Helmets and the Culture of Fear

This isn't part of the film but I thought it worth sharing. Mikael Colville-Andersen explains why helmet laws are bad for cycling.

Moscow Critical Mass

A cyclist from Moscow emailed today. I don't speak Russian so had to use an online translation facility. It sounds a bit like a comedy sketch, but you can get the gist of the message...

Here's the original:

Здравствуйте коллеги! Сегодня, 22 апреля в
Москве мы устроили велопробег через весь
город и доказали автомобилистам, что мы
имеем не меньшее право быть на дороге,
чем они... МЫ ЛУЧШЕ!!!! Оставляли только

The Flying Scotsman

YNBA isn't really about the sporting and recreational aspects of cycling, much more about how (and why) cycling is beginning to be taken seriously as a way of getting about the city, and the social and cultural cohesiveness that bikers bring to a big city like Vancouver. But it's interesting to see a new film just out in the UK

Video: George Bush Sings Sunday, Bloody Sunday

Do you recognise these lyrics?

And the battles just begun/There's many lost, but tell me who has won
The trench is dug within our hearts/And mothers, children, brothers, sisters torn apart

George Bush sings them in a web video mashup of U2's Sunday, Bloody Sunday. Watch below:

World Naked Bike Ride 2006 well covered

Lots of coverage of the World Naked Bike Ride this year...

Future of Oil

Every now and then we hear that the era of cheap oil is over. But what is the definition of "cheap" and when is it "over"? I don't have the answers to these questions, but in the last year I can see that there are many more cyclists on the roads and it probably isn't just because there's new bike lanes opening. If oil keeps going up, change will happen... quickly.

Oil is in the mid $60 range as I write - what will it be like when/if it hits $100? Putting aside the important environmental arguments for a moment, where is the tipping point?

In September 2005, CIBC World Markets said it expects to see $100 a barrel of oil "sooner rather than later." It predicts that oil prices will average $93 a barrel in 2007, and hit $100 a barrel by the end of the year. Can we sustain that?

Roads Gone Wild

I just picked up an old Wired magazine from Dec 2004 that was lying around and discovered this article I can't believe I didn't read the first time round.

Regular exercise staves off dementia

Anything that makes you feel good must be good for you. You probably intuitively knew that, and a recent medical report says that regular exercise helps prevent the onset of dementia.

BBC Audience Vote Bike "Greatest Invention of the Century"

What's the greatest invention man has bestowed on this planet? Television, the microchip or computer, satelites and space travel...? Apparently, none of the above: but something much simpler, according to listeners of the BBC Radio 4 (the talkie intellectual Beeb station).

From the hundreds of listeners' nominations and together with five experts, voting was opened on a final 10. Here are the results...

59.4% - Bicycle
7.8% - Transistor
7.8% - Electro-magnetic induction ring
6.3% - Computer
4.6% - Germ theory of infection
4.5% - Radio
4.0% - Internet
3.4% - Internal Combustion Engine

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