Cyclists are a diverse group. Some of us ride fat tires down rocky trails, some of us ride road bikes up burly hills, some of us ride for sport and some of us ride just for fun. Some ride for the adrenaline rush and some ride their bikes for basic transportation. But all of us can take advantage of the healthy benefits of cycling, even if we never ever buy a single item made from spandex.
A stray dog nicknamed "Xiaosa" has been following a team of cyclists for 20 days along Sichuan-Tibet Highway. The cyclists said she has given them encouragement all the way to Tibet, and are planning to bring her to their hometown in Central China's Hubei Province.
It’s more than 1,800 kilometers from Sichuan to Tibet. Xiaosa and her new masters made their way all by themselves. During the 20-day trip, Xiaosa ran 50 to 60 kilometers every day and never fell behind.
Xiao Yong, a cyclist, said, "At present it runs 60 km by the farthest, just uphill."
Hundreds of green bicycles are parked at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, as 960 of them await riders at Vermilion Steps Bridge (DanBiQiao) for the New Year countdown ceremony, Dec 29, 2011. (CFP Photo)
KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today he hopes to turn Penang into the most bicycle-friendly state within the next five years.
|A bicycle repairer strokes his dog inside a storage box on his tricycle as he waits for his customer in Beijing November 24, 2011. [Photo/Agencies]|
By Evelyn Choo | Posted: 05 November 2011 2306 hrs
Bicycle abuse isn’t something you’d expect from the Dutch. But engineers in the Netherlands who love bikes enough to hurt them are challenging long-held beliefs about how a moving bike keeps its balance even when slapped, shoved or otherwise insulted.
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A salesman at an electric bicycle shop in Beijing cleans his new bikes outside the west gate of Tsinghua University. The ban on electric bicycles in Shenzhen might affect the industry. Zhu Xingxin / China Daily
Shenzhen, in Guangdong province, is often acclaimed for its pioneering spirit. As China's first special economic zone, it was transformed from a small fishing village into a major national economic hub.
Now it is making another pioneering move - banning electric bicycles, often referred to as e-bikes, from most of its streets. No small task considering the city has 500,000 e-bike owners.
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Public bicycle initiative kicks off in Guangzhou
Guangzhou launched its public bicycle initiative on June 22, providing rental bicycles at 18 locations along the BRT route from Huajing New Town to Keyun Lu. Local residents can pay rentals with their "Yongcheng Tong" e-payment cards, while visitors with valid identification papers can rent a bicycle by depositing 300 yuan into a "member service card". A bicycle rented can be returned to any of the 18 locations.
Doctors are applauding members of the Northern Ireland assembly for voting in favour of a bill to make the wearing of cycle helmets compulsory.
The British Medical Association believes it is a great way to prevent injuries and save lives.
But opponents say such a move could be detrimental to the nation's health, arguing it will put people off using their bike and getting much-needed exercise.
So who is right when you look at the available evidence?
The most obvious reason to wear a helmet is that doing so protects you in the event of an accident. But by how much?
Back in 2001, Australian experts set out to determine just this by trawling medical literature published in the past decade.
More and more people have turned to cycling as a sport or mode of transportation in the past few years. And it’s all for the better – our body certainly benefits from the cardio workout and the earth could use a little less pollution caused by motor vehicles.
Study correlates walking, cycling and obesity levels
A transportation expert says the United States could solve part of its obesity problem by making it easier for people to bike or walk where they need to go.
BESUT: “Grandpa” bicycles, a popular mode of transport in the past, is making a comeback here after a group of cycling enthusiasts formed a club to relive the good old days.
Antique brands like Raleigh, New Hudson, British Soldier, Hercules and Robinhood were procured and refurbished by 30 members of the club, comprising mostly villagers from Kampung Pulau Panjang here.
They named their club “Antique Bicycle Club,” which was launched by Jerteh assemblyman Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh on Friday.
Club president Suhaimi Yatim said the 30 members would be cycling around the village and even to the nearby Jerteh town.
- World Bicycle Relief has distributed 30,000 bikes in Zambia
- One headmaster says they are more valuable than cars
- School roll has increased from 300 to 867 since bikes were given to pupils
Bicycles in Zambia are more valuable than a vehicle
--Michael Gogolola, headteacher
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By S Ramesh | Posted: 12 September 2010 1631 hrs
But in the Netherlands, it will almost always be the motorist who is held primarily responsible, even if they broke no road rules. Does that seem crazy to you? Read on.
