News round-up July 27, 2014

Congratulations to Vincenzo Nibali for his Tour de France win and to Marianne Vos for her La Course win! Now it's time to prepare for La Vuelta! In related news, the women's cycling team Specialized-lululemon has announced that the team’s two major sponsors will not renew their sponsorships for 2015, so they're launching a crowd funding campaign for part of their budget.

Wondering about those bleached white flags on the Brooklyn Bridge that mysteriously replaced the standard American flags normally up there? The @bicyclelobby Twitter account hilariously (and jokingly) took credit for it, stating, "Earlier today we hoisted two white flags to signal our complete surrender of the Brooklyn Bridge bicycle path to pedestrians." Unfortunately, some news reporters thought they were serious. 

Bike NYC still has a couple of bicycle maintenance 101 classes this year, so check them out here

Although pedestrian and cyclist injuries and deaths are down this year from the numbers we saw last yearThe Weekly Carnage sums up the heart-breaking situation we continue to encounter. And unfortunately, to quote Streetsblogs, "Of 12 fatal crashes reported by Streetsblog and other outlets, no motorists were known to have been charged for causing a death. Historically, nearly half of motorists who kill a New York City pedestrian or cyclist do not receive so much as a citation for careless driving."

Frustrated with the police blocking your bike lanes? Here's an article from Streetsblogs on what you can do about it.