From the Austin American Statesman, 02.14.08:
Lance Armstrong unveils his new commuting bike shopExciting news from Austin, where the only seven-time Tour de France champion is opening a bike shop and commuter center. Armstrong's new downtown store will feature showers and lockers. This article features a video with Armstrong sharing his vision for this new enterprise.
Cyclist hopes to encourage bike use in downtown
It's not about the bike sales. That from Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong, who plans in May to open a bike shop, commuting center, training facility and cafe in a 1950s-era building at the northwest corner of Fourth and Nueces streets.
"This city is exploding downtown. Are all these people in high rises going to drive everywhere? We have to promote (bike) commuting," Armstrong said Wednesday, gazing up at the towering 360 condos rising next to the site of his new shop. "This can be a hub for that."
Mellow Johnny's, named for the nickname Armstrong earned while wearing the Tour de France leader's "maillot jaune," or yellow jersey, will be housed in a yellow- and red-brick building next to the music venue La Zona Rosa. It is a block north of the Lance Armstrong Bikeway, a path that will cut east-west through downtown Austin.
Armstrong said he'd like to see Austin evolve into a place like Portland, Ore., where biking is part of the culture and people pedal to work, to restaurants and to run errands. "Walk outside, and the streets are lined with bikes--because they have a safe place to ride," Armstrong said of the city long known for its bicycle-friendly amenities and policies.
"There are times I ride in Austin, and I'm afraid of cars," Armstrong said. "Imagine what the beginner cyclist must feel like? I think (the mayor's) dream was this whole revitalization of downtown, which we're getting, but it's going to make it a lot easier if people can get around on bikes." (Read more.)
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