January 23, 2021

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a close up of a bicycle: Shore Brake Cyclery was scored on its shop layout and design, staff and management, training, marketing and community involvement.​​


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Shore Brake Cyclery was scored on its shop layout and design, staff and management, training, marketing and community involvement.​​

BEACH HAVEN, NJ – Shore Brake Cyclery landed on the National Bicycle Dealers Association’s list of America’s Best Bike Shops for the second year in a row.

Alongside Shore Brake Cyclery, only one other bicycle shop in New Jersey has achieved this certification. Across the United States, less than 150 stores made it onto the list published by the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA).

“It’s a true honor to be recognized again this year with the America’s Best Bike Shop award,” said Charlie Kulp, the owner of Shore Brake Cyclery. “This achievement would not be possible without our dedicated and passionate staff who have gone the extra mile this year.”

To qualify for the distinction and make the NBDA’s list, applicants must be independent bicycle stores with a physical store open to the public that sells bicycles, parts, accessories and operates a service department. Shore Brake Cyclery was scored on its shop layout and design, staff and management, training, marketing and community involvement.

Founded in 2016, Shore Brake Cyclery is located at 3801 Long Beach Blvd. in Beach Haven. Shore Brake Cyclery carries a variety of bicycle brands including Trek, Cervélo, Fuji, Tuesday, Felt, Sun, Surly, All-City and SE Bikes. The store offers a full-service repair department for all makes and models.

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BRANT BEACH, NJ – Shore Brake Cyclery landed on the National Bicycle Dealers Association’s list of America’s Best Bike Shops for the second year in a row.

Alongside Shore Brake Cyclery, only one other bicycle shop in New Jersey has achieved this certification. Across the United States, less than 150 stores made it onto the list published by the National Bicycle Dealers Association (NBDA).

“It’s a true honor to be recognized again this year with the America’s Best Bike Shop award,” said Charlie Kulp, the owner of Shore Brake Cyclery. “This achievement would not be possible without our dedicated and passionate staff who have gone the extra mile this year.”

To qualify for the distinction and make the NBDA’s list, applicants must be independent bicycle stores with a physical store open to the public that sells bicycles, parts, accessories and operates a service department. Shore Brake Cyclery was scored on its shop layout and design, staff and management, training, marketing and community involvement.

Founded in 2016, Shore Brake Cyclery is located at 3801 Long Beach Blvd. in Brant Beach. Shore Brake Cyclery carries a variety of bicycle brands including Trek, Cervélo, Fuji, Tuesday, Felt, Sun, Surly, All-City and SE Bikes. The store offers a full-service repair department for all makes and models.

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a close up of a flag: Hillicon Valley: Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns | Snapchat launches in-app video platform 'Spotlight' | Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract


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Hillicon Valley: Leadership changes at top cyber agency raise national security concerns | Snapchat launches in-app video platform ‘Spotlight’ | Uber, Lyft awarded federal transportation contract

Welcome! Follow our cyber reporter, Maggie Miller (@magmill95), and tech team, Chris Mills Rodrigo (@chrisismills) and Rebecca Klar (@rebeccaklar_), for more coverage.

LEADERSHIP CHANGES RAISE SECURITY CONCERNS: The departure of the three of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) top cybersecurity officials over the past week is leading experts and officials to voice concerns that the United States has been left vulnerable to attacks in cyberspace, with national security potentially compromised.

The concerns come after President Trump fired Christopher Krebs, the director of DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), and after both CISA Deputy Director Matthew Travis and top cybersecurity official Bryan Ware resigned following pressure from the White House.

These changes left the nation’s key cybersecurity agency without Senate-confirmed leadership in the last months of Trump’s presidency, amid a shakeup of major government officials following a contentious election.

“Today, cybersecurity and disinformation threats are among the most significant risks our nation confronts,” Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, told The Hill in a statement. “For that reason, it’s enormously disturbing that the president has paired an unwillingness to begin an orderly transition with a zeal to gut key national security agencies of their senior-most leadership.”

CISA, established by legislation signed into law by Trump in 2018, describes itself as “the nation’s risk advisor,” and leads efforts to secure critical infrastructure against foreign and domestic cyber threats.

The agency was heavily involved in coordinating with state and local officials to shore up election security ahead of this year’s general election, and has spearheaded efforts to defend all sectors against attacks.

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HOPPING ON THE BANDWAGON: Snapchat is launching a new feature to highlight user-created videos called Spotlight, signaling another competitor for the highly popular video sharing app TikTok.

