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2014 Holiday Cycling Gift Guide

No Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
2014 Holiday Cycling Gift Guide

Its beginning to look a lot like Black Friday, soon it will be Cyber Monday. Take a look at our bike gift recommendations, glistening once again with exactly what the cyclists in your family really want. I've broken down our gift recommendations into a few main categories. As this is CommuteByBike.com we'll start with bike commuting gear. The Thule Commuter Pannier Set is an amazing deal at only $89.99. This set is normally $239.99 and we've had to spend telling customers that this deal is for real. It is and this is truly an amazing set of panniers. I recommend them for both bike touring and commuting. See John Coe's recent CbB review. Today through Cyber Monday we are running our only sale ...

 

DIY Trailers and Cargo Powerhouses – A Reader Round-Up

1 Comment Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Lipton
DIY Trailers and Cargo Powerhouses – A Reader Round-Up

Here at Commute by Bike and our sister site, BikeShopHub.com, we get a lot of happy folks who are very excited to share how they use their bikes for tours, commutes, and all other fun adventures. Today, we've got a round-up of some of the creative and epic uses of some great gear. DIY Trailers Lots of our readers are crafty and choose to design and build the trailer that works perfectly for their commuting and touring needs. We love learning about their ingenuity and seeing the solutions they create! Trevor designed a compact trailer that folds up and fits into a large shoulder bag for easy transport. The bag then becomes the cargo carrying mechanism when the trailer is in use. This ...

 

New Crowdsourced Bike Safety Map: BikeMaps.org

3 Comments Topics: Commuting, GPS/Mapping Systems, safety Written by Melanie Colavito
New Crowdsourced Bike Safety Map: BikeMaps.org

Anything that combines two of my favorite things - geography and bicycling - is something I can't help but share with you all! Hooray for bike maps! Earlier this month, at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, geography professor Dr. Trisalyn Nelson launched a new bike mapping website called BikeMaps.org. The website is a crowdsourced bike safety map that allows you to track things such as crashes, bike thefts, danger zones, and near misses. The map legend items include: citizen collision report, citizen near miss report, cyclist hazard, official collision report, and bike theft. There are also general alert areas, information about rider volume in a given area, as well as infrastructure (at least in Victoria) and an incident ...

 

‘Transportation Colonialism’ and Inequality

No Comments Topics: Advocacy, Tananarivize Written by Ted Johnson
‘Transportation Colonialism’ and Inequality

  Before coming to Madagascar I spent a lot of time organizing my storage unit -- and getting pulled into the kind of distracted, time-consuming reminiscing that happens whenever I get near all my old junk. I came across this booklet: "Transportation Patterns in Nairobi & Programs to Improve Opportunities for Bicycling " published by the International Bicycle Fund in 1989. I sent away for this booklet more than 20 years ago, the last time I was preparing to go live in Africa. And I'll be damned if it doesn't read like a laundry list of all my favorite bike advocacy topics -- except I'm usually writing about cycling in the United States of America. Here are some highlights: And they're not just my pet ...

 

Why Aren’t More US Women Riding Bikes?

14 Comments Topics: Commuting, Musings Written by Melanie Colavito
Why Aren’t More US Women Riding Bikes?

An article recently came out in The Guardian titled, "The reason fewer US women cycle than the Dutch is not what you think it is." This title grabbed my attention immediately, as it was meant to do, and I began to wonder if there was something I already thought about this matter as the title of the article suggested. The subtitle was even more enticing, "American women aren't being put off by a lack of bike lanes but by lives that are disproportionately filled with domestic chores." Honestly, I hadn't given much thought to specifically comparing female bicyclists in the U.S. and the Netherlands. But if I had to guess, I would think that Dutch women cycle more than U.S. women largely ...

 

Unusual Bike Commuting Needs

7 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Commuting Stories, Family Cycling Written by Dara Marks Marino
Unusual Bike Commuting Needs

In some past lifetime, long ago, in other words, before I had a child, bike commuting was pretty much what it sounded like: riding my bicycle to get from point A to point B and back again. I used racks and panniers, front and rear. Simple.

Then I had a child. And bike commuting looked a lot more like this:

Now that my daughter is 6 and in first grade, and now that I am working on my Masters degree, bike commuting suddenly looks more like this:

I know, I know. Don't say it. Don't post it in the comments. I realize I am driving my commuter bike on my roof around town.

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