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Advocacy

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 […]

Cruising and Schmoozing with the Mayor Elect

This morning I suddenly found myself chatting up the mayor-elect of my city. Jerry Nabours showed up for the commuter ride that kicks off our local Bike to Work Week in Flagstaff, Arizona. I knew it was Jerry Nabours because strapped to the frame of his Huffy single-speed cruiser he had a one of his […]

Bike Month is Over. Carry on.

I have two advocacy success stories from Bike Month. May I share? They were both last weekend, which was Memorial Day Weekend here in America. “…a cycling enthusiast” On Sunday, my friend Chuck suggested that we bike to see our mutual friend Matt perform at Bookman’s, a local used bookstore and coffee shop. (Not all […]