The Hawes Trail System, located in Phoenix, Arizona’s East Valley, is quickly becoming one of metro Phoenix’s more popular mountain biking destinations for both tourists and locals. Situated in the Mesa Ranger District of the Tonto National Forest, the zone is known for spectacular views and around 25 miles of designated trails that range from easy to very difficult; featuring bermed corners, steep climbs, and chunky rock drops.
There has been a lot of strife over cyclist safety across cities worldwide and Phil Gaimon pulled together a heartfelt video about this very subject matter.
It’s that time of year again! After last year’s Ante Up For Trails campaign, put on by the Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz, it returns, this time with an Ibis being the grand prize. Enter at MBOSC and read the full press-release below!
Portland is a great cycling city, yet if you love to ride singletrack, you’ve gotta drive an hour outside of town. The Dirt Lab at Gateway Green is looking to change that. If you can, donate to help them reach their $100,000 goal, or just spread the word to your colleagues and friends. If their fundraising is successful, they’ll break ground this fall!
Continuing his in-depth series looking into the history and discourse of cyclists’ access to Wilderness Areas, Vernon Felton digs in yet again. As with the introductory article, this is another good read about a topic hits home for many of us. Check it out at Pinkbike.
Amsterdam, Copenhagen and other European cities have it all figured out, especially when compared to most North American cities. This video investigates the condition of streets being thoroughfares, not occupiable spaces…
Thanks for sticking your neck out for us cyclists…
This Indiegogo campaign looks like a worthy share:
“Bicyclists of Baltimore started out as a social media project to celebrate the diversity of bicyclists in Baltimore City. After experiencing the uprising in Baltimore this past May we wanted to contribute something even greater to the unification of our community. By creating a documentary film we not only celebrate individuals, but bring them together in a visually compelling narrative that transcends social and economic barriers.
We follow the lives of bicyclists from all corners of Baltimore exploring how the increase in cycling in Baltimore helps to shape the city as a whole, and strengthen our different communities. We examine the ways in which Baltimore, a city with deep socio-economic and racial divides, can become united through the use of a human-powered vehicle.”
See more at the Bicyclists of Baltimore campaign!
Public works like this can be a lot of fun:
“The new Van Gogh-Roosegaarde bicycle path is made of thousands glowing stones inspired by ‘Starry Night’. It charges at daytime and gives light at night. The path combines innovation with cultural heritage in the city of Nuenen NL, the place where Van Gogh lived in 1883.
This is the second Smart Highway Project which are interactive and sustainable roads of tomorrow by designer Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The goal is to make smart roads by using light, energy and road signs that interact with the traffic situation.”
See more at Studio Roosegaarde.
Hey Minneapolis, I love you. In fact, your river bottoms are a lot of fun. If you’re a local, head over to this Vimeo page for details as to how you can help preserve one of the best places to ride bikes in America’s #1 city for cycling…
Thanks for sharing Jeff!
No matter how often we complain about drivers or our roads, always remember, there are some with it much worse.
I know there are a lot of balleur bicycles posted here at the Radavist, and while they’re pretty to look at, they’re still just bikes. At the other side of the cycle spectrum, shops like Second Life Bikes are doing something much more important to the future of cycling – and cyclists – in America. Getting people to ride and work on bikes is of the utmost importance and I love watching videos like this. Well done guys!
… but we knew that already, right? This is a great video!
We live in a world where big brother is out to get you. The government wants to strap a helmet on your head, make you register your bike and throw you in prison anytime you disobey. Right? Wrong… The world, as a cyclist, isn’t that bad. Sure, there are hiccups once and while and maybe yes, the average US driver doesn’t like you, the cyclist, taking up their road but come on, we really have it pretty good overall.
Everyone got so pissy when Strava began “selling” your data that no one stopped to think about how important that data can be to improving your city’s cycling infrastructure. Yes, just think, maybe there’s a way to further separate you from those fat, lazy, stinky, smelly motorists that want all the road for themselves…
There is! But cities need essential data. Data that would cost the local government thousands of research funds. Or, they could just buy it from Strava. Seriously, they can have all my PRs, KOMs (oh wait) and routes, just improve my city too!
Wired Magazine wrote an exceptional piece on this very subject. I suggest you head over and read it.
Ride Along: Leah Hollinsworth
Words and photos by Chris Lee
I first met Leah Hollinsworth a few years ago in Chicago, a couple days before the Stupor Bowl. I decided to meet her and a handful of other couriers in Chicago to ride the AmTrak to Minneapolis. What was supposed to be a 6-8 hour train ride turned into something like 14 hours because of winter blizzards and other mayhem that comes with obnoxious snow accumulation in the Midwest. Needless to say, I got to know Leah well during that train ride.
Fast forward to the first weekend of May, 2014: I just crossed over the border into Canada on my way to the 5th annual Mayday alleycat. Mayday is the biggest race that the Toronto courier community throws. It brings racers (courier or not) from all over Canada and even the United States. In addition and even more importantly, this race is a fundraiser for the Bike Messenger Emergency Fund, or BMEF for short. After the race and the parties were all said and done, I met up with Leah to talk a little about her involvement with the BMEF and the Mayday alleycat.
If you’ve spent any amount of time with your bike in New York City, then you know it can be an unforgiving place. Bicycle Habitat mechanic Hal has made his internet career f0r Streetsblog by grading people’s bikes locked up in the streets of SoHo. Here is the 2014 edition and check out links to the previous years below.
This is kind of depressing and uncomfortable to watch – like a bad Ben Stiller movie. You just know things are going to go wrong.
Having ridden all over the world, it’s interesting for me to hear this Dutch reporter discuss the lack of “infra” in US cities. When these clips are presented in a matter-of-fact way, it’s easy to see why we’re so far behind in the US…
Nice find Jeff!
British architect Norman Foster’s newest project proposal isn’t a giant building with a spaceship-like façade. Instead, it’s an urban adaptive reuse project:
“Foster + Partners has unveiled a scheme that aims to transform London’s railways into cycling freeways. The seemingly plausible proposal, which was designed with the help of landscape firm Exterior Architecture and transportation consultant Space Syntax, would connect more than six million residents to an elevated network of car-free bicycle paths built above London’s existing railway lines if approved.
“SkyCycle is a lateral approach to finding space in a congested city,” said Norman Foster, who is both a regular cyclist and the president of Britain’s National Byway Trust. ”By using the corridors above the suburban railways, we could create a world-class network of safe, car free cycle routes that are ideally located for commuters.”
“To improve the quality of life for all in London and to encourage a new generation of cyclists, we have to make it safe,” he added. ”However, the greatest barrier to segregating cars and cyclists is the physical constraint of London’s streets, where space is already at a premium.”
The 220-kilometer SkyCycle, which has already received backing from Network Rail and Transport for London, would provide a safer and cheaper alternative to constructing new roads. Nearby residents would access the suspended pathway via 200 entrance points, all connected to the street by ramps and hydraulic platforms.”
Read more here.