety/Systems Integration Manager, District Department of Transportation, Washington, DC
As the Program Manager for Safety & Systems Integration, the incumbent is responsible for managing the highest level of safety for rail and bus programs within DDOT and PTSA by ensuring that third party contractors comply with Federal Transit Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and local transit oversight policies and procedures. The program manager will supervise the work of subordinate staff responsible for safety and system integration of streetcar operations and maintenance, and will be accountable for future mass transit integration’s for bus, Para transit, and other surface transit systems developed by DDOT and PTSA.

Program Analyst, TransitCenter, NYC
TransitCenter, a civic foundation that supports and catalyzes innovation in sustainable urban mobility, seeks a Program Analyst to join its New York City office. The successful candidate will be an integral member of a growing organization and assist in conducting research, developing and implementing programs and projects related to improving transportation in cities, as well as building organizational capacity.

Outreach/Education Manager, Citi Bike, NYC
We are seeking a new Outreach and Education Manager to oversee the community outreach process around expansion in partnership with our client, the NYC Department of Transportation. The Outreach and Education Manager will also assume responsibility for and grow our existing outreach and education programs. This role requires a high level of judgement, political sensibility, decision making and time management.

21st Century Transportation Field Director, U.S. PIRG, Based in Boston, DC, or Chicago
Our Field Organizer will work with our people around the country on the transportation campaign, setting them up for campaign tactics or reaching out to the media, public leaders and civic organizations yourself. You will sometimes need to travel — recruiting new groups to join a coalition, speaking in a church basement or town hall to win a new endorsement, organizing a news event or rally, meeting with an editorial board, or doing whatever else it takes to urge our public officials to do the right thing.

21st Century Transportation Campaign Director, U.S. PIRG, Based in Boston, DC, or Chicago
We’re hiring a Transportation Campaign Director to lead our national transportation campaign to advocate against spending so many public dollars on unnecessary highway expansion and to advocate for better public transit, biking and walking infrastructure, and repairing the roads we already have. Led by Millennials, Americans are driving less than they used to, but government policies haven’t caught up with the times. We aim to change that.

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Couple Hopes Amenities Will Make Café a South Loop Cycling Hub - Streetsblog Chicago (blog)

Google News | Cycling - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:47

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Couple Hopes Amenities Will Make Café a South Loop Cycling Hub
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Two members of Chicago's XXX Racing team plan to open a new café at 18th and Indiana, with a number of features they hope will entice bike commuters to stop in for a cup, a bite, or a beer. The eatery is named the Spoke & Bird, after its bike-friendly ...

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Deep-sea anglerfish captured off Monterey

GrindTV - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:31
Anglerfish

Anglerfish uses luminescent tip at the end of its “fishing pole” to entice prey; video screen grab

Scientists exploring the depths of Monterey Bay off California have captured rare footage of a deep-sea anglerfish, and even managed to collect the live specimen for study.

The encounter occurred 2,000 feet beneath the surface and the peculiar-looking fish was observed and captured via the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s remotely-operated vehicle, the ROV Doc Ricketts.

Dr. Bruce Robison of MBARI described the anglerfish as being “among the most rarely seen of all deep-sea fishes,” and said the accompanying video contains what’s believed to be the first-ever footage of a live anglerfish in its deep-sea habitat.

The small but scary-looking fish is named because of the manner by which it feeds: by dangling the luminescent tip at the end of a “fishing pole” projecting from its head, and using the “glowing lure” to attract unsuspecting prey. It then snatches that prey, usually a small fish or squid, with its long, sharp teeth.

Anglerfish

The mysterious anglerfish was featured in a scene in “Finding Nemo”; video screen grab

Females are much larger than males, which lack the ferocious-looking appearance. The male’s sole purpose in life is to find a mate.

While these fish are mysterious and rarely observed, many will find them to look familiar based on a scene in the popular animated movie “Finding Nemo,” in which Marlin and Dory are entranced by the glowing light and narrowly escape capture.

The anglerfish captured by MBARI is also called a black seadevil, and measures only 3.5 inches.

A spokeswoman for the facility said the fish is being kept in a dark tank with near-freezing water—similar to its ocean habitat—but it’s not expected to live.

MBARI scientists have observed only three anglerfish in their years of deep-sea exploration. They’re hoping the footage will help them learn more about how the species’ movements and habits.

