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Ride the City Survey: Tell us what you think!

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It's seems like we're regularly thinking about how to make Ride the City better but, you know, sometimes in thinking about the problems so much you can forget what's really we've decided to get your opinions. If you have some time, we'd love your input:

Lower Manhattan Night Ride - SATURDAY - Post Sandy

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On my way home today I was looking at a dark lower Manhattan, thinking how amazing it is that so much of this huge, modern city is without electricity. Will we ever be able to bicycle through lower Manhattan in complete darkness again? Probably not. Let's take this opportunity. It sounds creepy, but you know it'll be fun.

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Lower Manhattan Dark

Let's Help Red Lantern Bicycles!

Red Lantern

We got an innovative bike shop in Brooklyn that's bringing together bikes, coffee, and beer to give you a place to relax before, during, or after using the shop. It's Red Lantern Bicycles, at 345 Myrtle Ave (Carlton/Adelphi), in Fort Greene.

Lance Armstrong

Image from Hennie Kuiper

This post is a bit of a tangent from our regular pieces on bicycling, but I just couldn't resist with the news that's just been made public about Lance....

20 years ago I raced bicycles competitively and I loved it! Cycling was my life. I did well and made it onto the U.S. National Cycling Team of young riders in 1993, the year Lance Armstrong won the World Championships (above) before the world knew his name. But in the sport of cycling he was already a god. I thought to myself, "One day I want to be like that".

Ride the City - Calgary

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Image from Bike Calgary

At about 1.1 million people, Calgary, Alberta, is Canada’s third-largest city and fifth-largest metropolitan area. As a young, largely suburban, sprawling metropolis it is less known for cycling, and more as a North American capital of the oil and gas industry, the Calgary Stampede rodeo, and for the winter Olympics hosted here in 1988. Despite reputation and expectations, however, cycling is increasingly popular in Calgary. A network of walking and cycling paths, at 700 km (434 mi) the most extensive in North America, provides not only opportunities for recreational cycling but also convenient, safe, and often scenic commute routes.

iPhone app version 1.6

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Ride the City App

We've just released a new version of the Ride the City iPhone app.

Here are the new features:

Velo-City Global

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Tomorrow kicks off Velo-city Global.

The 4-day conference has a packed schedule with lectures and workshops covering topics from the theoretical to more how-to sessions (e.g. building cycling advocacy capacity). It also has an extensive line up of exhibits: bike manufacturers; bike-related products, services and accessories, and cities promoting their bike friendliness.

For students the entire conference runs about $530 (meals included). If you're not in school though, the cost is almost $400/day.

If you miss it this year, in 2013 it'll be held in Vienna, Austria from June 11th-14th, perfect for an early summer getaway.

New Stamps Celebrate Bicycling

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On Thursday (6/7) the United States Post Office (USPS) put out a press release on their newest stamps to celebrate bicycling. According to the press release: "One of the nation’s most popular outdoor activities gets its stamp of approval today from the U.S. Postal Service with the issuance of the Bicycling Forever stamps. The four stamps feature a young child just learning to ride with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer intent on the finish line and an airborne BMX rider."

Bike Crash App

Bike Crash App We've come upon a new app that's likely, unfortunately, to be useful to lots of bicyclists in NYC., the New York Law firm of Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP has just released an application called New York Bike Crash Kit, available for both iPhone (Apple) and Android platforms. In celebration of bike month, May 2012, Flanzig and Flanzig, LLP has tipped us on this unique and useful free smart phone application. (Disclaimer: Flanzig and Flanzig supports Ride the City)

OSM License Change (Attn Aussies!)

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Attention Open Street Map Contibutors!

Open Database License 1.0

As many of you know, most of the data in Ride the City is based on Open Street Map (OSM), the wikimap of the world that allows anyone to freely contribute information to. Well, OSM is going through some changes and is requesting that all members agree to their revised license, Open Database License 1.0 (ODbL).

Sorry for the late warning, but if you've contributed data to OSM and haven't agreed to the new license, your data may be deleted as of April 1, 2012. (This is not an April Fools joke.)

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