Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Various Headlines for the day

Well, I might as well tell you what other people are reporting about bicycles and cycling today.

Rain and a shortage of parts affect bike profits in the Netherlands
Accell Slumps After Bike Maker Cuts Profit Forecast
Bloomberg - USA
(Bloomberg) -- Accell Group NV, the largest Dutch bicycle maker, fell the most in more than six years in Amsterdam trading after cutting its profit ...

Groups Ask Lawmakers to Consider Bike Liability Lawsuits
WOI - West Des Moines,IA,USA
He died in 2004 while riding his bike on a Crawford County road during The Register's Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. The group, which met yesterday, ...

Now, why doesn't NYC, the greatest city in the world--have bike stands at stations? Why why why? It really boggles the mind.
New bike stands for stations
... to promoting cycling through the provision of infrastructure as well as initiatives like refresher/novice bicycle training for adults taking up cycling ...

I know this story is about prostitution crackdowns (1) and bike thefts (2). But what if you combined the two activities? If ONLY people used bikes for prostitution here, at least we would have some decent bike lanes. Like, all the way down 11th Avenue for example. And across 42nd St. And across 57th St. and Central Park South. Great idea!
Beijing police crack on prostitution gangs, bicycle theft
Xinhua - China
The Beijing police have cracked 329 bicycle theft gangs, nabbed 3686 suspects, smashed 774 hide-outs and confiscated 18825 bicycles so far this year, ...

650-mile bike race to conclude at the Rose Bowl
San Gabriel Valley Tribune - West Covina,CA,USA
Local bicycle shops and others will have the opportunity to participate." Bryon Bushatz, manager of the Incycle bike shop in Pasadena, said many of the ...

Man Killed Riding Bicycle Led Full Life
Signal - Santa Clarita,CA,USA
A life that ended at that intersection when a car struck him while he rode his bicycle. But the way he died is not the defining part of William "Bill" ...

This is the kind of story--and reporting--that leads people to think that "therefore, bikes should not be on the road."
Death smash driver was overtaking bike
Cambridge Evening News - Cambridge,England,UK
The inquest heard his bike was travelling in the opposite direction from 62-year-old Jane Elliot's car when he struck it as she overtook a cyclist in what a ...

Here's one for the NY crowd:
Bikes: DOT Still Doesn't Get It
Hartford Courant - United States
That's the story in Portland, Ore., where the city has added bike paths, retrofitted bridges and seen a huge jump in the number of bicycle commuters. ...

But will the kids be able to ride the bikes once they get them?
Want to win a bike this Christmas?
ic Wales - United Kingdom
Each poster should incorporate a simple safety slogan that encourages cyclists to light up their bikes at night.4. Closing date for entries is Friday, ...

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