Monday, November 29, 2010

Bicycling to Work: Up Threefold in Some Cities (NPR)

Courtesy National Public Radio;

Zac Visco for NPR
National Geographic Society CEO John Fahey (left), pictured with Cole Ingraham, has a long-standing invitation for his employees to join him for a lunchtime bike ride.

Cycling Culture 
If you bike to work in Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, Chicago or San Francisco, you're part of a boom. Cycling has at least tripled over the past two decades in these — and other — big cities across the U.S.
"It's almost like a snowball effect," says researcher John Pucher of Rutgers University. "People see other people cycling and they say, 'Wow!' " As part of a three-year research project for the U.S. Department of Transportation, Pucher has completed a preliminary report that documents the increase in biking in nine major North American cities.
"It's almost become a cultural phenomenon," Pucher says. "It's become the 'in' thing to do." For many city dwellers, it's a money saver, a time saver and a way to sneak in daily exercise.
Research shows that the extra physical activity that people get from walking and biking to work or school is not offset by less recreational activity.
"[Active commuters] actually double the amount of their total physical activity," says Pucher. And as a result, Pucher says cities with lots of "active" commuters tend to be healthier. The most recent evidence comes from a study Pucher and his colleagues published in the American Journal of Public Health.
They found that the U.S. cities with the highest rates of walking and cycling to work have obesity rates that are 20 percent lower and diabetes rates that are 23 percent lower — compared with U.S. cities with the lowest rates of walking and cycling.

Another renter!

Thank you to Bill Baker for becoming the newest owner of a quarter-mile along the Battery2Beach route!  

We're thankful to everyone who has shown Charleston Moves their undying support by purchasing a portion of the route!

There are 43 spots left up for grabs!  If you're still considering renting one, why not give it to someone as a Christmas gift.

Happy holidays!

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Renters Name for Listing

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What Do You Think of These Bike Racks?

A year ago while travelling, I saw what impressed me as a fabulous idea for a bicycle rack.  It graphically demonstrated how many bicycles could fit into the space occupied by an auto.  I couldn'd find them right away and asked for help from Scott Parker at DesignWorks.  
Christophe Drumain of DesignWorks found them right away.
These examples aren't the most elegant, but the thought is still worthy...

Reactions??  Could something like this work in Charleston??

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Bike Right Flyers Blanket CofC Neighborhood

From John Glover, Charleston Bicycle Company:
Friday's flyer hand out was a success.  Five of us handed out about a 100 Bike Right flyers.  In addition to the Coastal Cyclists and Charleston Moves volunteers we were joined by Councilman Seekings, City of Charleston Officers Cotanza, Wilson and Paul and City of Charleston Director of Plannng Tim Keane. 

The cyclists we talked to were very receptive.  I spent most of my time at the St. Phillip's and Calhoun intersection.  This is a great spot to talk to cyclists.  The big Bike Right logo on the flyer really gets peoples attention.  Everyone likes bikes so they are interested to see what the literature is about.  I also told them that this was part of an effort to get more bike facilities.  They all liked that idea. I also had a CARTA DASH driver and a C of C public safety officer ask for flyers.  They too were positive about the effort being made yesterday.  

I'd also like to thank Chief Mullen for his support. 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Updated Battery2Beach Map

Only 44 spots remain on the Battery2Beach Route!  A HUGE thank you to all of our donors thus far!  We can not make the route safer for cyclists without everyone's help and we truly appreciate all of the support that we have received!

Happy cycling!

It's your turn to help!  Here's how:

What's your type of bike?
Renters Name for Listing

Two New Beach Cruisers!

Rent the Route is continuing in full swing!  A thank you and congratulations is in order to Dan Hoke and Chuck Hassold for becoming the two newest renters on the Battery2Beach Route!  With everyone's help we will be able to help make the route a safe and enjoyable place to ride!

Would you like to be the next person to donate to B2B?
Here's how:

What's your type of bike?
Renters Name for Listing

Monday, November 1, 2010

50 spots rented!

What a weekend!  Five new Beach Cruisers donated to the Rent the Route campaign!  Su Saye, Sandy Fowler, Wesley Chumley, Dr. David Ploth (RiverRats) and Cathy Nixon Heibel have become the newest renters on the Battery2Beach route.  A HUGE thank you for all the donations!

Only 46 spots left...will you be our next renter?

What's your type of bike?
Renters Name for Listing