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Here’s a quick Wednesday roundup of some commuter news for you:

1) The highly-acclaimed Martin Olav Sabo Bike-Pedestrian Bridge in Minneapolis had some sort of structural cable failure…forcing the closure of the bridge to users. It’s unclear what sort of re-routing of bike/ped traffic is going on there…any MPLS readers care to enlighten us as to route alternatives?

2) The $14,000 Gucci/Bianchi “commuter bike” is getting a lot of press…billed as a “bike for the commuting one-percenters”, it smacks of wretched excess (and to my eyes, isn’t particularly attractive OR capable). Your thoughts?

3) Not to be outdone by Gucci, designer Phillipe Stark announced plans to build a 3000-strong fleet of bike-share bikes for the city of Bordeaux, France. Unlike the Gucci, I actually sort of like the look of the Stark machine…but have only seen renderings so far.

4) The city of New Orleans has gotten some more favorable press based on the Benchmarking Report we posted about a few weeks ago. NOLA has really upped their game to become a more bike-friendly city, and we applaud their efforts!

5) Are bike lanes really “green”? That’s the subject of an essay over at Smart Planet…focusing on the State of California and their exhaustive Environmental Quality Act, which requires extensive impact studies for any project that affects traffic moving through California’s streets.

6) We still have a handful of our limited-edition cotton Bikecommuters.com t-shirts. Heavyweight cotton, striking color, simple logo…and all yours for $15.00 (which includes shipping to anywhere in the U.S.). Details on ordering can be found by clicking here.

Ok, that’s enough for now…get to reading, and please share your comments and thoughts with us.