Tag Archives: bike commuting

Overcoming roadblocks to non-motorized connectivity


Much research and analysis has been conducted over the years on the numerous harmful impacts from poorly designed highway projects on the fabric of a neighborhood or a community. In some instances, cities have begun the healing process of stitching themselves back together … Continue reading

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How about insurance incentives for bicycling?


Among my many ponderings about cycling and bike commuting, one topic that bugs me on a semi-annual basis is why I am not eligible to get a lower auto insurance rate for commuting to/from work so often by bicycle? In … Continue reading

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Graceful Danish bicycle bridges


Above and below are both photographs and/or artist’s renderings of some of the graceful and stylish bicycle bridges that can be found in Denmark. While these bridges may not have the dynamic boldness of those posted previously from the Netherlands, … Continue reading

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A cut above – Detroit’s Dequindre Cut


For those out there that think Detroit’s a lost cause, the magnificent Dequindre Cut Greenway is an example of why you are wrong. Constructed along an abandoned below-grade rail corridor, the 1.35 mile greenway links some of Detroit’s coolest features … Continue reading

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The poetry of a spring bike commute


Spring Morning Commute By Rick Brown   Wheels spin round and round Traversing the paved terrain They roll in cadent unison Along the paved bike lane   Fresh air breezes past me As fragrances abound Spring charms once dulled senses … Continue reading

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My coldest bicycle commute ever


Sometimes you have to do something outside of your comfort zone, just to prove you can. After being subjected to a continuously brutal winter of snow, ice, wind, frigid temps, and drab skies while commuting by car, I decided that … Continue reading

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Do bike lanes cause gentrification?


While listening to a Tuesdays at APA podcast entitled “Just Green Enough: Contesting Environmental Gentrification”  on New Years Eve, I was dismayed to hear the presenter say that bike lanes are now seen by many lower-income Americans as the ultimate symbol … Continue reading

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Five years of bike commute data


Below is the bike commuting log I have kept for the past five years. Since it is rather large, I hope it is legible. Judging by the weather forecast for the last week of 2013, it is unlikely I will … Continue reading

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A year as a folding bike commuter


It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since I purchased my first folding urban commuter bike – a “Miami” by Citizen. Since several readers wondered about the long-term durability of the bike, here’s a brief … Continue reading

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2012 bike commuting summary


The chart below shows my bicycle commuting log for the past few years. While there are two more opportunities to ride to/from work yet in this calendar year, the long-term weather forecast is not promising.  Very pleased to have reached … Continue reading

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