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The Ingenious Bike Bells you (Probably) Can’t Buy

No Comments Topics: Gear, Tananarivize Written by Ted Johnson
The Ingenious Bike Bells you (Probably) Can’t Buy

Check out this homemade bike bell system I came across in Madagascar. The owner of the bike -- perhaps the inventor -- was more than happy to demonstrate. I was visiting the Cold Water Geysers of Analavory. I was not commuting per-se; I was being a tourist. The geysers are not a natural phenomenon, but instead are related to aragonite mines in the area -- which somehow makes me feel slightly better about this photo: So... Now that you can picture the geysers, back to those bike bells. The bike belonged to a guy who worked the parking lot, selling popsicles and sliced papaya to tourists. If I could speak more than 12 words of Malagasy, I might have asked him more about the bells. ...

 

The Joy of Cycling with My Daughter

No Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
The Joy of Cycling with My Daughter

I am a very lucky guy. I get to go cycling with my daughter. Showing the joy of cycling to my daughter has been one of my favorite things about being a dad. When we go on a ride it is an adventure for just the two of us. Or for the whole family. And I get to share the joy helping other families get their bike gear at Bike Kid Shop

 

Progress: Police Remind Drivers Not to Park in Bike Lanes

No Comments Topics: News Written by Stacey Moses
Progress: Police Remind Drivers Not to Park in Bike Lanes

For several years, I have been reading about cyclists' frustrations with people parking in bike lanes. Very often, the focus of these posts is the lack of attention and action offered by local enforcement agencies. Last Friday, I published my own ruminations on the topic. On the same day, a lawyer in Arlington, Virginia published a similar post, focusing specifically on the problem in the Washington, DC metro area. On Monday, I was pleasantly surprised when I spotted a tweet from the Arlington County Police Department that felt like a direct response to Friday's calls for action:   The post, which was retweeted or favorited almost two hundred times (and trolled much less than I, sadly, have come to expect), may not immediately ...

 

Yes, People Still Park in Bike Lanes

No Comments Topics: Advocacy, Commuting, Education, News, safety Written by Stacey Moses
Yes, People Still Park in Bike Lanes

Bike lanes have about a dozen different names and an approximately equal number of design variations. However, the intended purpose of bike lanes is the same on all streets, in all cities: to provide cyclists with a car-free lane for safer, more efficient riding. When used appropriately, bike lanes make our streets safer for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians alike. Unfortunately, many drivers view these conveniently uncongested avenues as the perfect place to park their cars, delivery trucks, and government vehicles, negating the purpose of reserving a separate pathway for cyclists. If you ride a bike, the fact that people park in bike lanes isn't news to you. If you drive a car and have ever been in an incredible rush to pick ...

 

DRIVE Act Motors Through the Senate

No Comments Topics: Advocacy, News Written by Stacey Moses
Photo Credit: Fletcher6

If you bet against the Senate to pass the DRIVE Act before the federal transportation program ran out of funding on July 31st, it's time to get your wallet out. Right at the deadline, and right before breaking for its annual August recess, the Senate approved the comprehensive transportation bill that includes at least three years of funding. Now, the bill is in the hands of the House; with Congress passing a three-month extension of MAP-21, the House now has until the end of October to prepare and pass its version of the transportation bill. (DRIVE, by the way, stands for "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy;" I will let you make your own sarcastic remarks at home ...

 

Life with an Abundance of Roadside Bike Mechanics

2 Comments Topics: Commuting, Tananarivize Written by Ted Johnson
Life with an Abundance of Roadside Bike Mechanics

I just pumped a tire for the first time in 10 months. Not because I haven't had a flat. I have. Not because I ride on my rims when my tires are flat. I don't (usually). It's because between my house and my workplace there are at least six roadside bike repair guys. I live in Antananarivo, Madagascar. It's a city where bikes are prevalent in spite of no apparent effort from city planners to accommodate people on bicycles. Who needs a pump or a patch kit when you have this much convenience? And guess what: My pump was defective. It took me nearly a year before I discovered that. The Google Map above shows driving direction because, as far as Google knows, "Cycling not available" ...