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Published June 4, 2012

Vancouver: the next Copenhagen? • Cobalt Commerce integrates POS with website • Performance marks 30th anniversary with trip to Australia contest

BRUSSELS, Belgium (BRAIN) Monday June 4 2012 10:56 AM MT—Vancouver, BC, which is hosting about 1,000 cycling experts at a city planning conference later this month, may be on track to post European-style levels of bicycle use.

The city has seen a huge surge in bicycle use in the last ten years and now more than 60,000 trips each day are done by bike in the city.

“If Vancouver keeps up this positive momentum towards cycling, I’m almost certain that it could be the Copenhagen or Amsterdam of North America,” said Bernhard Ensink, secretary general of the European Cyclists' Federation.

Some Vancouver neighborhoods see over 10 percent of all trips made by bicycle, putting it on par with many European cities.

“I really think Europeans will be impressed by Vancouver when it hosts the world’s biggest cycling policy conference at the end of the month. Velo-city is going to create a huge push in the number of cyclists,” says Ensink, “but [Vancouver] will have to continue spending on quality infrastructure.”

Velo-city Global will be held June 26-29 and will host traffic planners, cycling advocates, architects, educators, politicians and others from around the world.

Cobalt Commerce integrates POS with website

DENVER, CO (BRAIN) Monday June 4 2012 10:45 AM MT—Cobalt Commerce is working with MerchantOS to allow retailers to easily synchronize their point of sale data with their website.

The system can be set up by copying an API key from MerchantOS into the site. Once the key has been saved the synchronization process automatically links items, prices and inventory.

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Performance marks 30th anniversary with trip to Australia contest

CHAPEL HILL, CA (BRAIN) Monday June 4 2012 10:51 AM MT—Performance Bicycle is celebrating its 30th anniversary by offering a customer a free trip to the Tour Down Under in South Australia. In partnership with the South Australian Tourism Commission, Performance will award one winner and his or her guest a trip to the 2013 Santos Tour Down Under in Adelaide.
From now until June 24 customers can enter to win by filling out the entry form at The tour trip is in late January, 2013 and includes two round-trip tickets, five nights of accommodations,  two-to-four stages of race viewing, attendance at the Club Tour Dinner and more.

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