Google Maps Adds Bicycle Directions!

A while ago, the Coalition had encouraged our members and supporters to sign a petition to Google, asking them to add bicycle directions to their popular mapping features. Today, at the 2010 National Bike Summit in Washington DC, they announced the launch of the newest Google Map feature!

This video shows how you can make it work for you:

Congrats to Google for listening to what it’s users had to say, and implementing a great feature to it’s maps! A special shout out to everyone who signed the petition requesting the bicycle directions too, it worked!

2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show

From February 26-28, the 2010 North American Handmade Bicycle Show was held in Richmond, Virginia. The show is a venue for the finest bicycle builders in North America to show off their latest creations to crowds of visitors. Take a look at some of the bikes on display this year in Virginia, and a little video about the event afterwards.

CyclingNews has a great series of articles/photos from the event as well, check it out online here.

impressive bicycle acrobatics

I have no idea what this is a competition for, but from the looks of these skills, I’d imagine the other competitors were equally impressive. The ability to do these stunts while maintaining momentum on a fixed gear is unreal!

the shweeb

this pedal powered monorail system was developed in New Zealand, by Geoff Barnett, about 10 years ago. currently, it is set up as a park-style ride, but Barnett’s original inception was as an individual form of transport for major cities. the idea is centered around a sustainable form of transit that provides people with an aerobic workout as well.

right now the shweeb is only in a park setting in New Zealand, but it’s concept is something reminiscent of a hyper-futuristic city, or the beginning title sequence of futurama:

bicycle moving day!

Saturday, February 20th, we moved our entire office by bike! A parade of 10 bicycles and trailers through downtown SLO to our new office on Pacific & Morro St. Get ready to see the Bike Coalition in a central downtown location, and in a neighborhood near you!


a very special thank you to everyone who came to help us haul everything from our old space to the new spot!

bike seesaw.

using the classic B33 brooks saddle, designer Ben Wilson has created a seesaw to commemorate the nearly 150 years of manufacturing. with the aluminum frame and clean lines, it is clearly modeled after a bicycle. anyone would be lucky to have this on their playground as a kid.

bike tire belt.

Julian Jarboska has devised a clever way to reuse your old bicycle tires, but turning them into your new favorite fashion accessory: a belt! By using a bunch of different types of tires and colors, these can soon be the perfect addition to your cycling wardrobe. Not to mention they’re just kind of fun.

SLO Bike Boulevard in the News

Our bike boulevard here in San Luis Obispo, located on Morro St downtown, is in the news on the Los Angeles Streetsblog! The bike boulevard has been established for almost 3 years, and the barriers were added a little over a year ago. The barriers give bicycles the ability to pass through, while cars are redirected towards side streets, drastically reducing the car traffic on the street.

photo: Drew Reed

If you have not already taken a ride on the Morro St/Bill Roalman Bike Boulevard, it is a great chance to feel empowered on your bicycle, with decreased car traffic on the street, it is a very safe, comfortable ride for all types of riders.  At the end of the street is a bike stop light sensor, allowing bicycles to have their own light at the Morro St & Santa Barbara St intersection. Simply place your bicycle on the marked sensors and see the bike light turn green for you to safely cross the busy intersection!

Special thanks to Drew Reed over at the LAStreets Blog for the SLO Bike Coalition shout out!