Dog stories, bike rental, and Chicago puts bicycling on the map

20120716-172115.jpgElly Blue’s latest zine project is Four Paws, Two Wheels, “a compilation of essays about the joys and frustrations of bicycling with (and without) your dog.” If you haven’t read a zine before, this may be a great time to find out why funding platform Kickstarter is going to the dogs. (Kickstarter)

Peoria’s John Bousky has his own dog story. It started earlier this year when Maggie the shop dog went missing from Illinois Cycle and Fitness and ended when she returned from a somewhat mysterious stay in Denver. (CINewsNow)

Read before renting. New York has enjoyed an amazing amount of coverage of its new bike sharing system, Citi Bike. But Chicago just launched its own version, Divvy, and it also seems to be getting plenty of interest, especially from tourists. However, Divvy can be confusing to people who haven’t used other bike share programs, and the biggest part of the learning curve may be the price, so here goes: With Divvy, you can get a 24-hour pass for $7. But that doesn’t mean you get to rent one bike for 24 straight hours. It means you can make as many 30-minute-or-less dock-to-dock rides as you can fit into 24 hours. In other words, to avoid extra charges on top of the 24-hour pass price, you must return your Divvy bike to a parking dock within 30 minutes. (Divvy)

Read and maybe then rent. Interested in a rental relationship for more than 30 minutes at a time? Spinlister is a year-old app that helps people list and find private-party bicycles for rent. I didn’t see anything in Illinois outside of St. Louis and Chicago, but the number of folding and cargo bikes available in Portland, Oregon, is pretty amazing for someone who isn’t used to seeing either type in his local shops. What do you think? Would you rent out one of your bikes? Should I? (Bike Portland)

Looking for good routes in the Chicago area? The 2013 edition of the Chicagoland Bike Map “covers a huge area unmatched by more localized municipal maps. Its boundaries run roughly from Kenosha, Wisconsin to the North, Aurora to the West, and University Park to the South. The Southeast of the map extends to the Indiana state line.” It also includes a rating system to help you decide which routes to take. The bike map is included in an Active Transportation Alliance membership, or it’s available by itself for $10. (Active Transportation Alliance)

Digital city. Chicago bicycle information is also available on iOS devices. Check out the Chicago Bike Guide on iTunes. The app is nearly 150MB because it’s designed for digital map browsing without an Internet connection. In addition to trails and transit connections, it shows the location of all 79 Divvy bike sharing docks (more to come) and, when connected to the Internet, provides real-time bike and dock availability. (Chicago Bike Guide)

Bummed about Detroit? Maybe you need to read about a watch/leather/bicycle company that isn’t: Shinola. If you haven’t heard of Shinola, maybe you’ve heard of the other company owner Tom Kartsotis founded: Fossil. (Forbes)

About 16incheswestofpeoria

Former bicycle mechanic, current peruser of books, feeder of birds.
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2 Responses to Dog stories, bike rental, and Chicago puts bicycling on the map

  1. echo says:

    Yay! Love the shout out to the Elly Blue zine. Guess what, one of my stories will be in there! Hopefully you grabbed yourself a copy and enjoy the stories! I know I can’t wait to read them!

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