Twin Cities Cycling News From Around the Web

Hey, its Wednesday, which means it’s time for us to catch up on all of the week’s cycling news that you haven’t been reading about on Cycle Twin Cities.

Image Via: Matt Two Cities Two Wheels

By far the biggest news of last week was the visit from the Bike Snob himself, Eben Weiss.  Wondering what his view of Minneapolis was?  Check out his blog post on his visit, which was not surprisingly funny.

But, he wasn’t the only person to have an opinion about his visit to the magical Minneapolis.  The Meandering Bicyclist at Zen and Bicycles got to spend some quality time with Mr. SnobNYC, and it turns out, he’s a really nice guy.

We are only four days into the latest installment of 30 days of biking and hopefully you are still at 100% compliance.  As a part of 30 days of biking the Southwest Journal is hosting a photo contest with the theme of…. well bikes of course: “We’re launching a new photo contest and we’d love for you to participate! The theme for the first contest is bikes. Send us cycling-inspired photos. They must be shot somewhere in Minneapolis and taken in 2012. They can be taken with any type of camera. The deadline is April 30. We will be publishing winning photos in our print edition, on our website and Tumblr blog. Send photos to smckenzie@mnpubs.com.” Check it out on their Tumblr Page.

If you are looking for something a little more “official” to get you rolling on alternative commuting, check out the Commuter Challenge.  The 2012 challenge has begun, and you can win some pretty ridiculous stuff; Kindles, Netbooks, Giftcard (etc.) just for doing something other than driving.  Some more information is available from St. Paul Smart Trips. 

Talk about hitting the big time.  Four Minneapolis frame builders were featured in this month’s issue of the Twin Cities Business Monthly.  If you follow this segment of the cycling community you can probably guess at least two of the four (Eric Noren of Peacock Groove and Matt Appleman of Appleman Bicycles).  If you want to know who the other two are, you are just going to have to read the article for yourself.

Oh, Blaine.  Last week the Blaine City Council actually voted 5-2 against putting sidewalks so that kids could either walk or bike to school safely.  You might be thinking, maybe it was too expensive?  Nope, that money was coming from the federal government.  Julie at Ride Boldly! has the full coverage on her blog, but be prepared to read and slowly shake your head back and forth in disappointment.

It is often-times easy to get caught up in all of the hullabaloo surrounding bicycles, and the components that make them up.  Jim Thill of the Hiawatha Cyclery took some time to smack down some nonsense.  It is worth your time to read.

As always we wrap it up with a video.  This new video comes from the City of Minneapolis and is actually a really well done educational moment for both cyclists and drivers.  It is nice to see them stepping up education with all of the new markings that you might see around the city. Enjoy.

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One Response to Twin Cities Cycling News From Around the Web

  1. domotion2011 says:

    Brilliant video from the City of Minneapolis. It gets to the point using good graphics and live action. From a automobile users viewpoint the message share the road might be interpreted as fair if you are a responsible driver or unfair if you are a little reckless. As a bicyclist that rides these very streets I feel that the video is not quite hitting on all cylinders. To wit, two of the biggest hazards for bicyclist are at intersections. There is no mention made of the often fatal right hook, as when drivers race ahead of bicyclist for right turns. Nor is there any mention that typical bicyclist behavior on secondary streets is to not stop at every stop sign. I think it is idealistic to think that car drivers and bicyclist obey all the rules of the road and are sensitive to one anothers place in the street. Where is this video broadcasted? Is this a public service thing on cable access?

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