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Archive for July, 2012

New Word: Velocapitalist

Tom Bowden is a bike commuter from Richmond VA, a “suit” – a corporate lawyer with an MBA, and a conservative – You betcha! He chairman of Bike Virginia, a bicycle advocacy organization in Virginia that raises money to promote cycling, walking and active lifestyles. The New World Bicycle Dictionary, 3rd Edition (2012) contains this [...]

Driver Education: ‘Bicyclists are a Source of Danger’

A reader sent me a screen shot from the curriculum of Texas Adult Drivers Education.com, an online driving school. They promise to “give you all the secrets” to pass the driving test of the Texas Department of Public Safety. The “Right of Way” section of the curriculum has a sub-section on Bicyclists, and this is [...]

Cargo Trailer Prototype Screen Tests

I’m involved in a soon-to-be-launched Kickstarter project for a new bike cargo trailer. Yesterday I was in video production mode, and set up the shot where Josh will speak inspiringly about the trailer, and the project. I put myself in the shot to frame things. My co-worker Robert was used as a stand-in for Josh [...]

Losing my Religion (of Car Worship)

I was probably six or seven years old when I watched a car summarily buried in a huge grave. It happened right in front of the cabin my dad used to own in Frisco, Colorado. The reason for the burial, as explained by my father, was that water flowed under the street, and needed a [...]

If there’s a ‘War on Cars,’ it’s a Counterinsurgency

The “War on Cars” is a manipulative framing. And the media can’t resist regurgitating a “War on” anything. So as I listened to this recent NPR piece, “Motorists To Urban Planners: Stay In Your Lane,” I was ready to be annoyed, and NPR delivered. The report leads with a reference to a claimed “war on [...]

Extensive Hands-Off Experience: Installing the BionX Electric Assist

I consider myself The World’s Leading Expert on BionX Retrofits… who has never actually done a retrofit himself. In a previous post, I talked about the natural ride of BionX — and I referred to bikes that come from the manufacturer with the BionX system already installed. But what about someone who wants to put [...]