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BAC June 2006 News & Digest




It's a beautiful day in Pennsylvania!




Following a meeting with the Deputy Secretary of Driver Services, PennDOT has agreed to re-issue the Share-The-Road (STR) logo on the back flap of its mailing envelopes for approximately two months, during June and July.  A longer run is planned for the future.  PennDOT already had other safety messages planned for several months ahead.


The Bicycle Access Council (BAC) requested a design change to the format of the logo only for that future re-issue.  BAC has asked to have text added--Treat Bicycles As Vehicles  <STR>  It's The Law


In 2001, The Bicycle Access Council was the first organization that PennDOT cooperatively offered that space to for a safety message.





And Ride Public Transportation.


In light of high gas prices, National Dump the Pump Day will be held across the country on June 8.  From coast to coast, U.S. transit agencies will be urging people to "dump the pump," park their cars, and ride public transit.  Public transportation is the quickest way to beat high gas prices.  


Sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), the Surface Transportation Policy Project, the Environmental and Energy Study Institute, and the Center for Transportation Excellence, this national day highlights the importance of public transportation as an alternative to driving.






Is a June 17 ride sponsored by the Lehigh Wheelmen Association.  This event has multiple routes of: 25, 40, 50, 56, 100 miles plus an Intro Clinic and Ride.  Proceeds benefit many local organizations, including our fellow advocates at the Coalition for Appropriate Transportation in Bethlehem.


Check out the Bicycle Access Council's website Events Page for this and other bike club special events.



"R.V."--THE MOVIE...

Starring comedian Robin Williams and actor Jeff Daniels may be a poorly rated new release movie by professional movie critics, but it is funny with several bicycling gags and stunts.  As a real bicycling enthusiast and new best friend of Lance Armstrong during his Tour de France years, Robin Williams makes this movie worth watching.





To find low fuel costs?  Verizon Wireless now offers a web based service to locate the lowest fuel costs in a local area.  It's called fuel finder and costs $1.99 per month to access the service, plus a monthly $5 charge for web access.  By entering a zip code, a location with directions becomes available.


Wouldn't it be easier to just Drive your Bike?





Will be available at the 4th Annual Bike Part Art Show July 6, 2006.


Over 40 notable Philadelphia artists have ‘raided’ the workshops of Neighborhood Bike Works in West Philadelphia with the challenge of transforming recycled bicycle parts into works of art. The resulting creations-–an inspiring, delightful and diverse collection of work-–are included in an exhibit and sale that will open on Thursday, July 6, 6-9pm, at Nexus Gallery in Old City, 137 North 2nd St, Philadelphia.





Shimano Issues Voluntary Recall of Front Quick Releases


MAY 19, 2006 -- IRVINE, CA (BRAIN)-Shimano American Corporation announced a voluntary recall for select front quick releases. Shimano has identified a potential safety issue concerning the quick-release (QR) that is fitted to front hubs and wheels of certain road and off-road bicycles.


Only silver-colored QR skewers purchased or received after Nov. 1, 2005 are affected. Black skewers are not subject to the recall. Also QR skewers that have a small round sticker placed on the backside of the lever are not affected by the recall. The recall affects many 105, Ultegra, Dura Ace, XT and XTR hubs, and Dura Ace front wheels, including some Sport Dynamo hubs.


Shimano estimates that there are less than 5,000 affected skewers in North America. Shimano has had no reports of any accidents or injuries associated with the use of these skewers. The company is initiating the recall as a precautionary measure.


The affected QR skewers were supplied with the following model Shimano front hubs and Shimano front wheels. QRs on front road hubs HB-5501, HB-5600, HB-6600, HB-7800 HB-HF08 are recalled. QRs on front mountain bike hubs HB-M756, HB-M760, HB-M765, HB-M960, HB-M965 are recalled. QRs on front wheels WH-7801, WH-7801C, WH-7801C50, WH-7801SL, WH-R600 and WH-M965 are recalled. And QRs on Sport Dynamo hubs DH-2N71, DH-3N71 and DH-3D71 are recalled.


Shimano requests that retailers check and quarantine affected inventories. 


Shimano has submitted a plan to the CPSC for approval. Upon approval from the CPSC, a letter to retailers with final plans for the replacement of affected front skewers will be sent no later than May 31.





June 8         Dump the Pump Day--Ride public transit.


July 13-16  League of American Bicyclists Annual Meeting, Eastern Shore, MD.


Check the BAC website for special club rides and events.  Events may be posted at no charge for all non-profit clubs and organizations.  Is your bike club ride there?





To view past issues of the Bicycle Access Council's monthly News & Digest, go to the BAC website, click on the BAC News & Digest button.





The Bicycle Access Council is a non-profit advocacy organization that serves as a forum for Pennsylvania bicyclists and as an ombudsman for bicycling issues.


It is the objective of the Bicycle Access Council to make bicycling on roads throughout the Commonwealth safe, respectable and a transportation choice by educating its members and the motoring public.


All funding for the Bicycle Access Council comes from memberships and donations.  Annual membership is $20 per year.   BAC does not share membership information.



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Joe Stafford, Executive Director

Bicycle Access Council

P.O. Box 92

Dallastown, PA  17313


(717) 417-1299



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