Broken Hearted Bello

There was a $1,000 reward, a toll-free tip line and a news conference _ all for a lost little bike.

The foot-high, 6-inch-wide contraption belongs to Bello Nock, the daredevil clown star of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus appearing at Madison Square Garden.

The bitty bike was taken from a Manhattan street Friday, while Bello, well, clowned around. He and two fellow clowns had put on an impromptu show for a passing camera crew, when Bello rested his bike against a street sign and forgetfully walked away.

Bello

I guess riding this bike to work would be out of the question. Read more about it HERE.

Bicycle riders are changing the traffic culture

Cyclers in Nashville want drivers, police to respect their right to be on streets

By JESSICA FENDER
Staff Writer
Courtesy of the Fairview Observer.
Tim Coble gathers a handful of bicyclists in his church’s parking lot twice a week for trailblazing treks through some of Nashville’s most trafficked locales.

His thinking: The more bikes that drivers see in intersections, roadsides and turning lanes, the safer the city will be for cyclists like him.

Three years ago these rides through downtown wouldn’t have been possible, Coble says.

But Nashville, as have many cities in Middle Tennessee, is inviting more cyclists to public roads through bike lanes and routes that run alongside cars.

And with their helmets, water bottles and knapsacks, the two-wheeled travelers are bringing a cultural change in a city accustomed to reserving roadways for motorists.


It’s good to see a city be accepting of cyclists. My town, Fullerton Ca. is pretty good about having ample bike lanes. Only part that’s not that bike friendly is Downtown Fullerton. Harbor Blvd was not designed to accomodate cyclists. No bike lanes there. But then again that part of town is one of the oldest sections of the city in which the roads are even more narrow.

We’re even lucky to have a mountain bike trail in the middle of Fullerton, called the Loop. This trail is maintained by the City as well!

Gas prices continue to climb

BY ALEJANDRO BODIPO-MEMBA

FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

Crude oil prices, spurred by increased tensions in the Persian Gulf, shot up to their highest levels since September after images of a British sailor captured by Iranian forces were beamed around the globe.

Meanwhile, Michigan gasoline prices increased 3 cents overnight to $2.61 a gallon, according to AAA Michigan in Detroit. The national average was up 2 cents to $2.64 a gallon.

The last time Michigan pump prices were above $2.60 was in September.

May delivery of crude oil futures rose 42 cents to $66.46 a barrel at 12:15 p.m. on the electronic trading desk of the New York Mercantile Exchange. in London on Friday.

The highest closing rate in nearly seven months was on Sept. 8, when crude oil prices closed at $66.03 a barrel on the NYMEX. The highest-ever closing price for crude oil was recorded on July 14 at $78.40 a barrel.

$2.60? That’s nothing! Gas prices here in southern California starts at $3.25 per gallon! Even though gas continues to climb, more folks are getting on bikes too! Even the bike industry is reacting to it. With new advents such as the NuVinci Hubs, Shimano’s Coaster Bikes and even more commuter bikes were introduced in 2007.

At Interbike, we saw ton’s of companies breaking new ground by introducing new commuter models for 2007. I suspect 2008 to be more commuter friendly in the bike business.

Back To Commuting

Spring is here and it’s about time I jumped back on the saddle. Today was my first day back to commuting to work. But instead of taking it easy, I jumped right into it by using my Trikke for my commute.
Trikke

I really missed being a bike commuter. I know the Trikke looks nothing like a bicycle. But trust me, you get the same if not more of a work out with this bad boy.
My commute is a short 8 mile round trip. But a very enjoyable 8 miles. It was easy to tell that everyone was intrigued by the way the Trikke looked and moved. I just love to see people’s reactions when I pass by. I plan on using the Trikke again tomorrow. As for next week, it’s too soon to tell.

I can’t support bike lanes…

Courtesy of the Surly Blog.

Check out what this guy had to say….

“I can’t support bike lanes. Roads are built for buses, cars, and trucks. My heart bleeds when someone gets killed, but it’s their own fault at the end of the day.”

-Rob FordToronto City Councillor
Email: councillor_ford@toronto.ca

We urge all friends of the bike to send a message to Mr. Ford explaining why he is way off-base. We recommend that you don’t use any threatening terms or obscenities, as hard as that may be to do.

Below is a message you can copy and send to Councilor Ford:

As a cyclist and concerned citizen, I find your remarks concerning bike lanes to be appalling, highly inappropriate, and even dangerous. Cyclists have the same rights to the road as any motor vehicle in Canada, as well as the United States. Bicycles offer a reduction in traffic, improved environmental protection and better public health.

On behalf of the families and loved ones of cyclists killed by automobiles, we, the cycling community demand a retraction of your statement and an apology. Please know that your comments are rapidly circulating within the cycling community around the globe, and many cyclists hold prominent positions in society. What’s more, cyclists vote.