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Car Free Day from Riga, Latvia

Utility Cycling Blog - Tue, 21/10/2014 - 05:56

Annual World Car Free Day occurs each year on September 22. It’s a global call to give up your car and get out on bike or by foot. Although this year’s car free day has come and gone, there are still remnants of inspiration floating around the web. Take for example, the video below from Riga, Latvia. I’m not sure what I love most about this video: the guy riding in the rain in his suits while smoking a cigarette, the car scaffolding surrounding the bikes, or the guy eating a sandwich on his bike. Whatever the case, you’ll surely enjoy this one!

CAR FREE DAY. Latvia from VFS FILMS on Vimeo.

Via Velo Mondial.


Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 27/09/2014 - 04:25

Bikelash. That doesn’t exactly sound like a pleasant experience. But what does bikelash mean? According to this recent post from Streetfilms, bikelash is a phenomenon whereby the media defaults to talking about bicycle issues in a negative way. You know, blame the victim dialogue or framing bicycle issues automatically in a negative way. But in the Streetfilms video below, a number of different people from cities around the US discuss how they deal with bikelash, how bikelash is changing, and even how bikelash can be seen as a good thing when it’s one of the stages of social change. Check it out.

Talking About Bikelash In Your City from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Bike Lane Buffer Zone

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 13/09/2014 - 05:21

Bike lane buffer zones are becoming increasingly popular as a way of protecting cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists alike. A buffered bike lane is one that is already separated from regular traffic and parking. A bike lane buffer zone is a zone between the parking or travel areas for cars where motorists can safely get in and out of their cars without encountering cyclists in the bike lane. Streetfilms recently had a nice post and video about why this extra space is great for all types of road users and provides some encouragement for how these will become commonplace in the future. Check it out! Does your city have any buffered bike lanes and bike lane buffer zones?

“Floating Parking” & Bike Buffer Zone in Separated Bike Lanes from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

How Do Your Kids Get to School?

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 16/08/2014 - 02:10

It’s that time of the year: back to school!  And for many parents, that means more time spent in the car taking their kids to and from school and other activities.  Rates of kids walking and biking to school have been steadily declining from 50% in 1969 to just 13% in 2009 according to the video below by Streetfilms.  In an effort to inspire parents to change that, Streetfilms put together a great compilation of videos about places where kids walking and biking to school is a totally normal, fun, and empowering activity!  Check out the post here and the video below.  And hopefully you’ll be inspired to walk and bike with your kids to school this year!

STREETFACTS #4: Children Have Lost the Freedom to Roam from STREETFILMS on Vimeo.

Pop-Up Bike Lane

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 26/07/2014 - 07:34

Summer and fall are the perfect times for doing a little bike advocacy where you live.  One option might be to work with your local city to install a “Pop Up” bike lane like the one in the video below.  Andrew Kuncel and a group of volunteers in Minneapolis put one up in part of the city, and it was a huge success.  A pop up bike lane is basically just a temporary, separated bike lane that provides a safe area for bicyclists to ride away from traffic and pedestrians.  And if the idea works like they suggest, it could have the effect of making your city want to install permanent ones when they see how successful it is.  Check it out and maybe try it for your own city or neighborhood!

Bikeways for Everyone-HD 720p from Knowble Media on Vimeo.

Via Streetsblog.

A Skirt Solution for Cycling

Utility Cycling Blog - Sat, 19/07/2014 - 06:08

Ladies, this one is for you.  If you’ve ever found yourself bike commuting in a skirt, surely you’ve experienced the simultaneously refreshing and utterly terrifying experience of your skirt lifting up when it catches the right current of air.  Or you’ve awkwardly tried to mount and dismount without flashing all passersby.  Well fret no more, as a group of brilliant women have devised an incredibly simple solution.  It’s called Penny in Yo Pants.  Admittedly, I was initially baffled as to what that might mean, but check out the video below, and you’ll be an expert in no time.  Happy cycling in a skirt!  And thanks Penny in Yo Pants!

Penny In Yo Pants from Johanna Holtan on Vimeo.

uploading maps to garmin 500???

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Mon, 26/11/2012 - 17:35

hi all here is a noob question.... i do believe i can upload maps to my edge 500 on garmin connect?? Am i right??? cause i cant figure it out... is it simple??? 

