There are a few bike-related news stories in the news that we wanted to share with you:
1) Long Beach is aiming to become the most bicycle-friendly city in America. The article at The Atlantic Cities illustrates the achievements and future plans of Long Beach in making good on this proclamation. You may recall that we visited Long Beach back in 2008 for their Bike-To-Work Day. Also, former BC writer Russ Roca took photos of Long Beach’s bike share program when it launched in 2008. Take a look at those here.
2) Fullerton, CA to get a bike-sharing system…this one’s near and dear to our hearts as the West Coast HQ of Bikecommuters.com is in Fullerton. Currently, the city is seeking bids from contractors for a pilot installation of 150 bikes at 15 stations around the city. Details can be found at the OC Register.
3) A need for a bigger tax subsidy for bike commuters — here’s one that popped up in the Google newsfeed the other day — a comment on TaxProf Blog that links to an article in the St. Louis University Law Journal. If the Federal Government can encourage more people to use two wheels to get to work, I’m all for it…and the paltry tax break employers can currently (but don’t have to) offer is hardly enticing.
4) Most of you already know that we love “Portland East”, or “MPLS”, or The Mini Apple…we’ve mentioned something positive about their bike scene about once a month ’round these parts. Well, there’s more good news coming from the city…take a look at the D.C. Streetsblog’s coverage of Minneapolis’s first ever “Bicycle Account”, a compilation of cycling data.
Alright, that should give most of you a good bit of reading for the day. Enjoy!
Here’s a bit of good news for Floridians: Broward County will unveil their new B-Cycle bike sharing system on December 14th, 2011.
As noted in the South Florida Times,
The program will feature bicycles equipped with computers to track mileage, calories burned and carbon offsets. Riders will be able to monitor their personal fitness, see their contributions to the county’s green efforts and connect with others online at broward.bcycle.com. To check out bikes, residents and tourists must register on that Web site or at bike sharing stations in various locations around the county.
B-cycle is a partnership among Trek Bicycle, Crispin Porter+Bogusky and Hu-mana, which is Broward B-cycle’s presenting sponsor.
Plans for the program reached a high point on Oct. 26, when the Broward County Commission approved an agreement for B-Cycle to manage and operate the local bike sharing program.
The full South Florida Times article can be viewed by clicking here.
There is no indication of how many bikes will be available in the cities of Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale and Pompano Beach, but according to the map on the Broward B-Cycle page, there will be over 20 stations, all within a few miles of the coast. That should help ease congestion in some of the most heavily-populated coastline in the U.S.
I am eager to hear how this goes, and if stations are in good locations…any south Florida readers out there who can help us make heads or tails of the map on the B-Cycle page?
Here’s a cool story that appeared in my inbox the other day, as forwarded by David Gonnerman, media relations person for St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota:
When Rajan Bhandari ’12 wants to get to class, go shopping, or just take in a change of scenery, he heads to the library.
That’s where he can check out one of St. Olaf College’s new “green bikes.” The fleet of 19 new Trek commuter bicycles available for students to use is three times larger than last year. A checkout system for the bikes is administered through Rolvaag Library, and a covered, two-tiered rack housing the bikes is located just outside the library.
Green Bikes, St. Olaf College’s student-managed bike-sharing program, has existed for nearly five years, but it is only in the past two years that the program has really taken off. Initially, it was hampered by maintenance and accountability issues as well as a lack of quality bikes. During his four years at St. Olaf, Daniel Novak ’11 led a student effort to transform Green Bikes into a successful operation. The hard work finally paid off last spring, when Green Bikes was awarded a grant that enabled it to purchase a new fleet of bikes from Milltown Cycles.
Read the rest of the story by clicking here. Campuses across the nation are turning to bikes as a means to get students around the area — it’s a smart solution, as many colleges are overcrowded with cars and insufficient/expensive parking. St. Olaf gets extra props for administering this Green Bikes program through their library (for those of you who don’t know: when I am not enjoying life as a quasi-celebrity bicycle blogger, I am a mild-mannered librarian).
Got a college campus bike share story to relay? We’d love to hear about it in the comments below.