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Bike Share Chicago is Live

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It's official, bike share in Chicago is live! As of today the Divvy bike share system is up and running. Here's the Ride the City map showing the location of bike share stations. (Click the map to open Ride the City - Chicago in a new tab.)

To learn more about the Divvy bike share system and to sign up, visit their website.

Bike Shop The Musical

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Bike Shop, the musical is unique and one of a kind, and it's back! Here's the info:

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 a 4-piece Bicycle Band.

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NYC Bike Share

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The bike share system in New York City is finally on the ground and running. This is the first weekend that the bikes are becoming available so go out and give them a try.

Note that the Ride the City map includes the layer of bike share stations to help you know which stations are empty or full. Here's a screenshot of the map with the bike share station markers (green "s" teardrops). When you touch a bike share marker, you can see how many bikes are at that station as well as how many empty docks to be sure there's room to return a bike before you get there.

New Website: Bike Witness (

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In honor of upcoming Bike Month and the soon to be launched NYC Bike-Share Program,, the Law Firm Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP has released a brand new site, BikeWitness.Org!

Bike Witness Website screenshot

Ride the City - Philadelphia & Pittsburgh!

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It's been a while since we've added new cities to Ride the City but we are happy today to make a soft launch of Ride the City Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, two up and coming bicycling cities. We're calling this a soft launch because volunteers and Open Street Map users are still adding bike routes and improving the map. Give Ride the City a try and let us know how it's working for you.

Pittsburg and Philadelphia Map

Ride the City - Calgary

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Image from Bike Calgary

At about 1.1 million people, Calgary, Alberta, is Canada’s third-largest city and fifth-largest metropolitan area. As a young, largely suburban, sprawling metropolis it is less known for cycling, and more as a North American capital of the oil and gas industry, the Calgary Stampede rodeo, and for the winter Olympics hosted here in 1988. Despite reputation and expectations, however, cycling is increasingly popular in Calgary. A network of walking and cycling paths, at 700 km (434 mi) the most extensive in North America, provides not only opportunities for recreational cycling but also convenient, safe, and often scenic commute routes.

iPhone app version 1.6

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Ride the City App

We've just released a new version of the Ride the City iPhone app.

Here are the new features:

Velo-City Global

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Tomorrow kicks off Velo-city Global.

The 4-day conference has a packed schedule with lectures and workshops covering topics from the theoretical to more how-to sessions (e.g. building cycling advocacy capacity). It also has an extensive line up of exhibits: bike manufacturers; bike-related products, services and accessories, and cities promoting their bike friendliness.

For students the entire conference runs about $530 (meals included). If you're not in school though, the cost is almost $400/day.

If you miss it this year, in 2013 it'll be held in Vienna, Austria from June 11th-14th, perfect for an early summer getaway.

Bike Crash App

Bike Crash App We've come upon a new app that's likely, unfortunately, to be useful to lots of bicyclists in NYC., the New York Law firm of Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP has just released an application called New York Bike Crash Kit, available for both iPhone (Apple) and Android platforms. In celebration of bike month, May 2012, Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP has tipped us on this unique and useful free smart phone application. (Disclaimer: Flanzig and Flanzig supports Ride the City)

OSM License Change (Attn Aussies!)

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Attention Open Street Map Contibutors!

Open Database License 1.0

As many of you know, most of the data in Ride the City is based on Open Street Map (OSM), the wikimap of the world that allows anyone to freely contribute information to. Well, OSM is going through some changes and is requesting that all members agree to their revised license, Open Database License 1.0 (ODbL).

Sorry for the late warning, but if you've contributed data to OSM and haven't agreed to the new license, your data may be deleted as of April 1, 2012. (This is not an April Fools joke.)

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