On June 5th the most important and longest running cycling race in America will be held in Philadelphia and sponsored by TD Bank. Among the stories surrounding the event will be the performance of hometown hero Scott Zwizanski, the entry of the worlds hottest cycling team HTC Highroad, and the Liberty Classic race which showcases over a hundred of the worlds most talented women cyclists. This will be the 27th race in its history, with Australian Matthew Goss winning last years race. Ina teutenburg was last years Liberty Classic winner.
Since being launched last fall, Capital Bikeshare has surged in popularity as evidenced by the number of red bicycles that can be seen all over the Washington D.C. area. The regional bikesharing program now boasts nearly 11,000 members with 1,100 bikes in circulation. While Capital Bikeshare is just one of many programs of its kind across the country, it is notably one of the most successful so far. Many users find the system easy to use, affordable, and highly convenient. In fact, it has become so popular that there can be a shortage of bikes at some stations during rush hour. Regardless, the bikesharing program continues to accommodate thousands of regional residents and visitors every day.
Today is Earth Day, which means that there are many more bikers on the road today. Many cities across the country have encouraged residents to bike to work, school, or just around town. With growing improvements in bike lanes and bike safety, many more people are choosing to ride bikes than in the past. Some restaurants and stores are also offering discounts for bicyclists as incentive to leave their car keys at home. For those who have been considering the switch to two wheels today is a great day to start.
Residents of Long Beach may be interested in checking out the Downtown Separated Bikeways Grand Opening and Celebration this weekend. Located on Broadway and on 3rd Street between Golden Avenue and Alamitos Avenue downtown, the new separated bikeways were designed to increase safety for bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians while encouraging biking for sustainability. Special bicycle traffic signals were also installed in hopes of preventing accidents. In addition, city officials hope that the improvements will help boost business and livability for Long Beach.
Boulder’s Valmont Bike Park has been under construction since October 2009, but city officials have scheduled the opening day for June 11. The 40-acre facility will benefit locals as well as riders from around the world. Occupying a section of the 132-acre Valmont City Park, the bike park will feature a variety of biking terrain, from cyclocross trails to a section for kids on tricycles. There will also be a large network of single-track trails. As the final touches come into place, many biking enthusiasts in the region anticipate the park’s opening this summer.
As the weather gradually gets warmer, mountain bike lovers anticipate the opening of the Whistler Mountain Bike Park on May 20, 2011. Those who are interested can purchase Early Bird Bike Park Season Passes starting April 15. On May 29, the Crud 2 Mud Downhill race will draw many biking enthusiasts to the park. As soon as the lower half of the bike park is dug out, construction will begin on a Slopestyle course for Kokanee Crankworx, which will be held later this summer.
Bike riding has become popular around the world, including the Philippines. On April 17, around 10,000 cyclists are expected to participate in the 13th annual Tour of the Fireflies. A mass bicycle ride through a number of Metro Manila cities, the event seeks to promote bicycle riding as a healthful and environmentally friendly form of transportation. The first tour took place in 1999 with only around 300 cyclists.
As biking becomes more popular, many schools are taking steps to enhance the bike friendliness of their campuses. This year, the League of American Bicyclists recognized 20 colleges in a list of Bike Friendly Universities. Stanford University took the top spot on the list and received the only platinum award. Dedicated to promoting safety and sustainability, Stanford offers numerous bike education programs, incentive programs, and an extensive cycling network. Other schools that ranked high on the list are the Universities of California Davis and Santa Barbara, which both received gold awards.
To promote healthy living and environmental friendliness, Tucson is holding Bike to Work Week this week. Many businesses are participating by offering free giveaways and discounts, from food to bike repairs. In Tucson, about 10,000 residents bike to work at least once a week but the city is hoping to see an increase as gas prices continue to rise. Bicycling is growing in popularity in the U.S. and around the world. However, roadways remain congested and air quality continues to deteriorate, thereby sparking events like Bike to Work Week in Tucson. On Friday there will be a celebration at Maynard’s Market featuring a wholesome breakfast.
With the growing popularity of bike sharing programs, Miami Beach has recently launched one of its own. The DecoBike program is very similar to those in other cities around the world. Currently there are 50 stations located throughout Miami Beach, all open 24 hours. Anyone can rent a bike at $4 per 30 minutes. Daily and monthly passes are also available. Bikes must be checked in every 30 minutes, making it ideal for short trips. To make things even more convenient, there is an application that provides information such as where the nearest station is located.