How to prevent bicycle thefts

According to News Herald, Euclid Police Department Lt. Mitch Houser offered some words of wisdom for people who want to keep their bicycles from being stolen.

“How you treat your property shows how important it is to you,” Houser said. For bicycle owners, treating their bikes right means keeping them locked up when they’re unattended, and taking some other common-sense measures to deter thieves.

Area police and a local bicycle shop owner agree that one of the basic steps to preventing thefts of bikes is to lock them when they’re parked and being left unwatched — whether it’s for a few minutes to make a quick purchase at a store, or for eight hours outside a rider’s workplace.

Bicycle thefts often are a crime of convenience, said Bill Gibson, owner of Blue Sky Bicycles at 36105 Vine St. in Eastlake. As Gibson explains it, a would-be thief sees a bicycle unlocked and no one else in sight, and decides to ride away with the bike.

However, Gibson said that locking a bike decreases the odds of it being stolen because some thieves simply don’t want to work at breaking, cutting or trying to open the lock.

Taking it a step further, Gibson said bicycle owners also need to assess the level of risk that’s involved each time they lock their bike, to ensure that they’re using an appropriate lock. If a bike is being parked and left unattended for just a few minutes in a low-crime area, just about any lock would be fine, he said. But if you’re parking a bicycle in a big city or other known high-crime area and leaving it unattended for more extended stretches, a more secure lock is needed.

One option for bicyclists is a U-Lock, which has a steel U-shaped shackle along with a crossbar that contains the locking mechanism, accessible through either a key or numerical combination.

Wind causes a worn out bicycle rider

According to Salisbury Post, after a great night in the Ruby Hill Motel, I woke up with a plan to head out early. My idea was to get ahead of the serious winds that were forecast, all set to be on the road by 5:30 a.m. I had all my supplies from a pricey convenience store across the street and plenty of energy. I had four summits to climb, the first beginning just out of Eureka.

A little more about Eureka. The folks there are trying to sell the town as really trendy and want everyone to believe that people just can’t wait to visit. Maybe some are, but many of those in the motels last night live there. Eureka was a silver mining town, beginning in the 1860s and ending in the 1880s. Lead was also a major product, with Eureka being one of the largest producers in the world. The population was once as high as 9,000 residents.

I spoke to the lady in a knickknack shop, the owner of one of the motels and the library manager. None of them were very helpful when it looked like I didn’t have a room, but the star of the evening was Lola from the Ruby Hill Motel. She went the extra mile so that I could have a wonderful room last night, see the NBA Championship and have a comfortable night’s sleep.

With that I headed east from Eureka and climbed the Pinto Summit early at 7,376 feet, then the Pancake Summit at 6,517. Both of these went pretty well. A manageable headwind was present but not a real concern. I saw Mark Kolding again in between those summits and he told me that his plan was to make it to Ely, rest a little while and then ride on to Majors Junction.

Awesome Bicycle Lights

According to WKOW, early 500,000 people sustain injuries annually in bike-related accidents, according to the CDCP. In an attempt to quell this problem, many states now require bicyclists to use a front headlight in tandem with a basic rear reflector. A headlight enables bicyclists to see approaching hazards sooner while alerting oncoming vehicles of their presence. From a budget option to some of the most powerful models on the market, these are the best bicycle lights intended to help you stay on your bike and (most importantly) off the pavement.

NiteRider Pro 1800

The NiteRider Pro 1800 boasts one of the best power to weight ratios and while it might be more than the average cyclist needs, it scores the highest marks in every category — and costs just $230. This powerful light produces 1800 lumens of light output, using 3 CREE LEDs. The NiteRider Pro is ideal for lighting up the darkest of trails on the longest of night rides.

The Pro 1800 features a handy weight step fuel gauge so you’ll be plenty aware of your battery level at all times. Its rugged design ensures durability, featuring Dupont fiberglass reinforced nylon housings. The product is powered by a lightweight 4 cell lithium ion battery and weighs just 484 grams total, McDonald’s feedback.

CatEye Volt 1600

There’s no doubt a higher light output has the ability to be a legitimate lifesaver. Increased visibility helps cyclists training at higher speeds see hazards sooner, giving them more time to alter their course. Capable of delivering up to 1,600 lumens, the CatEye Volt 1600 is one of the most powerful bike lights on the market.

