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LoJack/OnStar-like system for bikes?

We’ve written about fighting bike theft with GPS devices before, as well as posting about a cool web series called “To Catch a Bike Thief” where the producers set out “bait bikes” equipped with GPS trackers. It’s a neat technique to use new technologies to combat an age-old problem.

And now there’s a very interesting Kickstarter project gaining some traction. Called The BikeSpike, this device purports to:

•Monitor your bike’s location on a map using your phone or computer
•Grant temporary access to local law enforcement, helping increase the chances of recovery.
•Digitally “lock” your bike and receive a notification if your bike moves from it’s geo-fenced location or if someone even tampers with it.
•Collision detection system can alert key members of your contact list and share the location of an accident.
•Share your stats (distance, speed, and courses…) with friends, coaches and spectators.
•Monitor your children and get notified if they ride out of their safe zone.
•Our open API allows developers to create gaming and fitness apps that you can download and use with the device or use the data created from the BikeSpike to integrate with the existing apps you already love. Export a GPX file.
•PLUS, with the Hacker Pack, you can connect it to a motorcycle or other on-board batteries for a continual charge.

The website Mashable calls it “like LoJack and OnStar for your bike.”

Here’s a video that helps illustrate the workings of the device:

What do you think — a gadget worth pursuing, or is investing in a strong lock a better strategy? We’d love to hear your thoughts on BikeSpike as much as the developers would like you to help fund their project…just leave comments below.

A tip of the ol’ foam dome to longtime reader/commenter Raiyn Storm for pointing this out to us.

National Bike Month in May

Well, we’re a week into National Bike Month here in the U.S….at least for states that choose to celebrate in May (as opposed to, say, March. I’m talking about YOU, Florida). Great things are happening all over the country, from bike-safety clinics, to free commuter breakfasts, to neighborhood tours, “commuter trains”, and a thousand other events.

Want to find out what sort of events are going on in YOUR corner of the U.S.? The League of American Bicyclists has you covered…with their handy event finder. Simply visit the link, type in your city, state or ZIP code and voila…a smorgasbord of events to choose from!

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Ride strong and ride safe, and don’t forget to spread the word…two wheels is not only good for you, for your wallet, and for the environment, but it’s also a blast. If you have any special events you’d like to get out the word on, please leave details in the comment box below.

Running red lights in Portland…a novel video “experiment”

This is from a couple months ago…and it’s been kicking around in my inbox.

Basically, Joseph Rose of the Oregonian asks, “does it really save bike commuters any time if they run red lights?” Read the full article by clicking here, and watch the video below.

The author raises some good points — the best being “winning the hearts and minds” of fellow road users (other cyclists and motorists) by adhering to the laws. The article (and video) is worth a look.