Some regional and international news of interest to Toronto cyclists.
- Bike Industry Present at Climate Conference in Bali
NUSA DUA, Indonesia - The bicycle industry is presenting itself at the all important United Nations Climate Change Conference taking place from 3 – 14 December on the Indonesian island Bali. ...
- Bicycle shop brings community together - The Ithaca Journal - A program like Toronto's own Community Bicycle Network and Bike Pirates.
“We don't give bikes to have someone rely on somebody's charity, but have them earn it so they feel empowered. It's the model of solidity, not charity,” said Trevor French, coordinator of Recycle Ithaca's Bicycles, more commonly known as RIBs.
Open to anyone willing to trade work and learn how to fix a bike, RIBs has enabled people who need bikes for transportation to work to get and maintain them, French said. RIBs is a program of Southside Community Center, which provides a variety of after-school, arts, recreation and community programs.
- Cyclists, skinny tires, streetcar rails — not a good mix - Seattle Times - Seattle cyclists are having to learn quickly what all Toronto cyclists know quite well: be very careful around streetcar tracks!
New streetcar tracks on Seattle's Westlake Avenue have turned into a trap for bicyclists.
The tires on a standard road bike are narrower than the 1 ¾-inch groove that holds a streetcar wheel. If a bicycle veers into that gap, it can easily get stuck, pitching the rider onto the street.
Seattle bike activists plan a wheeled protest next Wednesday, when the South Lake Union streetcar begins service from Westlake Center to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.