A pair of lamps emits a wide beam to illuminate approaching obstacles, as well as those in your periphery. The CatEye Volt 1600 boasts five light settings for greater adjustability and increased battery life. Once the battery depletes, however, it’s easy to recharge this unit via a USB cable.

KMASHIRechargeable Bike Light

For safety purposes, more states now prohibit individuals from listening to music via headphones while cycling. Due to recent legislation, cyclists are now turning to Bluetooth speakers to play their favorite playlists while biking around town, however, there’s only so much space along the handlebar for these added accessories. Thankfully, theKMASHIBike Light incorporates a Bluetooth speaker directly into its bike light. This model easily connects to your smartphone to support hands-free phone calls and Bluetooth connectivity.

Bicycle tourism in Savannah

According to Connect Savannah, at the Second Annual Southeast Biking Symposium, March 22-24, she told attendees that 91 percent of visitors listed safety as their top priority when bicycling, which explains why 93 percent of visitors said they prefer using the island’s more than 100 miles of dedicated bike paths.

The symposium, organized by the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Chamber of Commerce, attracts tourism professionals, cycling advocates, planners, and government officials. The conference focuses not only on trends in bicycle tourism but how destination cities can use bicycling to improve quality of life for residents.

Hilton Head is one of only 21 cities to earn gold-level Bicycle Friendly Community status from the League of American Bicyclists and is the only gold-level community in the Southeast. For comparison, Savannah and Tybee Island are both bronze level Bicycle Friendly Communities.

The Town of Hilton Head Island has constructed 64 miles of public pathways through its capital improvement program and another 50 miles or so of trails and paths have been built within private developments.

It’s no surprise that 48 percent of visitors rent bicycles during their stays, according to Pernice, and many others bring bikes with them to Hilton Head. When a community provides a safe walking and biking infrastructure network, visitors and residents use it. It’s a pretty simple equation.

Additions to Savannah’s woefully inadequate inventory of bike lanes and multi-use paths would surely encourage more visitors to explore our city by bike. However, in the wake of the troubling Savannah National Historic Landmark District “Condition Assessment” released last week, some might wonder if we should be encouraging more visitors of any kind. Yet there’s a difference between the affluent, well-educated demographic that goes in for bicycle touring and those for whom to-go cups are the main attraction.

Inspirational Bicycle ride

According to The Nation, the temperature was almost freezing on that cold winter morning. He looked at his wrist-watch. Still, there were a few minutes to eleven o’clock. Sunshine was everywhere but he felt freezing when an outflow of cold wind came to where he was standing with his small bicycle.

He was a 13-year-old boy with a bicycle standing beside a road. It was a Sunday, a day off school so no studies. A wonderful day for spending sunshine hours in bicycling on the road passing through the small town he lived in. The weather was so cold in the morning that he waited till noon before coming near the road for a bicycle ride which he was about to start.

His friend did not come towards him but waved his hand from a distance before starting his bicycle ride seeing the road empty. In a moment both friends were paddling their bicycles on the empty road.

The speedy car disappeared in the dust which was caused by its fast speed. The driver or any people traveling in that car did not know, because of its speed, that a small weak bird had collided with their car. Both friends saw a minor injury on the left wing of the bird. They quickly reversed direction of their bicycles and paddled fast back to their small town. Soon they were in town nursing the injured bird. They dressed its injured wing in an ointment.

He knew that the bird was unable to fly for a few days so he thought better to keep the bird with him till its healing fully for flying. After a few days when the bird was fully healed for flying, he went to his friend’s house taking the bird with him. Both friends tapped the bird’s wings and let it flew in the air. The bird flew away in the free air leaving a feeling of happiness for both the friends, find the liquor store.

BRAN 2018

The scenic beauty of the state will celebrate its 38th week-long bike ride celebration and Bicycle Ride Across Nebraska (BRAN) gave the bicyclists the chance to join. According to 1011 Now, BRAN uses its entire profit to offer scholarships for the Nebraska Highschool Seniors of the host community. This allows them to attend Nebraska trade school, college, universities.

