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Bike Commuting and Social Justice in Kentucky

10 Comments Topics: Advocacy, Commuting, Commuting Stories Written by Melanie Colavito
Bike Commuting and Social Justice in Kentucky

The name Cherokee Schill is going viral this week. If you haven't heard of Cherokee yet, here's her story (as I have pieced together from the Interwebs). Earlier this year, Cherokee first made the news after she was ticketed three times for "reckless driving". Cherokee is a single mother of two who bike commutes 18 miles each way to her job at Webasto, a car parts manufacturer. She must report to work by 6am, so she leaves in the wee hours of the morning. She hasn't been able to find carpooling options, and commuter services don't leave early enough for her to utilize them. Her 1992 Camry has a mere 360,000 miles on it, so that's not a reliable option either. Which ...

 

Car-less: Frustrated By Distracted Drivers

4 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Stories, Crash, Cycling, safety Written by Kohl Martin
Car-less: Frustrated By Distracted Drivers

Recently, I was riding to a friend's house to do some bike part swapping. I was a riding the route I typically use to his house. I was nearly injured or killed by a driver on a cell phone because they some how thought the bike lane was also a right turn lane. I came within inches of their car because this person was text messaging. This is not the first time this has happened. I have been fortunate to have never been hit (knock on wood.) This is a good way to people's attention and to promote awareness of bikes on the road. I have seen some terrifying crashes. We all have to work to keep each other safe.

 

Pigs Can Fly & GM Is Encouraging Employees To Ride Bikes

4 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Colavito
Photo Credit: GM

Excuse me while I go scrape my jaw off the floor. General Motors, yes the enormous, global maker of the 4-wheeled, gas-powered vehicles we call cars, announced this week that it will begin offering a bike sharing program for its 19,000 or so employees at the 330-acre Warren Technical Center campus in Warren, Michigan. The Warren campus has a total of 61 buildings and about 11 miles of road. Due to the size of the campus, employees were having issues getting to and from meetings on different parts of campus, dealing with traffic and parking, waiting for timed shuttle buses, and walking long distances. One employee estimated that you could waste 30 to 60 minutes each day just getting around. Not to mention, ...

 

Car-less: Humble Bicycle Beginnings

No Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Kohl Martin
Car-less: Humble Bicycle Beginnings

In my haste and excitement of my first post, I neglected to introduce myself. My name is Kohl Martin and I am originally from St. Louis, MO. I have been in Tucson for about 3 years and this is an awesome bike community. I am also a musician. I play saxophone, flute, and I do vocals. I will make shameless a plug for my band: The Rooks. This the first post in a series about what it means and what it takes to go car-less . ( I say "Car-Less" over "Car-free" because I still use cars albeit rarely. I just don't own one.) It has been 3 years since I gave up my four-wheeled fossil powered box to enjoy and ...

 

Wheel Spikes for Bikes?

1 Comment Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear Written by Ted Johnson
Wheel Spikes for Bikes?

I've been doing a lot of driving lately. A lot. Recently I was driving on Interstate 10 between Phoenix and Tucson. I noticed something -- some things -- poking off of the front wheel of a semi truck: spikes jutting out several inches from each wheel lug where only short nuts should be necessary. Naturally I pulled my phone out of my pocket to take a photo. Driving with one hand, I edged the car up close to the spinning spikes, keeping both eyes on the viewfinder. And once I noticed these spikes on the first semi, I started noticing them all of the time -- like on one in four semis. Best of all, I saw some of these spikes next to ...

 

Car-less: The Daily Commute,The Use of Public Transit, and The Pitfall of the Modern Automobile

13 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Kohl Martin
Car-less: The Daily Commute,The Use of Public Transit, and The Pitfall of the Modern Automobile

THE DAILY COMMUTE Most you know how the everyday commute is a stress reliever as much as it can be a stress inducer. It took me quite awhile to find the route with the least amount of traffic as well as the all-around safest route i.e. dodging sketchy neighborhoods and avoiding pothole strewn streets as well. The one really interesting aspect of the daily commute that I never thought about until I started riding my bike is the idea of extra time. I arrive at work with a about 10-15 minutes to spare. I do that for 2 reasons: 1. So that I can cool off a bit and put on a dry shirt. 2. Just to give myself a few extra ...