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The interplay of cycling, fashion, and gender has been a hot topic in the livable streets blogosphere this month, and in the Livable Streets Community too. We recently saw the launch of a bike culture-themed group blog called Amsterdamize, and on StreetsWiki we have a new article on Cycle Chic.

santa_barbara_cycle_chic.jpgSanta Barbara Cycle Chic. Photo: Christa Clarke-Jones

In the wiki entry, San Diego-based member Christa Clarke-Jones offers this explanation of the Cycle Chic movement:

Cycle chicor bicycle chic is the culture of cycling in fashionable clothes. CycleChic is associated with the utility cycling practiced in cities such asAmsterdam, Berne and Copenhagen,among others, where citizens practice a high level of bicycle usage. Inmany European cities, as well as cities in China and Japan, cycling isan everyday transport choice and many cyclists choose to wear theirregular clothes, as opposed to outfits generally associated with cyclesport, such as bicycle shorts, gloves and shoes. Cycle chic is agrowing trend in cities that are now investing in bicycle friendlyinfrastructure and facilities.

So, what
would you add to this StreetsWiki installment? Got something to say
about staying chic in more inclement conditions? What about the
benefits of Dutch-style fully enclosed chain guards? Add your two cents to the Cycle Chic entry.

Rounding out the week: TransAltMiddletown,
in Middletown, CT, is looking for people who can bring a green
transportation perpective to a new citizen's commission on downtown
parking; Walk Oakland Bike Oakland reports on the Bay Area's Car-Free Challenge; and Dan Knaus weighs in on crime data credibility at Cream Citizen.

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