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Ride the City - Santiago, Chile

Image from www.bicicultura.cl/

In early 2010, we were contacted by Bicicultura, a Chilean nonprofit started in 2006 with a mission to promote a new culture that emphasizes human-powered transport: walking, bicycle riding, skating, wheel chairs, tricycles. Now, eight months later, we are happy to announce Ride the City - Santiago, the capital of Chile with over six million people. Later we plan to continue to expand to other cities in Chile.

This is our first rollout to South America. The data behind Ride the City - Santiago, Chile is based on Open Street Map, the volunteer effort to map the world.

Ride the City - Vancouver Metro

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Image from http://vorg.ca

Nine months ago we brought Ride the City across the Canadian border with the start of Ride the City - Toronto. Today we're happy to launch our second Canadian city: Vancouver, B.C.

Ride the City - Vancouver comprises all the cities within a distance of about 40 miles, including Richmond, New Westminster, Burnaby, Port Moody, Port Coquitlam, Pitt Meadows, Surrey, Delta, Langley, White Rock, and even Victoria! By the way, if you'd like the map to start out centered in Victoria, just use this address: ridethecity.com/victoria.

Lock it or Lose it Competition

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Reposted from http://www.goinggoingbike.com

We all love our bikes. Lots and lots! There are few worse feelings than coming back to find a broken lock and your bike missing. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of bicycles get nicked by bike thieves every year.

NY Times - Bicycles section

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At Ride the City, we're interested in promoting safe transportation by bicycle, and we’re always looking for innovative ways to encourage people to ride their bikes. Recently, we had a new idea for another way to do that: Replace the New York Times Automobiles section with a Bicycling section once a year. That would be just one week devoted to bicycles and bicycling—the remaining 51 weeks would continue to be devoted to cars. See our rough mock-up below for an idea of what the section might look like.

A Focus on NYC

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Great video on the many steps NYC is taking to become a world class city, including for bicyclists.

This comes from EMBARQ's video series: Cities in Focus.

Ride the City - Portland

Lots of people talk about Portland, Oregon as one of the cities on the leading edge of urban planning and most things good for city living. They'll cite its walkability, its focus on downtown living (revitalized waterfront and light rail), and investment in bicycle transportation. For all of Portland's bicyclists, we're happy to launch Ride the City - Portland, which will give bicycle riders in Portland, Beaverton, Tigard, Tualatin, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Milwaukie, and Vancouver, WA, one more option for finding a safe way to get from one place to another by bicycle. Our goal is to provide all bicyclists a free, useful resource to help break down one of the barriers to urban bicycling: knowing how to get around safely.

Toronto bike share (Bixi) ramping up

Bike share is slowly gaining attention in many cities as municipalities struggle to find better ways to get people around and to promote sustainable transport. To hear a perspective from our Canadian neighbors, here's a recent post from Herb van den Dool of Toronto, where 1000 bike share members are required to sign up before the system is in place:

Bixi

NY Bike Jumble: flea market, dance, film

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NYBikeJumble
Just got a tip from Harry at New York Bike Jumble. This Sunday you have a great opportunity to pick up bicycling gear, in addition to joining in on the dance party or watching some film after dark. Here you go:

3rd Ward - Bike Mechanics Classes

3rd WardEvery now and again we all have to face the ugly reality of bike problems like flat tires and gears that don't work. It's easy when you can go to a good bike shop nearby but at some point it's great to know how to do it yourself.

Well, here's your chance to get on the ball. 3rd Ward, a Brooklyn organization that's committed to spreading bike love, is a member-based design center that holds over 100 different classes every season, including circuitry, crafts, web design, photography and woodworking, all are open to the public.

Recycled bikes: art and goods

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Got a nice tip today. Etsy's got tons of bicycle-related goods. My tipster brought me to a crafts person who makes bike art and goods from recycled bicycle materials: Rebicyclist. Here's a belt made from an old tire that you can pick up for $30 on Etsy. Recycled bike tire belt

In addition to belts, Rebicyclist makes key chains, buckles, and art, all made in the sweet city of Portland, OR.

I searched a bit more on Etsy (keyword "bike") and found a whole bunch of bike goods: T-shirts, posters, bags, coasters, note cards, etc... Here's the link to that "bike" search and some images (linked) to what you'll see there:

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