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A cyclist/businessman finds his technical strength, streamlines his bike business, and of course, finds the labor of love thing:


Boyd Cycling rides accelerating growth

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2015/04/19/boyd-cycling-rides-accelerating-growth/26011755/

7 hours, 45 minutes ago on Link roundup: April 20

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Have Ms. Chanecka and the (anonymous, apparently) consultant announced the per-use pricing and other per-use parameters of this trendy scheme?


Have opportunity costs been seriously, rigorously considered?

5 days, 4 hours ago on Bike station locations announced

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Study hard and get thee to work...


A Crash Course in Two-Wheeled Survival


at:


http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/12/jobs/a-crash-course-in-two-wheeled-survival.html?_r=0

1 week, 1 day ago on Link roundup: April 10

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At least the motorist stopped post-collision. That lends some authenticity to her claim that she didn't see the cyclist??? (though it doesn't get her off the hook for carelessness).


Of course, had this reporting appeared in the Arizona Daily Star there would be some attention paid to whether the cyclist was wearing a helmet.

1 week, 5 days ago on My bike was hit by a car with me on it

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**** BICAS offers an ELF


http://tucson.craigslist.org/bid/4932132601.html


**** Tucson-Pima County Bicycle Advisory Committee offers its BAC Packet for Wednesday, April 8, 2015


http://www.tucsonbac.org/2015/04/bac-packet-for-wednesday-april-8-2015/


(officially unofficial)


**** Walkscore offers its 2015 interactive chart and searchable database relating to walking, cycling, public transport


https://www.walkscore.com/cities-and-neighborhoods/

1 week, 5 days ago on Link roundup: April 8

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If this comes to fruition, no-brainer for many in the Old Pueblo and other sunny places ...


Leave It to Denmark to Make a Sleek, Solar-Powered, Electric Bicycle

http://www.citylab.com/tech/2015/04/leave-it-to-denmark-to-make-a-sleek-solar-powered-electric-bicycle/389588/



2 weeks, 3 days ago on Link roundup: April 3

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"Bicycle face": a 19th-century health problem made up to scare women away from biking

at:

http://www.vox.com/2014/7/8/5880931/the-19th-century-health-scare-that-told-women-to-worry-about-bicycle

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Link roundup: March 25

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Las Vegas pedestrians are gambling with their lives

at:

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-vegas-pedestrian-deaths-20150317-story.html

also, same thing over at:

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/las-vegas-pedestrians-gamble-with-their-lives/ar-BBiqzX3

depending on your device and patience.


Where this leaves cyclists?

1 month ago on Link roundup: March 18

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And, with a cargo net or backpack, hauling books back home is possible using the CEMTA err, CETMA. Along with the rest of it.

1 month ago on Photos: Who needs a car?

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Why we live here?


Ice-cycles: Bicycles adapted for ice quickly gain traction in bitterly cold Buffalo, New York


an AP item via Minneapolis at:


http://www.startribune.com/nation/295531321.html


and kudos to the innovative Lisa of Buffalo.

1 month, 1 week ago on Link roundup: March 9

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Things you cargo bike cultists, super-athletes, engineers, etc., can do with body and mind this blustery weekend in the Old Pueblo...

from PRI,

Here's what you can do with a whimsical idea and a whole lot of leg power


Over at:


http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-02-27/heres-what-you-can-do-whimsical-idea-and-whole-lot-leg-power


Drones, schmones.



1 month, 3 weeks ago on Link roundup: February 26

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Somebody one posited to Red Star that the minivan exists to "zone" the children. Could be...

1 month, 4 weeks ago on 5 reasons biking with kids isn’t as awesome as we make it look

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@nugget Agree. Years ago, around the turn of the century, 24/7 flashing red lights where installed on top of the stop signs on Camino Miramonte at 3rd. Couldn't miss them. A few months later they were gone. Perhaps a neighbor objected or the grant ran out. Many neighborhood streets have become mini-arterials, or, connectors, Camino Miramonte being one example. A sign and symptom of dysfunction. 

The main thing for COT DOT is to bring bike share to Tucson. Our Mayor is very serious and determined...

