* Dallas, Texas gets its first bike lane; bicycle advocates celebrate baby-steps. You have to start somewhere.
* After months of pressure from campaigners, London Mayor Boris Johnson has retracted his claim that two-thirds of cyclists killed or seriously injured in London had suffered as a result of breaking the law, London Cycling Campaign reports. “This retraction should help correct the damaging misconception, including among many politicians and journalists, that people who are hurt while riding a bicycle are usually responsible for their own injuries,” states LCC’s Charlie Lloyd.
* League of American Cyclists shows that bikes aren’t just good for you, they’re good for the economy, too. The League released a detailed graphic which highlight studies from across the country showing the positive benefits of bicycling.
* Driver’s License fees go up in Washington State from $45 to $80. That’s like two new commuter tires!
* The NewScientist featured this cool “Tron-like” animation, which provided a snapshot of 5 million bicycle journeys in London.
* 100-year-old man sets 100-kilometer cycling record. Robert Marchand, a French amateur cyclist, set a record for the fastest 100-year-old to cycle 100 kilometers (62 miles), finishing the distance in 4 hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds.
* According to the Seattle P.I. headline, everyone hates Critical Mass.
*Clarence Eckerson points out that a Lexus car commercial filmed in Vancouver, BC, is the first U.S. commercial to feature a complete street with a protected bike lane. But Eckerson doubts the commercial producers were trying to make a statement that streets are for more than automobiles. “After looking at the manipulation closer it’s probably just that it’s really just a nice-looking, busy-with-people-city-street to use as a canvas to show off the Lexus,” Eckerson said.
* An Op-Ed in Hush magazine calls for a slower, simpler, more civilized bicycling culture, with less “Gore-Tex clad” militant cyclists.
* Following Cher’s angry Twitter rants about bicyclists, this image has been making the rounds on the twittersphere.
* We all know that the best way to get to know a place is from the saddle of a bicycle. Englishman Dominic Gill takes that one step further, by riding solo on a tandem bicycle and inviting people from the local countryside to join him through Egypt. If you have a subscription, you can watch his documentary on Universal Sports.