Commuting

Community Cycles launches PedalSmart program

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BOULDER —January 16, 2013 — Bicycling isn’t just a way to get from one place to another; it’s an avenue to a better life. And when businesses get on board, great things happen. That’s why Community Cycles has launched PedalSmart, a program for local companies to inspire their employees to bike to work.

A key element of the program is to educate people on how to become better bike commuters. To accomplish this, PedalSmart Bike Ambassadors will travel to participating companies’ offices and provide onsite workshops on everything there is to know about bike commuting including gear, bike maintenance, bike skills and more.

PedalSmart also offers an online Trip Tracker where employees will create personal profiles and be able to monitor their trips by bike. Each month, top commuters will be awarded prizes, which will be announced in a monthly newsletter.

Tuesday Coffee Talk - Cities Learning to grow up with Bikes

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Today's Coffee Talk deals with American's maturity with bikes. Cycling is becoming more and more popular in recent years and I mean that in the most general sense, not racing or weekend lycra warriors. Problem is many of these new cyclists might not have been on a bike since either their teens or when they had a young child and they rode around the block in their neighborhood. By never having grown up in the culture where cycling transportation was a part of their life, can cause conflict due to their ignorance. Longmont Colorado is one of those beautiful towns which has been doing amazing work at making their town more bike friendly yet along they way, as the new cyclists mature into their new cycling culture, they make mistakes and bad choices and Longmont is trying to reduce tension and educate cyclists on cycling ettiquite by proposing Dismount Zones for Cyclists in the downtown area.

Given the layout of downtown Longmont there is little reason to ride on their core streets and cyclists will learn that as they learn to ride in traffic safety and as they continue to work with the city to add more structures for cyclists.

Question of the day is how do new cyclists learn how to move on from their 10yr cycling skill set to that of a more mature transportation cyclists? This problem may exist in Longmont but if the cycling movement continues to catch on it will be the same problem in nearly every city across the nation

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