Wings on Their Heels
Cassandra Castillo, a 26-year-old bike messenger.
By CAROLINE H. DWORIN
Published: November 14, 2008
â€œITâ€™S Russian roulette every day,â€ said Cassandra Castillo, a tough, tattooed 26-year-old who is one of the cityâ€™s handful of female bike messengers. â€œEvery day weâ€™re two paychecks away from disaster.â€
rest of the article here.
Also some nice photos from the article in a
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The Jakarta Post– Bicycles could disappear from India and China, experts warn due to “un-friendly” bicycles policies from their governments transportation departments.
———————————————————————————- Ontario, Canada–400 bicycles are being sent to Namibia Africa as part of the organization Bicycles for Humanity.
read the article in the Goderich Signal Star.
———————————————————————————- Portland, Oregon–Banner year for bicycling according to report from Portland’s Office of Transportation. Bicycle use increased into the double digits for the 4th straight year in a row. editorial from Oregonlive.com
———————————————————————————- Buffalo, New York–Looks like it might be history for the Pedaling History Bicycle Museum. They are selling 400 of their antique collection to overseas investors. Article in newsday here.
———————————————————————————- China opens largest bicycle museum. Article here. (sounds like they bought the bikes from Buffalo)
———————————————————————————- Cyclists claim pattern of Harassment from local police in Seattle, Washington. Read article in the the Stranger
———————————————————————————- There has been an ongoing architecture competition in Red Hook, sponsored by the Forum for Urban Design. This remote part of Brooklyn has gained new attention for opening a Fairway and recently an IKEA. It also has limited public transportation so urban designers have been looking to the bicycle as an efficient mode of transportation.
A 28 year old Brooklyn resident, Jonathan Rude, won the contest of the Bicycle Master Plan. NBC article on details of the plan being shot down including a 10-story bicycle storage Ferris Wheel.
Gothamist.com article on the master plan and contest winner announced.
Video from Brian Lehrer from back in May, explaining the contest.
And Paris isn’t the only city getting into the act.
Read all about it in this NY Time article from Sunday:
Memo From Barcelona–
European Support for Bicycles Promotes Sharing of the Wheels
A customer of Bicing, Barcelonaâ€™s bicycle-sharing program. For a yearly fee of about $30, each user receives an electronic card that can be used to check out and return bicycles from 375 stands scattered about the city.
By ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
Published: November 9, 2008
BARCELONA, Spain â€” In increasingly green-conscious Europe, there are said to be only two kinds of mayors: those who have a bicycle-sharing program and those who want one.
Over the last several years, the programs have sprung up and taken off in dozens of cities, on a scale no one had thought possible and in places where bicycling had never been popular.