Bits and Pieces – January 28, 2011

This is an ad hoc page of bits and pieces I found on the web.  This posting is mainly cycling related but can including hiking or other related titbits. My thanks to Treadly and Me and Professor Bob Jensen for the idea for this posting.


Surly Powered Business – The Soup Bicycle

I think this is great story well worth sharing. You can read more about Chef Ian and his Soup Bicycle business in Louisville at the Surly Blog. Go check it out!


Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety and Mobility in Europe

A report sponsored by the US Department of Transportation examines how five European countries improve pedestrian and cycling participation. The report recommends transportation policies that give walking, bicycling and other non motorised modes the highest priority in the road user hierarchy.  Details and a link to the report can be found in the Bicycle Transport Alliance blog.


Streetfilms shine spotlight on alternative transport

Film director Clerance Eckerson Jr is working to help communities make their streets safer for bikes and pedestrians by using the medium he knows best – film. His company, Streetfilms, promotes healthier living through short video documentaries. The street-friendly advocate has shot 150 films, of which more than half document cycling as a mode of sustainable transportation. A sample of Streetfilms work can be found here. Source:


Dutch fight bicycle theft with GPS

Police in Amersfoort, a city in the Netherlands plagued with high levels of bicycle theft, are leaving out bikes equipped with hidden trackers to catch thieves according to a blog posting at


Google Trends points to rise in road cycling

UK bike shop chain Evans Cycles have looked at Google Trends for different types of bikes and compared those results with their own sales figures. The headline result from their comparison is that interest in road cycling in general and in hybrid bikes in particular is on the up, mountain biking’s star is on the wane, and the level of interest in folding and single speed machines remains static.  More details at


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