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Opinion: Should cyclists be allowed to yield at stop signs?

By Walt Seifert Editor’s note:  Walt Seifert is executive director of Sacramento Trailnet, a nonprofit association promoting greenways with a paved trail network in Sacramento, California. For 35 years, people riding bikes in Idaho have been allowed to do something they can’t legally do just about anywhere else—treat stop signs as yields

Burke ushers in ‘Bicycle Advocacy 3.0’ at PlacesForBikes conference

MADISON, Wis. (BRAIN) – John Burke began with a history lesson. Opening the inaugural PlacesForBikes conference in his hometown Wednesday night, Burke, the president of Trek, recalled the phone call he received 20 years ago from former Rep. Jim Oberstar of Minnesota

Bike industry leaders call Trump’s Paris accord decision ‘embarrassing’ and ’short-sighted’

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (BRAIN) — Leaders of two of the largest bike brands are speaking out publicly about President Trump’s decision to pull out of the Paris climate accord.  Trek Bicycle’s CEO John Burke tweeted about the decision on Thursday, calling Trump’s move “embarrassing.” Specialized made a post on its Facebook page Thursday afternoon, soon after Trump announced his decision.

Bike-related companies make Outside’s Best Places to Work list

SANTA FE, N.M. (BRAIN) — Outside Magazine’s annual list of the 100 “Best Places to Work” is out and includes a handful of companies involved in the bike industry.  They include PR and marketing agencies Uproar PR (9th on the list) and Verde Brand Communications (99th). New Belgium Brewery, a Colorado brewer that makes bikes central to much of its marketing, was 56th.

IMBA’s seventh World Summit kicks off in Northwest Arkansas this week

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (BRAIN) — Hundreds of industry representatives, from local, regional and national trail advocates and ambassadors to media and CEOs, from all over the country are gathering in Bentonville, located in Arkansas’ Ozark mountains, this week for three days to share stories and plan the future of mountain biking. For the first time in the IMBA World Summit’s history, the event is sold out and has a record number of sponsoring brands and organizations.

Pearl Izumi exits run category

Company recommits to its core business in bike. LOUISVILLE, Colo.

10 things you should never do on a trail

Don’t be THAT mountain biker when you’re out riding. You know the one. They drop litter, cut up other riders, block the exit to the trail, nab everyone else’s spare inner tube because they never have their own, and generally act like an idiot. No one likes that rider. Here’s how to make sure that rider isn’t you. 

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1. Don’t drop litter

If you managed to carry it out with you, you can carry it back with you. This holds true for gel wrappers, cereal bar packets, drinks cans, punctured inner tubes and broken chains. 

Litter looks terrible, can damage the environment and harm wildlife, and leaving it behind is just lazy and inconsiderate. Put it in your bag, then put it in the bin or recycling when you get back home or to the trail head. 

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2. Don’t ride it when it’s closed

If the trail is closed, chances are it’s for a reason, and that reason is mostly likely for your own safety, or to conserve the trail. 

Trails get closed for all sorts of reasons. If there’s been a storm and there are trees down, or part of the trail has washed away, it might be closed because it’s not safe for people to ride. On the other hand if it’s a freshly built trail or is having maintenance work done on it, if you ride it you risk trashing the hard work that’s gone into building and maintaining it. 

3. Don’t cut corners

4. Stop and block it

5. Don’t block the entrance or exit to it

6. Don’t put up obstacles or add your own features (kinda)

7. Don’t be rude

8. Don’t steal everyone else’s spares and tools

9. Don’t light fires, damage the environment or break the countryside code

10. Don’t forget to have fun!

You can read more at BikeRadar.com

Strong U.S. dollar softens Dorel Sports’ revenue

Challenging currency rates, sluggish fourth-quarter sales hurt profits.

Check this: Burke challenges industry leaders to measure their advocacy support

TAIPEI, Taiwan?(BRAIN) — As he has done before, Trek’s president, John Burke, has challenged the bike industry to support advocacy. At the annual Velo-City Global conference, held over the weekend and Monday in Taipei prior to the Taipei Cycle Show, Burke said climate change, in particular, made it critical that bicycle use increase in cities around the world, and he said industry support is a key factor toward increasing bike use

New QBP charitable fund gives $50,000 to Nevada programs

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — The QBP Fund — Quality Bicycle Products’ $1 million charitable trust benefiting bicycle advocacy, projects and organizations — has earmarked $50,000 for Nevada-based programs including the Nevada High School Cycling League and Bijou State Park. Reno, Nevada, is home to QBP’s newest distribution center, Q-Reno, which opened in December.