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Thursday, July 29, 2010

PBS Report: Crossing the Line


Watch the full episode. See more Need To Know.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Bikers lend helping hands

From the Post Register:

IDAHO FALLS - For most college-age -- and sometimes, slightly older -- adults, summer is a time for relaxing, working on a tan or perhaps earning a few dollars to get them through the next semester.

But for those who sign up for Bike and Build, summer is a time to get to know the United States from a bicycle seat, help build affordable homes for needy folks and, along the way, burn about 200,000 calories.

A group of 31 Bike and Build members was in Idaho Falls on Thursday to help spruce up the area's new Habitat for Humanity headquarters on Northgate Mile. Armed with brushes, hammers and putty knives, the riders set to work repairing and painting the walls of the former Second Time Around Consignments store.

Karen Lansing, executive director of the Idaho Falls-area Habitat for Humanity, said volunteers like the Bike and Build crew are used to doing any type of work that doesn't specifically require a license.

"Basically, we'll do whatever they want us to do," said Jen Carboni, a 25-year-old graduate of New England College in New Hampshire, where she earned a degree in biology. "We've done everything from moving piles of dirt around to putting up drywall to roofing (and) flooring."

Every summer, Bike and Build organizes several bike trips across the United States. Every few days, participants stop and help build a home for a nonprofit affordable housing group or, as in Idaho Falls, help the group restore its own buildings. On average, they ride about 70 miles per day, burning somewhere between 3,000 and 5,000 calories per day.

The group of 19 women and 12 men that arrived in Idaho Falls rode from Jackson, Wyo., on Tuesday and will leave today for Arco. Their 3,827-mile trip, which started in Virginia, will end in Cannon Beach, Ore., in late July.

Sarah Graham, a 20-year-old English major at Truman State University in Missouri, said her friends often ask why she would give up her summer to ride across the country, but Graham has a different perspective.

"I haven't given anything up. I've gained a lot along the way," she said. "It's been the best experience I've ever had in my entire life."

Thanks in part to Bike and Build, Habitat for Humanity's new building is within a few weeks of being ready to open, Lansing said. Since the first of the month, she said volunteers have dedicated more than 200 working hours to fixing up the building.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Safety on Trails

Break Downs

Bike-in Restaurant Proposed in Wisconsin

See the story here:

Proposed bike path restaurant would be inaccessible by automobile

Monday, July 12, 2010

Ciclovia in Spokane Last Weekend

In case you missed it (I did too), there was a Summer Parkways event in Spokane in this weekend.

Here's the story from the Spokesman.

Hopefully, we can do something like that in Coeur d'Alene in the near future...

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Health Benefits of Cycling Outweigh Risks

According to a new study released by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the health benefits of switching from car driving to bicycling are substantially greater than the risks.

From the Abstract:

For the individuals who shift from car to bicycle, we estimated that beneficial effects of increased physical activity are substantially larger (3 – 14 months gained) than the potential mortality effect of increased inhaled air pollution doses (0.8 – 40 days lost) and the increase in traffic accidents (5 – 9 days lost). Societal benefits are even larger due to a modest reduction in air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions and traffic accidents.

Conclusions: On average, the estimated health benefits of cycling were substantially larger than the risks relative to car driving for individuals shifting mode of transport.

View the paper

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Cyclist declared brain dead two days after crash with Washoe Sheriff's SUV

The Nevada Highway Patrol reports that the cyclist involved in a crash with a Washoe County Sheriff's Office SUV Monday has been officially declared brain dead.

Kevin T. Albertson, 21, was officially declared brain dead at 9:25 am on Tuesday. He is currently on a ventilator at Renown Regional Medical Center awaiting a procedure for his organs to be harvested, at which time he will be pronounced clinically deceased.

A Washoe County Sheriff’s Office SUV collided with Albertson along Lemmon Drive on Monday afternoon, critically injuring the 21-year-old Reno cyclist, the Nevada Highway Patrol reported.

Both were traveling east toward Lemmon Valley when the front-right bumper of the 2010 Chevrolet Tahoe struck the back tire of the cyclist’s red bike, NHP Trooper Chuck Allen said.

Link to original Article here Link to more detail about the accident here



A grim reminder of why it is so important that people share the road.