Bicycle built for 2,000!


Fished out of the Saginaw River in Bay City, this bike is carrying quite a load of zebra mussels.
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Assault bicycles are the new instrument of evil


Source: theseattletimes.com

Even a cursory viewing of the ongoing protests across America has shown a clear and present new addition to urban crowd control – the once lowly bicycle. Where bikes were once a pleasing symbol of community policing and trail safety, they are now being fortified and employed across the United States as a new form of mobile barricade, as a potential weapon, as well as for quick redeployment of uniformed officers. Unlike typically cumbersome police barricades, the nimble bicycle is now being used to enforce curfews, block protests (peaceful or otherwise), catch/arrest people (innocent or guilty), and in the worst cases be used as weapons to attack crowds and assault people (innocent or otherwise).

“The supposedly ‘humble’ bicycle—usually a symbol of non-motorized meekness—is being used by America’s over-militarized law enforcement as a mix between a riot shield and a baton.”

SOURCE: https://qnewshub.com/business/u-s-police-show-how-to-use-a-bicycle-as-an-offensive-weapon/

“They’re more mobile, they can more easily create physical barriers – and the bikes can be used as weapons.”

SOURCE: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jun/15/the-new-horsemen-why-american-riot-police-embraced-the-bicycle

Image from Minneapolis – Source: qnewshub.com

These beefed-up bicycles and their accompanying gear are not just your run-of-the-mill commuting or mountain equipment, but instead they are the equivalent to an assault vehicle on two wheels (see photos throughout). They are military, tactical, and evil all rolled into one nasty package of authoritarianism.

Source: seattletimes.com

As The Guardian so aptly alludes – bikes have become the new mount for the Horsemen of the Apocalypse.

“The fact that bikes seem innocuous is a way of masking a weaponised potential,” says Williams. “Cops on bikes are less alarming than cops on horses, or in an armoured personnel carrier – until you’ve been penned in by a dozen cops on each side using the bikes as barriers.”

SOURCE: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/jun/15/the-new-horsemen-why-american-riot-police-embraced-the-bicycle

 

Source: volcanic bikes.com

Sadly, gone are the days where the innocent bicycle was pictured as the epitome of joy in a young child; a commuting or recreation tool; or just the subject of an artist. As an assault vehicle, the bicycle has become a new object of both fear and loathing – and not just by annoyed motorists.

Source: volcanicbikes.com

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Now this is a WAY COOL non-motorized bridge!


Source: equipmentworld.com

Opened appropriately on St. Patrick’s Day, the Dublin Link Bridge is the world’s longest “S” shape suspension bridge. Oh, and by the way, did I mention it’s in Dublin, Ohio, not Dublin, Ireland?

With a 500 foot main span, an 169 nine foot tall tower, and unique “S” shape curve, this is the kind of iconic non-motorized project you would expect to see built in Denmark or the Netherlands, not suburban Columbus, Ohio.

Too often, non-motorized projects in the United States tend to built with an overtly utilitarian focus because precious transportation funding still focuses mostly on motor vehicles. Congrats to Dublin, Ohio for making both a concrete and visual statement about the importance of non-motorized transportation in the United States, too. Well done!

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Snowbound


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A most unique quadracycle


Beneath historic Bisbee, Arizona during it’s copper mining heydays, mine supervisors would ride rail bikes such as this to oversee mining operations.

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High-Occupancy Tricycle


Saw this unique pedaling tricycle with three (3) occupants in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park over the Veterans Day weekend.

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Pedal and Paddle


Not something you see everyday, even in Traverse City.

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Bringing the Ghost Bike to Film


Source: heartsbeatloudmovie.com

The central theme of the terrific new movie Hearts Beat Loud may not be about cycling, but it is a critical component of the film. In fact, this may be the first motion picture ever to include a scene with a ghost bike. Certainly, it is the first movie I’ve seen where this topic is visualized and it is done in a thoughtful and comforting way. Caution – possible spoilers ahead.

All I can say is go see Hearts Beat Loud – the music is fabulous, the acting is superb, and the film includes important reminders of the scope of a bicyclist’s death goes well beyond the death of the victim and that society must improve bicycling safety and awareness to avoid such heartbreaking tragedies. Peace!

If you love the music as much as I do, here’s a visual link to the movie soundtrack available on Amazon*.

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Make Voting Fun – Bike There!


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Bee-utiful Bike Rack


Discovvered this honey of a bike rack at Cherry Republic in Glen Arbor, Michigan.

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