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Erica Zaveta hits her stride with the Amy D. Foundation

VeloNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 14:11

Erica Zaveta solos in for the win on day one of the 2014 Gateway Cross Cup. Photo: Matt James

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on the Raleigh bicycles website.

Dan Dombroski held a stacked resume in his hands. It listed collegiate gold medals in mountain biking and cyclocross, solid results in road races, and a history of international-caliber racing. The name on this resume might not be familiar to all cycling fans, but Erica Zaveta has steadily been working her way to the top of the sport.

The Erwinna, Pennsylvania native had applied for the Amy D. Foundation’s first racing scholarship, a program intended to help promising young female riders progress to the top of the sport. Dombroski established the foundation days after his 26-year-old sister, Amy, was killed on a training ride in Belgium in October 2013.

Zaveta was selected from about 34 applicants based on her racing potential and ability to represent Amy Dombroski’s spirit and the Foundation. Wearing a blue and orange Amy D. Racing skinsuit in her first race of the season at CrossVegas, the biggest U.S. ‘cross race, she finished an impressive ninth against the strongest women in the country.

Now 25, Zaveta began her competitive career 10 years ago on the road. She tried cyclocross for fun before she turned 18 and won a junior state championship. At Lees-McRae College in North Carolina, and later at Brevard College, she blossomed in collegiate cycling.

“Collegiate for me was really, really huge,” said Zaveta. “It was an opportunity to race everything … mountain bike, even track for one season. I jumped in as many ‘cross races as I could.”

While at Lees-McRae in 2011, Zaveta’s teammates and friends Carla Swart and Megan Baab were hit and killed by vehicles in separate training accidents. “I guess one of the biggest connections I feel with the Dombroski family is that feeling and how long [grieving] takes,” Zaveta said.

Zaveta met Amy Dombroski in Europe during a mountain bike World Cup in 2012. New to international racing and living in a foreign country, Zaveta was struggling. Dombroski provided the medicine she needed: a friendly face, and an offer to help with questions and team opportunities.

Many aspects of cyclocross appeal to Zaveta — the 40-minute race intensity, opportunities to improve in every lap, and an individual pace combined with head-to-head racing. The friendly, fun atmosphere hooked her right away.

“When you get too serious about it, you realize you’re running around in a field with a bicycle — it gives you a good perspective,” Zaveta said.

Racing alongside the Raleigh-Clement team, Zaveta has hit personal best after personal best. First came a top-five result in mid-October. Two weeks later, she won her first UCI race at Gateway Cross Cup in St. Louis, Missouri.

When this season’s more intense racing schedule required different training, Mani and Jamey Driscoll, supplied advice.

“That for me is really a confidence booster, knowing what they’re doing and how I can incorporate it,” said Zaveta of the Raleigh-Clement riders. “Ben [Berden] has been helpful in a lot of different ways, encouraging me … They’ve really been awesome.”

Mani, who took part in the scholarship selection process, shares her expertise in technical skills and the tactical elements of racing, like when to wait, or when to attack.

“She’s a great girl, really nice and humble and willing to learn, so it is really cool to be around her,” Mani said, speaking about Zaveta earlier in the fall. “I think she is going to have a great season. It’s going to be good mojo for everyone [on the team]. I’m really happy about what they did in memory of Amy. I think it’s a great program that will help Erica get a step higher.”

As the season has progressed, Zaveta has noticed her improvement throughout the year, yet remains willing to grow into her career.

“When I won collegiate mountain bike nationals for division one, that was really cool,” Zaveta said. “It meant a lot to me, but right now I just feel like a totally different athlete. And it doesn’t feel temporary. … I definitely would say it’s my best season racing bikes so far.”

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Mavic-Ritte bike auction to benefit World Bicycle Relief

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:59
Photo by John Watson, The Radavist

HAVERHILL, Mass. (BRAIN) — To benefit World Bicycle Relief, Mavic is auctioning off a one-of-a-kind Ritte Vlaanderen road bike outfitted with Mavic’s 125th-anniversary Ksyrium wheel-tire system and SRAM Red 22 components. The bike was hand painted by Ritte founder Spencer Canon.

The Ritte x Mavic 125th Anniversary Vlaanderen is part of a collection of bikes designed and built to mark Mavic’s 125th year.

