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Archive for March, 2013

How to start an argument: Say, ‘Roads Were Not Built For Cars’

How to win the argument: Read Roads Were Not Built For Cars Here’s a risk free Kickstarter project: Carlton Reid has raised and exceeded his £4,000 ($6073 US) goal for his forthcoming book. So, if you pledge now, it’s too late to say “I pledged before it was cool to pledge,” but you will be betting [...]

BikeSpike: The Best Idea Yet for Recovering Stolen Bikes

A LoJack-style device for a bike. The best idea yet? I bet you agree, because I bet you thought of it yourself — just like I did. And just like me, you didn’t have the wherewithal to make it yourself. And like me, you Googled for it, and found some unsatisfying attempts to create such a [...]

Mr. Rogers Rode a Bike

Fred Rogers of Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood would have turned 85 today. Somehow I think I appreciate him more as an adult than I ever did as a kid. As a child, I thought his show was really boring. If I ever watched it, it was by process of elimination. And when Trolley went to The [...]

YardStash II – A Bike Crash Pad

When we started remodeling our house last year we moved some walls around, and we have had to resort to temporarily storing some household goods in BluesCat World Headquarters, resulting in reduced square footage available for bike parking. One day, I made the mistake of grumbling about having all the bikes jammed together now, and [...]

The Axis of Dirtbags and Yuppies

I’m very happy that there is a good network of mountain biking trails where I live, though I rarely use them. But here’s how stupid I am: I’ve always thought that bike infrastructure for daily life (getting around town, running errands, biking to work) was it’s own thing, and not related to recreation. I live [...]

JSK: ‘What’s good for Trek is good for America’

Janette Sadik-Khan is the rock star of transportation bureaucrats, not just because she is the current Commissioner of the Department of Transportation in America’s largest city. But that has something to do with it. Embarrassing confession: I’ve passed up the opportunity to see Sadik-Khan two previous times. I mean, how exciting could a transportation bureaucrat [...]