Grading the States, 2019 Bicycle Friendly State rankings released – The Bike League is back this week with their annual Bicycle Friendly State Ranking showing some good news – widespread progress by state Departments of Transportation. But at the same time, more people were killed while biking in 2018 than in any year since 1990.
That continues a tragic trend, but it looks like some institution change seems to be getting underway, with every state is taking some action to make bicycling better. The League of American Bicyclists is hopeful for the progress. Check out their full report to see how your state is doing. and would like to recognize several positive trends: BikeLeague.org
Advocacy & Industry News
- Make Friday Green again, with Vélobici & others – While blatant consumerism dominates this day, there are plenty of people & companies pushing the #optoutside alternative. Vélobici pledged not to take part in Black Friday and called on fellow brands to Make Friday Green Again and end the madness of pre-Christmas discounting for the sake of the environment and the retail industry. The small-batch, luxury cycling clothing maker abhors the globally spreading Black Friday & even Cyber Monday shopping frenzy traditions, and the resulting spikes in air pollution & packaging waste. Read how they are trying to get other brands to join in too. Velobici.cc
- The YT Mob rounds out final video of this year’s World Tour in ‘Time’ – The World Tour witnessed 6 rider camps on 6 continents, where over 550 young riders applied to be the next Young Talent. The unprecedented recruiting program created opportunity for 120 kids from all over the world to shine on a bigger stage, learn and develop their skills and passion for the sport we love. Eight Young Talents made it to the final camp at Mob HQ and are in the running for two spots to race as Juniors on the YT Mob team in 2020. YT-Mob.com
- Go behind the scenes with CX World Cup leader Eli Iserbyt – Rotor sat down for a Q&A with one of the best cyclo-cross racers in the world right now, young Belgian cross talent Eli Iserbyt. See what makes the 22-year-old tick and you know find out if he likes cats or dogs… hard hitting journalism at: RotorAmerica.com
Where to ride
- Ride Stelvio Week to prep for the 2020 Granfondo Stelvio – This one’s a biggee, but as scenic as riding in the Alps gets. Tour operator Grand Tours Project has just the thing to whip you into shape to tackle one of the most popular Italian gran fondos. Their eight-day, six-stage Stelvio Week tour will guide you from the airport in Milan every step of the way leading up to the big 151km, 4000m Granfondo Stelvio Santini on Sunday and have you back ready to catch your flight home a week later. Along the way are another 400km & 8000m of climbing to shake out your legs for the big event. GrandToursProject.com