December 22/10 12:31 pm - Cycling (in the) News
Posted by Editoress on 12/22/10
If, during the Second World War, the United States had retooled its factories for manufacturing bicycles instead of munitions, we’d be one of the healthiest, least oil-dependent, and most environmentally-sound constituents in the Nazi empire today. –Ralph Nader
Saputo Burnaby 4 track-racing contests will make heads spin
Round and round the cyclists go at the Burnaby Velodrome. Frankly, it’s enough to make anyone’s head spin, particularly when it comes to watching the year-end Saputo Burnaby 4 track-racing contests. But this isn’t the usual weekly matchup. From December 27 to 30, an international field of pro elite riders, including Olympians and world champions, will saddle up at the Harry Jerome Sports Centre’s velodrome, which has served as the Canadian national track-racing training centre since 2009.
Read more: The Straight
Kelowna faces hard choices on bike paths
Like their counterparts in Vancouver, officials in Kelowna are embracing separated bike paths as a way to get people out of their cars. But unlike Vancouver, Kelowna has managed to avoid a backlash.
However, a collision may be looming as future efforts take away parking spaces and cyclists clamour for more separated paths to replace on-road bike lanes that they say are too dangerous.
Read more: Globe and Mail
19,000 bike downtown daily: Toronto study
More than 19,000 people ride bicycles to get downtown every day, according to Toronto's first study of cyclist numbers.
Read more: CBC
Things We Learned From the City's 2010 Bicycle Count Report
In September, the City conducted its first ever systematic count of the number of cyclists entering and exiting the downtown core, between Jarvis Street and Spadina Avenue on the east and west, and Bloor Street and Queens Quay at the north and south.
Read more: TORONTOist
Tour de Victoria event gaining traction
Lingering for an extra moment or two in front of the microphone during Oak Bay council, Seamus McGrath’s work was done before he knew it.
McGrath barely introduced himself when his wish was granted — on May 29, 2011, Ryder Hesjedal and a few thousand of his friends will cycle the perimeter of Oak Bay, one of many ocean-front legs on the proposed Tour de Victoria.
Read more: BC Local News
Steve Bauer aims for top of mountain
Dec. 10 marked a watershed moment in the history of competitive cycling in Canada.
On that day in Aigle, Switzerland, Fenwick native Steve Bauer's Team SpiderTech Powered by C10 became the first Canadian team to be granted its Professional Continental (Division 2) licence by the Union Cycliste Internationale. It will allow the former Olympic silver medalist's team to participate against the world's best.
Read more: St Catharines Standard
New Cycling Awareness Campaign Applauded in New York
New York City officials are sending a message to cyclists who willfully disregard traffic laws and increase the risk of personal injury to pedestrians and to other cyclists.
"Don't be a jerk," reads the ad slogan that will be featured on public-service campaigns for radio, television, emails, and billboards. The campaign's purpose is to combat problems New York City is facing by having many more cyclists on the streets. One of those problems is an increase in the number of New York personal injury cases. This initiative should be supported by New York personal injury lawyers.
Read more: 24-7
Are New York's Bike Lanes Working?
As new bicycle lanes appear all over New York City, the opposition to them has become more vocal.
City officials and cycling advocates say that the expanded network has already proved successful, increasing riders' safety while promoting a greener means of urban transportation. Opponents complain about the loss of parking and unloading space
Read more: NY Times
'The Cycling Reporter' World Tour Reaches Bangkok
The 'Cycling Reporter' is cycling from New York to Hong Kong. As a filmmaker, I am shooting interviews with people in my own unique brand of journalism - I aim to bring you stories from the people whose paths cross with mine across 12,000 miles of pedalling.
Read more: Website
Cyclist Caucchioli challenges anti-doping program
Italian cyclist Pietro Caucchioli has given evidence at sport’s highest court in the first legal challenge to the International Cycling Union’s biological passport anti-doping program.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport heard Caucchioli’s appeal Tuesday to annul a two-year ban for doping imposed by Italy’s Olympic committee in June.
Read more: Toronto Star
Banned cyclist sues supplement manufacturer
A Brazilian professional cyclist is to sue the manufacturer of a dietary supplement that she blames for her failing a drugs test, leading to her being banned from cycling for two years.
Read more: Road.cc
Lance Armstrong accuser Floyd Landis wore wire for HGH probe of cycling owner Michael Ball
Former pro cyclist Floyd Landis, who has accused his sport's biggest hero, Lance Armstrong, of doping, helped the federal government collect potentially incriminating audio and video recordings for its sprawling investigation into doping conspiracies in professional cycling, according to sources close to the case.
Read more: Read more: NY Daily News
Generating Portable Power by Bicycle
In an era when an abundance of items requires electrical or battery power to operate, what happens when you aren't near the grid or - heaven forbid! - the power goes out?
There are some interesting portable power generating options are available that generate electricity from the sun or wind or by simply pedaling a stationary bicycle.
Read more: Reuters
A selection of photos taken around Toronto in 2010
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