All proceeds from the auction will benefit World Bicycle Relief and its efforts to provide simple and sustainable bicycle transportation to entrepreneurs, health-care workers and students across rural Africa through sustainable work-to-own and study-to-own programs. Until Dec. 31, all donations (including this auction and up to $1 million) will be matched thanks to generous gifts from a small group of anonymous donors. More information can be found at www.worldbicyclerelief.org.

The eBay auction is overseen by online seller The Pro’s Closet.  

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What Would a National Vision Zero Movement Look Like?

Streetsblog New York City - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:45

About 300 street safety leaders attended Transportation Alternatives' first-ever symposium on Vision Zero last Friday, Photo courtesy of TA

About 300 street safety leaders attended Transportation Alternatives’ first-ever Vision Zero symposium last Friday. Photo courtesy of TA.

Earlier this week, New York-based Transportation Alternatives released a statement of 10 principles that emerged from the Vision Zero symposium the group sponsored last Friday. It was the first-ever national gathering of thought leaders and advocates committed to spreading Vision Zero’s ethic of eliminating all traffic deaths through better design, enforcement, and education.

I caught up with Noah Budnick, deputy director of Transportation Alternatives, to hear more.

First, let’s talk about last Friday’s event. What was the best thing that happened there?

Noah Budnick. Photo courtesy of TA

Noah Budnick. Photo courtesy of TA

The momentum that was built was incredible. To me, that was the highlight. This was kind of the coming-out party for Vision Zero as a national movement.

What do you see as the goals of a national movement? Would that mean lots of cities working on this, or is there actually a role for the federal government? What could they do to promote Vision Zero?

The federal government could set federal goals and benchmarks in line with Vision Zero, creating policies that require states and cities and metro areas to set goals to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries. And it’s really important that that’s tied to funding.

It starts with a simple matter of leadership, which is stating that traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable. They’re not accidents. That change in thinking is an incredibly important first step.

You put out a statement of principles yesterday. It’s actually more of a how-to, a 10-step Vision Zero user’s manual. How much of this has New York done? Have they hit every point?

[Reads over the list] Yeah, I’d say that New York has definitely started down the path on all of these. Honestly, when we drafted these, we were really focused on distilling the conversations that happened at the symposium. This came out of the day. The goal of the day was to have a real symposium, to have real working sessions that at the end produced a document that defines Vision Zero. I guess it’s a happy coincidence it also lines up very much with New York City’s work.

What do you think of all the new Vision Zero campaigns and public pledges that we’ve seen this year? Are there movements in other places that New York can learn from, or that are learning from New York?

Yes. New York is by no means beyond learning, and I heard from both advocates and government staff that were at the symposium that the conversations they had with folks around the country were really helpful.

Where are some of those other Vision Zero campaigns that you’re inspired by? That you feel are going to go far?

In both Washington and Chicago, the level of policy detail in the plans that came out of those city governments. In San Francisco, the broad coalition and engagement on Vision Zero is impressive. New York City did a lot of public outreach in terms of town hall meetings and hearings and online, but I think what they’ve done in San Francisco with the Vision Zero coalition is good work for us to note.

You know how people talk about BRT creep, where something starts off having all these great features and gets diluted and whittled away and compromised away until it’s nothing? I feel like there’s the risk of Vision Zero creep, where cities publicly take a Vision Zero pledge and pat themselves on the back for the really nice rhetoric and then they pick and choose from your list. Is that something you’ve seen? Is that something you worry about?

At the symposium, from the 300 people we had there from across the country that work at the local and national level, there was resounding agreement that the definition of Vision Zero is a time-bound goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries for all modes. One of the hopes that we had for the day was to define the brand. It was good that we were able to do that.

So you feel that however a city chooses to get there, as long as they take that pledge and say, “By this date, we’re going to be down to zero,” it’s all right with you.

Yeah. And that was a great thing to hear from Matts-Ake Belin from the Swedish Transport Administration. He said the way to get to Vision Zero is going to be a little different everywhere.

I worry that setting a target of zero as the only acceptable number sets cities up for failure and that in some places, public officials would want to take on a campaign like this — they want to be part of this movement — but they don’t want to have to come back and explain in 2025 or whatever year why they’re not at zero. Is that a fear you have in New York?

No. When the leadership acknowledges that all traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable, then you can move past these policy debates about whether or not zero is appropriate, and you can start from a strong moral position.

