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Questions related to improving the overall image of the bicycling community. This can include publicity events, races, advertising, press coverage, and any other way to advocate to the public for the bicycling community.

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Invested too much in my car! How can it be worth cycling to work?

I am a promoter of cycling in general, especially for commuting to work. Convincing people, especially motorists, to cycle to work is a challenge. Most understand the benefits of cycling, even if its ...
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Getting local businesses to install bicycle parking

I live in the far southern community of Nashville, Tn. If any of you know Nashville, it is very late to the bicycling movement. They have some good efforts currently but they are focused in the high ...
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Where can I get a Job that involves bicycles? [closed]

I was wondering if anyone knows any job or if you could advise as of what I could do to obtain a new job that involves bicycles?
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What is the reason for starting before the traffic light turns green?

I've noticed that a lot of commuters come to a complete stop at traffic lights but go before the light turns green. They start riding as soon as the light in the intersecting direction turns red. I ...
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Does a three foot passing law actually require drivers to give three feet?

Utah has a three foot passing law that states: Title 41 Chapter 6a Section 706.5 Operation of motor vehicle near bicycle prohibited. An operator of a motor vehicle may not knowingly, ...
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What is the usual pattern of use of a velodrome (cycling track)?

In the first place, if the title is not properly describing my question, please edit it. The fact is: the bike advocacy groups of my city are slowly getting some attention from City Hall, and bicycle ...
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How to mount posters, bills or placards on a bicycle

We want to do a ride through our city to show the presence of cycling and want that people do not only see bikes, but also a message. We thought of using some posters that we mount on our bikes, but ...
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How do I set up and run a leisure cycling crew? [closed]

Any advice on setting up and running a cycling crew? I have absolutely no experience in this and am curious to see what the community had to say from experience. It is almost always more fun to have ...
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How should I deal with bike messengers + others (salmon) riding the wrong way in a bike lane?

Frustrated cyclist "jegrgic" poses this question at the New York Cycling Club (NYCC) website. They say: When I see this, I want to just go over to the person and try to give them some common sense....
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Should legislation to ban cyclists from using cell-phones when on the move be opposed, if so, how? [closed]

A 'dangerous precedent' looks to be set with the an update to the law in California regarding cellphone usage whilst on the move. Get caught talking on the phone (or texting) and you could get a $20 ...
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Are there any 'anti-car' bicycle companies or shops?

In the UK it would be a brave company that took the 'anti-car' stance when it comes to selling bicycles. Furthermore, most cycle shops, distributors and others connected with the trade are personally ...
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How do I help the less experienced cyclist cope with a hill climb?

I enjoy going up hills by bike and only the steepest Alps make me think 'what am I doing!!!' However, some of my friends have a tendency to say things like We're not going all the way up there, are ...
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How to encourage people close to me to become cyclists?

Sometimes you try to help somebody get into cycling (buy girlfriend a bike, fix up a friend's bike, give a bike to family, help friend shop for bike) and they never really get into it and fall back ...
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What tactics other than 'setting an example' successfully encourage friends/family/others to become cyclists? [closed]

We all know the scenario - you buy the girlfriend a bike, you spend a day servicing a friend's bike, you give an old bike to someone in the family or you spend time in the LBS helping a friend get a ...
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Which are bicycle-politicized groups or advocate groups?

Well, that is it. I want better roads, more safe roads, better maintained roads to bicyclists so I am looking for bicycle-politized groups or advocate groups around the world. I believe they may have ...
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Urban Cycling Safety Innovations

Portland, Oregon is one of several U.S. cities with a progressive bicycling culture. A couple of innovations the city has implemented are "bike boxes" and "sharrows". Bike boxes are road markings ...
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Arguments for/against bike lanes?

What are the arguments for and against bike lanes? Can anyone summarize the best reasons they're good for and bad for cyclists and automobile drivers? For example, Are there some environments ...
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Do cyclists warrant special consideration under traffic laws?

I recently saw a YouTube channel where a motorist with an agenda has taken it upon himself to film cyclists as they break traffic laws. Most (perhaps not all) of the actions I observed would be what I ...
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Where can I look up voting guide for better bike infrastructure?

All I care about (my #1 issue) is getting better separated bicycle infrastructure (kid, old-person etc friendly) to southern California. Specifically for upcoming election and especially for local ...
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What are the most effective methods of bicycling advocacy?

Are all the best efforts truly local, or are there good regional/national causes (for example, the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy) that are worth supporting?
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