While Snapchat, unlike other social media platforms, has largely focused on peer-to-peer features, the new Spotlight announced on Monday will showcase user-generated content within the app and offer users a chance to be paid for top content.

The content on Spotlight will also “become tailored to each” user over time, based on their “preferences and favorites,” Snapchat said.

Spotlight was “designed to entertain the Snapchat community while living up to Snapchat’s values, with their well-being as a top priority,” the company said in the announcement.

Snapchat’s Spotlight rollout comes as TikTok’s popularity has risen.

TikTok allows users to create 60-second videos. The platform’s main “For You Page” features content for users tailored to them based on posts with which they’ve engaged.

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BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Suffolk, one of the most innovative and successful builders and real estate enterprises in the country, announced it hired Houssam “Sam” Sleiman as Executive Vice President- National Transportation where he will be responsible for leading the company’s operations in the transportation sector and driving business development for aviation, port and railway projects nationally.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have Sam lead our teams and operations in the strategic and rapidly-expanding transportation sector. Sam’s experience on the client side leading executive operations and capital programming at a major port Authority is unmatched. We are confident his expertise managing complex, sophisticated transportation projects and operations will position Suffolk as a national leader in providing clients exceptional value on their airport, port and railway projects,” said John Fish, Chairman and CEO of Suffolk.

“I am grateful to Massport for 27 wonderful years and the opportunity they afforded me to shape the transportation facilities at Logan International airport and the Maritime businesses in Boston. I am excited to join the Suffolk team and its culture of excellence, integrity, hard work, client focus and caring,” Sleiman said.

Mr. Sleiman has more than 35 years experience in the design and construction industry. For more than 27 of those years, he led executive operations, administration and capital programming management and implementation at the Massachusetts Port Authority, which included an international airport, general aviation airports, seaport container terminal, cruise terminal and toll bridge structure. At Massport, Mr. Sleiman served as Director of Capital Programs and Environmental Affairs where he directed the overall management of the Authority’s capital investment program, safety program, utilities management, in-house project design and environmental permitting and management. Throughout his career at Massport, he directed the operations, administration, and major development projects and all aspects of the Authority’s capital programs, operating programs and businesses, and he collaborated with the Authority Board of Directors on policies, budgets, and programs approvals.

Mr. Sleiman is a licensed registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a Certified Construction Manager (CCM). He is a past chair for the CMAA National Board, and is a member of Northeastern University’s Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Industrial Advisory Board. Mr. Sleiman received an honorary doctorate of engineering degree from Wentworth Institute of Technology in 2018. He was awarded the 2018 National Person of the Year by CMAA and was inducted to the CMAA’s College of Fellows in 2017, and the National Academy of Construction (NAC) in 2016. Mr. Sleiman was elected as a member of “The Moles”, the most prestigious organization in the heavy construction industry in 2020. Mr. Sleiman was named one of Engineering News Record’s (ENR) Top 25 Newsmakers of 2009.

Mr. Sleiman is an active member of the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA), American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and local chapters BSCE and CMAA-NE.

Mr. Sleiman holds both a Master and Bachelor of Science degrees in Civil Engineering

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a group of people riding bikes in front of a crowd: Duterte declares ‘National Bicycle Day’


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Duterte declares ‘National Bicycle Day’

MANILA, Philippines — President Duterte has declared the fourth Sunday of November of every year as “National Bicycle Day” in an effort to promote non-motorized transportation and to ensure ecological integrity and a clean and healthy environment.

Proclamation 1052 proclaims, “The need to highlight the importance of non-motorized transportation as a means of fostering sustainable development and promoting environmental health that is conducive to the physical health and well-being of all Filipinos.”

Meanwhile, the Philippines Development Plan until 2022 promotes the Clean Air Act that mandates the state to focus on pollution prevention rather than control.

The plan seeks to establish a clean and healthy environment by promoting eco-friendly technologies, systems and practices.

Proclamation 1052 also provides that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be tasked to lead the observance of the National Bicycle Day and celebration in coordination with relevant non-government organizations and civil society groups.

All government agencies and instrumentalities and the private sector are enjoined to participate and render the necessary support to the DENR.

The bicycle was one of the modes of transportation approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as Metro Manila was placed under general community quarantine.

The government encourages biking for transportation, noting that the two-wheeled vehicle is also cheaper as bikes do not need gasoline to run.

And while public transportation has been limited due to the pandemic, the bicycle will also be a big help for the public.