Families for Safe Streets founding member Ellen Foote moderates a panel on organizing for Vision Zero in New York. Photo courtesy of TA

Families for Safe Streets founding member Ellen Foote moderates a panel on organizing for Vision Zero in New York. Photo courtesy of TA

But even if they’re all preventable it doesn’t necessarily mean they’re all preventable by the city.

That’s an important point that again comes from Matts: that this relies on the system designers. In transportation, that’s the government. It’s their responsibility to design streets. And it’s incumbent on the advocates to raise our standards for designing policies and designing streets.

But you have people driving cars into buildings; you have people driving cars onto curbs; you have people driving cars into roped-off public festivals at SXSW. That’s not a design issue.

That’s right, it isn’t. And the conversations on Friday went beyond design. There was a lot of talk about enforcement and culture, and an acknowledgement that culture change takes time. One of the quotes that was uttered over and over again was, “Culture eats policy for lunch.” Culture change happens in a lot of different ways, but it takes a while. But to me, culture change begins with leadership acknowledging that all traffic deaths and serious injuries are preventable, and then having accountability for safe design and safe behavior.

When I wrote something about Vision Zero recently, a lot of the comments were surprisingly critical of New York’s Vision Zero progress, that not enough is being done, that culture change isn’t happening, the city isn’t serious, the police department isn’t serious. What do you say to that?

What we wanted to do last week was check in on Mayor de Blasio’s commitment to Vision Zero and give the administration an opportunity to report on their progress, and we did.

Culture change is going to take time. But there are initiatives under way throughout the city government that show a true commitment from Mayor de Blasio to work on Vision Zero, and it’s only one year in. The first year was focused on getting the policies in place to make city safer, and now we’re looking at the implementation of those policies and the investment to build a safer city.

What’s next, not just in New York but nationally?

We’ll be doing a conference report this winter to capture more detail of what was discussed, and using that to continue to advance Vision Zero in New York City for year two. Nationally, I heard a lot of excitement about continuing to share best practices and to strengthen some sort of Vision Zero network.

Also at the end of the day, as with a lot of things it comes down to money. In New York City, we’ll need investment from City Hall to rebuild the most dangerous streets. We heard from a lot of the big cities that there’s a small number of streets that account for the majority of fatalities and serious injuries. In New York City, 15 percent of streets account for over half of bicyclist and pedestrian injuries. For us at TA, that’s the first place we start. We need City Hall to invest in funding to transform those streets.

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Week in Tech: Velocio-SRAM, Bontrager 29+, power meter updates, and children’s bikes

VeloNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:42

Though Trek does not have a 29+ bike in its lineup, yet, Bontrager brought the 3"-wide Chupacabra to market, and if you're lucky enough to own an RS-1, a 29+ tire might be one of the most fun upgrades you make this year. Photo: Logan VonBokel | VeloNews.com

Here’s your Week in Tech — all the gear news, tips, and announcements you need and none of the marketing gibberish you don’t.

SRAM steps in as Velocio title sponsor

Component company SRAM has stepped in as the second title sponsor of the Velocio women’s cycling team, formerly called Specialized-lululemon. The squad will be known as Velocio-SRAM in 2015.

The team, which raised about $100,000 in crowdfunding earlier this year, will also be supported by sales of Velocio team clothing, which is now available for pre-order. Team owner Kristy Scrymgeour continues to seek another major sponsor.

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Bontrager’s new Chupacabra 29+ tire

You can never have enough wheel and tire sizes, apparently. 29+ is the latest; it’s not quite a fat-bike tire, and and it might even be compatible with your existing bike. Bontrager’s Chupacabra 29+ tire can be your bike’s big upgrade this winter. It had never crossed our mind that we could cram a 29+ tire into one of our existing 29ers, but thanks to local pro, Brady Kappius, we learned that a 3.0 tire fits just fine in a RockShox RS-1.

Bontrager’s Chupacabra weighs in at a hefty 878 grams, but this tire isn’t about counting grams. At $120 the Chupacabra is pricey. Surly also offers a 29+ tire. Its 29×3” Knard retails for $65 and is available now.

The Chupacabra is expected to hit retailers near the end of this year. We will be logging some time on it soon.

SRM offers spider-only power meters

SRM is taking its renowned power meter and stripping it down to bare bones. It is offering four spiders compatible with Specialized, Cannondale, Rotor, and SRAM crank arms for $1,490 through the SRM website — we have heard that select dealers and coaching companies may offer them for less.

