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20-year study in New York sees huge decline in fatalities and injuries and cycling numbers rise

From CyclingWeekly.com

The more people that ride bikes, the safer that riding a bike becomes: that’s the finding of a new study looking at cycling in New York City over a 20-year period.

The study, which was carried out by the New York Department of Transport, found levels of cycling fatalities and injuries falling as the number of cyclists on the city’s streets increased, with the safety improvement being particularly stark on roads with cycling facilities and areas covered by the city’s bike-share scheme.

 Between 1996-2001, 51 million trips were made by bike in the city, rising to 134 million in 2011-2015. Over the same period the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured nearly halved, meaning that 292 riders were killed or seriously injured per 100 million trips in 2011-2015, compared to 1,072 in 1996-2001.

This “safety in numbers” effect was particularly noticeable in certain areas where the city’s authorities had invested in cycling.

For example, the number of cyclists killed or seriously injured declined by 17 per cent in just one year in areas covered by the city’s Citi Bike bike-share scheme, despite a large increase in the number of trips made.

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A bucket list ride for Mountain Bikers – Legendary biking on North Dakota’s Maah Daah Hey trail

From News-Journal.com

 

MEDORA, N.D. — For mountain bikers, North Dakota’s Maah Daah Hey Trail is such a treasure that people come from all over to experience it.

I drove with friends more than 1,000 miles (1,600 km) to ride 100-plus miles (160 km) of the single-track trail, which is no wider than a bike. And we weren’t the only non-Dakotans traveling long distances to do it. We met folks from Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Denver, Montana and Wyoming.

The MDH is located where the Great Plains meet the Badlands. To use North Dakota’s state slogan, it’s legendary. It connects the northern and southern units of Theodore Roosevelt National Park in the western part of the state.

With elevation changes of over 10,000 feet (3,000 meters), only the fiercest of athletes complete the trail in one day, usually for the annual MDH 100 race (this year, Aug. 5). We opted for a multi-day, self-supported trip. That’s the essence of bikepacking — or backpacking by bike.

Within the first hour of leaving the northern trailhead, we knew we’d be tested by the rugged landscape. The unrelenting climbs, sheer cliffs along the exposed layers of the Badlands, switchback descents and grassy plateaus with panoramic views were going to be our repeating scenery for three days.

 

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Your chance to become a professional cyclist with Dimension Data and Zwift

From Cyclist.co.uk

 

Have you ever watched the pros and thought you could do that? Well, if you are under the age of 23, you may have your chance.

After the success of the women’s Zwift academy – in which amatuer rider Leah Thorvilson outrode 1,200 competitors to earn a one year contract with women’s WorldTour team Canyon-SRAM – Zwift have partnered up with Dimension Data to launch the men’s Zwift academy.

With the academy now open, phase one will see an estimated 5,000 graduates complete a six week structured training programme.

Beyond that, ten U23 riders will be selected to complete an additional two weeks of training.

Finally, three finalists will be invited to the Dimension Data for Qhubeka training camp in Cape Town in November, with the eventual winner being offered the chance to rider for the Dimension Data Continental Squad in 2018.

Besides the professional contract on offer, all graduates will unlock charitable donations to Qhubeka funded by Zwift.

Zwift has also pledged to fund 500 Qhubeka Bikes with the view to provide more.

Dimension Data Team Principal Doug Ryder recognises that this a great opportunity not only to find undiscovered talent but also spread the Qhubeka message.

 

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One can dream – 10 Road Bikes that crack $10k

From CNBC.com

Room for just one person, no engine, and you can forget about storage space.

With that description, you might think twice about parting with a chunk of your annual salary for a modern day road bike.

However, many cycling enthusiasts aren’t shy about paying close to £10,000 ($13,000) for the latest in two-wheel technology. Even when that amount of money could buy you a brand new 2017 car, such as the U.K.-listed Dacia Sandero (£5,995) or the Nissan Versa sedan in the U.S. ($12,825).

CNBC takes a look at some of the more expensive bicycles currently on the market.

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The Tour de Big Bear is Saturday, Aug. 5

Tour de Big Bear invites you to join us for the ride voted Southern California’s Favorite Ride!

Escape the summer heat, and ride the spectacular scenery and cool high altitude environment of Big Bear Lake… The Cycling Capital of Southern California and recently ranked #1 Weekend Getaway City in the United States by Expedia!

 

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The Tour of Utah aka “America’s Toughest Stage Race™” makes its third start in the iconic red rock country of southern Utah

From Bicycling.com

SALT LAKE CITY (June 13, 2016) – Detailed race routes and stage maps were unveiled today for all seven days of the 2016 Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah men’s professional cycling stage race, August 1-7. The 704-mile course will include 52,951 vertical feet of climbing for 16 of the best men’s cycling teams in the world, solidifying the event as “America’s Toughest Stage Race.™” The race will pass adjacent to or through two national parks, two national monuments, four national forests and two state parks, with the overall start at Zion Canyon Village in southern Utah and the overall finish in Park City to the north.