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 19) — President Rodrigo Duterte declared the fourth Sunday of November of every year as the National Bicycle Day in a proclamation signed Wednesday.

“There is a need to highlight the importance of non-motorized transportation as a means of fostering sustainable development and promoting environmental health that is conducive to the physical health and well-being of all Filipinos,” read Proclamation No. 1052.

Under the declaration, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources is tasked to lead the event’s observance and celebration. The declaration also enjoins all other units and agencies of the national government, as well as the private sector, to take part and provide necessary assistance to the DENR.

More Filipinos have turned to bicycles as a means of transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic, especially at the height of the lockdown when public transportation was suspended to stem transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus.

With this came the renewed calls of advocate groups who are pushing for safer lanes for cyclists and an interconnected bicycle grid linking Metro Manila’s cities. While the Metro Manila Development Authority and several local governments have designated bike lanes, groups said there are still safety and infrastructure concerns, including some lanes being narrower than the ideal 1.3 to 1.5 meters width to allow bikes to maneuver.

The Department of Transportation earlier said it intends to build a 600-kilometer interconnected and protected bike lane network in the capital region in a bid to reduce carbon emmissions. 

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FILE – San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora leads other bikers in using the new pop-up bike lanes in the city as part of the new normal on World Bike Day during its launching on June 3. The bike lanes were set up in cooperation with Edsa Evolution to protect frontliners and San Juan residents who have gone back to work using bicycles as means of transport. INQUIRER/GRIG C. MONTEGRANDE

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has declared the fourth Sunday of November of every year as “National Bicycle Day” in a bid to ensure ecological integrity and a clean and healthy environment.

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea signed Proclamation 1052 on Wednesday, Nov. 18 by the authority of the President.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) will be tasked to lead the National Bicycle Day observance and celebration in coordination with relevant non-government organizations and civil society groups.

All government agencies and instrumentalities and the private sector are enjoined to participate and render the necessary support to the DENR.

The bicycle was one of the modes of transportation approved by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases as Metro Manila was placed under general community quarantine (GCQ).

The government encourages biking for transportation, noting that the two-wheeled vehicle is also cheaper as bikes do not need gasoline to run.

Interior Secretary Eduardo Año had disclosed IATF would also require local government units (LGUs) to put up bicycle lanes while public transport remains limited due to COVID-19. [ac]


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Carlsbad Boulevard, the nearly seven-mile stretch of road also known as old Highway 101 through Carlsbad, is about to get a third designation — U.S. Bicycle Route 95.

The recognition would make Carlsbad Boulevard part of a national network of routes intended to facilitate interstate travel by bicycle on roads and highways identified as suitable for cycling.

“Just like the interstate highway system, there is a U.S. bicycle route system,” said Kerry Irons of the Adventure Cycling Association. “It’s in the relatively early stage of development.”

Carlsbad will be the last city in San Diego County to approve the designation, Irons said. About 75 percent of the 1,000-mile route has been established from the California-Oregon border to the U.S. border with Mexico. Eventually, plans call for U.S. Bicycle Route 95 to extend to the Canadian border.

“The target audience here is long-distance travelers,” he said. Usually they are people who travel in small groups on bikes loaded with equipment, and who stop at motels or campsites along the way.

“It’s not perfect,” he said of the bike-route system. “If you want to ride the entire California coast, you are going to hit construction … there are places where traffic is heavy … and sometimes there are rough or sandy roads and people with dogs on leashes.”

East-West routes in the works include U.S. Route 50 from San Francisco through South Lake Tahoe and on through Nevada and Utah, and Route 66, which goes from Los Angeles through parts of Arizona and New Mexico.

The American Association of State Highways and Transportation Officials created the U.S. Bicycle Route System in the early 1980s. So far there are designated bicycle routes in 24 states, used for cross-country travel, regional touring and commuting.

“Bicycle tourism is a growing industry in North America,” Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall said in a letter to Caltrans supporting the designation. “As a community, we stand to benefit from this opportunity both economically and from the health and environmental related benefits of encouraging bicycle travel in our region.”

The Carlsbad City Council is expected to approve a resolution authorizing the designation at its meeting Tuesday.

Cities that agree to the designation are not required to take any additional action. No additional route markings, such as signs or bike lane markings, are required.

Groups such as the Adventure Cycling Association and the California Bicycle Coalition publish maps of the routes.

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Transportation council considers signing on to national bicycle route project

WENATCHEE — The Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council largely deals with the movement of car traffic around the Wenatchee Valley. Tomorrow, however, they’re scheduled to consider whether to join a national network of bicycle routes.

