Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Something for your groovy inner city lifestyle

Sir Clive Sinclair's new folding A-bike will fit in your umbrella stand, but an average Auckland City pothole might swallow the whole bike.
If you make a practice of riding home from your favourite inner-city watering hole, the A-bike's tiny wheels may not provide the extra stability that you require.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Matt Seaton says a few words

Posted to youtube by Carlton Reid of BIKEBIZ and Quick Release TV :

"The Guardian's cycling correspondent MATT SEATON gave the keynote speech at 'Marketing and Promoting Cycling', a conference at the University of Bolton on 3rd April 2007.
What are Seaton's views on Tory leader David Cameron and jumping red lights? "

Sunday, July 01, 2007

BikeNZ sells us out to the CarBiz

It's a measure of the ineffectiveness of BikeNZ's cycling advocacy program that a car company would provide three cars for the BikeNZ office.

Subaru are obnoxious.
A large part of their advertising emphasises high-performance, morally aiding and abetting the obnoxious road behaviour that discourages people from walking or cycling even near their own homes.
Subaru's advertising has consistently promoted the concept that it is only permissible to enjoy cycling when it is contingent on the use of their product. Riding from your front door would seem to be unacceptable to BikeNZ's new sponsor.

This concept of the bicycle as purely sporting or leisure product is an aberation of the late 20th century, now rendered obsolete by the prospect of peak oil, resulting in continual fuel price increases; not to mention the moral and practical exigencies of climate change.