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He was sitting in a clinic. Waiting. And waiting. And waiting for his grandparents' HIV medicine.

Sizwe Nzima was a high school student in Cape Town, South Africa, when he would pick up the medicine for his HIV-positive grandparents, who had difficulty traveling to the clinic themselves. Because of the long lines, Nzima usually waited hours and often made multiple trips to the clinic before and after school. He tried to bribe the pharmacists to get the medication sooner. But it didn't work.

Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share will be acquired by a New York company and will relocate to New York City to be run by a new CEO, under an agreement announced Tuesday.

Alta has launched bike-share programs in many cities across the country including New York, Chicago, Seattle and Melbourne, Australia. It also has plans to start a program in Portland.

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A new fleet of bicycles will start rolling down Seattle streets Monday when the city’s bike share program gets underway. The bright green bikes will be easy to spot and 500 of them will be stationed across Seattle’s urban core: downtown, the University of Washington and Capitol Hill.

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Should you be insulted when billionaires bigfoot an election? Do you resent apodment dwellers, tatted-up baristas, or the NFL for dismissing domestic violence? Plus, what do you think of the activists who want to take Seattle's $15 minimum wage cross the bridge?

Bill Radke reviews the week’s news with Crosscut's Knute Berger, C.R. Douglas of Q13 FOX News and KUOW's Deborah Wang. Special guests include Seattle Times sportswriter Percy Allen and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

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On Vashon Island, there's an unusual local attraction.

It's an old, red, child's bicycle that's growing out of a tree.

Seattle's New Bike Lane Wows Cyclists, Confuses Cars

Sep 9, 2014
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Seattle Mayor Ed Murray unveiled the city’s first protected bike lane in downtown on Monday, on Second Avenue between Pike and Yesler.

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Construction for a new bike lane on Second Avenue downtown began on Friday, just one week after a truck hit a cyclist, 31-year-old mother Sher Kung. She died at the scene.

The Denny, a bike created with safety in mind, has won a national Bike Project Design.
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Do you hear that? That’s the sound of a victorious Seattle, winning The Bike Design Project.

On Monday, the project announced that The Denny, a utilitarian bike that would likely cost about $3,000, won the honor. Seattle beat New York City, Chicago, Portland and San Francisco. Fuji Bikes has promised to manufacture and sell the winning entry, as determined by members of the cycling public.

Traffic on Second Avenue in downtown Seattle.
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Ross Reynolds talks with Tom Fucoloro of the Seattle Bike Blog about Second Avenue's new bike lane makeover and whether it will be enough to keep bicyclists safe downtown. Meantime, producer Hannah Burn grabs an unwieldy microphone and hops on her bike to check out the lane at rush hour for herself.

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The Seattle Department of Transportation approved a Bicycle Master Plan in April 2014. Their vision is for biking to become "a comfortable and integral part of daily life in Seattle, for people of all ages and abilities."

But what would it take to get there?

Editors' Note: This post has been revised to clarify and correct reporting on the findings of the bike helmet study. The researchers looked at head injuries, not just brain injuries, so the descriptions have been changed to head injuries throughout. The lead researcher said in response to follow-up questions that the study was designed to look at the risk of head injuries as a proportion of all injuries related to bicycling, so the headline and descriptions of the work have been changed to reflect that distinction.

Alec Baldwin, you were salmoning!

The actor was ticketed in New York on Tuesday for riding his bicycle the wrong way on a one-way street.

Cyclists use the term "salmoning" to describe a biker going against the stream on a one-way bike lane. Surely the definition can be broadened to include Baldwin's infraction.

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Steve Scher talks with Holly Houser, executive director of Puget Sound Bike Share, about how Seattle's forthcoming bike sharing program will work. This September, Puget Sound Bike Share will roll out to four neighborhoods: Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, the University District and downtown.

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It’s a terrible feeling: walking out of a Seattle farmers market with your fresh rutabaga only to find that your bike is missing from where you parked it.

Detective Sergeant Cindy Granard can relate. “That can be a great tragedy – being a former bike officer I understand that.”

Can Bikes And Orchards Coexist?

Jan 15, 2014

The valley between Wenatchee and Leavenworth, Wash., is known for its fruit orchards. Apple, pear, and cherry trees line the county roads. In the springtime, blossomed branches reach out from tidy orchard rows.

You can glimpse the orchards from U.S. Highway 2, the most direct route between the two cities. But the most scenic way winds along 48 miles of county roads, up and down hills and across the Wenatchee River.

This story is part of a project on commuting in America.

