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Lawmaker Railed Against Squirrels. One Fought Back

'It was like a suicide bomber, getting revenge'

(Newser) - At a city council meeting in October, Chicago Alderman Howard Brookins Jr. gave a heated speech about "aggressive squirrels" chewing through garbage bins at a big expense to the city, reported the Chicago Sun-Times —and perhaps the animals caught wind of it. On Nov. 13, Brookins was riding... More »

Former NYC Mayor Says He Wasn't Aware He Hit Cyclist

David Dinkins is being sued for allegedly breaking a cyclist's ankle

(Newser) - Former New York City mayor David Dinkins says he was never aware he had struck a bicyclist with his car earlier this summer, the AP reports. Dinkins made the claim in response to a lawsuit filed Friday that says Dinkins left the scene after striking a bicycle deliveryman June 30.... More »

Man Checks Out Citi Bike in NYC, Rides It 2,700 Miles

Jeffrey Tanenhaus was 'out of options'

(Newser) - What does it take to get from New York to California? "Just WiFi, water, and a working bicycle," Jeffrey Tanenhaus tells WNBC-TV . The New Yorker rolled into the Golden State at the city of Blythe last week after riding 2,700 miles across 17 states—mostly along historic... More »

560-Lb Man Biking Across US to Save His Marriage

He blames soda and a whole lot of sitting around

(Newser) - Eric Hites recently hit 40 and decided it was time to make some serious lifestyle changes. Having reached 560 pounds thanks to soda and a whole lot of sitting around, the DJ says both his health and his marriage are at stake, reports the Newport Daily News . Unfortunately, after getting... More »

Episcopal Bishop Fatally Hit Cyclist, Drove Off: Cops

She returned after other bikers tracked her down: reporter

(Newser) - The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland's No. 2 official was the driver in an accident that killed a cyclist in Baltimore on Saturday, the church says. Thomas Palermo, 41, died in the accident, and the driver at first left the scene, witnesses and police have said. But she came back... More »

Model Brain-Dead After Bus Hits Her Bike

Anna Maria Mostrom's prognosis is grim

(Newser) - A 29-year-old Swedish model is brain-dead after a bus hit her as she rode her bicycle on New York's Roosevelt Island, and her family says her chances for a recovery are grim. Anna Maria Mostrom fell when the bus hit her while making a left turn Wednesday night, according... More »

Bicycle Commuting Stats Surge, Still Pretty Pathetic

There are 60% more people biking to work, but that's still not very many people

(Newser) - Bicycle commuting is on the rise! It's just not rising very far. The number of Americans who bike to work has surged an impressive-sounding 60% over the past decade, a bigger increase percentage-wise than any other mode of transportation, according to a new Census Bureau report spotted by USA ... More »

Police: 2 Men Hit Cyclist, Try to Dump Body

Texas officers say cyclist may have flown into pickup on impact

(Newser) - Texas police have arrested two men accused of trying to dump a cyclist's body after running him over on a highway Thursday morning, Raw Story reports. According to police, 38-year-old Eduardo Arguelles was cycling with a friend on US Highway 281 in Edinburg at around 4:30am when a... More »

Cyclist: Driver Didn't See Me Stuck in Windshield

Despite the fact that he actually spoke to the driver, Steven Gove says

(Newser) - A Wisconsin man who became lodged in the windshield of a car that struck him said he turned to the driver and said, "Hello, I'm the guy you hit on the bicycle." The driver did not respond, but continued on, running a stop sign and hitting another... More »

Teens Surprise Kid With New Bike After Theft

High-schoolers chip in for 9-year-old, whose family pays it forward

(Newser) - A gesture by a group of high school students is making headlines, in a good way. Teens at Fresno High School chipped in and bought a new bike for a 9-year-old who had his stolen, reports CNN . In fact, Atticus Seng had his previous bike stolen as well just a... More »

Czechs Test Flying Bike

Three companies show off prototype

(Newser) - Is it a bike? Is it a plane? Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that successfully took off today inside an exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a remote-controlled, five-minute flight. Looking like a heavy mountain bike, it weighs 209... More »

Introducing: A $20 Bike Made of Cardboard

Inventor hopes to have it in mass production soon

(Newser) - It's a pretty nifty idea assuming it all comes together: An Israeli inventor has made a bicycle almost entirely out of cardboard and hopes to have it in mass production in months, reports Reuters . Izhar Gafni swears his $20 bike is uber-durable, thanks to a treatment of organic materials... More »

Why Cyclists Annoy You

Even though most aren't assholes like Jim Saksa

(Newser) - Jim Saska freely admits he is an "asshole cyclist." "I'm that jerk weaving in and out of traffic, going the wrong way down a one-way street, and making a left on red. I'm truly a menace on the road," he writes on Slate . But... More »

Guy Finds Stolen Bike on Craigslist, Steals It Back

Danny Lesh fools thief after finding Craigslist ad

(Newser) - When Danny Lesh found his stolen bike listed for sale on Craigslist and police couldn’t help him right away, he decided to take matters into his own hands. The $600 Cannondale hybrid, which had a prominent identifying sticker on it, was listed for sale for $100 and Lesh arranged... More »

4 out of 5 of Bike Sharers Don't Wear Helmets

Study also finds that about half of cyclists overall skip the headgear

(Newser) - Bicycle-sharing programs are catching on around the country, which is good if you care about the environment, and bad if you care about people's skulls. A new study from Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center found that about half of all cyclists and more than 80% of bike-share... More »

Cyclist Emerges From Coma in Miracle Recovery

Family discussed funeral songs before Aaron Denham woke from coma

(Newser) - A cyclist who suffered a broken neck, punctured lung, and smashed pelvis when he collided with a car months ago is back on his feet today after an amazing recovery, reports the Telegraph . At one point, when 22-year-old Aaron Denham was in a coma, doctors even considered turning off his... More »

Mayor Smashes Car Parked in Bike Lane With a Tank

Arturas Zuokas shows us why Lithuania is awesome

(Newser) - Here’s one emphatic way to crack down on cars squatting in the bike lane: Run them over with a tank. The mayor of Vilnius, Lithuania, did just that recently. In the video below you can see Arturas Zuokas—supposedly an “avid cyclist”—climb into an armored personnel... More »

Cops Bust Blood-Drenched Guy Biking With an Ax

Maybe he was just going to get a Band-Aid?

(Newser) - Try explaining this one to the cops: Ontario police stopped a blood-soaked man riding his bike into town carrying an ax. On the plus side, the blood was his own and there were no victims, reports the Peterborough Examiner . The suspect, Lawrence Carnrite, 41, is well-known among local police, and... More »

Armstrong's Done

Announces 'my Tour's over' after crash

(Newser) - After crashing on yesterday's stretch of the Tour de France, Lance Armstrong has announced "my Tour's over," throwing in the towel with 12 stages left to go. Armstrong fell while riding through a traffic rotary in the leading pack yesterday. "I clipped the pedal and then my... More »

Txt Ban Prposd 4 Cal Cyclists

Bill sparks debate among spokesmen

(Newser) - Next on the list of people barred from texting could be California cyclists. Distracted drivers aren't the only menace on the road, and state politicians plan to crack down on bike riders too busy texting to watch what they're doing. The bill has sparked a firestorm of controversy in California,... More »

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