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America’s original bicycling paradise


Numerous reports, stories, and studies tout Portland, Oregon; Boulder, Colorado; Minneapolis, Minnesota; Davis, California; and other communities in the United States as the most bikeable or bike-friendly. What they often overlook is the one and only community in the country … Continue reading

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Michigan needs a Car Czar like a hole in the head


It was recently announced that Michigan’s Governor has appointed a new Car Czar. Really? In a state that is already far too over-dependent on the automobile, we need a Car Czar to tip the scales even further towards one industry? … Continue reading

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States that most (or least) like bikes


The lists (above and below) show the League of American Bicyclist’s 2014 state rankings for bike friendliness. Congrats to those states that made the top 10, which are shown in bold. Those states ranked near, but not in the top … Continue reading

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A vision of velo purgatory


I recently stopped by the Michigan State University (MSU) Surplus Store and had to take a couple of photos (above and below) of the many forlorn bicycles that are caught in what appears to be best described as “quasi-velo purgatory” – somewhere … Continue reading

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Celebrate the “love of bicycling” in May


There are many bicycling events coming up in the Month of May, as it is National Bike Month here in the United States. These include: National Bike to School Day – May 7th Cyclofemme – May 11th National Bike to Work … Continue reading

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Bike badges photo essay


Above and below a the various bike badges that were observed this morning over a two-hour period during the local bicycle-recycle and donation event. Quite a varied selection, I might say. Personally, of the bicycle badges seen today I like … Continue reading

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Book review of “Pedaling Revolution”


I have just wrapped up reading the fine book, Pedaling Revolution, by author Jeff Mapes. The subtitle of How Cyclists are Changing American Cities best describes the premise of his book, as Mr. Mapes thoughtfully explores the promises and pitfalls … Continue reading

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Two less cars!


One of my favorite bicycle advocacy catch phrases is “One less car!” In celebration of this worthy and sustainable effort, Kathy and I spent yesterday (Saturday) accomplishing all our errands on our bicycles. Between us, we totaled more than 27 miles … Continue reading

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Hey, Kohl’s – how about a bike rack?


Rode my new Trek Allant to the local Kohl’s store this morning. I ended up parking and locking it inside the vestibule, as there are no bike racks and not even any signs near the entrance to park my bike … Continue reading

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Eleven planning lessons from Boston/Cambridge


I had the opportunity to visit Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts in mid-March. Here is a list of eleven planning-related lessons I took away from visiting these two dynamic cities. Preserve, protect and celebrate your community’s history. A varied blend of … Continue reading

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