One of my most proud lifestyle choices back in Australia was the fact that I was a near fulltime bicycle commuter. My Surly Long Haul Trucker wasn’t just a toy, it was a fully equipped day to day workhorse that was used for shopping, getting around, travelling to and from work, weekend leisure rides and anything else I threw at it.
So proud was I of the fact that I’d managed to delegate the car to just ‘going out at night’ trips on the weekend or getting around with a girlfriend, that I decided to bring my bicycle with me to Taiwan.
The aim of course being to replicate my self reliance and lack of dependency on petrol to get around.
Cyclists join hands to demand bike lanes
The Bicycle Congress of Indonesia (KSI) urged the government Friday to provide cyclists with bicycle lanes and other supporting facilities in Jakarta as well as other cities around the country.
“The number of cyclists, as well as their communities, are growing rapidly. We need to be recognized and we need safety and facilities on the road,” KSI chairman Syahrul Effendi said at the opening of the three-day event.
The congress is being held at the Hotel Sultan in Central Jakarta and is being attended by 200 cycling communities from across Indonesia.
A revolution of cycling underway in London
By Sun Wei in London
Red double-decker buses, black taxis, those roundel underground logos and … bicycle rentals?
London's iconic transportation system has added another mode of public transport to its repertoire, and Mayor Boris Johnson hopes it willhelps turn the capital into a "cyclized" city.
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By Shaffiq Alkhatib | Posted: 11 July 2010 1505 hrs
The world's largest mobile phone maker Nokia has unveiled a bicycle-powered charger for mobile phone, according to a statement released by the Finnish company on Thursday.
The bicycle charger kit consists of a charger and dynamo, as well as a holder to secure the phone to the bike. When the kit is installed, the dynamo -- a small electrical generator -- uses the movement of the wheels to charge the handset through the standard 2mm charging jack used in most Nokia mobile phones.
The kit will charge the phone when bicycle speed is between 6 kilometers and 50 kilometers per hour. A 10-minute journey at 10 kilometers per hour produces around 28 minutes of talk time or 37 hours of standby time.
PENANG, May 14 (Bernama) -- A Japanese national cyclist, Ryohei Oguchi, 29, to fulfill his dream of going around the world has arrived in this state after going through five countries.
Oguchi, who works as a financial advisor in Japan, began his journey in 2007 and has travelled in Taiwan, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Singapore before arriving here.
According to Ryohei, his desire to cycle and see the world was developed when he was still in school and he had to save for four years for the adventure.
The gradguate of Tokyo University expects to complete his world-wide journey by 2015.
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Somalia deports Chinese cyclist
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Lee Yue Zhong said he was disappointed not to reach Mogadishu
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A Chinese cyclist has been forced to put the brakes on a 12-year world tour, after officials in Somalia deported him for not having the right documents.
Cycling enthusiasts gather at a Shanghai basketball court before an alleycat race. Provided to China Daily
A grassroots movement to rediscover the bicycle has spawned alleycat racing in China, which dovetails neatly with Shanghai's plan to green the city for Expo 2010 and promote bike use, Matt Hodges reports from Shanghai
Tyler Bowa moved to Shanghai last year to teach English, not spark a revolution or redesign the social fabric of a hyperactive youth culture that is starting to go nuts for bikes.
Things just panned out that way.
Last year, more than 1,500 summonses were issued by the police to cyclists for violating traffic rules. Of these, about 700 were for illegal riding along the footways of roads - a six-fold increase from 115 in 2008. Cycling on the footways of roads is an offence, except in Tampines town. First-time offenders may be fined up to $1,000 or jailed up to three months. -- ST PHOTOS: KEVIN LIM
Free bicycles integrated into urban transport strategy
The Tourism Bureau is planning an international “Taiwan Cycling Festival” in late 2010, which the bureau hopes will attract between 100,000 and 300,000 cyclists from around the globe.
The proposed 200-kilometer racing route will start from Shoufeng or Cisingtan in Hualien County and end at Luye in Taitung County, said the bureau.
“President Ma loves sports, and hopes people in Taiwan can do the same,” said Tsai Hsung-hsiung, minister of the Council for Economic Planning and Development. The plan has been proposed to the president, and will be discussed in detail next week, Tsai said.
This year’s RFID(Radio Frequency ID)/USN Korea, the country’s annual expo of RFID technology, featured two proposed bicycle sharing programs for “greener” transportation in major Korean cities.
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Staff writer Edan Corkill rolled up with his camera to last weekend's 40-km "Tokyo City Cycling 2009" event to celebrate the joys — and utility — of urban bicycling, and asked participants how often they ride, where they like to ride and how they think bike-riding in Japan could be made safer.
