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Bike Shop, the Musical

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There's a bike musical coming to town!

Bike Shop Poster

Written by a cyclist and bike shop owner, Bike Shop is the story of a Brooklyn bicycle store and its owner, Bobby. Two years after a tragic bike accident, Bobby tries to get back on the bike to get her life in gear. The sole performer brings to life three generations of a colorful, bike-obsessed family as she builds and repairs real bicycles on stage...while backed up by the 4-piece Bicycle Band.

Crash Maps

Now that bicycling season is taking off in the northern hemisphere, it's important to remember to ride safe and know about dangerous places on the streets. Understanding where other bicyclists have been hit is a good way of knowing where to be especially cautious, as there may be some design flaws, visual obstacles, or other elements that make those places especially dangerous. If you city or town has a crash map, check it out.

The infographic below is one example, developed by a group of lawyers in Louisville, KY. If your home doesn't have a crash map, consider putting one together. The data is typically accessible from some city records, usually with the police.

9th Annual Memorial Ride & Walk

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Ghost Bike 2014

The Annual Memorial Ride and Walk (Sunday, April 6th) brings New Yorkers together to remember pedestrians and cyclists killed in our city over the past year. This will mark the ninth year that this event has occurred. Riders will visit the site of each ghost bike, a white-painted memorial for cyclists, installed since 2013. Consider showing solidarity with the family and friends of those lost by joining this important event. Bring flowers and other items to honor those lost.

The more attention we can bring to people who have been killed while riding a bicycle, the safer our roads will be for everyone.

Please look out for a full schedule and route to be posted in the next week.

Dear Motorist

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We received a note recently from a guy whose friend died last year because he was hit by a car from behind while riding his bicycle. He made a goal to raise awareness in order to decrease the number of auto-related bicycling deaths.

This was his response video to hopefully achieve that goal.

Take the pledge and spread the word:

Moving Goods by Bicycle

According to Cyclelogistics, there's an incredible potential to use bicycles instead of motorized vehicles to transport goods. Their study indicates that 51% of all motorised trips related to goods transport could realistically be done on bikes and cargo bikes. (Click the image to download the study as a PDF.)


iPhone App Video: GPS Toggle

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I'm reposting this earlier short and quick post on the iPhone GPS toggle feature because we've been getting lots of people confused by the GPS, not knowing that you can control whether or not to have the map center on your currnet position.

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Here's a quick video to demonstrate how to use the newest feature on the Ride the City iPhone app: GPS toggle.

The locate button on the top right can appear in two different colors. When you touch it to make it BLUE, that means that GPS is on and the map is always centered on your current location so if you try to move the map it will jump back to having you in the center. If you touch the locate button to make it WHITE, then the GPS is off and you can pan around the map like normal and it won't jump back to your location.

Watch the video to see it in action.

Ride the City - Denver

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This week we add another city to our growing list of now 45 cities worldwide that provide bike routing. Today we kick off Ride the City - Denver. Just in time for snow, gosh darnit.

Ride the City - Denver maintains the icons on the map to help you find nearby bike resources. Bike shops are the blue icons and bike share stations are the tiny green ones, so you can toggle whichever layer you prefer to see or you can turn them both off.

Ride the City - Miami

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Ride the City - Miami is up and running. See more at The Miami Bike Scene.

Miami Bike Scene

Pedal Power Infographic

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The good people at recently put together a nice infographic highlighting the power of the bicycle. Who knew that women who ride a bike for 30 minutes a day reduce their chance of getting breast cancer? Or that the public benefits nearly $12 for every $1 invested in bike infrastructure?

Pedal Power Infographic

Bike Share hits SF

Another city joins the bike share revolution! This time its San Francisco. Here's the place to sign up: Bay Area Bike Share. It's day one and Ride the City's got the bike stations live on the map (see image below), so feel free to check out Ride the City - San Francisco (operating in all of the Bay Area) and compare it to the other bike routing tools available for your neighborhood.

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