Millions of commuters across the country have a new way to get around. In the past few years, bike-sharing systems have popped up from Boston to Minnesota to Washington, D.C. They're supposed to make commuting easier, greener and cheaper. But the people who arguably need these bikes the most are often the least likely to access them.

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Marcie Sillman talks with Jeff Aken, principal planner at the Cascade Bicycle Club, about Seattle's revised bicycle master plan.

One of the largest obstacles in getting people to bike to work is their fear of getting hit by a car. A new grass-roots project in Los Angeles is helping folks navigate the ins and outs of traffic.

It's 6:45 a.m. and Barbara Insua is busy packing a bag. She will ride seven miles from her home in Pasadena to NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, where she works as a graphic designer. She only started doing this ride a few months ago.

"It was kind of daunting," she says, "because seven miles to the lab — I didn't know how to do it. I'm not an avid cyclist."

We know that Europeans love their bicycles — think Amsterdam or Paris. Denmark even has highways specifically for cyclists.

Tom Hajduk

Every year in January, volunteers fan out across King County to count the number of people who are homeless. In February, the great backyard bird count tracks birds and species all over the world.

On Thursday, it was Washington state’s bicycle count, when hundreds of people across the state stood on corners and counted cyclists, pedestrians and others using non-motorized method of transportation like in-line skates and skateboards.

Several vintage sports have seen resurgence among young people lately: roller derby, kickball and even bocce ball. But one century-old sport hasn't just found new fans; it's getting an urban makeover.

Welcome to hardcourt bike polo. On a hot, sunny day in Roseville, Minn., the second day of the 2013 North American Hardcourt Bike Polo Championship is about to begin.

Cycle Track Plan Worries Business Owners In Ravenna

Aug 16, 2013
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Seattle’s Bicycle Master Plan includes a proposal for a bike lane on NE 65th Street. The bike lane would be a cycle track, which is a protected lane for bikes. Usually such lanes take away some parking.

Bike Helmets: Love Them Or Hate Them?

Aug 16, 2013
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The Seattle City Council is developing a bike-sharing program for the city. Under the current plan, around 500 seven-speed bikes and helmets will be available to rent from kiosks in parts of Seattle. 

Some bike-sharing advocates say the helmet requirement is a big problem, because nobody who rents a bike will also want to rent a helmet.  But it’s illegal to bike in King County without one. Should King County keep the helmet rule? Would you rent a bike and a helmet? Ross Reynolds hears from listeners.

Imagining Seattle's Bike Utopia

Jul 22, 2013
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How do you get to work: Do you drive? Do you take the bus? Perhaps you carpool. What would it take to get you to ride a bike to work? Would you ride a bike if there were more trails away from traffic? Perhaps the only thing stopping you from putting the clippy shoe on the pedal is all those pesky inclines. Ross Reynolds hears from listeners about what their bike utopia would look like and checks in with reporter Erica Barnett about what is in the Seattle Master Bike Plan (PDF)

Public Meeting
"Making the Seattle Bicycle Master Plan Work for Your Business," 4:00-6:00 p.m. at the Russell Investment Center (1301 Second Ave, floor 17). Host: Seattle Department of Transportation.

Cycle Tracks Debut In North Seattle

Jul 15, 2013
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The city’s first cycle tracks have been installed in North Seattle. They’re designated bike lanes, separated from car traffic by a parking strip and located on Linden Avenue, a quiet side street just off Aurora Avenue North.

Seattle’s Master Bike Plan

Jun 6, 2013
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The new draft of Seattle’s Master Bike Plan is out today. Erica Barnett, news editor at Publicola, joins David Hyde today to talk about what that means for Seattle’s bicyclists.

Bike To Work Day

May 17, 2013
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Today is National Bike to Work Day and The Conversation’s Hannah Burn asked people in the neighborhood how they got to work or school today. The Census Bureau reports that in 2011, about half a percent of commuters biked to work in the United States. Seattle seems to trend higher as of the 14 people Burn talked to, 28 percent were cyclists.

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National Bike to Work Day is May 17. That means lots more cyclists on the roads. Washington drivers should be even more careful, not only for safety reasons, but also because of a recent change to Washington state law.

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For the first time this year, a cyclist was killed in Seattle. It happened Wednesday in a fatal collision involving a bike and a semi truck. Wednesday was also the first day of National Bike To Work Month.

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The plan to create a bike sharing program in Seattle is clicking into a higher gear. Puget Sound Bike Share hopes to launch in 2014 in parts of the University District, Eastlake, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, Downtown and Queen Anne. Organizers updated Seattle officials Tuesday on their progress and said they hope to hire a vendor by the spring.

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