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Archive for November, 2010

Pedaling Revolution: A Review

“Pedaling Revolution: How Cyclists are Changing American Cities,” written by Jeff Mapes, has been read and reviewed for well over a year, but it is still worth a read and a mention more than eighteen months after its publication. This book is wonkiness at its finest. Mapes, whose professional credentials are primarily in political reporting, [...]

A Thought Experiment on Bike Commuting Safety

Josh King’s guest post, “10 Rules for Urban Commuting” sparked a lively debate, not just in our comments, but across the blogosphere. Well, the bike-commuter corner of the blogosphere anyway. If you missed it, the essence of the article (if I should hazard a summary) is this: If safety and survival are paramount to an [...]

Teach Your Children Well: Safe Routes to School

In my first post, The Great Debate: Vehicular vs. Segregated Cycling, education for cyclists came up as a critical issue both in my research and in the response. Whether you ride on the road among four-wheeled gas-powered vehicles, or you prefer riding in a space designated for human-powered vehicles as an adult, creating a community [...]

Bspot: A Good Solution to a Good Problem

Anyone who uses a car lock remote knows that it’s as useful for finding your car in an asphalt sea as it is for, y’know… locking it. Now close your eyes and imagine a world where bike commuting was so common that it created the same sort of where-did-I-park-the-damn-thing challenge. On second thought, Don’t close [...]

Cycling and the Election Cycle of 2010

Here’s a roundup of several articles on the 2010 midterm elections, and how the outcome may effect cycling advocacy, and transportation infrastructure. “Bicycle Retailer and Industry News” takes an agnostic view, and speculates that Democrats, if relieved of their chairs, might actually become more effective advocates for cycling projects: Cycling’s two biggest supporters-Rep. Earl Blumenauer [...]