The Tour of Utah course will feature more than 700 miles of racing for the third time in its 12-year history. A 2.HC-rated stage race sanctioned by the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the Tour of Utah will give prominence to a total of 13 Utah Office of Tourism King of the Mountain climbs and 14 Utah Sports Commission Sprint lines. Detailed maps and videos for race week are now available at the official web site, www.tourofutah.com.

Returning to the Tour for the first time since 2013 is the Stage 3 summit of Mount Nebo, the highest mountain in the Wasatch Range at 11,928 feet. Two of the historically toughest climbs of the Tour are back, classified as hors category (HC, or beyond classification)—the six-mile ascent of Little Cottonwood Canyon on the Stage 6 “Queen” Stage and the epic seven-mile incline to Empire Pass, with pitches reaching more than 20 percent.

Cycling is one way to produce cleaner air for everyone

From TheGuardian.com

Swapping cars for bikes, not diesel for electric, is the best route to clean air

Cycling can be a huge part of the fight to tackle city air pollution. Tim Burns of Sustrans explains how their Active Travel Toolbox can help us get there

The government’s air quality plan may make our air more breathable in the long run but it fails to tackle some of the biggest issues facing cities and towns in the UK, and more people on bikes are a huge part of the answer.

At the heart of the plan is a move to ban all new diesel and petrol vans and cars from 2040, alongside a range of measures to support the electric car market and retrofit existing vehicles. It remains to be seen if the plan will be an effective measure to improve air quality, but it is almost guaranteed that this will be another missed opportunity to think about how we move about and live in cities and towns.

Focusing on switching from diesel and petrol vehicles to electric will most likely result in people simply changing the type of heavy box that they drive around our towns and cities in. This should improve air quality as emissions reduce over the long term, but it will do nothing to solve congestion on our streets, and it is a missed opportunity to improve public health.

There is no clearer and bigger opportunity to help reduce air pollution than encouraging more people to ride bikes.

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Biking has become part of New York’s commuting culture as the city expands bike routes and Citi Bikes become ubiquitous

From The NYTimes.com

On one of Brooklyn’s busier commuter streets, bicycles now outnumber cars.

The two-wheelers glide down a bike lane on Hoyt Street, which links Downtown Brooklyn with thriving brownstone-lined neighborhoods. There are so many bikes during the evening rush that they pack together at red lights and spill out in front of cars.

It is the kind of bike hegemony that was once hard to imagine in New York City, where cars and taxis long claimed the streets and only hardened cyclists braved the chaotic traffic.

“New York has really become a biking world,” said Jace Rivera, 42, a former construction worker who so enjoyed riding his bike to work that he changed careers last year to become a bike messenger. “The city has gotten a lot more crowded, and the trains have gotten a lot more expensive. By biking, you spare yourself the crowds, you save a lot of money, and you can go to work on time.”

Biking has become part of New York’s commuting infrastructure as bike routes have been expanded and a fleet of 10,000 Citi Bikes has been deployed to more than 600 locations. Today there are more than 450,000 daily bike trips in the city, up from 170,000 in 2005, an increase that has outpaced population and employment growth, according to city officials. About one in five bike trips is by a commuter.

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Oregon just opened a 668-mile singletrack mountain bike trail

From GrindTV.com

Oregon has a new singletrack mountain bike trail that is the largest in the state. The Oregon Timber Trail is a 668-mile singletrack mountain bike trail that essentially spans the entirety of the state.

Starting in Hood River and extending south to the mines of Modoc County, California, the route projects to take 20 to 30 days to complete. The trail is broken into four tiers with 10 segments and took over 18 months to build. While the full trail has just officially opened, according to Willamette Weekly, only two people have completed the entire trail so far.

The Oregon Timber Trail is 91 percent unpaved and 51 percent singletrack, which means it’s a pretty serious mountain biking trail. The website suggests breaking the trail up into tiers and provides extensive information for those who wish to use any and all parts of the trail in their riding guide.

As the website says, “Riding the Oregon Timber Trail is a serious undertaking, both physically and logistically.”

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Wow, 100 mile Rides a month for 115 months

From SanLuisObispo.com

 

Cambria cyclist keeps pedaling those long distances

Fifteen months ago, in April 2016, Cambria cyclist Tom Parsons — referred to by some as “bionic” for his brutally long rides — completed the 100th straight month of taking 100-mile rides along the Central Coast. At that time, Parsons said in an interview he would continue the 100-mile bike rides “as long as my body will allow me to do it.”

In a West Village coffee house interview Sunday, July 23, after 15 additional monthly 100-mile rides had been completed, Parsons said that beginning in January 2018, he will undertake a kinder and gentler physical challenge for himself.

The 6-foot, 4-inch retired middle school teacher turns 70 in January. He said he will complete a 100-mile ride each month until January, but at that time he will lighten up the load.