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December 19/09 8:40 am - Cycling (in the ) News

Posted by Editoress on 12/19/09

"When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, just mount a bicycle and go for a spin, without a thought on anything but the ride itself. - Arthur Conan Doyle

(Hamilton) City Cycling Plan Mapped and Online
Transportation for Liveable Communities has taken the data from the Shifting Gears Cycling Plan, recently approved by council, and mapped it out on an interactive Google Map.

The map of 223 city and 49 rural projects can be found at

"We decided to make the map available online so people can see where the new bike lanes and multi-use trails will be and think about how the new routes can be used in their day-to-day routines. We encourage people to pick up the phone and let their councillors know that they support the plan," says Nicholas Ellens of TLC.
Read more at : Raise the hammer

(Commonwealth) Games panel concerned at revised dates for venues
The Commonwealth Games Federation’s Coordination Commission (CoCom) Wednesday expressed concern at the deadline for the completion of venues being extended by at least three months, and cautioned that further delays could compromise final preparations for the Oct 3-14 mega event.

The CoCom, chaired by Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) treasurer Austin Sealy, completed its review of Delhi’s preparedness for the 2010 Games.
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Contador Says 2010 Tour Of Spain Route Favours Climbers
Double Tour de France champion Alberto Contador was excited by the highly mountainous route of next year's Tour of Spain unveiled on Wednesday.

"It's an inspiring route, one which gives the climbers a lot of opportunities," Spaniard Contador, who won the race in 2008, told reporters.
Read more at : New York Times

Copenhagen hosts 'imaginative exhibition' on city's bicycle culture
The Museum of Copenhagen is currently hosting an “imaginative exhibition” on the Denmark capital’s bicycle culture, school trip groups may be interested to learn.

‘Copenhagen by Bicycle’ is on now, and will run until 27 June 2010. This special exhibition looks at the history of the bicycle and its representation in art, literature and popular music.
Read more at : NST

Rochester: an emerging world-class cycling spot
High Falls is a stunning natural landmark and attraction in downtown Rochester, but to people bicycling through the city on the Genesee Riverway Trail, there's no clear, marked way to get there. Cyclist Jon Schull says that he takes a different route each time because he doesn't know the best way to go.

"We are already one of the best bicycling destinations in the world, but no one is telling that story."
Read more at : Rochester City News

New York City bikers to protest in the buff Saturday over bike lane removal
Bicyclists planning a Saturday protest ride are calling it their “Freedom Ride” - free of clothing, that is. And they may be pedaling naked in a fierce snowstorm, if the forecast holds.

The removal of clothing is meant as a protest over the removal of a bike lane in Williamsburg, an Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn. The activists want to go topless in front of Hasidic residents who “can’t handle scantily clad women” on wheels, bike messenger Heather Loop told a local newspaper earlier this week.
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Yahoo’s 2010 Turn-Around Strategy Revealed: A Cycling Team
Oh, Yahoo

Revenues are down. Search share is down. The social stuff has been outsourced to Facebook. The search stuff is about to be outsourced to Bing. Things are not exactly on the up and up. Not even just one “up.” But it would appear that Yahoo is not one to let grim news stand in the way of its latest ridiculous endeavor: Starting a cycling team.
Read more at : Tech Crunch

Platelet Rich Therapy Legal & Widely Used
Ultimate fighting champion Georges St-Pierre got it to repair a groin injury. Pittsburgh Steelers Hines Ward and Troy Polamalu used it to heal damaged knees before the Super Bowl. And it may have allowed Los Angeles Dodger Takashi Saito's elbow to mend so he could pitch in the fall pennant race.

It is platelet-rich plasma therapy, or PRP, a treatment that has become a mainstay of sports medicine practitioners, both for healing professional athletes and recreational amateurs.
Read more at : Yahoo

FAQ on Actovegin
An Expert Explains How the Drug May Enhance Athletic Performance
Actovegin, a potentially performance-enhancing drug for athletes, is suddenly in the news after media reports that a Canadian doctor who has also treated Tiger Woods is under investigation by U.S. and Canadian authorities for possibly providing it and other substances to athletes.

According to news reports, Anthony Galea, MD, was arrested in mid-October in Toronto, and the FBI has since entered the case.

Actovegin, produced by an Austrian pharmaceutical company, has legitimate medical uses, experts say, but it is not approved by the FDA. Galea had reportedly treated Woods with plasma therapy (not Actovegin) after a knee injury in 2008.
Read more at : Web MD

Ullrich looks set to keep Sydney 2000 Olympic medals
Jan Ullrich, the 1997 Tour de France winner, looks set to keep his medals from the 2000 Sydney Olympics despite allegations of doping.
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What the Bicycle Can Teach Us About the Next Century
Eric Wicks writes at Good that, "in the next century, our job as designers will be to evaluate accepted solutions through a different lens."
Read more at : TreeHugger

What's all the fuss about?
Snow? Ice? I'll get my trike
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Woman hit in unpainted bike lane is not protected by law
When Portlander Rob Daray witnessed a right-hook collision on his commute home last summer he thought it was obvious who was at fault. So did the police officer who cited the operator of the motor vehicle for “failure to yield to a bicycle.” Even the woman driving the car admitted she made an abrupt right turn without checking her blind spots.

But when the case came up in traffic court, the judge came to a different conclusion and now Mr. Daray and others familiar with this are worried that people who ride bicycles are vulnerable — not just on the street, but in the legal system as well.
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