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For three years now I've been cruising around New York on my blue Nishiki road bike, perfectly content to work what I call the “riding dirty” look; the look that one commenter on the Wall Street Journal's Beyond Spandex: Chic Styles for Cyclists Take Off astutely referred to as “biking ugly.” I'm a personal trainer by trade, and I have the easiest gig in the city to show up on a bike to: my uniform is black spandex and sneakers, my hair looks sportier tied up in a bun, and it's better for business when I practice what I preach, anyway. All of which means I wear tee shirts 29 days out of 30, a substantial portion of my garments have suffered hip-height grease stains, and the most important product in my makeup bag is Purell. So looking cute, chic, stylish, or like I belong anywhere besides on the bike or in the gym has never even needed to be a priority. Until recently, this has been fine because, inevitably, biking turned out to be the priority.

Biking in Toronto

Toronto. A city filled with people. Cars. Taxis. Bikes. And interesting bike related things. We have amazing bike paths (some even along Lake Ontario, with beautiful views!), bike lanes, BIXI bikes (yay!) bike events, and fabulous bike shops! We also have a lot of art in the city, and some of these art pieces include bike parts!

I found one of these bike-part-art-pieces while walking in my new neighbourhood, and was super excited about it! So excited that I took a couple of pictures of it so I could share it with you lovely people! It's a fence made from bike parts.

Amsterdam comes to Miami

This past week, I was alerted to an article in the Miami Herald that described Miami’s efforts to become more bike friendly. According to the article, the city plans to install miles of new bike lanes, widen shoulders and paint shared lane markings to “encourage people to use bicycles for their daily business—to get to school or work, to run errands, to go out to eat or visit the neighborhood park.” As part of the effort, Miami recruited three “top experts on ‘cycling as transportation’” from Holland to spend three days brainstorming how “to turn the city’s car-clogged downtown into a virtual Amsterdam of safe, connected bikeways.”

Show your support with Ride the City badges

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If you like Ride the City, we've just made it easier for you to support our independent, community-based bike routing project. Just copy/paste any of these Ride the City badges onto your blog, website, or wherever you like to let your readers know that you support safe and healthy bicycle transportation.

Your support of Ride the City also helps to advance Open Street Map, the volunteer, wikipedia-like, effort to map the world.

We'd like to thank our friends Kelly and James for making these thoughtful badges. Here are the different sizes:

Ride the City comes to Android

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You've been asking for it for months, and it's finally here: Ride the City for android devices!

Our new android app has many of the same great features as the iPhone app:

  • You can use it every city we're in (currently 27) and every city we'll ever be in
  • Choose whether you want a route that goes out of the way in order to maximize bike paths and bike lanes or whether you're comfortable taking the most direct legal route
  • See where you can find a nearby bike shop and/or rental location in case you need some gear (or repairs) on the go
  • Choose start and end points from the contacts list on your device so you don't have to remember and type in long addresses
  • Provide feedback on routes to us so we can make quick fixes

iPhone app update: Ride the City 1.3

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Version 1.3 of the Ride the City iPhone app is in the Apple Store!

This new update includes the following:

  1. Choosing a starting or end address by selecting from your list of contacts
  2. Updated icons (Thanks, Kelly!)
  3. Layers: toggle the bike shops on/off
  4. New splash page

Some screen shots:

Splash Page: Ride your bicycle under the open sky!


Map & Layers: If you don't want to see bike shops, toggle them on/off with the layers button in the bottom right corner. In the future, we'll add more options to the layers button.

Ride the City - Montreal

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It's beginning to feel like spring in the northern hemisphere so what better time to launch bicycling directions for our friends to the north, eh? Now, bicyclists in the largest city in Quebec have one more tool to find a safe way to ride around town. Give a shout out to Ride the City - Montreal (In French) Bravo!

Special thanks to Sophie Roussel for the back and forth to help us translate Ride the City to French.

New Amsterdam Bike Show

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Bike Month is just around the corner and this year NYC gets it's first ever bike show! Apparently there was a bike show back in 1897 so I guess it's about time for another. They plan to have bike giveaways, roller races, some bike safety education, helmet giveaways, a place to test ride bicycles, and plenty of food and good coffee. Check out the list of exhibitors.

Date: Saturday, April 30,  2011
Time: 10 AM to 7 PM
Place: Center 548 -  548 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011
Tickets: $15 in advance ($20 at the door)

Ride the City: Brisbane and Newcastle

It's Bike Week in Brisbane through March 20th. What better way to celebrate bicycling than with the launch of Ride the City: Brisbane and Ride the City: Newcastle! In addition to bike routes the Ride the City map displays nearby bike shops and bike hire locations, including CityCycle locations in Brisbane. (If we're missing your business, please let us know.)


Open Street Map - Intro

Most of you have probably generated bike routes on Ride the City. But how many have contributed to the Ride the City basemap? The background image at Ride the City is provided by Cloudmade, a company that's all about services and applications that are based on Open Street Map (OSM), the volunteer effort to map the world. Open Street Map provides the data, Cloudmade makes services that help to get that data to the end user. With Cloudmade's Style Editor, developers can customize their own map style or copy other maps. Here are some of the map styles from the Style Editor:

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