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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.

World class bike sharing comes to the DC area

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On September 20, the mayor of Washington, D.C., Adrian Fenty announced the launch of the largest bike sharing system in the U.S. With a plan for more than 1000 bikes in D.C. and Arlington, this is huge for D.C. and bike sharing in the U.S. You can sign up on the Capital Bikeshare website. They're offering annual subscriptions to the service for only $50 (rather than $75) for a limited time.


 

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:

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Ride the City map updates

IconsIf you're a regular user of Ride the City, you've probably already noticed the recent changes that we've rolled out on the map. Ride the City looks different and has some new features. There's been a lot going on so let's boil things down a bit...

New Icons: First off, we're really happy to have new icons! We were lucky to find Kelly Shea and James Spahr, avid bicyclists and graphic designers, to help us design icons that are sharp, colorful, and easier to grasp quickly. We began brainstorming in the springtime and came up with lots of great ideas; Kelly and James were very creative, professional, generous, and fun to work with. (We certainly recommend them if you need any design work.)

NY Bike Jumble: flea market, dance, film

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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:

Nice Riding around Minneapolis

On a recent trip to the Midwest, we had the opportunity to try out Minneapolis’s new bike share program, Nice Ride, and the awesome Midtown Greenway. As out-of-towners, all we needed for a one day subscription was a valid credit card. The bikes were comfortable and easy to ride, with adjustable seats, three gears, fenders, and a front basket complete with a built-in bungee cord. We rode around the city for about two hours and saw at least twelve Nice Ride stations, some just a few blocks away from each other. Had we wanted to use them, all had available docks for our bikes. And after our ride, we had a delicious brunch at the bike-friendly Birchwood Cafe. Yum!

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This week in Biking Jobs

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We launched a new service a few weeks ago called Biking Jobs. It's our hope that this will become a place where job seekers and business owners and managers in the world of biking can connect with one another.

We thought we'd highlight a few jobs that have have been posted during the past couple of weeks:

  • The Recyclery Collective, a Chicago-based non-profit is looking for a part-time bike mechanic to work 10 to 20 hours per week. Read more...
  • Alta Planning + Design, a Portland, Oregon-based consulting firm, is looking for a full-time planning manager to work on projects that help to create "more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly communities." Read more...
  • Bike & Roll in Washington D.C. is looking for a full-time or part-time bike mechanic to help maintain its fleet of 500 bicycles for its Bike the Sites service. Read more...
  • Transportation Alternatives -- a NYC-based non-profit that supports bikes, pedestrians and transit riders -- is looking for someone to help them build and design their website and other publications. Read more...

There are tons of other great jobs available on Biking Jobs, whether you're looking for work as a mechanic, non-profit manager, planner, or retail salesperson. 

Have a great weekend and stay cool!

RIde the City - Boston

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Ok, let's get straight to it. Just in time for sizzling summer rides, bicyclists now have another way to get around on bike in Boston: Ride the City - Boston www.ridethecity.com/boston! Our bike routing covers the City of Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Brookline, Newton, and Milton. (The dotted red line on the map shows the approximate boundary for routing.)

If you'd prefer to get your bike routes on the iPhone, the app's available in the iTunes Store. (To learn about the iPhone app's functionality, check out our recent blog post).

We'd like to thank Mike Brady and Steven Falcon for the hours of GIS spend to make this happen, Nicole Freedman, Director of Bicycle Programs, for her insightful input, and the many others who gave us early feedback.

If you're new to Ride the City, feel free to play around. If you create an account, you can rate any street in the city so that Ride the City's reflect your own preferences. Learn more about that, and other tools to make mapping fun and easy in our FAQs.

Have fun & ride safe.

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