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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!

GOOD Attack

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GOOD brings us a clever video/infographic to show how a small percent of the commuting population can positively affect all traffic by shifting modes of transport from the car to a bicycle or transit. (Created by Mono:

We got the tip from Streetsblog - LA. Thanks!

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:

Open Street Map - A Better Chicago

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Ride the City - Chicago

We launched Ride the City - Chicago about three years ago. A lot has happened since then and Ride the City has changed quite a bit, too. Well, we're coming back to Chicago now to focus on the map to make it better. We're looking for people to help.

If you live in Chicago or know it well, consider spending an hour to improve the map in any part of the city you know well. We're looking to add missing bike lanes, bike paths, bicycle/pedestrian bridges, and so forth.

New Year's Eve on a Bike

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Image from the Central Park Conservancy
Belvedere Castle

Ready to take in the New Year on a bike? If you're not looking for a quiet evening, Time's Up! is hosting their 12th Annual New Year's Eve Ride and outdoor after party this Saturday. Their tips: dress festive, bring noise makers/party favors and food & drink to share. The main meeting place is Washington Square Park, under the arch, at 10PM.

Here is a link to help route you to Washington Square Park.

Happy Holidays - Gift Ideas with Etsy

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So there are only a couple weeks left before Christmas...agh! Here's a quick pitch to encourage you to consider shopping at Etsy this holiday season. Etsy is basically an online marketplace that brings together artisans to help them sell their crafts. Or in their own words:

Our mission is to empower people to change the way the global economy works. We see a world in which very-very small businesses have much-much more sway in shaping the economy, local living economies are thriving everywhere, and people value authorship and provenance as much as price and convenience. We are bringing heart to commerce and making the world more fair, more sustainable, and more fun.

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).

Ride the City - Bogota


Image from La Vida Es Loca

In the United States, there’s an easy way to find out how cities rank on the scale of bicycle friendliness. The League of American Bicyclists ranks cities and publishes a bicycle friendly community list. As far as we can tell, there isn’t a similar community in Latin America, so we don’t really know how each city compares, which is something something that is really needed (anyone?). Nevertheless, we know that some cities in Latin America promote cycling and bicycle culture much better than others. One city that’s recognized by everyone is Bogotá, which has more than 180 miles of bike paths (ciclorutas) that connect most parts of the city and Ciclovía, Bogota’s car-free Sundays that celebrate bicycling, walking and streetlife that inspired NYC’s Summer Streets. (Although Bogotá has a great bicycle network, currently there’s a lack of the political will to support bicycle culture. With mayoral elections approaching at the end of October, we hope the new mayor gives bicycling more importance.)

For these reasons, it gives us great pleasure today to launch Ride the City – Bogotá. Ride the City is a bike routing service created to help bicyclists find an easy way to ride from one part of the city to another. With Ride the City – Bogotá, Colombians now have one more tool to help themselves travel around the city sustainably and healthfully.

Brooklyn Bike Jumble! (Sat, 9/24)

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This year's Fall Brooklyn Bike Jumble will be held on Saturday, September 24th at the Old Stone House at 4th street and 5th avenue in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Here's the schedule:

9:30AM - 10:30AM - The day will commence with awards ceremony and the start of the New York to Philadelphia stage of the East Coast Messenger Stage Race

Ride the City - Eugene

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Everyone knows Eugene, Oregon is the running capital of the world: Track Town USA, where Prefontaine helped give birth to Nike. As a result the city now has miles and miles of running trails. Well, it turns out that it's also got lots of bike lanes and bike paths. So many, in fact, that the League of American Bicyclists ranks Eugene as the fifth best city in the U.S. for bicycling (behind Boulder, Portland, Davis, and Corvallis).

Well today we're proud to launch one more free resource to help Eugeneans get around by bike: Ride the City - Eugene. Ride the City is like other routing applications except that it prioritizes bike paths, bike lanes, and shared roads to give you safe bike routes: Put in a start address and and end address and Ride the City will tell you how to get from point A to point B on a bike.

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