The new products still sound expensive, especially when compared to Stages meters, but when compared to Quarq’s Specialized- and Cannondale-compatible spiders, the SRM spiders are more than $300 cheaper. If you already own a Quarq, and are looking to upgrade to a new power meter, keep scrolling down.

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Quarq trade-in

Quarq is inviting current owners to trade in their old Quarqs for new models. The trade-in program is good through the end of the year, and customers can upgrade to a brand new power meter for $900.

The new power meters are available with Quarq’s new magnet-free cadence measurement, thanks to an accelerometer in the spider. Buyers will have to remove their chainrings and crank arms and send back only the spider. Upon receiving your old spider, Quarq will send out a new spider of your choice.

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Trailcraft Cycles children’s mountain bikes

Mountain bikes for kids are inherently inexpensive and therefore usually very heavy. Trailcraft, based out of Fort Collins, Colorado, hopes to change that with its high-end titanium and aluminum 24” hardtails.

The Trailcraft Pineridge hardtails are designed around Stan’s 24” wheels. Chainstays are quite short, to help children pop the front wheel off the ground, and corner with confidence. Trailcraft created its own cranks with 152mm arms, 32×22-tooth chainrings, and a bashguard to protect it all, as small wheels mean lower bottom brackets.

The Trailcraft bikes will be produced in small batches, but can deliver by Christmas if you order soon. The complete Aluminum Pineridge 24 retails for $1,700 and can be purchased through Kickstarter, but you won’t need to wait for Trailcraft to reach their goal, they’ll ship in a week or two, and it will make a great gift this holiday season — just hope that your kid doesn’t grow out of it too fast.

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Dane Reynolds ends an era

GrindTV - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:27

Dane Reynolds has wound up his Marine Layer Productions clips, signaling the death of the pro surfer blog and the end of an era. “The bottom line is sh*t’s changed,” he says in the feature above. “The era of a surfer running his own blog and making web clips is over,” he says.

Dane Reynolds

Dane’s signature style. Photo by marinelayerproductions.com

Marine Layer Productions was run by Reynolds in collaboration with his videographer. Jason “Mini” Blanchard, and was described by Dane as “a cloak for my artistic endeavors.” It was a revolution in surfing, with Dane being the first surfer to have complete creative control over his output, rather than sponsors or production companies.

He also made a point of favoring quality over quantity. Blanchard called it, “both more personal and polished” than any other athlete blog, and, crucially, it was all free. This rarity factor, combined with Dane’s groundbreaking performances, meant that for a five-year period there was nothing that generated more hype and anticipation in surfing than the prospect of a new clip on Marine Layer.

“I feel Marine Layer kinda existed in that blip of time when surfers were filming for two years doing five trips with Taylor Steele and getting a two-minute section,” says Dane. “Now if you do something, good or bad, it turns up in four hours or less.”

Reynolds, though, feels it has reached saturation point and is now concentrating on extended projects with established filmmakers. “I think it’s run its course. It’s time to move on.”

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Cycling offseason preceded by sugar rush, includes weight gain, regrowing leg ... - ESPN

Google News | Cycling - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:25

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Cycling offseason preceded by sugar rush, includes weight gain, regrowing leg ...
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Late season is also funny, because cycling doesn't really allow trades. That means lots of guys have signed contracts for next year but are still riding out the season out for their current team. I was no exception, with a 2015 contract for Optum Pro ...

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30-day jail sentence handed down for drunken hit-and-run in SW Portland

BikePortland - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:24
vesely Lisa Vesely after her arrest back in July.

A woman who drove her car recklessly while drunk, then rear-ended two other road users, only to drive away and leave them lying in the street with serious injuries was sentenced to just 30 days in jail on Tuesday.

The incident happened back in July when 32-year old Lisa Vesely was arrested for Assault, DUII, and Reckless Endangerment. Vesely was driving her car east on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway when she swerved into Cameron Duff and Jasmine Zamora. The pair were headed home from training at the Alpenrose Velodrome. Zamora, 30, sustained serious back and neck injuries while Duff, 25, escaped with only cuts and bruises.

Vesely claimed she didn’t even know she hit anyone, yet a police statement at the time said she drove back to the scene of the crime, only to drive away again before being arrested at her home. It’s worth noting that Vesely had a blood alcohol level of .17, which is twice the legal limit.

