Friday, June 27, 2008

Rome, Paris offer bicycle-sharing service

Tourists as well as traditionally-car-loving Romans are invited to use a bicycle-sharing program to reduce smog and congestion in central Rome. About 200 red bicycles have been distributed across 19 locations, including the Trevi Fountain and the Pantheon. The Roman system start with the first 1/2 hour being free, and a 1€ fee for each 1/2 hour thereafter. The bicycles contain a GPS unit, and are not permitted outside Rome itself. A similar system called Velib, photos below, is already in place in Paris, where a rider may use a bicycle with a deposit of €30.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Canadian success story Cervelo featured in Report on Business

Cervelo, the amazing Canadian success story now providing bicycles to the CSC Team, is featured in a Report on Business magazine article here. The story details Cervelo's beginnings under the guidance of two engineers turned entrepreneurs, Gerard Vroomen and Phil white. Through a focus on technology, the company has been able to produce bicycles that give racers an edge, and has now claimed a position among the highest echelon of European manufacturers like Pinarello and Bianchi. Go Cervelo!

NB: The author just bought the above Cervelo Soloist Team, which truly kicks butt.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

BT Blade is Australia's weapon in Beijing

Weighing 6.4kg and created for "optimal aerodynamic efficiency", the Bike Technologies' (BT) Blade is the bicycle chosen by cycling Australia to make a mark at the Beijing Olympics. BT is a Melbourne-based bicycle company. More in an article in the Australian.