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Archive for October, 2011

The Female Facts of Life

I am a female cyclist. As a female cyclist, I do have to deal with one of the inevitable facts of being a woman approximately every twenty-eight days. However, considering how this fact of life affects transportation cyclists who lack the Y chromosome had never occurred to me until my editor sent me a link [...]

The Fox, Goose, Running, Bike Commuting, and Beer Puzzle

We all know that the aversion some people have to commuting to work is partially because of the logistics and planning involved — at least in the beginning. After a time, these logistics become as second nature to us as, say, stopping for gas, or texting while driving is to many motorists. Bike commuting has [...]

‘If you cut us off, do we not seethe?’

The Montague Folding Bikes blog has an interesting “Plea for Tolerance” based on Shylock’s monologue from The Merchant of Venice. The original monologue is delivered by Shylock, a Jew who has suffered malice and discrimination from his Christian enemy, Antonio. Shylock reasons that he is no different from a Christian, and asks why he should [...]

Buy-Cycle Back to Prosperity

Filmmaker and anti-helmet Fashionista extraordinaire, Mikael Colville-Andersen, dug up this Depression-era cartoon, encouraging people to buy, buy, buy, as a way of stimulating the American economy with more “circulating dollars.” That cartoon is truer now than it was when it was originally published. The irony is that just before the Great Depression, only about half [...]

Soul Cyclists: Different Motivations, Common Purpose

Gene Clarke is a frequent commenter on Commute by Bike, known here as “Gene @ BU.” Gene sent me this story about a team of cyclists in Binghamton, New York. I would like to recognize my cycling friends, the Lourdes Hospital Mission in Motion Women’s Cycling Team. Yes, they are the Lycra clad weekend warrior [...]

‘Stop pedaling… start driving’

General Motors has a new program aimed at college students, hoping to inspire them to buy GM cars with a “college discount.” The “Reality Sucks” advertisement has all the subtly of a commercial for Axe Body Spray — and apparently is aimed at the same insecure demographic. Just in case the ad is too subtle, [...]