Sunday, September 19, 2010

News From The Local Beat

A few Des Moines biker updates:

First, the city has posted a survey about the restriping of Ingersoll Avenue that painted a shiny new bike lane right outside The Cycle World Headquarters. If you really like the bike lane, take the survey. If you don't like the bike lane, watch a video of a cute puppy instead.

Second, we have a bike sharing program! Is anyone going to use it? Will the bikes end up in the bottom of the Raccoon River? Will this make us the Paris of the Midwest? Does it mean we're bike-cooler than Minneapolis? I have no idea. But with one of the stations just blocks away from The Cycle World Headquarters, you can bet that one of our intrepid testers will be freeing a bike from its kiosk and taking it for a spin around town.

Finally, noted cycle historian David Herlihy is giving a lecture this Tuesday at 6:30 at the Central Library in support of his latest book, The Lost Cyclist: The Epic Tale of an American Adventurer and His Mysterious Disappearance. I'm not entirely sure how Mr. Herlihy got away with putting "epic" in the title without running afoul of Rapha's copyright lawyers, but as a fan of his previous work and a nerd of both words and bikes, I'm triply psyched he's here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I'll be expecting a summary of the David Herlihy visit! His articles in Bicycle Guide (Bicycling??) and the big book were all excellent!

If you get the chance, ask him how long he works on each book. Seems like it would take a very long time to gather all the info, get photos, write text, edit, etc.

jealous in Peoria,
Steve K.