Monday, February 18, 2008

World Naked Bike Ride

The World Naked Bike Ride is in support of stopping indecent exposure to automobile emissions. Coming to a city near you! (Picture of a recent ride in Vancouver)

Parking shortage? Give away bicycles!

That's what a small Wisconsin college is offering. If freshmen promise not to bring a car to campus within the first year of school, then they receive, free of charge, a Trek bicycle and helmet to commute to and from school. It helps that the president is an avid cyclist - he saw a clear solution and was not interested in paving over any more of the campus.

Everyone chipped in to make this happen: "Friends, trustees and alumni donated about $60,000 to buy 200 bicycles to give away to an expected 300 incoming freshmen, said Cody Pinkston, a spokesman for the school."

The president hopes to engender a bicycle-conscious society at the school.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Canadian Company Dorel Buys Cannondale in $200-million deal

On February 5, 2008, Dorel, a Canadian consumer-products company, bought American high-end bike manufacturer Cannondale. Dorel CEO said the deal would add significantly to the bottom line while encouraging healthy lifestyles and helping the environment. Dorel already sells Schwinn and GT bikes through retailers such as Canadian Tire, but this move would enable the company to move into a higher-end market segment.