Companies with Pro-Biking Policies

Biking Bis has a great summary of the bike-friendly policies of companies including Google, who kicks $100 to the charity of your choice for every 20 days you bike. So, if you’re a full-time bike commuter, that’s $100/mo for charities, clean air to breath, and a healthy body. Pretty cool.

More companies that really promote bicycle commuting

Google: The company pays $100 to a favorite charity for every 20 days of bike commuting. The Mountain View, California, location has bike racks on its shuttle buses, while it plans to give away 1,000 bikes to employees in Europe;

New Belgium Brewing: Employees at the Fort Collins, Colorado, based brewer get free cruiser bikes on their one-year anniversary;

Vulcan: The Seattle-based investment arm of the Paul Allen (Microsoft co-founder) empire gives $100 a month to bike commuters and taxi fare if a heavy downpour is imminent.

Share the Road Event a Success

Roadguy has a great summary of the events surrounding last Friday’s Share the Road event, so I won’t duplicate his efforts. For those of you not familiar with this, Longfellow residents are trying to get drivers along W River Road to drive more respectfully through our neighborhood. It’s a popular commuter route since it’s scenic with no stop lights, but it’s also a popular bike route and recreation area. That doesn’t always mix.

I have some photos of the event here.

Becketwood has a particularly bad road crossing for the elderly since it’s on the S-turn between 44th & 45th St E. Blind turns and slow walkers don’t mix. Some residents showed up to support the cause:

Becketwood Share the Road Site

The 38th St E crowd came on bikes with trailers for the most part. I sampled a cookie from Fireroast Mountain Cafe. Very good. It turns out they have a Mexican menu worth checking out. I need to hit that soon:

Bike Trailers at 38th St E

I believe this is the first time Hillary’s son met a real live tree:

Meeting a Tree

Hillary works for the Longfellow Community Council’s.

Bicycle Film Festival Coming to Minneapolis

This looks cool:

Bicycle Film Festival

THE BICYCLE FILM FESTIVAL IS IN MINNEAPOLIS JULY 6-8!!!
ONLINE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE, GET A FESTIVAL PASS!!!

The Bicycle Film Festival (BFF), complete with complimentary valet bike parking, kicks off on July 6, 2006 with screenings at the Riverview Theater, Bell Museum Auditorium and The Soap Factory.

If I went to one movie, it would be “A Sunday in Hell.” The shows at the Bell Museum look pretty cool. The History of BMX could be fun.

Minneapolis Trails Debate Continues

Minneapolis has tons of great trails, but it also has tons of people who want to use the trails in a variety of ways, including walking, running, rollerblading, biking, rollerskiing, and dog walking. A few other bloggers have looked into the issues lately, including great blogging newcomer, Nathan, from Life by the Falls, with this take:

Life by the Falls: Minnesota Nice on the Trails

I have been yelled at a couple times by bikers, both times by an elderly man on a bicycle. I must say it’s a little shocking to be called an a-hole at 8am on a beautiful spring morning, especially by someone who could be my grandfather. I sure hope my grandparents don’t swear at runners!

True dat. Nothing gets your day started off right like being called an a-hole while running.

Brian Moen has a great post on the topic where he describes how lucky we are to have such a great trail system, but still runs into problems when cars and bikes mix:

Biking on the Parkway

Oh, and I did get honked at once, by a lady in a SUV. I was crossing at a crosswalk, from the river road path to get up to the Franklin Ave bridge, when this lady, who I thought was slowing down for me to cross, honked at me. Guess she thought she had the right of way.

The Star Tribune’s Roadguy blog includes a photo of the painfully overdue for a rebuild trail along W River Rd with the following description:

Biking on the parkway and (sort of) sharing the road

This stretch won’t be rebuilt until 2009 or 2010; in the meantime, it’s not impossible to understand why a cyclist who wants to keep his or her teeth might choose the roadway instead.

Here’s my take: The park system needs to take a serious look at how people are using the parks today. More and more people are participating in individual sports like biking, running, and rollerblading on Minneapolis trails while less and less are using the baseball diamonds and hockey rinks. The money should follow the active users of the park, enabling the city’s fitness choices by providing safe areas to work out or simply enjoy the outdoors.

Cyclists Should Avoid Delta Airlines

Looks like they’re charging the highest fees in the airline industry for transporting a bike: $100 each way!

Airlines gouging bicyclists flying abroad

The International Bicycle Fund reports that, beginning in 2007, most airlines began charging for bicycles carried on trans-Atlantic flights to the tune of $80 to $160 each way. Before this year, ibike reported that airlines generally allowed bicycles to fly free, in lieu of a piece of baggage.

iBike.org describes Delta as, “Generally a leader in anti-bicycle policies.” So poo on them.

Other US carriers aren’t far behind at $80.

The article makes a great point that a fit cyclists with a bike weigh less than many passengers.

Do you have to work harder when someone is drafting off of you?

It appears that some think a driver or cyclist who has someone riding their where actually has to work harder due to the drafting since they’re “towing” the person behind them.

Imagine that you’re biking along at a fast, but even, pace. All of a sudden, you find yourself having to work harder to maintain the same pace, so you look behind you and notice that someone’s drafting on your wheel.

Um, no.

Landis and Armstrong Leadville Match-Up Off

The 100-mile mt. bike match-up between Lance Armstrong and Floyd Landis is off, according to BikingBis:

Armstrong announced at The Paceline website that he will not be racing in the Leadville Trail 100 Mountain Bike Race on Aug. 11, 2007, as previously indicated due to a “scheduling conflict.”

This makes sense. What would Armstrong gain from losing to a doper?

One Million Miles on a Bike

Wow:
The million mile bicyclist

Over the past 41 years, Hoffman has averaged 81.4 miles per day. He has clocked 24,700 days of cycling, with 1,500 days off.

He’s accomplished a lot more than just racking up miles, and this is what makes Freddie Hoffman a hero.

About 17 years ago, Hoffman started raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Hoffman’s mother and 19 other relatives have died from those diseases, and Hoffman has raised more than $650,000 for the Northern New Jersey chapter. You can visit Hoffman’s own webpage at the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.