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Published June 18, 2012

QBP ranks 24th in newspaper’s Top Workplaces • SF cyclist charged with manslaughter • Trek signs ‘cross racer Katie Compton • Registration opens for LEVA courses

BLOOMINGTON, MN (BRAIN) Monday June 18 2012 6:00 PM PST—Quality Bicycle Products was highlighted as a Top 100 Workplace in Minnesota by the Star Tribune, the state’s largest daily newspaper.

QBP ranked 24th among midsize companies on the Star Tribune’s list, and marked the third time the company has been selected to be part of the special section in the paper.

The ranking was based on survey information collected by WorkplaceDynamics, an independent company specializing in employee engagement and retention.

Companies had to have more than 50 employees in Minnesota to qualify. More than 1,360 companies were invited to participate. Scores were calculated purely on the basis of employee opinions. Nearly 71,200 employees at public, private and nonprofit organizations responded to the survey.

The report Top Workplaces was published in the Star Tribune’s Sunday edition.

Cyclist charged with manslaughter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA (BRAIN) Monday June 18 2012 5:30 PM PST—A San Francisco cyclist who ran a red light and plowed into a pedestrian last March is now facing felony vehicle manslaughter charges, according to reports in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times.

Chris Bucchere, 36, struck Sutchi Hui, 71, who died just days after the accident from injuries sustained during the crash.

The incident has garnered widespread media attention and highlighted the growing tension between drivers, pedestrians and cyclists in San Francisco.

Pedestrian fatalities are not rare, but the vast majority is still caused by vehicles, according to the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. In 2011, 17 pedestrians were killed in the city, according to the advocacy group.

“We encourage people to resist drawing conclusions linking any one incident to impressions about all bicyclists’ behavior,” the group said in a statement in response to the District Attorney’s charge last week. “The vast majority of people bicycling are doing so safely and responsibly—as are the majority of people driving. Unfortunately, it is the minority of those acting recklessly who are most noticeable.”

For more on this story, see the report in the New York Times.

Trek signs ‘cross racer Katie Compton

WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN) Monday June 18 2012 5:00 PM PST—Katie Compton will compete in the 2012 ‘cross racing season on Trek’s Cronus and Ion bikes. The eight-time U.S. National Championships winner and multiple World Cup champ signed on with Trek for the 2012 season, the Wisconsin company announced.

“In addition to having such a great athlete ride Trek, the feedback she’ll be able to give us is going to be invaluable in further developing ‘cross technology,” said Michael Mayer, road brand manager for Trek.

Registration opens for LEVA courses

ORONO, ME (BRAIN) Monday June 18 2012 5:00 PM PST—The Light Electric Vehicle Association is presenting its first Electric Bike Technician Level 1 Training Course as a two-hour webinar on July 9 and August 6.

LEVA member Don Gerhardt, a retired engineer from GM, Ford and Ingersoll-Rand, is teaching the course, which is free to LEVA members or $50 to non-members.

To register for the July 9 webinar, go here; for the August 6 session, go here.

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