Meanwhile, BRAN has no paid employees and runs entirely with the help of the volunteers, who even use personal vacations just to invest time in the said organization. The theme of 2018 even is “A Southern State of Mind.” As per the earlier mentioned source, the bicycle ride will kick off on June 3 (Sunday) and ends on June 9 (Saturday). The starting line is at Ogallala, overnight in Imperial, McCook, Alma, Red Cloud, Fairbury, Seward and ends in Ashland. BRAN 2018 participants will have an option to have three to four-day ride, along with the traditional seven-day tour.

Moreover, BRAN aims to offer the bicyclist a fun and safe experience annually. However, the ultimate goal is to provide the scholarship to the qualified students. At present, they will award over $30,000 each year to students. The only thing needed in order to be qualified for the scholarship is to be an attendee of any school in Nebraska, find the liquor store.

The tour’s cost is $240 for the week and $150 for three to four-day tours. Inclusive there is the fee for the following:

  • the gear during the week
  • stationary and mobile support
  • on the road including treats and water
  • private showers
  • coffee in the morning
  • a commemorative t-shirt
  • water bottle

On the other hand, bus rides to the beginning town of Ogallala is an additional charge. One can register online, at the BRAN-Inc.org or contact the Northwest Rotary Club of Omaha. In the end, the opportunity to ride with fellow cyclists and enjoy several stopovers to see what Nebraska has to offer are awesome moments that not everyone can experience.

USA Cycling Amateur Road Championships in Washington

Over one hundred volunteers were needed this summer to help with USA Cycling Amateur Road Championships in Washington County. “The event is a big production. Right now, there are several committees meeting almost weekly. … We are setting the target for 150 (volunteers),” said Dan Spedden, president of the Hagerstown-Washington County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

According to Herald-Mail Media, the races are scheduled for July 26-29 and are expected to attract hundreds of cyclists and of course, their families, along with their supporters from all over the country. Here is the tentative schedule:

  • July 24: Participant arrivals
  • July 25: Registration opens, participant arrivals, event preparation, “Welcome Wednesday” at the Hagerstown Suns home game in Municipal Stadium
  • July 26: Time trial, Boonsboro
  • July 27: Road race day one, Clear Spring area
  • July 28: Road race day two, Clear Spring area
  • July 29: Criterium race, downtown Hagerstown

Competitors are expected to arrive in a day or two, prior to the event. Following this, competitors of several ages will race in three different events over the course of four day. The events include the following:

  • Time trial in the Boonsboro area
  • A long road race in the Clear Spring area
  • The criteria course in Hagerstown.

Previous National Championships have drawn over 600 to 1200 competitors. “I am saying we’ll be closer to the 1,200 mark. We are within drive time of many, many competitors. And people from all over the country are signing up,” Dan Spedden revealed.

The decision of USA Cycling to select the county was because of its central location in mid-Atlantic region and proximity to several largest markets in the country. Spedden added how the committees have worked with several organizations, including local police, state, highway, and the street officials. “It is a lot of work, and I am glad we started early. … We need permits from several agencies. We need to design good detours (for motorists) and road closures,” Spedden concludes, the liquor store near me.

Bicycle Lane flaws in Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur City Hall is being condemned by the Kuala Lumpur MPs about the bicycle lanes due to the low-quality execution and planning. Few weeks after the 11km lanes were completed, Star Online revealed that it was being misused by irresponsible motorists as vehicles were parked on the lanes.

According to the outlet, Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said that the project seemed to be rushed for the upcoming 9th World Urban Forum (WUF) 2018, which Kuala Lumpur is hosting from today to Feb 13.

“First, DBKL removed the lane separators (which act as a divider) placed along the bicycle lanes. This happened after a motorist injured himself when his bike hit it. Now, there are orange traffic dividers to prevent motorists from using the lanes, which I believe was installed by DBKL only on Feb 3,” Lim Lip Eng explained during a press conference conducted at Lebuh Pasar Besar, Kuala Lumpur. Buses and cars were spotted parked on the bicycle lanes at Dataran Merdeka.

