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Kristin Armstrong’s Bikes Stolen

The bicycles that Olympic gold medalist Kristin Armstrong rode in the Olympics were stolen at some point while they were being shipped to Boise after being on display at an event called “Eurobike” in Germany. Her gold medal time trial bike is worth nearly $30,000 and her road bike is valued at almost that much. Armstrong says the time trial bike is a symbol of all the hard work she put in and she's sad that somebody took that away from her family. The bikes were shipped from Bremen Germany on Sept. 7 and made stops in Frankfurt and Atlanta, but only empty boxes arrived at Armstrong's house Tuesday. It's unknown when the bikes went missing/AP via Eye on Boise. More here. (AP file photo: Kristin Armstrong of Boise shown at London Summer Olympics Aug. 1)

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Bill Hall: Beware Of The Bicycle

At the Lewiston Tribune, columnist Bill Hall suggests a compromise that would allow bicyclists and pedestrians to coexist on sidewalks: “If you’re jogging or walking and you decide to move over to one side of the path without looking, and a bike comes along, it can wipe out all parties. It’s almost impossible for a cyclist to go over the top of a pedestrian without mashing the sorry sucker and then being thrown into the pavement himself.When I switched for a time to the bicycle, I became aware of that. I soon copied a few alert cyclists who had known about the danger. They used to come up behind me on their bikes when I was running and call out, 'Coming by' or 'On your left.' I did the same at first on my bike, but then I remembered those little musical bells we used to have on our tricycles and bicycles as children. They attach to the handlebars and are operated by your thumb and make a weird but cheery little sound of “Ring! Ring! Ring!” So I bought one. Better to be silly than mash a jogger while wiping out yourself.” More here.

Question: Have you ever had a close encounter with a bicyclist on a sidewalk — or the Centennial Trail?

New York Beats Sandpoint For Biking?

New York has planned for cyclists and pedestrians. Although many of the paths and lanes for cyclists were added within the past couple of decades, New York has never assumed that driving a car will be the primary mode of transportation for most people. Streets, houses, and neighborhoods were not planned with cars and parking in mind. Driving (not to mention parking) is a bother there relative to the ease with which one may travel in the subway, on busses, on foot, or on a bike. In Sandpoint, by contrast, it takes significant effort to backfill bicycle and pedestrian routes into a street grid and neighborhoods that are focused primarily if not exclusively on cars. It’s assumed one must take a car most places, because there is no subway or bus, and most people aren’t willing to take the time to walk or bike/Cate Huisman, New West. More here. (Associated Press file photo, of bikers in New York City)

Question: Would you rather bike in your community than New York City?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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