Cycling’s Week On the Web

The National Bike Summit was held this year in DC. Activists lobbied, discussed and brought the voice of cycling to the US House and Senate. US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood rallied the cyclists in attendance and urged them to ride on Capitol Hill. The current transportation bill expires on March 31st. A new bill must be passed or the current bill must be extended. It’s argued that the current bill provides weak funds for cycling and walking infrastructure. Due to the attendance of cyclists and the hard work and timing of the National Bike Summit, changes may ensue for higher funding of cycling friendly transportation infrastructure.

Opening with the first Women Cycling Forum on Tuesday, March 20, the event ended on Friday the 23rd with a National Summit Bike Ride on Capitol Hill. The National Bike Summit Program is located here and a link to what the US Secretary of Transportation spoke on is here at BikeBiz.

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I’ve had many close encounters with pedestrians and cars. Had I equipped the Bike Butterfly, perhaps I would’ve been less grumpy and irritable.

The Bike Butterfly – Website

DZR Swagga

DZR officially released their ‘Swagga Ltd.’ this week. I’m feeling it – first SPD compatible fashion-boot i’ve seen.

From the website:

Swagga Ltd.

Retail $199

Hand crafted with only fifty pairs, this limited edition, SPD compatible boot is made of a soft-suede and a raw full grain leather.

  • SPD compatible
  • Our custom Variable-Flex Shank
  • Performance mapped flex for mobility
  • Strategic stiffness for power transfer

Comes in sizes 38-45. Link here.

World Bicycle Relief

World Bicycle Relief, an organization founded by SRAM, has now distributed over 100,000 bikes worldwide. Founded after the tsunami in 2004 to aid victims in Sri Lanka, the organization has since provided needed transportation throughout Africa and Asia.

From their website – “We are proud to share that since 2005, World Bicycle Relief has provided over 100,000 specially designed, locally assembled, rugged bicycles to disaster victims, healthcare workers, students and entrepreneurs in Asia and across Africa. This milestone number represents the dedication of our field staff, corporate partners, field partners, supporters, grassroots fundraisers and everyone who believed that a simple bicycle could make a world of difference in the lives of those who need it most. 100,000 is an impressive number, but the faces and the stories of our recipients are what truly speak to the impact that two wheels can make.”

 

 

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