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Tom Bowden’s 230-Mile Round-Trip Commute to The National Bike Summit

Tom Bowden is a bike commuter from Richmond VA, a “suit” – a corporate lawyer with an MBA, and a conservative – You betcha! He is also a board member of Bike Virginia, a pro cycling and pedestrian group in Virginia that raises money to promote cycling, walking and active lifestyles. Tom’s lawyerly blogging can […]

Halfway to Fredericksburg: Tom and Ted’s Advocacy Adventure

What is Tom & Ted’s Advocacy Adventure? Read this. Here’s the rundown. We’re hanging out resting at a Denny’s in Carmel Church, Virginia. I just ate a hockey puck disguised as a veggie burger. We’re more than halfway to today’s goal: Fredericksburg, Virginia: View Larger Map The television above me is reporting on the two […]

Liquor Store Drive-Thru by Bike

It was getting late. I knew it would be cold outside. I was starting to think of my commute home, and thinking of what pretext I might have to get a ride home from my wife — a pretext that would not involve an admission that I just didn’t feel like cycling home. Aha! My […]

Seeing Dog / Seeing the Light

“Apophenia is the experience of seeing meaningful patterns or connections in random or meaningless data.” It is the very human tendency to put meaning into random and unrelated information. For example, I recently saw Dog in the wood grain of a baseboard at a local restaurant. Some would call it pareidolia (a vague and random […]

A Bike Commuter is Born — On the Bainbridge Ferry

Yesterday was nepotism day here on Commute by Bike. Today it’ll be cronyism. Tobias Eigen is a friend from the years I spent living in the Washington, DC Beltway — Takoma Park, Maryland to be specific. (“Capital of hippie-land… home of the squirrel lady and that guy who walks around swinging a dead fox.”) I […]

Fight Road Rash with a Good Headlight

Matthew D. Johnson, Ph.D. is the director of the Marriage and Family Studies Laboratory and formerly the deputy to the president of Binghamton University, blah de blah blah… He’s my brother. Sounds like a smart guy, huh? Like I said, he’s my brother. Decide for yourself. –Ted I have been thinking about the advantages of […]