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According to a report in The Oregonian from the sentencing hearing, Vesely plead guilty to felony hit-and-run, a misdemeanor DUII and misdemeanor fourth-degree assault. Here’s more from The O:

Deputy District Attorney Lauren Kemp recommended 30 days in jail, three years of probation and 120 hours of community service

Vesely’s attorney, Lawrence Hunt, asked Judge Angel Lopez to sentence his client to some amount less than 30 days, noting that his client had no previous criminal history, was college-educated and has worked as a caregiver at a retirement center. Hunt said his client is eager to get back to work because she has only $25 left in her bank account after expenses she has incurred hiring him as a privately retained attorney.

As part of her sentence, Vesely’s driver’s license will be suspended for three years because of a 2013 law targeting hit-and-run drivers. Previously, state law called for a one-year suspension.

Also as part of her plea deal, she can ask a judge to reduce her felony hit-and-run conviction to a misdemeanor after 1 1/2 years if she abides by the terms of her sentence.

We’ve reached out to Justine Zamora to get her response to the sentencing and will update this post if/when we hear back.


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Astana announces new sponsor for women’s team

VeloNews - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:17

Astana is stepping up its commitment to its women's squad, which placed 10th at world team time trial championships in 2014. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Olympic time trial champion and former world time trial champion Zulfia Zabirova will join forces with Maurizio Fabretto to launch Astana’s new women’s cycling team in 2015. The team will field a roster of about 15 riders, mostly young athletes that it hopes to develop into seasoned pros.

The team will be officially named Astana-Acca Due O, and it will be registered in Kazakhstan. Many of the riders will come from Eastern Europe, but the team will also have strong Italian flavor. It will have a headquarters in Cornuda, Veneto, and sponsor Acca Due O is an Italian water treatment company.

“The project is very exciting,” said Zabirova, supervisor of the entire sport management, “And so is the challenge: [Our] long-term goal is to bring Astana to be the first team in the world within four years. During last edition of Asia championships and world championships we saw encouraging things by young Kazakhs. “We have very professional coaches and sport directors, and I’m sure that they’ll know how to let them show their full potential.”

The Astana BePink women’s team placed 10th at 2014 world team time trial championships in Ponferrada, Spain.

The team had a few notable victories in 2014, including Alena Amialiusik’s wins in the Belarus national road and time trial championships, Doris Schweizer’s stage 1 win at Tour de Bretagne Féminin, and Amialiusik’s stage 5 win at the Tour Cycliste Féminin International de l’Ardèche.

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Lion blindsided by crocodile in river escapes

GrindTV - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 13:09
Lion blindsided by crocodile

Lion growls at crocodile before taking a chance and crossing the Sabie River. Photo is a screen grab from the video

Lions might be the kings of the jungle, but crocodiles rule the river. At least most of the time. That wasn’t the case in a video shared by Kruger Sightings the other day. It shows a young lion crossing a river and getting blindsided by a crocodile.

A woman in the background can be heard saying, “Oh my God; oh my God,” just before the inevitable. But it has a happy ending:

A happy ending for the lion, that is. The crocodile’s next meal would have to wait.

The footage was captured by a tourist while standing on the H10 bridge near the Lower Sabie River in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.

“All we can say is, lions should always look both [ways] before crossing the river,” Kruger Sightings said on Facebook.

In reality, the lion knew the crocodile was there. At the very start of the video, you can see it growling at the crocodile, which then submerged itself underwater. There was an edit in the video, so it’s hard to say how long it took before the lion decided to take a chance and cross the river.

So, yes, the lion was blindsided, but the attack shouldn’t have been too much of a surprise, which might be the reason it managed to escape.

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More Arterial Carnage: Driver Seriously Injures Woman on Atlantic [Updated]

Streetsblog New York City - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:58

A driver hit a woman as she crossed the street at Atlantic Avenue and Washington Avenue today.

Update: A witness to this crash contacted Streetsblog. His account has been added to the post.

A motorist seriously injured a pedestrian on Atlantic Avenue at Washington Avenue in Brooklyn this morning.

A witness, who didn’t want his name published, told Streetsblog he was crossing Atlantic with several other pedestrians when the crash occurred. “There’s a silver Audi, and he’s waiting. And as we’re in the middle of the street, he just turns, and he starts — he just sped up. Pushed his foot down on the gas. Just barely missed me, and the lady next to me. The lady in front of us, about three or four feet ahead, she got hit. I couldn’t believe it.”

