* Neighborhoods go for the gold in the Walk Bike Ride Challenge. The July and August Walk Bike Ride Challenge is underway and we’d like to instill some friendly competition among Seattle’s neighborhoods.
* New study finds that showers are the ”hidden factor” in encouraging bike commuting.
* Here’s an interesting graph from John Pucher and Ralph Buehler’s, “Making Cycling Irresistible: Lessons from the Netherlands, Denmark, and Germany,” Transport Reviews 28, no. 4 (July 2008): 495–528.
* The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) and Toole Design Group are partnering up to offer a series of free webinars on the updated AASHTO Bicycle Guide, which is a key resource for designing bike facilities in the US and had not been revised since 1999.
* Momentum magazine asks, “North America vs. Europe: Who Has the Best Plan for City Bikers?”
* NPR looks at tensions in urban planning and roadways in Seattle, Chicago, Toronto and Boston.
* Nutcase adds new helmet designs and bicycle bells to product line.In addition to the designs, Bike Rumor reports that Nutcase helmets will get an overhaul next year with better vents and internal channels and a revised, lower fit. [more...]
* Companies’ bike programs boost employee wellness and attract good, new recruits, says a new study.
* Reel System has got a MacGyver-esque system to carry your cargo on your bike.
* Driver falls asleep at the wheel, crashes and flies over the heads of Seattle International Randonneur riders.
* RIP Steve Albers. Our deepest condolences to Steve’s friends and family.