Thursday, March 21, 2013
The Iowa City Bike Library is once again offering a course in basic bicycle repair. This course will provide you with an overview of all of the major systems on your bicycle, as well as familiarize you with the tools and procedures used to adjust those systems. Braking, shifting, bearing overhauls and adjustments, wheel truing, tire and tube installation, lubrication, inspection: we'll cover all of these in some depth. Ideally, you will learn enough to think your way through a mishap or repair, and not be intimidated by it.
Our next course will run on consecutive Saturdays from March 30 through April 27, inclusive. Five class sessions total, each running from 4-6:30 pm (plan to be on time). Please plan to attend ALL of the classes in the session, as there is some building upon previous content, and there will be no make-up sessions.
Cost is $100 per person (current Bike Library volunteers may be eligible for a discount), payable in advance, in person, at the Bike Library. This is the only way we are currently able to accept payments. You may register and pay any time there are volunteers at the Bike Library: see the website for the hours when people are there (M-Th evenings between 6 and 8 pm are generally pretty safe, as well as much of the day Saturday; Tuesday and Thursday 6-8 pm, I am almost always there). Preregistration and prepayment are REQUIRED for this class. Enrollment is limited to six, so hurry and claim a spot (don't worry if you can't make this one: more classes are planned).
If you have any questions about the class (please limit questions to those concerning the class), you may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hope to see you soon, and Happy Spring!
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
In May 2012 local cycling advocacy group Think Bicycles of Johnson Co. devised the Light the Night partnership to encourage all cyclists to start using lights on their bicycles at night. Think Bicycles recruited University of Iowa Public Safety and the Iowa City Police Department as partners in their effort.
Under program, cyclists who receive a citation for failing to equip their bike with a front white light and/or rear red reflector/light, now have the choice to participate in Light the Night. When a police offer tickets a cyclist for riding at night without lights they are given a choice. The cyclist can pay the 93.75-dollar fine, or they may elect to buy and install bike lights.
Results of a 2012 Iowa City Bike Master Plan online survey reveal that cyclists’ main concern is law enforcement. Of the 306 people who took the survey, 112 of them said that enforcing headlight/reflector laws during non-daylight hours was most the important.
“I’m a cyclist and driver,” comments Martha Norbeck, local bike advocate and Think Bicycles member. “It’s simple, lights allow you to see and be seen by motorists, pedestrians, and other cyclists. We want to foster a positive bike culture where people can ride, walk and drive with safety and confidence.” In addition to being highly visible, lights are required by law.
To date the Iowa City Police have written 31 citations, while the University of Iowa Public Safety has not written a single ticket. Twenty-eight bicyclists cited by ICPD elected to participate in the Light the Night Program, thus having their $93.75 fine waived.
“It’s unsafe for cyclist not to have lights. We don’t allow cars to not have lights. It’s not like you have to pay the ticket anyway. It’s a safe win-win situation.” Said Mark Pooley, President of the University of Iowa Bicycle Advisory Committee.
Friday, November 09, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
Feature Bike Friendly IC Topic:
Burlington St. Bridge Median Project
Just imagine—a convenient and safe route for cyclists crossing the Iowa River, whether heading Downtown from the University Hospital or commuting from the Eastside to University Heights. Imagine bicycle commuters on their way to work and parents hauling kids and groceries. Imagine youngsters riding comfortably after school amongst college students on their way from class to dorm. Currently, there is a glaring gap in our transportation infrastructure to make that vision a reality. Burlington Bridge is the one best and most direct route that connects east and west, City and University, Iowa City and University Heights and Coralville.
Burlington St. Bridge would benefit from the use of separated bicycle facilities and with plans for construction of the bridge in the near future, this is the perfect opportunity to implement bike-friendly facilities such as bike lanes, bike boxes, green lanes, or cycle tracks. The two blocks of Burlington Street from Riverside to Madison are arguably the most important blocks for bicyclists.
Think Bicycles is committed to seeing through a plan that makes that vision of a safe and easy bicycle and pedestrian trip across the bridge a reality.Assuming the trends of health- and environmental-consciousness grow, there will be more cyclists in need of traversing this roadway. Think Bicycles is currently in conversation with a bicycle planning consultant and the Engineering Division from Iowa City about making appropriate adjustments to the plans.
Tuesday, December 06, 2011
"I read a study that measured the efficiency of locomotion for various species on the planet. The condor used the least energy to move a kilometer. Humans came in with a rather unimpressive showing about a third of the way down the list. ... then someone at Scientific American had the insight to test the efficiency of locomotion for a man on a bicycle, [who] blew the condor away. That's what a computer is to me... the most remarkable tool that we've ever come up with. It's the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds." --Steve Jobs, in a 1990 interview
Wednesday, July 06, 2011
Why can we do something like this?
Here's an recent,interesting blog article by Sec. Ray LaHood. He gets it!
After reading Elly Blue's delightful and informational article on gender and bicycling.
Riding in style makes bicycling more appealing to women and men. Thats why my next venture will be into the bike fashion realm!
Yes, I've recognized that there are more males riding bikes than females, but where does one begin to understand why? I just want to ride and love getting others hooked on it too. Whatever it takes to get someone on a bike, lets do it!
Okay so maybe it is and economics plays a huge role. Women still make 77 cent for each dollar that men make doing the same jobs. Women also make more trips especially when childcare duties come into the picture. Perhaps we would see more women on bikes if there were more fashionable and functional attire and accessories. Who knows. I think my next page will simply be: ideas for riding in style with what you already got. Stay tuned!
Until then, check out:
Bicycling’s gender gap: It’s the economy, stupid
Friday, June 17, 2011
Looking for something fun and new to do for dinner some night? Plan to meet friends or your sweetie for a bicycle ride to a favorite local restaurant. Get a little dressed-up in something light and airy and share food and conversation with people you love. Saving money but still want to dine out? Warm summer evenings are perfect for picnics. Load your bike with food packed from home and dine out in a nearby park. Get some exercise in before by meeting friends for a 10 – 20 mile leisurely ride before digging in.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Make your turns slowly and consistently; no jerky movements.
Water on the rims will lubricate your brake system making it hard to stop; to allow a greater distance for stopping.
Manhole covers or metal grates, painted traffic markings, and wet leaves can be very slick.
Protect yourself - Visibility can be limited during a storm; wear bright clothing.
Drip chain lube down into your brake and shifter cables to avoid rust.
Invest in a good rain jacket that covers your tush in the case you don't have fenders or your bike with fenders is out of commission. Showers Pass will be my next bike rain gear purchase.