Bike News

Here’s a round up of recent bicycle NEWS from around the Internet that I found interesting.

  • Northern Nevada Bike Summit

Muscle Powered to attend the Northern NV Bike Summit on February 3rd!

The Bike Summit is an opportunity for bike clubs, groups, teams, programs, advocacy folks and those with an agenda in the regional bike world to share their groups mission and for us to mediate a forum at which we can discuss how to work together and support each other. It will also be a chance for us all to find out who’s doing what and clear up misinformation.

  • New Belgium Brewing Awards Adventure Cycling $30K for Bicycle Route System

Adventure Cycling Association announced that it has received two new grants in support of the organization’s work to establish an official United States Bicycle Route System (USBRS). The grants were awarded by Bikes Belong and New Belgium Brewing and will enable Adventure Cycling to continue its organizing and cartographic work with federal and state agencies and non-profits to establish what could become the world’s largest national cycling route network.

New Belgium Brewing awarded the Association $15,000 annually for two years. Bryan Simpson, media director for New Belgium Brewing said, “Adventure Cycling’s U.S. Bicycle Route System proposal stood out because it works to connect communities and create a safer, more bike-friendly environment nationwide. We’re excited to be able to contribute in whatever way we can to make this project a reality.”

Continue reading on Dirt Rag: www.dirtragmag.com/blogarific/new-grants-for-us-bicycle-route-system/

  • New Belgium Brewing Donates $30K to Trips For Kids

Trips for Kids (TFK) announced that it has been selected to receive a $30,000, two-year capacity-building grant from New Belgium Brewing Company. The funds will allow TFK to provide more support to its chapters striving to get more low-income, at-risk children on mountain bike rides.

Continue reading on BikeRumor.com: www.bikerumor.com/2010/01/15/speaking-of-30000-new-belgium-brewery-donates-it-to-trips-for-kids/

  • SUVs Go Home! School Allows Only Bikers and Walkers

Taking your kid to school in Carson City is one of the biggest traffic messes in town. Here’s an interesting idea from Canada…

P.L. Robertson elementary in Milton, which opened this week, has been designated a “walking-only school,” where students will be strongly encouraged to use their feet – or bikes or any other active way – to get there. It is part of a broader initiative at the Halton District School Board to stop traffic jams around schools and get students moving.

Continue Reading at Free-Range Kids: freerangekids.wordpress.com/2010/01/21/suvs-go-home-school-allows-only-bikers-and-walkers/

  • Texting Driver On Way Home from Probation Officer Kills Cyclist, Gets 5 Years for Hit-and-Run

VANCOUVER, Wash. — An 18-year-old driver who struck and killed his former high school teacher last September pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide and hit-and-run. Antonio Cellestine received a five-year prison sentence in the killing of Gordon Patterson, a beloved teacher at Hudson’s Bay High School.

Patterson was hit and killed on St. John’s Road while riding his bicycle home from the high school Sept. 15. At the time, Cellestine was on his way home from an appointment with his probation officer and was text messaging on his cell phone up until the crash.

Continue reading: www.kptv.com/news/22317957/detail.html

Interesting Note: According to Nevada DOT, 1.4 million car crashes are caused every year in U.S. by drivers on cellphones. Think we might have a problem with distracted drivers?

  • Road Rager Gets 5 Years for Deliberately Injuring Cyclists

Los Angeles doctor Christopher Thompson was convicted of mayhem, assault with a deadly weapon (his car), battery with serious injury and reckless driving causing injury, and sentenced to five years in prison.

Peterson and fellow cyclist Christian Stoehr sustained major injuries in the incident in Mandeville Canyon Road, California on 4 July 2008. Peterson hit the rear of the car and suffered a partially severed nose, broken teeth and lacerations to his face. Stoehr hit the car and crashed into the side of the road in the oncoming traffic lane and suffered a separated shoulder.

Continue reading over on Bike Radar: www.bikeradar.com/news/article/relief-of-la-cyclist-as-road-rage-driver-is-jailed-24606

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