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Bikes: No Big Deal (Father’s Day 2012)

I don’t come from a family where cycling was a big deal. But I kind of do. Leading up to Father’s Day this year, I’ve been reminded of how fathers and bikes have factored into my psyche. I got it from both sides of my family. Unlike me — cycling nearly every day like I’m [...]

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 [...]

The Art of Advocacy: ‘The Return of the Speedwells’

Mike Rubbo, filmmaker, painter and cycling advocate, raises some very interesting questions in his short film, “The Return of the Speedwells.” Focusing specifically on Australia, Rubbo faults the media for its depiction of cycling as a competitive and aggressive sport, to the exclusion of images of the friendlier, utilitarian benefits of cycling. [T]he sport cycling [...]

National Bike Summit Bike Ride 2012

This year was the second time I have participated in the National Bike Summit. I was one of more than 800 attendees from 49 states. The Summit concludes with a bike ride where people who don’t have to run back to their home states right away go on a leisurely bike tour of Washington DC. [...]

Safe Yakking with the UCLEAR HBC 130 Bike Helmet Communicator

A few months ago, when the people were screaming a little louder than usual about distracted driving and even distracted cycling, I received an offer from UCLEAR to review their HBC 130 Bike Helmet Communicator. Unfortunate timing. But I took it on because I know that some Commute by Bike readers have longer commutes than [...]

Eric Cantor’s Thoughts While Biking

House Majority Eric Cantor (R-VA), has been a leading opponent of funding for cycling programs in the Federal Transportation Bill. Of more than $50 billion that US Congress will authorize for transportation (maybe someday), Cantor would prefer to see it all go to real transportation projects — interstate highways, roads, bridges, etc. for motorized vehicles. [...]