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June 25, 2009

Great Bicycle News : Pedicabs and Bike Rentals

Green Gears Pedicabs in Pittsburgh

Green Gears Pedicabs opens shop in Pittsburgh. I want to work there! This would be a great job.

Trib Review: Pittsburgh Increasingly Bike Friendly

Today's article carried lots of good info about measures of increased bicycle riding around the city, and also some specific info I was glad to see.

Golden Triangle Bike Rental has opened another location, and that makes me happy. This was a scrappy start-up that invested in Pittsburgh bicycling before the Burgh embraced Bikes, and just as they were about to break through, they faced a major challenge when Coca-Cola spent $65,000 on a marketing program providing a fleet of free daily bicycles for public use.

Is that generally a good thing? Almost always. When is that a bad thing? When you've bet your savings on a bike rental business, and Coke starts giving your product away for free as a gimmick. It seems like the Dasani Blue Bikes campaign was the straw that broke the camel's back, and the business closed. I think Golden Triangle got a tough deal on that, and I'm pleased to see the new owners are expanding.

Hump Day

Also, it must be said: Six Months Till Christmas.


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