2 months ago on Link roundup: February 13

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@zz  There's a decent sub sandwich (if one is into that) place near 3rd/Camino Miramonte, Jersey Mike's. They can observe their brunch/lunch being prepared. Perhaps it's an economic development thing?

2 months ago on Link roundup: February 13

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Flagstaff/NAU has a big footprint?

2 months ago on Mapping where Tucson and Arizona’s bike commuters live

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Beware...

La Policia have migrated east from 3rd/Treat to 3rd/Camino Miramonte (an expansive and relatively benign intersection)!

See:

http://nsn.soaz.info/incidents/zmiramonte.html


yesterday, midday.


This is an intersection they haven't milked in a zillion years.  It's impossible for Red Star to know from the data whether they are actually writing citations or being annoying.

 

2 months ago on Link roundup: February 13

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@A Yes, there is every indication that Richard Nassi pulled it all together and came up with the HAWK, a remedy that is proliferating in many USA cities. He deserves more than being "some guy in Tucson." Unfortunately, COT, Mayor and Council (so busy with the busy Steve), COT DOT,TPD, PAG, and media are too what -- obtuse, lazy, gtm to recognize him in any meaningful way despite the savings in lives and the first responder cost reduction for this city and others. There seems to be more interest in John Dillinger. But of course!


http://azdot.gov/docs/default-source/Every-Day-Counts/hawk.pdf?sfvrsn=2



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAWK_beacon

2 months, 1 week ago on Three new crossing signals in the works

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It's up. The BAC Packet for February. Leading off over at:


http://www.tucsonbac.org/


as "BAC Packet for February"  (.pdf)


Officially unofficial...

2 months, 1 week ago on Link roundup: February 9

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@zz Indeed. It's hard to figure why there is broken glass on the roadway to begin with, in this day and age. It's never been like there are clumsy glaziers setting up shop along every roadway on the planet.

In 1967's film 'The Graduate,'  the mighty Walter Brooke (as Mr. McGuire) promised "There's a great future in plastics." 

Perhaps alcohol and plastic don't get along in a profitable way for the manufacturers and the merchants. Hence lingering glass containers in the marketplace and roadway?

2 months, 1 week ago on Photo: Tacks are back

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@arsolot That's totally possible. But you miss the point. Whether willful (criminal) or by innocent incompetence, the dysfunctional behavior that gives rise to these hazards (or, events, if you wish) needs to stop. 

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Photo: Tacks are back

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With all the rain runoff lately, the tack may be a leftover from the tack attacks of years past. The real question is whether the tacker is back. Hard to figure at this point; one can only hope the tacker is not back.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Photo: Tacks are back

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First, we would want to correct the headline from

Friday a big day for biking at(sic) walking at Bond meeting


to


Friday a big day for biking and walking at Bond meeting


Second, we would want to alert BBC pop up, which is in town, of this event of getting around big gov, big corp to walk and ride...local


http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-28843888

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Friday a big day for biking and walking at Bond meeting

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COT DOT -- stop the empire-building and other silly costly gimmicks and FIX THE POTHOLES! 


simple

3 months ago on City still looking for second bike and pedestrian planner

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@snwaites Or, as Red Star's 5th grade teacher, Miss Fernandez, told us: It's its. She made us write that 500 hundred times. Forever hot for that teacher, a very lovely and memorable young woman.

3 months ago on Three reasons why Tucson isn’t Portland

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No Link Roundup today, the 16th, so you get to step back in time and learn


The forgotten history of how automakers invented the crime of "jaywalking"


at:


http://www.vox.com/2015/1/15/7551873/jaywalking-history

3 months ago on Link roundup: January 15

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@KyleVanRenterghem This is speculative, but it could be that as a national advocacy group LAB has to focus on the type of cycling that overall has the largest footprint, growth, need, and (theoretical) fixability when making comparisons. That would seem to be commute/utility.


Clearly, if one considers climate, terrain, mtb trails, the whole sport/rec thing, etc., Tucson/Pima would be awarded some element stronger than the universe. But other important things would get lost...

