I've perused the news from my Google news reader bundle and highlighted a few of the more interesting stories of the last two days.
Chicago Bike Angels: Let's Start This! Chi Bike Angels will connect aspiring cyclists with enthusiastic volunteers who will show them the ropes of city riding and most importantly, giving them the confidence and support they need to start. Visit the chainlink to find out more.
How The Dutch Got Such Great Bike Paths (Video). A thoughtfully executed, fully-functional urban bike path may be received as though it were a gift from the heavens to those city-dwellers among us who have come to embrace the cyclist's healthier commute -- but in reality, it is something more empowering than humbling: a gift to ourselves. Few nations on Earth have created such a usable system of bike lane infrastructure as has the Netherlands, home to the world's greatest number of cyclists, though it's all too easy to forget that it was the common will of the people that put them there. Read more at Tree Hugger. Read additional perspective at Brain Pickings.
Federal funding for bicycling: The challenges continue. The long-term status of federal transportation funding, including support for bicycling infrastructure, remains uncertain. Current funding is guided by a law called SAFETEA-LU that was originally approved in July 2005, expired in September 2009, and has been extended by Congress eight times since then. The latest extension expires March 31, 2012—making the next few months a crucial period for federal bicycling advocacy. Read more at Bikes Belong.
Chicago's Progressive Transportation Czar Gabe Klein featured on Urban Velo.
Bicycle icicles: Cold-weather riders pedal along Mc Henry County paths. For some hardy souls in McHenry County, it’s never too cold to ride a bicycle. “Cold is when I grow icicles in my beard,” Eberhard Veit said. “When the breath freezes in my beard, then it’s cold. But I still ride.” Read more at the Northwest Herald.
Bicycling and other exercise may help people with Parkinson's curb their symptoms. Well before sunup, Chuck Linderman launches his daily workout at the Alexandria boat house: 30 minutes pulling hard on a Concept 2 rowing machine, an equal stint lifting free weights and 30 minutes pedaling a stationary bike. He drives himself to sweaty, breathless exhaustion, for Linderman is training for the race of his life — a race against Parkinson’s disease. Read more at The Washington Post.
How to Not Get Your Bike Stolen. Let's just call this one, "tip of the day". Read more at The Santa Barbara Independent.
Keep riding and be safe!