Archive for August, 2008

Pedicabs – Small Business Opportunity?

August 26, 2008

[Pedicab]

Defying Convention, Denver Pedicabs Seek a Leg Up

By STEPHANIE SIMON
August 26, 2008; Page A3

DENVER — Owners of bicycle rickshaws, already a popular way of getting about downtown Denver, are seizing on the Democratic National Convention as a chance to showcase their human-powered taxis as more than just a novelty.

Steve Meyer, owner of one of Denver’s largest fleets of pedicabs and a manufacturer of the vehicles, wants the convention’s national audience to see bike taxis as a dynamic part of the urban fabric and the ultimate in green transportation.

The WSJ has written a great article on the small business opportunities of pedicabs.

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Moving via bicycles

August 22, 2008

Below is the most inspirational video proving “If there is a will, there is a way!”

The other benefit of moving via a bicycle is eliminating excess clutter.

Bike Move NYC from Nicholas Whitaker on Vimeo.

The 50 Hottest Female Olympians Of The 2008 Summer Olympics: #25 Victoria Pendleton

August 22, 2008

Victoria Pendleton Pictures

 

25. Victoria Pendleton

Country: England
How she’s fared in the 2008 Summer Olympics: Pendleton is an accomplished sprint cyclist, and she added to her resume with a gold in Beijing in the women’s sprint.
Click here for more pictures of Victoria Pendleton

Student gets probation in cyclist’s death in lieu of prison

August 22, 2008

RALEIGH – An N.C. State University student who ran down and killed a bicyclist was sentenced to three years probation today, after the cyclist’s widower urged the judge not to send him to prison.In addition to probation, Wake Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens sentenced Brian Anthony Reid to 400 hours of community service, including 100 appearances in front of high school students to talk about drunk driving, and five weekends in jail. While on probation he can’t drive or drink alcohol.

Reid pleaded guilty to felony death by a vehicle and driving while impaired.

He killed Nancy Leidy, 60, who was riding on Nazareth Street, off Western Boulevard near NCSU.

Leidy’s husband, Ross, told Wake Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens that he would rather Reid do community service.

“To be honest with you, part of me wants this kid to go to jail,” Leidy said. “But your honor, I don’t know what that would do.”

Police said Reid’s breath alcohol content ranged from 0.09 to 0.13 in the hours after his pickup truck struck Leidy. A level of 0.08 is considered impaired.

Reid turned 21 on the day of the accident. He had been drinking the night before, attended class at N.C. State that morning, and caused the accident after his class was over, his lawyer Rusty Dement said.

World champion of bicycle thieves

August 22, 2008

 

 

As a former victim of bike theft, it is nice to hear that this scum-bag is detained.  

 

From the NY Times. 

TORONTO JOURNAL

In a Cyclist-Friendly City, a Black Hole for Bikes

TORONTO — What exactly was he planning to do with 2,865 bicycles?

Toronto Police, via National Post

The police are baffled by what Igor Kenk planned to do with such a surplus of bikes.

That is just one of many questions the police and others have been puzzling over since the arrest last month of Igor Kenk, the owner of a used-bike shop here.

Mr. Kenk’s legacy now fills a former police garage with a leaky roof. Organized by brand name and mostly resting on their handlebars, wheels pointed upward, are 2,396 of the bicycles that police say Mr. Kenk either stole or arranged to have stolen.

The jumbled collection of bicycles suggests that Mr. Kenk is the unofficial world champion of bicycle thieves. But as he awaits trial next month on 58 charges related to theft and drug possession, the biggest mysteries of all are Mr. Kenk’s motives and his ultimate plan for the armada of steel, rubber and aluminum he amassed.

“He’s easily the most hated man in Toronto,” said Alex Jansen, a filmmaker who has been working on a documentary about Mr. Kenk for more than a year as part of a study of his rundown neighborhood’s transition to hipsterdom. “But I just found that it’s not as black and white as I originally thought.”

 

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