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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.)

Fulton Bikes - NEW BIKE SHOP

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There's a new bike shop in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Please welcome Fulton Bikes. They're at 997 Fulton St, between St. James and Cambridge.

Fulton Bikes

I happened to be walking along Fulton to pick up some groceries and came across this beautiful new bike shop fully stocked, clean, and spacious.

Bike Shop - The Musical

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There's a bike musical coming to town!

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.

Bike Shop the Musical

Ride the City - Los Angeles Metro

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Please welcome Ride the City - Los Angeles Metro!

Ride the City LA


We're happy to finally bring easier bike routing to NYC's west coast sister, and burgeoning bicycle City, LA. There are lots of positive bicycle developments taking shape in LA and we're happy to be a part of it. Ride the City now gives the poeple of LA one more option to get around safely by bike. This is our largest geographic scope yet, including over 300 bike shops & bike rental locations on the map!

Ride the City iPhone app update v1.5

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We're happy to announce a new version of the Ride the City iPhone app. And to make the news even better, we've reduced the price of the app to just $1.99!

So we actually started working on this update during the summer of 2011, and although it's taken some time, we think you'll be happy with the new features. Here they are:

Bicycling and Walking Report

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Alliance for Biking Report

The Alliance for Biking & Walking has released a 242-page document: Bicycling and Walking in the U.S.: 2012 Benchmarking Report. It looks to be packed with tons of great data and figures.

After having listened to Obama's State of the Union speech last night, the part of the report that jumps out to me is that bicycling and walking projects create more jobs than highway projects. In their words, "Bicycling and walking projects create 11-14 jobs per $1 million spent, compared to just 7 jobs created per $1 million spent on highway projects." I didn't have time to read through so let me just share a few of the many great visuals:

REI Comes to NYC

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Here comes REI. The large outdoor equipment and clothing coop with over 3.5 million members, listed as on of FORTUNE Magazine's "100 Best Companies To Work For", is moving into NYC, opening on December 2.

New REI Coming

The store will be located inside the beautiful Puck Building on Lafayette St, just south of Houston St (and only two blocks from Bicycle Habitat, one of our favorite bike shops in the world).

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