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Special Safety Officers Deployed in NYC to Correct Scofflaw Cyclists

By: Daisy Rosario  This post also appears on Transportation Nation Ahead of the launch of a new bike share program, the city’s Department of...

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Pedal Pushers: Chicago to Become Bike Commuters' Fantasy Land

Rahm Emanuel says by year's end, his town will have 33 miles of protected bike lanes, making it the bike friendliest city in the states.

Copenhagen leads the way internationally as a cyclists' wonderland with its growing network of dedicated paths and "bike super highway," but the Windy City just announced big plans to outdo the biking infrastructure of local competitors like Minneapolis or Portland.

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Bike-Part Vending Machine Arrives in Minneapolis Bike Fixtation Brings Self-Service Bike Repairs to Minneapolis

Minneapolis just got even more bike-friendly: A self-service bike repair station just opened along its highway for bicyclists

Minneapolis was named the country's number one city for biking last year by Bicycling magazine, but the city's bike community isn't resting on its laurels. Looking to make Minneapolis even more welcoming to cyclists, local entrepreneurs recently opened the city's first self-service bicycle repair kiosk, to serve the flat tubes and busted gears of the thousands of cyclists who travel Minneapolis's bike paths each week.

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Video: Protesting Bike Lane Tickets with Jackass-Style Civil Disobedience

This guy gets a ticket for not riding in a NYC bike lane. Then, to protest, he crashes his bike full on into anything and everything in a bike lane.

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I'm not sure if I'm flattered or unsettled that someone who crashes into things for fun decided to include me (or my voice anyway) in his protest video. But I have to admit I laughed out loud.

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What L.A.'s New Bike Plan Means For Cyclists—and the City

Today, Los Angeles Mayor Villaraigosa signs a comprehensive new bike plan for the city. We asked local experts what it means for cyclists.



Despite Los Angeles' near-perfect weather, mostly-flat terrain, and an enthusiastic biking community, cyclists in L.A. still remain second-class citizens behind those piloting automobiles through the city. After yesterday's City Council ruling, that all could change. The 2010 Bike Plan, to be signed this morning, is perhaps the most ambitious pro-cyclist action in L.A. history, designating a 1,680-mile bikeway system and sweeping new bike-friendly policies.

The plan promises several changes for L.A. bikers: the Citywide Bikeway System [PDF] will introduce three new interconnected bike path networks—Backbone (long crosstown routes on busy streets), Neighborhood (short connectors through small streets) and Green (along recreation areas)—throughout the city, a new pledge for Bicycle Friendly Streets will make streets more pleasant for riders and walkers, and a series of education programs and safety policies will help cars and cyclists co-exist (you can download the entire plan here). Of course, this is just a plan, and one that's long overdue—for more on that, read last week's cover story in the LA Weekly. The real challenges may prove to be finding the proper funding to drive the plan towards implementation. That will take some massive commitment on behalf of the city.

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