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Infoschmucks: Anti-Cycling Infographic Disguised as Pro-Cycling

There’s a new infographic making the rounds. If you follow bike-related blogs, Facebookers, or Twitterers you might have seen it. And it purports to provide “Depressing Statistics of Bicycle Accidents” on cycling in Great Britain. The only thing depressing to me is how many bloggers, Facebookers, and Twitterers uncritically regurgitated this — as they always [...]

Bradley Wiggins talks out his Accomplished Ass about the Dangerous ‘Sport’ of Cycling

Because bike commuting isn’t a sport, this site has made no mention of the Tour de France this year — and nobody seemed to notice. I haven’t mentioned the 2012 Olympics either, and I had no intention of doing so. But now comes a twofer. Britain’s Bradley Wiggins, winner of the Tour de France and [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The Culture of Cycling in Flagstaff: A 10‑Year Boom

Seth Muller is a writer for Mountain Living Magazine who does as much of his job as possible by bike — not the writing part, which he probably does sitting in a chair with a computer in front of him — but the part where he rides around reporting, and interviewing people, like me. I [...]

In Search of Good PSAs about Bike Lanes and Sharrows

Just around the corner from Bike Shop Hub (a.k.a. Commute by Bike World Headquarters) is Mia’s Lounge, your basic bar. Except Mia’s has a little store, tucked into a corner, where you can buy bags of peanuts, chips, candy bars, sodas, cigarettes, carryout beer and distilled beverages. It’s the shortest distance between us and sugary [...]