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Maximum Impact Bicycle Advocacy

3 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
My Xtracycle Edgerunner on Tucson's River Path Bridge at Mountain

Being constrained by a 60 minute window I feel like I have an excuse to make broad and sweeping claims regarding topics that I am familiar with but I am certainly no expert on.  So I beg your pardon as I launch in. The development of serious and dedicated bicycle infrastructure is a requirement for any car centric culture, such as the US, to be able to get people utilizing bicycles for transportation in any serious way. The Netherlands and Denmark are the best examples of this. As a US based bicycle advocate, this is a depressing reality.  Without serious investment in bicycle infrastructure, bicycling will remain a fringe way for adventurous, athletic and highly eco-concious folks to get around.  And it ...

 

Less Car More Go Documentary on Kickstarter

No Comments Topics: Commuting, Cycling, Stories Written by Melanie Colavito
Less Car More Go Documentary on Kickstarter

I don't know what it is about cargo bikes, but they do have a funny way of getting into your heart.  I've had a lot of bikes comes and go from my life over the years, but there is one I miss more than any of the others and that's my old Xtracycle. The Xtracycle was a gift from my brother for my undergrad graduation, and it was proudly mounted to an my first racing bike, a Bridgestone MB5 mountain bike.  I had that thing for 6 happy years.  My husband and I shared the rig, and we could be spotted around Tucson riding the family truck to all matter of appointments and events.  I even sexed it up a little ...

 

60 Minutes

1 Comment Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
5:30 AM this morning, a brisk walk before another long day

I'm sure that our loyal readers have noticed some decline in the regularity of our posting here at CommuteByBike.com after the departure of Ted Johnson, our ponderous and insightful editor and marketing expert here at BikeShopHub.com.  In his wake we've been working to come up with a new strategy for maintaining and growing this blog.  Bigger things are definitely in the works, but in the meantime, we are continuing to plod forward at a somewhat reduced pace.  The increased efforts by Melanie Colavito, Stacey Moses, Melanie Lipton and our team of product reviewers have all been greatly appreciated while we realign our efforts. As the CEO of BikeShopHub.com, I am kind of a busy guy.  To keep everything moving forward in ...

 

Cyclovia Tucson Spring 2014

1 Comment Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Lipton
Stopping for a snack in our loaded Xtracycle

Our family has just celebrated one year living in Tucson, Arizona.  There are a lot of great things about Tucson, but as a cycling family, one of the things we have enjoyed most is the nearly year-round cycling season.  Granted, our first summer was a bit of a rough adjustment (toasted bums on blazing hot bike seats, arriving at our destination dripping in sweat, etc),  but overall, I'd say it's been worth suffering the heat to enjoy the eight or nine months of glorious weather the rest of the year. This past weekend, we participated in Tucson Cyclovia, one of the events that makes Tucson such a bicycle friendly city. This year marks Tucson's fourth Cyclovia, and each year the route ...

 

30 Days of Biking

2 Comments Topics: Advocacy, Commuting Written by Melanie Colavito
30 Days of Biking

Spring has officially arrived, though many of you may not exactly feel too springy yet, since the weather has continued to be pretty harsh throughout most of the country.  Although here in Arizona, we've been having one of the warmest, driest winters on record, so we've been watching the rest of the country shiver while we enjoy the sunshine.  But don't worry, we'll pay for it come fire season and summer.  In fact, if you have any extra rain/ snow to send our way, that would be fantastic. Anyhow, it's getting to be that time of year where you get to dust off the trusty steed, pump up the tires, and get ready for some spring riding.  That is if you ...

 

What’s the Best Way to Say, “Watch Out for Bikes!”

18 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Colavito
What’s the Best Way to Say, “Watch Out for Bikes!”

As best I can, I try to keep an eye out for new bicycle commuting or utility cycling themed videos throughout the week.  Fortunately, when a new video pops up, it usually makes an appearance on a handful of bicycling blogs and websites, so they are pretty easy to find. Today, this video popped up in my blog feed: The video is from Cycling Scotland and encourages drivers to treat cyclists like horses.  No, don't groom them and feed them...though some might not complain if you did...but rather use caution when you're around them.  Although, unlike a horse, a cyclist can't deliver a punishing kick with a hoof if it gets upset.  The best I can deliver to encourage caution around me ...