The Wednesday News Round Up.
Today in the news:
The BBC reports that Igor Kent, a local Toronto Bike shop owner was shut down for having over 3,000 bikes, many of them stolen.
Prolific bicycle thief arrested
Canadian police have arrested one of the world's most prolific bicycle thieves after discovering almost 3,000 bikes in his possession.
Igor Kenk, the owner of a bicycle store in Toronto, was held last month after they noticed that reports of bicycle thefts had spiked sharply.
After planting several bikes around the city, plainclothes officers waited to see who would steal them.
New York-Bicycle Activists propose-"Car Free" Prospect Park.
Bicycle Activists Propose 'Car-Free' Prospect Park
Group 'Transportation Alternatives' Calls On Mayor Bloomberg To Consider Full-Time Ban In Famous Park
BROOKLYN (CBS) ― How does this sound: a totally "car-free" Prospect Park in Brooklyn? It's a proposal a group of bicycle activists is pushing hard for next summer.
According to the group Transportation Alternatives, the three-week experiment to shut down certain streets on the East Side of Manhattan to cars on August weekends has been such a huge success, that Mayor Michael Bloomberg should want to ban cars from Prospect Park as part of his lasting legacy. At least that's the argument the activist group is making.
Complete article here.
2008 Univest Grand Prix is coming to Eastern Pennsilvania
The Souderton Independent reports on this upcoming cycling classic.
Univest Grand Prix pedals on, prepares for upcoming race
By: Bob Keeler, Staff Writer
"He just destroyed the field last year, blew the race into a thousand pieces and he basically replicated that ride that he did at Univest last year in a stage of the Tour de France," said John Eustice, president of Sparta Cycling and the UGP's race promoter.
Frischkorn, riding for the Garmin-Chipotle team in its first Tour de France appearance, didn't win the stage earlier this summer, but he came in a close second, Eustice said at an Aug. 11 press conference in Doylestown to talk about this year's Univest Grand Prix.
Georgia man wins 36th annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.
Georgia man wins bike race up NH's Mt. Washington-A.P.
MOUNT WASHINGTON, N.H.—A college student from Georgia finished nearly two minutes ahead of his closest competitor Saturday to win the 36th annual Mount Washington Auto Road Bicycle Hillclimb.
Phillip Gaimon, a University of Florida at Gainesville senior from Tucker, Ga., finished the 7.6 mile road to the top of the Northeast's highest peak in 54 minutes, 57 seconds.
More bicyclists take to the street due to high gas prices.
By SEAN NEALON
More people are commuting by bike because it can save money, improve health and help the environment. But it also can be dangerous, especially in car-centric Southern California.
A driver making a mid-block U-turn hit Redlands bike commuter Jonathan Baty, bruising his hip and damaging his bike. San Bernardino bicycle commuter Steven Christiansen continues to have back pain after being hit and thrown 20 feet. Roger Uminski, who commutes by bike from Redlands to Riverside, hasn't been in a collision, but has had change thrown at him.
article in the Press-Enterprise