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Dear Motorist: A Follow-Up

6 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Stacey Moses

Last month, following the rash of cycling fatalities in London over a two week period, I composed a post called Learning from London (Or Are We?) in which I reviewed and critiqued the reactions of the media, the mayor and a former Olympic cyclist. My point, that there isn't a single type of road user to blame and that simply being more aware, whether you are on a bike or in a motor vehicle, is as necessary as devising more complicated infrastructure improvements, caught the attention of Wesley Bauer, who sent along a link to his video. As the creator of  Dear Motorist, Wesley hopes to raise awareness that cyclists are "more than just obstacles on the road." Enjoy the ...

 

The Daily Commute & Bike Sharing on NPR

19 Comments Topics: Commuting, Today's Commute Written by Melanie Colavito
The Daily Commute & Bike Sharing on NPR

I want to start this post by sharing a little secret of mine.  Perhaps it's not a secret so much as an admission, but I think it's relevant to the content of this post nonetheless. Here goes - I have never used a bike sharing system.  For starters, I've never lived in a city that had a bike sharing system, although the University of Arizona had one on campus called Cat Wheels.  But since I rode my own bike to campus, I never found a need to borrow one once there to get around. Furthermore, I've never tried one out when I've traveled to cities that do offer them.  But still, given my dedication as a bike commuter, I did feel qualified ...

 

Wear your Helmet in Style: Review of the RockiNoggins Helmet Cover

No Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear, Reviews Written by Karen Voyer-Caravona
Wear your Helmet in Style: Review of the RockiNoggins Helmet Cover

 Hi, everyone. This is my latest product review for Commute by Bike (and this time, we wade into controversial waters!) All my friends and family know, often to their irritation and embarrassment, that I never shy away from controversy, even if paid to do so (which I haven’t been). My three favorite topics to bring up at a party or around the dinner table are sex, religion and politics. I am probably on “hidden” status with most of my Facebook friends, with the possible exception of my fellow policy wonks and perhaps my husband. Personally, I’m not sure why sex, religion and politics get such a bad rap in the social graces department; I mean, what else is

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The 2013 CommuteByBike.com Holiday Gift Guide!

3 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Matt Duffin
The 2013 CommuteByBike.com Holiday Gift Guide!

Its that time of year again.  That time of year for wallowing in the gift giving ambiguities of consumerism, generosity and self-interest.  We are here to help you through this mess with some clear and concise holiday gift related strategies.   #1: Consumerism: Attack this problem head on by tying consumerism to products that help people lead better lives.  Sturdy and rugged bike commuting products might just fit the bill. #2: Generosity: Be generous to those who deserve it most.  We think the bike commuter in your life deserves some generosity just because they are always in such a good mood after a good bike commute. #3: Self Interest: Suggest to your family and friends through social media that a bike commuting related gift ...

 

Learning from London (Or Are We?)

3 Comments Topics: Advocacy, Commuting, News Written by Stacey Moses
Learning from London (Or Are We?)

Six cyclists have died in London in two weeks. This can’t possibly be breaking news for anyone who is reading a cycling blog (or reading in general) as this rash of fatalities has been widely covered by major news outlets from every conceivable angle. BBC News alone has published pieces such as “London Cycle Deaths: Chris Boardman Wants HGV Ban,” “8 Radical Solutions to Protect Cyclists,” and “Is Cycling Getting More or Less Dangerous?” On the surface, the fact that this unusual cluster of incidents has brought commuter safety to light seems positive, but is the ensuing discourse productive or misleading? Let’s start with some facts: In 2002, London had an average of 300,000 cycle trips per day and twenty ...

 

Dissertating About Urban Cycling

10 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Colavito
Dissertating About Urban Cycling

An interesting little tidbit arrived in my inbox this week.  It was an email from Lund University in Sweden about a study on mobility, planning, and cycling.  The study, officially titled "Velomobility - A critical analysis of planning and space", was conducted by PhD student Till Koglin at Lund University. It's a comparative analysis of urban bicycling and planning issues between Copenhagen, Denmark, and Stockholm, Sweden, and it delves into how cycling infrastructure and planning evolved in different ways between the two cities resulting in Copenhagen being a "better" (their phrasing, not mine) city for cycling than Stockholm. My first reaction upon reading this was, "Oh gee, another person raving about how great Copenhagen is for cycling.  I've never been there, but ...