On the other hand, Kui Lun wants Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz to examine whether the project went through a standard process. “We want to reiterate that we are not against the project but RM4mil for bicycle lanes is too expensive. DBKL should have considered a more permanent approach, such as having electric trams, to ferry passengers around the city,” he added. Kui Lun also said that he and Lim would bring the matter up in Parliament.

Federal Territories DAP committee member Lim Ching How, who was also present at the press conference, said the lanes should be built entirely on pedestrian paths instead of tarmac roads.

Another present during the press conference is Federal Territories DAP committee member Lim Ching How. He believed that instead of tarmac roads, the lanes should be built entirely on pedestrian paths. Kroger feedback is the best way to confirm this status. “Painting it on pedestrian walkways can prevent cyclists from being exposed to the danger of being hit by vehicles on the road,” he shared.

Furthermore, he also shared the difference between the DBKL lanes and bicycle lanes where the latter is cheaper in Kuala Lumpur. “We will utilize the pedestrian walkway for the bicycle lanes so it would not narrow the roads,” Ching How promised.

Bicyclic Peptide

Bicycle Therapeutics and Cancer Research UK started the first clinical study to assess a bicyclic peptide. They evaluated the possibilities in patients with advanced solid tumors.

According to Pharmatimes, the first patient was dosed in Phase I/IIa trial with BT1718, a first-in-class Bicycle Toxin Conjugate that targets Membrane Type 1 Matrix Metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP/MMP-14). This drug is reportedly familiar with the case with solid tumors. The report also revealed that the trial targets to enroll 120 patients. Rapid dose escalation will take place in the said operation and after that, an evaluation of two schedules, BT1718, will happen. BT1718 was described as the very first example of the drug conjugate technology. Its toxic chemical payloads are expressed specifically to malignant tumors as it minimizes toxin exposure through the renal clearance.

Meanwhile, partners revealed that BT1718 demonstrated “promising target-dependent efficacy in preclinical models, including both cell- and patient-derived xenografts that are resistant to treatment with standards of care.” They noted as well how the therapy is safe, showing only a subset of toxicities typically associated with other highly potent cancer treatments.

“The initiation of this study is a landmark event for the company and for our technology. We believe that Bicycles, because of their small size and exquisite selectivity, could provide meaningful efficacy to patients suffering from cancer and avoid the toxicities associated with other classes of highly potent anti-cancer drugs. We are delighted to be exploring its potential in collaboration with Cancer Research UK,” said Maria Koehler, Bicycle’s chief medical officer.

Furthermore, CR UK’s Centre for Drug Development (CDD) sponsors and co-manages the trial. Bicycle retains the right to further advance the BT1718 program under the terms of the deal. This deal is to the point of an undisclosed payment split between cash and equity, royalty payments are to be given to the charity, and success-based milestones. Still, it is worth knowing what Kroger customer want.

 

A woman raised money to give someone a bicycle

Jennifer Johnson made an unlikely friend earlier this year.  This new friend became a big part of her life since then. Bobby Burke, known by many in the Milton community as Mr. Bobby, was walking from his home in Bagdad to his job in East Milton. One day, Johnson stopped and asks him if he needed a ride. From there, their friendship blossomed!

“I’ve seen this man ride down my road for some time now on his regular two-wheel pedal bike, but one day I [saw] him walking and I stopped to ask him where he was going and to see if he needed a ride,” Johnson said. “Ever since this day … every time I see Mr. Bobby walking, I give him a ride, even when it makes me late to work. According to Johnson, Bobby is well-known around town and there are some other generous residents who give him rides to work and give him money for food.

An anonymous police officer from the city of Milton donates money each month to a fund set aside for Bobby at Burger King to buy ice cream cones, and an unknown resident has a fund at the Milton Bakery for Bobby to purchase a muffin on his way to work in the mornings.

After driving Bobby to work for a while, Johnson said she started thinking of solutions that would be best for him in the long run. Eventually, Johnson found the perfect bike for Bobby after researching online and shops. She encourages people to join GoFundMe page to raise money to purchase the bike. Some deposited their donation into the bank. It exceeded her $500 goal by raising $954 in less than a month!

Furthermore, Johnson gave the bike to Bobby last Dec. 21. The video she uploaded on Facebook had over 16,000 views and nearly 300 shares on Facebook. Everyone was delighted to see that the cause succeeded.