Friday Round-up: Taking Action for Bikes
Unless you’ve been living in a deep, dark cave… You may have noticed that there is a lot of cool stuff going on out there. So, we thought it was high-time we started rounding up some of our faves each Friday. Every month, we’ll be choosing a theme that fits with the Osprey lifestyle. Since we just wrapped our “Instead of driving, I…” contest, we’ve decided to pay homage to human-powered transportation for all of March. Welcome to the Osprey Friday Round-Up!
After a great video shoot this week [the photo above gives you a little “behind the scenes” look at what we’re up to… keep your eyes out for the video soon!] we’ve got bikes on the brain. Big time.
The National Bike Summit was hosted this week in Washington, D.C. with bike advocates and industry leaders converging upon the capital. Of course the popular quote of the week goes to Representative Earl Blumenauer, who kicked off things at the summit on Wednesday with his excellent opener:
“How many people are stuck in traffic right now on their way to ride a stationary bike at the gym?”
It’s a good question, and one that maybe elicits a little more contemplation as we look to the future of not only bike policy, but all of the issues that are tied to it, like health and environment.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood has a good wrap-up of the summit over on the Department of Transportation website, in which he reminds us that “we have work to do.”
What does that mean? Getting out on your bike and taking action! A great place to start is People For Bikes, who this week announced that over 200,000 people have signed their pledge.
200,000. That’s the population of Des Moines, Iowa. It’s the sum of iPhone apps developed in the last year. And, as of today, it’s the number of Americans who have signed the PFB pledge. That’s 200,000 people who are pledging their name in support of a better future for bicycling — one that is safer and more fun for anyone who wants to ride a bike.
If you haven’t already, sign the pledge here.
And if you need some inspiration to get out and ride this weekend, we’ll leave you with this: an excellent compilation video from Bicycle Film Festival that we featured earlier this week over on the Bike Blog.