3 months ago on Three reasons why Tucson isn’t Portland

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ADS provides the standard beer gut semi-annual car-centric pothole story (winter version) here:


Winter weather fuels pothole growth

http://tucson.com/news/local/winter-weather-fuels-pothole-growth/article_424cff18-d213-5b6b-87b7-de8a50481317.html


No mention that a cyclist is far more likely to be seriously injured (or worse) than a motorist, by a ...by a...pothole!

Thank you very much ADS, Coyle, Channecka!

3 months, 1 week ago on Link roundup: January 12

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@MikeMcKisson @Red Star 

Burley is a very clever and innovative bikey company. Maybe, ROI permitting, they will add little kid racks and little bags as accessories to the Piccolo line.

3 months, 1 week ago on Bike camping with a kid: The best one yet

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Spinlister has received a lot of mainstream media attention during the past few weeks (you can google news "Spinlister" if the stories are important to you). Essentially Spinlister seems to be an Airbnb for bikes, originally, and other outdoor gear.


https://www.spinlister.com/


Why, it's even being tried in the Old Pueblo: search a Tucson/Pima County zip code at their site.


developing?

3 months, 1 week ago on Link roundup: January 12

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Missing from the gear list is harmonica and, (most important), ukulele! Red Star has obtained good results with these two devices car-camping (sorry) and at home. The silliness distraction, time-passing, engagement thing.


Can Luci's Burley Piccolo be fitted with a small rack and small bags? Because, eventually, they like to emulate the grownups.

3 months, 1 week ago on Bike camping with a kid: The best one yet

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@RobertJosephRiccitello Could you repeat that?

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Photo: This is a new one

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Hate it when they bark like this, but it's private property so there's not much to be done about the lack of consideration by the officer.


As for the Target bike racks, they are telling something: don't buy a bike at Target.


Have a remarkable day!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Photo: This is a new one

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Why not paint all 10,000 miles or whatever it is of roadway in Tucson with white stripes and declare Tucson the forever "winner" of bicycle infrastructure? Stronger than the Universe! Indeed, many in media would fall for the claim.


Meanwhile the ridiculous trio could continue to ignore potholes in neighborhood streets, reaching out to outlying neighborhoods, safe connections to Suntran, things like that...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Tucson region now boasts 1,000 miles of bicycle infrastructure

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Sorry, Red Star messed up. The lauded source LA Times piece is


"Hit-and-runs take a rising toll on cyclists"


at:


http://graphics.latimes.com/la-bike-hit-and-runs/


we think...

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: December 1

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The LA Times piece, "Los Angeles Sees Rise in Bicyclist Hit-and-Runs" (linked above) is good bikey journalism (and regular journalism) in that it tells of actual sad experiences and brings out underlying issues. The experiences and issues described apply to most all cities, including the Old Pueblo.


Read it!

4 months, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: December 1

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They're not texting. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

4 months, 3 weeks ago on Photo: This never happens in a car

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The genius thing about GABA's El Tour de Tucson is the diversity: pro/semi-pro/serious amateurs, and all the rest of you. It's all a credible celebration.


Doable in other cities...

4 months, 4 weeks ago on 2014 El Tour de Tucson photos

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Thank you Alan Solot!

5 months ago on Link roundup: November 20

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Their Facebook page may be the easiest way to chase down the donation mechanism:


https://www.facebook.com/LookSaveALifeArizona


The weather? Unlike last year, forecast to be cool, sunny and dry...classic El Tour...not so much of a basic survival thing.


Good times? Good charitable passing?

5 months ago on Pro cyclists to chase down El Tour riders for charity

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The City of Tucson Department of Transportation/Police Department sting operation was working the TPD quota thing over at 3rd and Treat Friday morning:

E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV    11-14 Fri     07:38 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143180174
E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV      11-14 Fri     07:28 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143180164
E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV      11-14 Fri     07:18 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143180157

according to the rolling log at:

http://nsn.soaz.info/incidents/zsamhughes.html

TPD was told to leave the intersection alone.

This morning we find this:

"Near-campus wreck prompts UA student to seek lighted crosswalk" from ADS at:

http://tucson.com/news/local/column/near-campus-wreck-prompts-ua-student-to-seek-lighted-crosswalk/article_851dfb24-8c37-51c9-bfe3-23870e472a26.html


When we look at West University Neighborhood logs at:


http://nsn.soaz.info/incidents/zwestuniversity.html


We find not much TPD interest in traffic enforcement of any kind (re: motorists, cyclists, peds). Too dangerous for TPD when there are easy quota-pickings over at 3rd and and Treat?


