Lifehacker: The Best Free Online Tools to Map Your Own Bike Routes. “Whether you’re in an unfamiliar place or broadening your horizons in your hometown, there are plenty of tools online to customize different walk, run, and bike routes wherever you are. The online tools we’ll highlight here are not all created equal, so let’s take a look at the best free options depending on what you’re looking for in a map.”
VeloNews: Introducing the VeloNews Archive – 50 years of our magazines online. “VeloNews photo director Brad Kaminski worked for more than a year on this project, which we are happy to share with you today on the eve of the 50th anniversary of VeloNews. Our first issue was published March 13, 1972. The magazine began as Northeast Bicycle News, then later became Cyclenews, Velo-news, and finally VeloNews.” Requires an access membership, but it’s not onerous.
Pinkbike: Bike Index Uncovers International Bike Theft & Sale Operation. “In early 2021, users of the bike registry Bike Index alerted the website that a seller based in Juarez, Mexico, appeared to be selling large numbers of bikes that matched many of those stolen in Colorado. The tips catalyzed a special data compilation project that took place throughout 2021, has indexed more than 1000 suspicious bikes, and has matched several victims of bike theft with their bikes.”
Engadget: Google Maps adds a dedicated ‘lite’ navigation mode for cyclists. “Google Maps has included cycling directions for years now, but not a dedicated navigation mode for those who like to travel from place to place on two wheels. That’s changing in the coming months with the introduction of a feature called lite navigation.”
Cycling Industry News: New tool lists nearly 300 EU subsidy and tax incentives for bike firms. “A new tool developed by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the City Changer Cargo Bike project (CCCB) has curated a list of nearly 300 tax and subsidy benefits available in Europe. The national, regional and local incentives have been compiled in a first of its kind directory in the hope of giving bike firms and cycling groups a clear view on perks that may help them both in business and to subsequently grow cycling numbers in Europe.”
Cycling News: Bikmo launches bike theft tracking tool as 74,000 bikes reported stolen in 2020. “Bikmo has today launched an interactive bike theft tracking heatmap, combining police data and population data to find the best and worst areas for bike theft in England and Wales in 2020. The aggregated data confirms that 74,573 bikes were reported stolen across the two countries, down from 83,536 in 2019.”
CNET: Google Map revamps its bike routes for easy riding. “To help people get around this summer in an eco-friendly — and healthy — way, Google Maps has added new features to its offerings for cyclists. Users can now access the most up-to-date bike routes generated by machine learning algorithms, as well as data from government authorities and community contributions.”
The Conversation: COVID-19 has created more cyclists: How cities can keep them on their bikes. “Personal vehicles do allow for adequate distancing, but many cities cannot support the shift of public transit riders to cars. There is also a substantial cost-barrier associated with car ownership: parking, insurance, gas. As a result, more people in North America are taking to cycling — and bike shops across the United States and Canada are seeing record sales and facing supply shortages.”
The Conversation: Cities must act to secure the future of urban cycling: our research shows how. “Cities worldwide are preparing for the long transition out of lockdown. Physical distancing measures will be in place for many months, with impacts on all walks of life, not least transport. With public transport options running at low capacity and emerging evidence of the role of air quality and exercise in mitigating the risks of COVID-19, solutions are needed more than ever.”
UKAuthority: TfL launches Cycling Infrastructure Database. “Transport for London (TfL) has launched the Cycling Infrastructure Database for the city, describing it as the largest of its kind. It contains the location of more than 240,000 pieces of infrastructure such as cycle lanes and parking spaces, and has been made available to all of London’s boroughs and released as open data for third party developers.”
Hidden City Philadelphia: Victorian-era Philly Bicycle Routes Now Available Online. “Cycling was immensely popular in the 1890’s, and Estoclet produced what seems to be a unique set of American narrative bike routes published in the Philadelphia Inquirer. The detailed routes and hand-drawn maps described and showed crossroads, geographic features, and towns in the surrounding area, as well as local gossip. This allowed readers and riders to follow along. The routes ran regularly from 1896 to 1898 as a column called ‘Trips Awheel: Where to Go and How to Get There,’ and then as part of a special travel insert, The Inquirer Roadster, sporadically for another few years. The routes for 1897 through 1898 have been transcribed and digitized by faculty and staff of Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers Camden, and are now available online. “
Bangor Daily News: This website helps you discover the perfect Maine bike route. “It’s a familiar conundrum for bicycling enthusiasts — the desire to explore new roads or trails on two wheels competing with the fear of encountering monster hills, heavy vehicular traffic or simply getting lost on unfamiliar routes. Now, thanks to a new website launched last week by The Bicycle Coalition of Maine, much of that guess work is eliminated.”
Cyclist: Hammer Series to be broadcast live on social media for free. “Entering into its second year, the Hammer Series is continuing in its quest to become a revolutionary movement in cycling with the announcement that all three events this year will be broadcast in full on social media. The three day innovative racing format will be broadcast live by Velon and Infront across three different platforms – Facebook, Twitter and DailyMotion. ” That’s interesting. DailyMotion over YouTube or Twitch.
Library of Congress: Free to Use and Reuse: Cycling Season Has Arrived!. “This month, as warmer weather signals the start of the cycling season, we’re adding to our Free to Use archive all kinds of themed content about bicycles. We’re including images portraying early women cyclers like Strage, but also historical ads featuring bicycles, cartoons, lithographs, maps and more. The Free to Use archive features themed sets of content (such as travel posters, presidential portraits, Civil War drawings, dogs and, now, bicycles) that are all free to use and reuse, meaning there are no known copyright restrictions associated with this content. In other words, you can do whatever you want with it.”
Bikerumor: Find your local frame builder with global map and database. “The North American Handmade Bicycle Show is just around the corner, and frame builders from all around the world will begin to make the journey to Connecticut very soon. But when NAHBS is over, how will you find them? Sure, a number of frame builders have such a reputation that they’re easy to find, but others can be a little more obscure.”