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Grey Matter and Rethinking Used Bikes

No doubt, I inherited my aversion to buying used vehicles from my parents. As Great Depression era kids, they were used to having possessions which were always secondhand, but I think the final straw came when my father returned from Europe and started looking around for a car in post-WWII Chicago. The automakers in Detroit […]

Do We Need ‘Science’ to Tell Us About Bike Commuting?

Well, we could probably design a study to answer that question… This week, the National Institute of Transportation and Communities (NITC) at Portland State University released an enormous study looking at protected bike lanes in Washington D.C., Chicago, Austin, San Francisco, and Portland.  The purpose of the study was to evaluate protected bike lanes to […]

Sympathy for the Salmon

You see a bike rider riding where a bike shouldn’t be ridden, or in a manner contrary to your refined sense of cycling civility. What do you think? If you’re like me, you’re a judgmental rage turd before you catch yourself, and you calm yourself with the mantra, “They’re not in a car. That’s a […]

Bikes and Streetcars in Tucson – Is There a Way to Make it Work?

What happens when two very good, well intentioned modes of transportation come together in a densely populated, busy urban corridor?  Well, if it’s the Tucson Streetcar and the fleet of Tucson bike commuters, the results are starting to get ugly. The Sun Link Streetcar is now in the final testing phases in the bustling University […]

Where are the Bicycle Startup Successes?

Its 2014 and Tech Startup Culture/Silicone Valley/Ambitious Teenagers have been  going strong with producing great consumer focused companies for over 10 years now.  So what about bikes? When I look up bicycling Startups at Angel List, its not that they are non-existant.  There are some interesting and meaningful efforts being made. But when I see […]

The Five Commandments of J.O.Y.B.A.G.®

I have traveled into the Safeway parking lots, among the glass filled shoulders, through the misery of forgetting my spare tube.  I have lugged grocery bags on my handlebars and arrived to gatherings late and sweaty.  I have cursed and sworn with befuddlement at being ill-prepared to make my way through the world on my […]