Bicycling Resources

A great place to start to find in-town biking resources in our community is the Centre Region Planning Agency — they have local bike route maps, tips for staying safe on town roads, and current plans for road improvements: http://www.crcog.net/bikes Want

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Seeking bike regulation in Colorado

News out of Jefferson County, Colorado is that the Jefferson County Commisioners are hoping to propose state legislation to allow individual counties in that state to ban bikes from roads they deem unsafe for cycling.

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Danish Bike Helmet Law Defeated

Bike helmets represent perhaps the highest volume of religious cycling discussion, enough so that parody sites have been erected in their honor. Helmet debate spans the globe as is evidenced by the fact that the Danish Socialist People’s Party introduced compulsory helmet legislation which was then defeated in parliament.

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Australian cyclists not above the law

Australia is cracking down on scofflaw cyclists by introducing new legislation that increases penalties for behavior that violates traffic laws and/or results in property damage or personal injury.

So what are Australian cyclists in for when in violation?

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Helmet Laws For Kids Effective

ANN ARBOR, Mich., – Studies have shown wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle reduces one’s risk of death by more than 50 percent, yet every three days, a child in the United States is killed while riding a bicycle, and every day at least 100 children are treated in emergency rooms due to bicycle-related head injuries.

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Old Gatesburg Road project gets funds

As reported in the May 30 CDT, Ferguson township has received a $3 million state grant to connect Old Gatesburg Road with Blue Course Drive. The grant was offered via the Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative and Safe Rides to Schools programs.

The initial report states that extension will feature an off lane bike path (likely similar to the existing Science Park Road path). Also noted was that Benner/Spring rail-trail and Millbrook Marsh bikeway projects were also in consideration.

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Cars are like cigarettes

Matthew Modine (yes, the actor and founder of Bicycle For A Day) has penned a condemnation of modern automobile society, urging everyone to get back to bicycling.

I am often asked, “Why do you love bicycles?” For a few reasons, but mostly because I am in love with self-propulsion and self-motivation. I love finding solutions to problems and I want to leave the world in better condition than when I arrived. For too long we’ve behaved as if the resources of our world are infinite. They are not. They are finite. The disappearing species around the globe should be a canary in the coal mine for all of us.

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Google takes to trikes for Street View

Google put out a press release yesterday about one of their Street View trikes. They must be newly in use in Europe as the Street View trikes have been seen out and about in the US already. Google stopped by RBR with one some months ago looking for a tune up.

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PA Bike Summit a success

PA Bikes & Walks organized a successful PA Bike Summit on May 5 in Harrisburg. Nearly 100 Pennsylvanians from across [sic] rallied at the State Capitol Building to speak to legislators about supporting “safe passing legislation” and Safe Routes to Schools. The event was the first gathering of what participants hope is an annual event. The Harrisburg Bicycle Club jumped in to volunteer and to make sure bicyclists were welcome, safe, and comfortable in their host city. The Capitol Police and the Harrisburg City Police worked together to provide an escort from the Farm Show Complex to the Capitol Stairs where bicyclists assembled around their elected officials to hear them address the issues most important to them. Fuji Advanced Sports generously provided bicycles for riders who traveled from the farthest locations in PA. Company representatives joined ralliers to gain recognition for the bicycle industry and their economic benefits to our state.

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Life goes on without cars

A small community in Germany has decided to live a nearly car-free life and are finding success doing so, according to an article in The New York Times.

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