Update: sorry, the version I wrote last night did not get saved it seems.
Podium: According to Streetsblog, one way the GOP wants to stabilize the highway trust fund is by cutting the funding for bike-ped projects. One way they don't - raise the gas tax.
Podium: San Francisco is getting five green bike boxes. And Kansas City has worked hard to shed it's reputation as the worst bicycling city in America, by adding 42 miles of bike lanes, the city's first sharrows and two new crossings of the Missouri River.
Maillot Vert: Car makers return to their roots by making bicycles. "According to BMW, the idea behind the bikes is “creating outstanding-looking bikes that are associated with BMW cars by their dynamic lines and exceptional performance”. In other words, they want you to feel as if you've bought a BMW motor."
Maillot a Pois Rouge: Because repaving a bike path would damage tree roots, Garden City, ID made that 1.5 mile section a dismount zone and created a 2.5 mile on-road detour. Bike advocates have sued to open the path to biking.
Maillot Blanc: Mapquest, which uses OpenStreetMap for it's data, now includes bike routes.
Lanterne Rouge: Interesting quote about the TSA searches "In relative terms it is the driving experience which has deteriorated, largely because of traffic congestion. Imagine what flying would be like if they were not allowed to charge you a proper price for the experience." Imagine what driving would be like if we could charge a proper price. Speaking of congestion, it's getting worse in China as they turn in their bicycles for cars (via GGW).
Also, a bike thief tried to put a stolen Ghost Bike on to a bus in Portland (where bike commuting is up again). The driver confronted him about it and convinced him to leave it with the bus driver, who then saw that it was returned. "I said one more time, you know what this is? It's a ghost bike a memorial for someone who died. I tried to tell him what it was," said Ferro.
Photo by sfbike