Rolling 'round the world
My first scan produced 209 stories for just yesterday. Here are some of my favorites.
Going Dutch: With 13 million bicycles, the Netherlands -- or Holland, its regional name -- has twice as many bikes as cars and nearly as many bicycles as people. An 11,000-mile system of bike paths, many of which are separate from highways, crisscrosses a nation so small and flat that it's easy to use bicycles to transport people, groceries, even terriers.
Cycling on the rise in Croatia: Lately, Croatia has combined the two most ecologically friendly forms of transportation -- trains and bicycles -- to create a new way of touring the countryside. Bikers can buy a single, affordable daily ticket. The train takes them through part of the countryside as a preview and drops them off at any number of scenic bike trails.
More turning to pedal power: The number of registered bicycles here has topped 12,000, up more than 50 percent in the past five-or-so years. And the number of independent bike stores, in roughly the same period, has jumped from a few to a half-dozen.
Tall bike brothers in charity challenge: Two brothers from north London who are circumnavigating Britain on a pair of 7ft tall bicycles have passed John O'Groats, a major milestone on their record-breaking journey. Will and Ed Stevens, from Highbury, are pedalling 5,500 miles on custom-made tall bikes in aid of three cycling charities Re-Cycle, Sustrans, and Cyclemagic Community Projects.
A celebration of heels and wheels took over downtown Eugene on Thursday. The city celebrated cyclists and pedestrians at the People Powered Festival. The event highlighted some popular non-motorized modes of transportation like bicycles. Everything from two wheelers to bikes powered by hand and foot were on display.
Cycling in Comfort: The bicycle is a silent, slender steed, the perfect companion for the contemplative exploration of Ireland. While dedicated enthusiasts travel with tents and cooking equipment attached – or race through the country enjoying a view of the tarmacadam passing beneath their front wheel – travellers intent on comfort and leisure avail of the services of such wonderful organisations as Celtic Cycling.
Thousands buy cycles to beat the bowser blow-out: Spiralling petrol prices are prompting thousands of commuters to ditch their cars on weekdays and ride to work on bicycles. With the cost of a litre of fuel passing $1.45, cycling groups said the number of riders on some routes had nearly doubled over the past 12 months and bike shops have reported a rise in sales.
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