Wiggle newby!

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Mon, 26/11/2012 - 14:30

Hi Guys,

Just wondering if Wiggle's estimated shipping times are usually correct? I've never used the site before and I'm starting to get more into cycling, so I thought I'd jump on some of the good Christmas specials they have going at the moment. I've snapped up some good bargains (I think), can't wait for them to get here! PS(sorry if this topic has been covered before)



camera GPS problem

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sun, 25/11/2012 - 19:36

Need help working out GPS in camera.

Last year camera was indicating Brisbane landmark when on the Gold Coast. When the tour coach returned to Brisbane, the camera thought it was on the Gold Coast. Does not help when taking photos of cycling facilities.…

Plain stupid - bum slap

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sun, 25/11/2012 - 18:44
Another idiot ....

... http://www.smh.com.au/victoria/cyclist-breaks-collarbone-after-bum-slap-20121125-2a17a.html

You wonder how some motorists think ... Clearly they have not been on a bike

Gully Grinders Sun 25th Hills Ride

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sun, 25/11/2012 - 17:32

I don't know if it's the hot weather or I just need to get fitter but today’s ride seemed harder than i was expecting.

6 of us pedalled along a different group of roads from our normal Sunday outings. Micheal Smyth showed us a few of "the roads less travelled" and then some.

If i was guessing it seemed like we went bombing down Grove Rd. and then climbed early only to descend so we could go up another steeper climb.

There wasn't much traffic out on these roads so the…

Bike mechanic wanted

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sun, 25/11/2012 - 14:55

I am time-poor (and also, if I am honest, a little unsure of my own abilities as a bike mechanic).

I have purchased (from Euro BikeParts, USA) a new Dura-Ace compact crankset, bottom bracket, 11-28 cluster and chain, but because I am in the middle of moving house I can't find the time to fit them to my beloved Specialized Roubaix Pro.

Is there a willing bike mechanic - in the inner southern suburbs, preferably, who could do the job for me?  Obviously, I am willing to pay - but…

SSRC P and L Ride Report - Penney's Hill and Aldinga

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sat, 24/11/2012 - 22:16

The SSRC L and P rides both left from McLaren Vale today, heading for Silver Sands at Aldinga. The L ride took our more usual route and the P ride took a new route (route here) which sent our riders up Penney's Hill, along the Range, down Willunga Hill and out towards the sea - essentially following part of the Tour Down Under route but doing it backwards.

I'm starting to feel like a new teacher at a school, where all…

Cycling on the road and the law - $110 fines!

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Sat, 24/11/2012 - 20:27


I was riding away from Woodside this evening (towards Lobethal) when I was pulled over by a traffic cop.

He asked me why I was riding on the road. He then gave me a 'friendly warning' that it is an offence not to use a bicycle lane when provided. A discussion ensued, whereupon he produced a copy of the road traffic code, stating that a $110 fine applies when a rider fails to use a bicycle lane when one is provided.

Obviously, there is no bicycle lane there, but the…

Name this bike part

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Thu, 04/10/2012 - 10:50

Another in our series of name this bike part.

This one comes new from Trak Cycles, The Parade, Norwood.

Maybe it's obvious, maybe it's not. If you get it and want one they are available from Trak for $29.95

Although Trak Cycles are a…

Moron Motorist

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Thu, 04/10/2012 - 10:09

Just had an email from a good mate. He was out riding with his girlfriend near Mylor  when a couple of bozzos in a Commodore with P plates buzzed them and the passenger leant out and whacked my friends gf on the backside. My friend got a nice photo of the car as it sped off and reported the incident to the Stirling Police Station. Turns out the driver is a known offender and the vehicle is unregistered.

My friend didnt say what colour the car is but Im betting its the same bozzos in…

VÉLO-PORTE will be launching in Adelaide in November 2012.

Adelaide Cyclists discussions - Wed, 03/10/2012 - 23:28

VÉLO-PORTE will be launching in Adelaide in November 2012.

We will provide performance road bike rental in the Adelaide area for both locals and visitors alike.

Our vision is simple:

We want to connect with cyclists that are looking to hire fantastic bikes to ride on beautiful, easily accessible roads.

We are currently finalising our fleet and product packages but would love to hear from…

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