The above slideshow features two bicycles built by Mike Flanigan of Alternative Needs Transportation for the upcoming Bespoke the Handbuilt Bicycle show at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York.
About the show:
New York, NY (February 16, 2010) – Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle, presented by the Museum of Arts and Design from May 11 through mid-August 2010, will display the designs of six internationally renowned bicycle builders whose work in metal, as well as graphics and artifacts, elucidate this refined, intricate and deeply individual craft. Organized by Michael Maharam, owner of the eponymous textile company and an avid bicycle collector, along with master builder Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles in Portland, Oregon, this survey is presented as part of the MADProjects exhibition series, which explores emerging trends and innovations in the design world.
Location: Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, New York, NY
The U.S Department of Transportation published the Policy Statement on Bicycle and Pedestrian Accommodation – Regulations and Recommendations this past week. From the Policy Statement:
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) is providing this Policy Statement to reflect the Department’s support for the development of fully integrated active transportation networks. The establishment of well-connected walking and bicycling networks is an important component for livable communities, and their design should be a part of Federal-aid project developments. Walking and bicycling foster safer, more livable, family-friendly communities; promote physical activity and health; and reduce vehicle emissions and fuel use. Legislation and regulations exist that require inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian policies and projects into transportation plans and project development. Accordingly, transportation agencies should plan, fund, and implement improvements to their walking and bicycling networks, including linkages to transit. In addition, DOT encourages transportation agencies to go beyond the minimum requirements, and proactively provide convenient, safe, and context-sensitive facilities that foster increased use by bicyclists and pedestrians of all ages and abilities, and utilize universal design characteristics when appropriate. Transportation programs and facilities should accommodate people of all ages and abilities, including people too young to drive, people who cannot drive, and people who choose not to drive.
The document was signed by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood on March 11, 2010. This document is a wonderful start; let’s hope it leads to real action.
We like looking at bikes, particularly those that are used for transportation. We suspect most of our readers are of a similar mind. One of our favorite places to peruse photos of bikes is right here in our Bicycle Gallery. It’s a collection of photos of bikes, mostly sent in by EcoVelo readers. We’re currently up to 165 entries and counting. If you haven’t seen it yet, have a look and consider submitting a few photos of your bike.
We’ve also set up an EcoVelo Group on Flickr where other Flickr users can post photos of their transportational bikes. Our Flickr Group currently has 236 members and contains 2,305 photos. If you’re a Flickr user, please join us there! And if you’re not, just enjoy looking over the fantastic collection of photos submitted by our Flickr friends.
While it’s more fun for us to check out what other people are riding, we figure folks like to see our bikes too, so we’ve set a couple of other places on the web where you can see our bike photos. Besides our own personal Flickr Photostream, we have a Zenfolio account set up where folks can view our photos, and if they so choose, purchase prints or digital downloads.
With spring on our doorstep here in NorCal, we’re excited about this most pleasant time of year for riding. It also happens to be a super time of year for shooting photos, so expect to see a lot more updates over the next few months. And don’t hesitate to join in the fun and submit your photos to our Bike Gallery, or upload your photos to the EcoVelo Flickr Group.
From the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals:
The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals wants to gather input from women and girls only on cycling issues. The survey will be open until May 15; preliminary results will be shared during the March 31 webinar. Final results will be released after May 15.
This excellent video on sharing the road is from the Chicago Bicycle Program. While it focuses specifically on buses and bicycles, much of the advice directed at bicyclists pertains to general riding among cars as well.
The Zimbale 2 Liter Saddle Bag is the third in a trio of saddle bags Zimbale sent us to evaluate. The 2 Liter is essentially a smaller, simpler version of the 11 Liter Saddle Bag we reviewed in detail earlier this month. Like its big brother, the 2 Liter is constructed of waterproof canvas, leather, and brass. The single main compartment has capacity for a multi-tool, spare tube, and light jacket, and the zippered opening is covered by a rain flap held closed with brass snaps. Like the other Zimbale bags we reviewed, the overall construction of the 2 Liter is excellent. Once again, highly recommended.
Size: 14cm diameter x 30cm wide
Capacity: 2 Liter
Colors: Olive, Black
Retail Price: $54