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Fred Clements: Sloth and torpor are cycling’s big challenge

A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements. Editor’s note:   This blog post was written by  Fred Clements , executive director of the  National Bicycle Dealers Association

BTI releases new catalog, its earliest ever

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Technologies International is now shipping its 2014 parts and accessories catalog. This year’s catalog has grown to 1,296 pages representing over 300 brands, and it’s being shipped earlier than at any time in the company’s 21-year history

New mountain bike trails opened in Manchester

An ?850,000 city park mountain bike trail was officially opened in Manchester earlier this week.

The 10.5km trail in the Clayton Vale, on the doorstep of the National Cycling Centre in East Manchester will be opened free to the public but will also support the development of young up and coming riders such as British Cycling Academy Programme rider, Grant Ferguson, who was at the launch.

He said: “The trails themselves have a lot to offer both beginners and experienced riders alike, and I’m sure both myself and my team-mates will be making use of them as much as possible!”

The centre is also the first course in the country to offer trails developed for accessible bikes used by disabled riders. The most difficult trail is the Urban Red Rock-it, with numerous technical features.

The trail was opened by the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Naeem ul Hassan on 27 May.

British Cycling’s chief executive Ian Drake said the trail network was a “brilliant” addition to the BMX track and velodrome at the National Cycling Centre and would help more people enjoy cycling.

The Clayton Vale trails are a joint partnership between Manchester City Council and British Cycling. ?

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Taipei in July?

Editor’s note: Download BRAIN’s Taipei Cycle Show Day 2 newsletter Day 2 |  Day 1 . TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — It came at the end of Tony Lo’s speech at the opening ceremony for the Taipei Cycle Show. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), he said, is exploring a major shakeup in the international trade show calendar—moving Taipei Cycle to July.

Taipei in July?

Editor’s note: Download BRAIN’s Taipei Cycle Show Day 2 newsletter Day 2 |  Day 1 . TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — It came at the end of Tony Lo’s speech at the opening ceremony for the Taipei Cycle Show. The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), he said, is exploring a major shakeup in the international trade show calendar—moving Taipei Cycle to July

Taipei in July?

Editor’s note: Download BRAIN’s Taipei Cycle Show Day 2 newsletter Day 2 |  Day 1 . TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — It came at the end of Tony Lo’s speech at the opening ceremony for the Taipei Cycle Show

Taipei in July?

Editor’s note: Download BRAIN’s Taipei Cycle Show Day 2 newsletter Day 2 |  Day 1 . TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — It came at the end of Tony Lo’s speech at the opening ceremony for the Taipei Cycle Show

Taiwan exporters look to emerging markets for growth

Editor’s note: Download:  BRAIN’s Taipei Cycle Show  Day 1newsletter (pdf ). TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Last year was a tough one for Taiwan exporters as they continued to see bike shipments to Europe—its biggest market, representing 58 percent of export volume and 45 percent of export value—decline. But strong business in North America and Asia helped mitigate some of that loss.

Cyclist Killed On Comm. Ave By Semi-Truck

Its happened again…

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U-hub reports:

A bicyclist did not survive a collision this morning with a semi at Comm. Ave. inbound at St. Paul St..

At 8:51, Sasha tweeted from a passing trolley:

Body covered by a tarp. RIP. what a bad start to the morn.

By coincidence, a City Council committee holds a hearing on making Boston safer for bicyclists today at noon at City Hall.

More info when I get it:

NPR reports, that a cyclist was in a bike lane when the semi-truck made a right turn and hit him. Was a white male in his 20′s.

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Bostinno reports:

According to Boston Police, at 8:36 a.m., a cyclist was struck by an 18-wheeler at the intersection of St. Paul Street and Commonwealth Avenue, near Boston University campus. Police closed down the 900 block where the accident occurred.

Police confirmed at 9:49 a.m. that the cyclist died as a result of the accident.

People reported seeing a sheet over the bike and the victim at the scene as they passed the accident near Boston University’s campus.

EDIT: A picture of the truck.

EDIT: another image of the scene

The globe reports:

Boston police spokeswoman Cheryl Fiandaca said in an e-mail that the bicyclist was killed and that the department’s Homicide Unit is now investigating the incident. Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley’s office has also sent a prosecutor to the scene, officials said.

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WHDH-TV –

EDIT: Heading to this meeting, on bike safety, see you there, more when I get back.

3rd Annual Illumination Ride

From the email:

The third annual Illuminations Bike Tour will be held on December 15, a joint production of the Somerville Bicycle Committee and Somerville Arts Council. Please join us. Details are below and attached.

The guided group ride will be shorter this year so folks can spend more time looking at the lights and stay warmer. For those who would like to tour the longer route from last year, maps will be available. Those touring the longer route may continue after the short guided tour concludes, may meet with others at the suggested times below or tour the route on your own schedule with friends.

Please join us and happy winter solstice,
~ Brian Postlewaite

(for the Somerville BIcycle Committee)

Illuminations by Bike
December 15, 2012

Guided Short Route
Meet Location: Somerville High School Main Entrance
Meet Time: 5:50pm
Departure: 6:00pm
Duration: 45 minutes, or less
Required: warm clothes & bike lights
Recommended: holiday lights, costumes & good cheer
Suggested: Donate $5 to the Somerville Arts Council
Afterwards: Hot drinks & treats at City Hall

Unguided Long Route
Maps: available at city hall, donation recommended.
Suggested Meet Times: 7:15pm & 8:30pm