Is Roberto Villasenor/TPD behavior (mindless quotas, apparent sting operations) warping (biasing) the implementation of  costly HAWK sites?


Interesting...



5 months ago on Link roundup: November 17

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Aside from the disgusting(*) and mindless "Keeping up with the Joneses" aspect of this "proposal," it is interesting to note that the Bicycle Tucson piece does not identify the consultant  ("outside company" is all you get) nor does COT DOT on any of its readily-accessible webpages. Perhaps it's nobody's business?


Under the circumstances, Red Star will not dignify the astoundingly biased survey.


* when there are so many more unaddressed basic infrastructure needs such as potholes and gators on the bike boulevards we have.

5 months, 1 week ago on City looking for input on bike share locations

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And in other TPD news, TPD officers (probably the usual, the motorcycles) worked the quota over at 3rd and Treat last Tuesday despite being asked/told repeatedly to leave it alone:

E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV    10-28 Tue     11:24 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143010438
E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV      10-28 Tue     10:54 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143010407
E 3RD ST & N TREAT AV      10-28 Tue     10:45 AM     Bicycle traffic     BT     E143010397

Easy duty for a quota-driven police department?

Here's the interesting link:

http://nsn.soaz.info/incidents/zsamhughes.html

Also, the Red Star Bureau of Irony found this:

***FREE*** Drivers Training for Teens this Weekend!!!

https://www.facebook.com/notes/tucson-police-department/free-drivers-training-for-teens-this-weekend/10152432116358531

Ironic in light of recent developments.

 





5 months, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: November 4

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The TPD Facebook disclosure states the eastbound cyclist was struck by the "right front corner" of the unmarked northbound police vehicle in the curb lane (whatever that is)...hmm...


It will be interesting to learn how this one turns out for the motorist and his department.

5 months, 2 weeks ago on Cyclist dies in crash with Tucson Police Department officer

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"RTA board slashes funding for regional bicycle/pedestrian projects"

This latest development comes as a HUGE SURPRISE?

WTF?

Something isn't understood...

6 months ago on RTA board slashes funding for regional bicycle/pedestrian projects

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From a competent editorial board...

We’re Walkin’ Here!

over there at:

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/13/opinion/were-walkin-here.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

6 months, 1 week ago on Link roundup: October 13

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@BonnieKersta 

Madam, Red Star did not state, imply or suggest that the two assaults (the throwing of the can at the cyclist around milepost 1, the kicking of the cyclist farther down) occurred in Summerhaven.

One can only hope Pima County Sheriff will pursue all possibilities in this case and not be so reflexively dismissive.

6 months, 1 week ago on Video: Cyclist attacked on Mount Lemmon highway

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The case seems workable. There are some "ifs." If the Summerhaven merchants and residents had outdoor video cams, if the merchants there had indoor video cams (and if the suspects entered the stores/lots) it's possible a scrap of license plate, a green top, whatever, was captured on video. But it's Summerhaven, so perhaps not on the ifs.


Hope there will be persistent pressure on Our Sheriff to pursue this.


As an aside, would it be the end of the world for Pima County/Charles Huckleberry to install basic cams at, say milepost two or three? Doing so might prevent this kind of criminal nonsense, the tacking and who knows what else. After all, there is only one way way up and one way down for crazy motorist and passengers.

6 months, 1 week ago on Video: Cyclist attacked on Mount Lemmon highway

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They are back. After a week or so doing other things, who knows what (if much of anything in the really mean streets of the Old Pueblo, officer safety being paramount of course), Tucson Police (TPD) are back at prosaic 3rd and Treat, like the "the hungry little mouse," cleverly working the quota game set up by TPD Chief Villasenor of the Oro Valley Tribe:


10-3  0923


10-3  0847


10-6  0750


10-6  0729

This despite the fact that they were asked not to, despite grand promises about that intersection by someone of COT DOT tribe. 

http://nsn.soaz.info/incidents/zsamhughes.html





6 months, 2 weeks ago on Link roundup: October 8

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