This Week in Bike Reads

Reading Behold, WABA’s weekly roundup of stories and commentary related to cycling, particularly in and around D.C. Remember how three national bike advocacy groups didn’t merge last year? Bicycle Retailer reports on how each—Bikes Belong, the League of American Bicyclists, and the Alliance for Biking and Walking—will refocus in the coming years. Here’s a bazillion photos of cyclists in Portland, Oregon in cold-weather gear. If D.C.’s temperatures regulate themselves enough to give us enough of a real winter, consider this photoset an inspiration for street clothing that doubles as functional biking gear. As more and more cities plan to build bikesharing systems, expanding access for marginalized groups will be critical. Read a summary of a Greater Greater Washington contributor’s master’s thesis, which deals with equity in bikesharing systems, or dive into the whole thing here. Did you know that some people commute to work by bike, in really cold weather, for 40 miles, routinely? The New York Times is on it! But many have pointed out that while that kind of dedication to cycling within the constraints of daily life is impressive, being a supercommuter isn’t the only way to ride a bike for transportation. Bicicultures asks two academics to respond to “Women in Cycling,” a chapter in the recently published City Cycling. One finds it a sufficient literature review, while another asks for more research and critical thought. Listen to this Marketplace segment on cities planning for more protected bike lanes. In local news: Bethesda Now recaps Monday night’s meeting on the addition of a sidewalk along Wisconsin Avenue, The Hoya reports that the M Street protected bike lane may be delayed, and Bmore Bikes lends additional context to why Maryland’s proposed mandatory helmet law is a bad idea. You’re probably happier than some other people in the world. Photo by Flickr user pablo.raw. Contribute to our Flickr pool!