Taipei - Taiwan Giant Inc plans to launch a travel agency to promote bike tourism , a newspaper reported Tuesday.
Giant Co. invited Cycle Taiwan to attend the launch press conference of the U-Bike. What is U-Bike? In essence it is a public bike hire program in Taipei City. It is also much more than that.
Washington, Aug 29 (ANI): US President Barack Obama has sparked a controversy after being pictured helmetless during a bike ride on Martha’s Vineyard.
The move, which took place on August 27, has been seen as a bad example by most.
“Yes, I know, President Obama is on a vacation, riding a bike, at a slow cadence, so what if he is not wearing a helmet, right?” Politico.com quoted Martha Castro, a California doctor, as having written on her website.
While Josh Loposer, wrote on Babble.com, a website for parents, “Truly despicable isn’t it? What kind of example is he setting for the nation’s youth?”
President Ma Ying-jeou said Saturday that Taiwan should consider staging Taiwan and turn the country into a nation of cycling lovers.
SINGAPORE: From falling tree branches to falling cyclists
Land Transport Authority (LTA) hopes to get private vendors to operate an islandwide bicycle rental system
BEIJING - China's Vice Minister of Construction, Qiu Baoxing, has lashed out at city authorities in the capital for making it harder for cyclists to get around, saying the country should retain its title as the "kingdom of bicycles".
He made the remarks at the recent International Conference on China's City Planning and Development, which his ministry, the Chinese Society of Urban Studies, organized.
Qiu noted that the number of motor vehicles on China's roads rose by 20 times between 1978 and 2004 and their numbers could increase fivefold again by 2020. In 2004 there were 27 million
motor vehicles in the country and that number could reach 130 million in 15 years, he said.
Of all the things that have changed in China over the past 30 years, transportation has undergone one of the most obvious of transformations. Where city streets once swarmed with bicycles, they are now full of automobiles. Cars clog intersection and expressways. Their exhaust clouds the sky and the air is full of the sound of horns.
TAIPEI, Taiwan – Despite the fact that compared to the same time last year the price for, for instance, aluminium dropped by about 50%, the prices for Taiwan made and exported to Europe bicycles are on the rise. This results in more and more importers in Europe complaining.
A much heard comment is that Taiwan makers are trying to compensate the drop in the number of exported bikes with higher prices. A trend confirmed by the latest statistics from the Taiwan Bicycle Exporters’ Association (TBEA).
ROAD signs to prevent heavy vehicles from using a shortcut from Tanjung Bungah to Mount Erskine Road through the winding and narrow Jalan Lembah Permai-Jalan Fettes in Penang have been erected to warn the drivers to avoid the route.
On the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia, next year's crop of bicycles is being watered by Benjamin Banda.
"We planted this bamboo last year," he says, "and now the stems are taller than me. When it's ready we'll cut it, cure it and then turn it into frames."
Mr Banda, is the caretaker for Zambikes, a company set up by two Californians and two Zambians which aimed to build bikes tough enough to handle the local terrain.
Co-founder Vaughn Spethmann, 24, recalls how it all started with a game of football.
SEOUL: Bicycles are back in South Korea to help fight against congested roads and pollution.
The South Korean government is promoting bicycles as part of its green growth strategy.
Sohn Jae Kyung has been riding his bicycle to work for the last three years.
He said: "This form of transport is healthy and economically beneficial to me. I think there are many advantages to this."
It takes him one hour and 20 minutes to get to work on a bicycle, saving him about 20 minutes every day. It also saves him money.
Come Ride with CM on the 18/10/2009 is finally ON !
G Club together with Rotary Club of Tanjung Bungah will be organising this big event !
Targeting 500 cyclists there will be 3 categories of ride-
1) Family rides about 10 km from Town Hall Esplanade to Gurney drive and back
2) Teluk Bahang rides - about 50 km ride from Town Hall to Teluk Bahang and back
3) Round island ride - 80 km which we target on outstation and riders from Singapore and Thailand
Email communication by leader of G CLub Dr Lim with YB Law 12/6/2009...
Hello YB Law,
My name is Mr Lim Seh Guan from the G Club Penang Cyclists. As per my discussion with Ms Carolyn Ooi, your personal assistant, I am now duly writing in to you to highlight you on our event.
We a group of avid cyclists who are in the midst of organizing a big bicycle ride, hopefully exceeding 500 riders and the CM will then have to come ride with us. This was the challenge that was given to us during our presentation to YB Chow and YB Lydia Ong at the KOMTAR office recently. We also had a recent press conference regarding this event at the G hotel.
Press Conference at G Hotel as reported by local newspaper