The U.S. Bicycle Route System is still in its formative stages, but it promises to be immense. The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the nonprofit Adventure Cycling are in charge of mapping out a system of touring bicycle routes that would stretch from coast to coast.

Jeff Wilkens, executive director of the Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council, says his members will vote Thursday on whether the two counties should become part of the project.

“We have a mandate to think about long-range planning and long-range needs for the two county area here, for all forms of transportation,” Wilkens says. “So we’re involved in freight and rail, even commercial air services, anything transportation-related. Most of what people see is the emphasis on road and bridge projects.”

In Washington, the USBRS already encompasses parts of the North Cascades Highway system, and extends from Bellingham to the Idaho Panhandle. But ASHTO’s first step in building new parts of the route is to reach out to local transportation planners, asking for their preliminary endorsement of the idea. That’s the vote being considered on Thursday.

“The work Chelan-Douglas Transportation Council’s been doing around bicycle transportation and bicycle safety hasn’t really been all that focused on this U.S. bike touring route initiative,” Wilkens says. “But I think it’s one that’s recommended to the board that we would accommodate with this resolution.”

Any formal designation could be years away, and specific USBRS routes in the Valley haven’t been scouted. But if adoption moves forward into future phases, Wilkens says it could put the Wenatchee Valley on the map, literally.

“We already see a lot of bicycle tourists on our highways and city streets and county roads, passing through the region,” Wilkens says. “So it’s not necessarily creating something that doesn’t already exist in the region. I think there’s generally already a pretty high level of interest in cycling in this part of the state, this part of the country.”

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Vor Biopharma, an oncology company pioneering engineered hematopoietic stem cells (eHSCs) for the treatment of cancer, today announced an exclusive licensing agreement with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), for intellectual property related to a clinical-stage anti-CD33 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy candidate. This CAR-T construct was devised by T-cell expert Dr. Terry Fry during his tenure at the Pediatric Oncology Branch of the NCI, where he oversaw development of this therapeutic candidate from bench to bedside; it is currently being evaluated in a multi-site Phase 1/2 clinical trial in children and young adults with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

“As a class, CAR-T cell therapies have had a major positive impact on the lives of certain patients with hematological malignancies. But because normal cells often express the same surface proteins as cancer cells, the utility and applicability of targeted therapies has been limited, in part, by on-target toxicity,” said Christopher Slapak, MD, Vor’s Chief Medical Officer. “This agreement provides Vor with access to a promising CD33 CAR-T that could potentially be administered either as bridge-to-transplant therapy for relapsed or refractory patients with AML, or following transplant with our lead developmental candidate VOR33, whereby the CAR-T may selectively target leukemia cells while sparing normal myeloid cells.”

Vor’s lead program VOR33, which is currently in pre-clinical development, consists of eHSCs that are engineered to provide AML patients with a donor-derived hematopoietic stem cell transplant that lacks the cell surface protein CD33, a clinically validated target for AML. The goal of removing this target is to make these eHSCs and their progeny treatment-resistant to anti-CD33 therapies. As such, Vor believes this CAR-T could be highly complementary to VOR33.

“This licensing agreement with the NCI is an important milestone for Vor, as it brings elements of a more complete AML treatment system under the same roof,” said Hilary Eaton, PhD, Vor’s Senior Director of Business Development. “The combination of our next-generation, treatment-resistant eHSCs with companion therapeutics such as this CD33 CAR-T is designed to provide a single company solution for some patients suffering from hematological malignancies, potentially transforming outcomes and shifting the standard of care.”

More information about the Phase 1/2 study of this CD33 CAR-T can be found at clinicaltrials.gov.

Other terms of the agreement have not been disclosed.

About VOR33

Vor’s lead product candidate, VOR33, consists of engineered hematopoietic stem cells (eHSCs) that lack the protein CD33. Once these cells are transplanted into a cancer patient, we believe that CD33 will become a far more cancer-specific target, potentially avoiding toxicity to the normal blood and bone marrow associated with CD33-targeted therapies. Vor aims to improve the therapeutic window and effectiveness of CD33-targeted therapies, thereby potentially broadening the clinical benefit to patients suffering from acute myeloid leukemia.

About Vor Biopharma

Vor Biopharma aims to transform the lives of cancer patients by pioneering engineered hematopoietic stem cell (eHSC) therapies. By removing biologically redundant proteins from eHSCs, these cells become inherently invulnerable

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