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unTerrifying Facts About Bicycling

11 Comments Topics: Commuting, safety, Video Written by Melanie Colavito
unTerrifying Facts About Bicycling

This absolute gem of a video found its way to my inbox yesterday.  It's titled "Terrifying Facts About Bicycling" and was created by BuzzFeed, the most prolific makers of lists on the Internet today. Please take the next 2 minutes to watch this video. Wow.  May I be the first to say WTF just happened there? Here, maybe this will help.  This is how the video was explained in the email, "We just released an interesting video that features some alarming facts about bicycling, and also explains what bicyclists can do to prevent these dangers from happening to them." I guess I missed the part where the video explains what cyclists can do to avoid being, well, killed by riding their bikes.  Oh, use ...

 

Grey Matter and Rethinking Used Bikes

6 Comments Topics: Commuting, Stories Written by BluesCat
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 had not yet switched over to producing civilian vehicles, so the only thing Dad could find was an ancient Ford Model A which always needed repair. Family legend has it that when he started dating Mom, and would come to pick her up on cold winter nights, she would snitch the rubber mat from my grandparent's bathtub and put it over the floorboard of the ...

 

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

5 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Colavito
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 determine if they attract more cyclists, how well they are understood (e.g. no bike salmon here), if they improve perceptions of safety, how they are perceived by nearby residents, and how they are associated with economic activity.  This is the first comprehensive study of its nature in the United States.  This is important because our social norms around bikes are different here than they are in ...

 

Sympathy for the Salmon

8 Comments Topics: Commuting, Commuting Reads Written by Ted Johnson
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 good start." Sometimes when I'm driving a car -- Especially when I'm in a car with the windows rolled up -- I will yell inside the soundproof metal cocoon, Get off the freakin' sidewalk! There's a bike lane right there -- just for you. RIGHT THERE! Worst of all, perhaps, are ignoramuses "salmoning" on the sidewalk. Here's a video of me doing it (and not ironically). Well, you may be an ...

 

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

5 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Melanie Lipton
Look out!

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 of Arizona/downtown area.  It's been a long process for the city, from the early design phase to the seemingly never ending construction, and now to the last weeks of testing.  It's due to begin service this July.  Its route is along one of the most heavily traveled bike corridors in Tucson as well. During this testing phase, the local cycling community, the business community, and City of ...

 

Where are the Bicycle Startup Successes?

4 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Josh Lipton
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 Faraday Bicycles as the startup with the strongest signal, I'm glad for them but disappointed that what amounts to a specialty, luxury product is the leading example of bicycles in the startup space. On the other hand, the 5 startups that follow Faraday on the list, Beeline Bikes, viaCycle, Zagster, Hammerhead and Helmet Hub are the types of startups that I would like to think have the potential to be ...