“As he’s approaching I’m thinking he would stop, ’cause he sees several pedestrians in the walkway,” the witness said. “But he just floored it. And there was a number of other people behind us, and a lady with a baby in front of that lady who got hit.”

“There was another guy, and he and I were of the same opinion,” he said. “This guy needed to be carted away in handcuffs, I thought.”

The witness said NYPD took his name and contact information, but only for insurance purposes. He said police on the scene did not ask him what he saw. “I was shocked, because they said they don’t take statements. ‘The insurance company will be contacting you, and they’ll be getting everyone’s side.’”

“She flew onto the windshield and was thrown onto the ground,” said a Streetsblog reader who came upon the scene after the crash and sent us these photos. “She was taken to the hospital on a stretcher.”

The crash occurred around 8:18 a.m., according to FDNY. The victim was taken to Kings County Hospital in serious condition. A Fire Department spokesperson said her injuries were not thought to be life-threatening when she was transported.

Photos of the car show damage to the windshield near the A pillar on the driver’s side. The victim was aided by several passersby.

As is usually the case with incidents that don’t immediately result in death, NYPD had no information on the crash.

“The driver got away with a mere ticket,” said our source. “Witnesses said the driver sped up and should be arrested.”

The victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

The victim was transported to the hospital in serious condition.

“Also,” our source said, “neighbors in this area have been pleading with the DOT and NYPD for months to make this intersection safer and there’s been no change.”

Officers at the 88th Precinct, where the crash occurred, have issued just 158 speeding summonses in 2014, according to the most recent NYPD summons data, and have ticketed 89 drivers for failing to yield to pedestrians.

Motorists injured five pedestrians and four cyclists at Atlantic and Washington this year as of October, according to the DOT Vision Zero map. Atlantic is among NYC’s widest and most dangerous class of streets, known as arterials, which comprise 15 percent of city roadways but account for 60 percent of pedestrian fatalities, according to DOT. Transportation Alternatives has repeatedly urged Mayor de Blasio to concentrate traffic safety efforts on arterial streets.

A sign taped to a pole at the intersection of Atlantic and Washington, where the city launched the “Arterial Slow Zone” program, encourages pedestrians to “report close calls” to DOT and “request immediate safety improvements.”

Advocates have urged Mayor de Blasio to take action to improve safety on arterial corridor such as Atlantic, which account for most pedestrian fatalities.

Advocates have urged Mayor de Blasio to take action to improve safety on arterial corridors such as Atlantic, which account for most NYC pedestrian fatalities. All contact info tabs were ripped from the bottom of this flyer.

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Selle San Marco NA adds Geoff Pomerantz to sales team for Chicagoland

Bicycle Retailer & Industry News - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:46

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Selle San Marco North America has added Geoff Pomerantz to its outside sales team.

Pomerantz's territory includes Chicagoland and Southern Wisconsin. He also represents Ridley bicycles and SMS Santini clothing and is a public relations consultant for the Chicago Bears.

"We're very pleased to have Geoff join our sales team," said SSM operating manager Tom Petrie. "He's a true professional and we're sure he will be effective in servicing authorized Selle San Marco dealers in his territory."

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Lion joins motorists on bridge, jamming traffic

GrindTV - Fri, 11/21/2014 - 12:43
Lion joins motorists on bridge

Lion on a bridge in Kruger National Park; video screen grab

Visitors hoping to spot wildlife as they drove through South Africa’s Kruger National Park received an unexpected surprise when a lion decided to cross the bridge they were crossing.

Understandably, traffic ground to a halt and motorists paused nervously as the big cat sauntered along.

The accompanying footage, posted to YouTube last week by BigGameHuntingBlog and on Thursday by Kruger National Park, shows the lion minding its own business while casting only an occasional glance at people inside their vehicles.

Stated BigGameHuntingBlog in its video description: “We were driving through the southern portion of Kruger National Park and observing a group of hippo in the river when we saw a bunch of activity of the bridge ahead of us.

“Thinking that it might be a pride of lion that was attracting all the attention, we drove up there to investigate. Sure enough, a young male lion was crossing the bridge and stopped all traffic in both directions.”

This does not happen often in the sprawling wilderness park, but it’s not certainly unprecedented.

Presumably, this was simply the easiest route for a young lion who, being a budding king of beasts, did not seem to care in the least that he was causing a traffic snarl.

As viewers can see, motorists wisely kept their limbs inside their vehicles.

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