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The Ingenious Bike Bells you (Probably) Can’t Buy

Check out this homemade bike bell system I came across in Madagascar. The owner of the bike — perhaps the inventor — was more than happy to demonstrate. I was visiting the Cold Water Geysers of Analavory. I was not commuting per-se; I was being a tourist. The geysers are not a natural phenomenon, but […]

The Joy of Cycling with My Daughter

I am a very lucky guy. I get to go cycling with my daughter. Showing the joy of cycling to my daughter has been one of my favorite things about being a dad. When we go on a ride it is an adventure for just the two of us. Or for the whole family. And […]

Yes, People Still Park in Bike Lanes

Bike lanes have about a dozen different names and an approximately equal number of design variations. However, the intended purpose of bike lanes is the same on all streets, in all cities: to provide cyclists with a car-free lane for safer, more efficient riding. When used appropriately, bike lanes make our streets safer for motorists, […]

Life with an Abundance of Roadside Bike Mechanics

I just pumped a tire for the first time in 10 months. Not because I haven’t had a flat. I have. Not because I ride on my rims when my tires are flat. I don’t (usually). It’s because between my house and my workplace there are at least six roadside bike repair guys. I live […]

On My Radar: The Garmin Varia

“If you’re one of millions of cyclists, you know every time you saddle up, anything can happen.” That, according to Garmin’s promotional video, is why you need the Varia Rearview Radar, scheduled for release this fall. Before watching the promotional video that likely had the working title “Fear Sells,” I present you with a brief, […]

Vision Zero: The Plan to Eliminate Road Fatalities

Back in 1997, Sweden adopted the concept of Vision Zero. The Swedish approach to road safety is a straightforward and powerful initiative that can be summarized in a single sentence: No loss of life is acceptable. Admittedly, when I first started learning about Vision Zero, which has been gaining traction in European countries as well […]