When W.L. Jones launched the Morning Leader in Port Townsend on Oct. 2, 1889, the streets of the city were already crowded with newspapers.
The first came in 1859, followed by several others: The Northwest, the Message, the Argus, the Democratic Press, on and on. Most papers were sponsored by political parties.
Port Townsend is a city in Jefferson County, Washington, United States. The population was 9,113 at the 2010 census, an increase of 9.3% over the 2000 census. It is the county seat and only incorporated city of Jefferson County.
Bicycle school ready to roll: Wooden wheels a possibility with new cycle school curriculum
Jefferson County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. As of the 2010 census, the population was 29,872. The county seat and only incorporated city is Port Townsend. The county is named for Thomas Jefferson.
http://www.ptleader.com/news/bicycle-sc ... 455ac.html
[Cough Cough] (Some might settle for wooden frames...)
Port Townsend’s skilled woodworkers may soon be creating not only boats, but bicycle frames and wheels, after the new Port Townsend Cycle School ramps up its curriculum beginning in April.
The nonprofit school aspires to become a center for teaching everything relating to bicycling, from wheel and frame building to bicycle mechanics, or “wrenching.”
The cycle school anticipates more than 60 students to attend in its first year, followed by 312 in 2019 and 360 in 2020.
Oh Oh... "Anticipates"...
Courses that are planned for the first year include basic and advanced wheel building, and basic and advanced bicycle mechanics.
Additional classes would include wood frame building, bicycle restoration, bicycle suspensions and electric bikes.
... in other words, "electric" bikes are only "planned"... [Sigh]
Thielk said there are several trends in the bicycling world today, including interest in hybrid-style bicycles that can “do it all.” Another trend is the increasing sales of used bicycles, he said, which means that bicycle restoration could be an important class at the cycle school. An increased demand for electric bicycles is another trend.
So. In some folks minds, ebikes are only a "trend".
Hjertberg, who moved from Seattle to Port Townsend four years ago, said Port Townsend is primed for something like the cycle school. He’s bicycled some 200,000 miles, he said.
The bicycling world has engineers working on suspensions and materials testing, he said. Bicycle suspensions have become so advanced, Hjertberg said, that they had attracted the attention of motorcycle designers.
“What has frustrated me in this whole career was years and years of trying to convince people that bicycles are a good thing and should make up maybe 10 or 20 percent of the commute or school trips that people make … since the ’70s until now, [it] hasn’t come true. It still remains like 5 percent.”
Electric bikes, however, seemed to be boosting bicycle use, he said.
ES changed my life (for the waaaaay better).
Eff. June, 2014 Phoenix Ebike Promotions
(Current ride? High speed lawn chair.)
Phoenix Ebike Promotions conversion kit (work in progress. More drink holders, etc etc)
Joined yer local chapter of EA yet?
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