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Cycling in the cities: Seven Minnesota inventions for bike enthusiasts here and around the globe 25.10.2014 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/Tony Webster It’s great to be a cyclist in the Twin Cities.  As everyone knows by now, it’s great to be a cyclist in the Twin Cities. From folks ditching their cars for bikes , to Minneapolis and St. Paul creating nation-leading bikeway plans , pedal power has a lot of momentum here. As transit-oriented development hits its stride along the Green Line and other key corridors, the bicycle looks to figure even more prominently into our local transit mix. The Twin Cities isn’t only a leader in bicycle use, however, but also a major innovator in bicycle design and technology. The seven inventions profiled below have, or will have, an impact on the local and global cycling industry. And the pace of innovation shows no sign of slowing down. Bicycle maintenance Park Tool: Bike repair stands Two generations ago, repairing a bike meant getting on your hands and knees. No more. In 1963, cycling-crazy St. Paulites Howard Hawkins and Art Engstrom invented the world’s first bicycle repair stand, Model PRS-1 ...
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Local Briefs 24.10.2014 Durango Herald
Building permit process to changeIn an effort to ensure compliance with agency agreements between the city of Durango and the Durango Fire Protection District, the city building permit application process has changed. Effective immediately, all building permit submissions made to the city of Durango will need to have:Proof that...
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Northstar train strikes and kills pedestrian in Elk River 23.10.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

A Northstar commuter train struck and killed a pedestrian in Elk River Wednesday.

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Man struck by Northstar train in Elk River dies 23.10.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
The pedestrian was walking in an area not meant for pedestrians at about 6:30 p.m. when he was hit.
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The Small Item That's Changing Rides For Cyclists Everywhere 23.10.2014 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It’s been three years since a driver plowed into Megan Odett and her one-year-old son in a Washington, D.C. street, and even now, she can’t fully straighten her leg. “They never caught the person who left me lying in the crosswalk, curled up around my son,” Odett, 35, told The Huffington Post by phone last week. The three witnesses to the crash couldn’t agree on the driver’s license plate number, so no one was ever prosecuted. Though Odett was on foot when she was hit, she normally travels with her children on a 100-pound cargo bike. After several close calls cycling, the crosswalk crash was the final straw that prompted her to wear a GoPro camera on her rides. “I didn’t have any faith if that were to happen to me again, the person responsible would be brought to justice and kept off the road,” said Odette, the force behind Kidical Mass D.C., a group that promotes safe family biking . Odette is just one of many cyclists turning to a "black box:" an impact-resistant, mountable camera that records footage ...
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Redfin Buys Startup to Make Online Home-Hunting a Little Less Maddening 23.10.2014 Wired Top Stories
If you've ever spent time looking at houses, you know how wildly a listing can differ from reality. In many cases, the text exaggerates the charm of decaying old homes. Photos make rooms look bigger than they actually are, while deftly avoiding problem areas. And the "great neighborhood" promised by a listing promised turns out to be a mess. But Redfin wants to solve this ...
Northstar train kills man on tracks in Elk River 23.10.2014 Star Tribune: Latest
A Northstar train hit and killed a pedestrian on the tracks in Elk River just before 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, prompting authorities to shut down trains going both ways and temporarily close the tracks.
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How to encourage drivers to get out of their cars 23.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
To the editor: While I agree we don't need a "war on motorists," we do need to prod drivers into abandoning their cars. Otherwise, they just won't do it. ("Sharing the roads in L.A.," Editorial, Oct. 19)
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Woman, 24, Charged After Allegedly Running Over Woman With Car In Mpls. 22.10.2014 WCCO: Local News
(credit: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office)A Minneapolis woman has been charged with first degree assault after allegedly hitting a woman with her vehicle in downtown Minneapolis early Saturday. Vanessa Ida Uzong, 24, has been charged with one count of assault in the first degree – great bodily harm.
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Pedestrian struck by car while crossing train tracks in Levittown 21.10.2014 Yahoo: US National

Pedestrian struck by car while crossing train tracks in LevittownA pedestrian is hospitalized after being struck by a car while crossing some train tracks in Levittown.


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Speeding in paradise: Contradictions abound at Rio de Janeiro’s beachfront 20.10.2014 THE CITY FIX
Rio de Janeiro is breathtaking. It just takes a walk along the boardwalk of the Copacabana and Ipanema beaches, for example, to be completely absorbed by the city’s natural beauty and the thousands of people enjoying these sites. There you ...
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Sharing the roads in L.A. 19.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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New housing: Time to stop in the 'burbs? Builders don't think so. 18.10.2014 Pioneer Press: Most Viewed

Home builders, consider yourself warned.

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New York slashes speed limit in bid to wipe out deaths 18.10.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories

New York City is slashing its speed limit from 30 to 25 miles per hour next month and has launched a public awareness campaign on road safetyNew York (AFP) - New York City is slashing its speed limit from 30 to 25 miles (48 to 40 kilometers) per hour next month and has launched a public awareness campaign on road safety.


Can We Earn a Living on a Living Planet? 17.10.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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L.A. sheriff's cruiser flips over in Lancaster to avoid pedestrian 17.10.2014 LA Times: Opinion
A Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department cruiser overturned in Lancaster late Thursday after a sergeant swerved to avoid hitting a pedestrian, authorities said.
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Everything you always wanted to know about bus stops (and more) 16.10.2014 MinnPost
Apart from traffic cones and guardrails, bus stops are probably the most boring piece of urban infrastructure in our cities today. They stand ignored on street corners surrounded by grit, concrete and speeding cars. During the wintertime, people huddle inside, clutching their coats against the wind. And every once in a while, an unromantic bus squeaks to the curb and drops off a passenger. It’s safe to say that most people take bus stops for granted, but when you begin to study them, a world opens up. Believe it or not, some bus stops can be beautiful, and can even make it seem as though time is flying by. Meanwhile, a poorly designed stop can erode a city’s transit system from within, and make our city’s bus riders feel like second-class citizens. Bus Shelter 101 According to Metro Transit planners Julie Quinn and Gail Gartner, the Twin Cities’ transit system has about 12,000 bus stops spread throughout the metro area, and somewhere around 800 of them have shelters operated by the agency. Of the stops ...
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Hurricane Odile: More airlines resume flights to Mexico's Los Cabos 16.10.2014 LA Times: Top News
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Pedestrian struck by car in West Philadelphia 16.10.2014 Yahoo: US National

Pedestrian struck by car in West PhiladelphiaAuthorities say a man was struck by a car in West Philadelphia.


Guy On A Bike: The Future of Cycling in Hennepin County 16.10.2014 WCCO: Local News
(credit: Hennepin County)Hennepin County has recently released the draft of its 2040 Bicycle Transportation Plan and the county seeks your input before finalizing it. There plans includes some very interesting, and lofty, goals.
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