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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 ...

 

Squirrelly Vandal Drives Professor Nuts

5 Comments Topics: Commuting, Funny, News Written by Stacey Moses
Squirrelly Vandal Drives Professor Nuts

In many of my previous posts on Commute By Bike, I have focused on feel-good stories, such as the tale of a man who found both renewed health and a missing dog while on his bicycle, as well as made entertaining (I hope) references to pop icons such as Kermit the Frog to explain painted bike lanes and complete streets initiatives. Today, however, I must report on a serious issue that I first learned about through NPR: squirrels vandalizing bicycles. Vandalism is no laughing matter, and for dedicated bicycle commuters, there is nothing more frustrating than securing your bike in a designated rack and returning to find that someone or something has damaged your property. Unfortunately, an associate math professor at ...

 

Smart & Social Bike Navigation System or The Hammerhead

1 Comment Topics: Commuting, Commuting Gear Written by Melanie Colavito
Smart & Social Bike Navigation System or The Hammerhead

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away...  It is a period of paper-based self-navigation.  Cell phones are the size a spaghetti squash.  GPS is a three-letter acronym (TLA) and not much more to the average human.  Bicycles are inanimate objects that are neither smart nor social.  Yes, it is 1993. Fast-forward twenty years to the present.  Self-navigation is now a digital and plugged-in endeavor conducted through a now coaster-sized cell phone.  Your grandmother uses GPS.  On her cell phone.  Bicycles are both smart and social.

Honestly, it's amazing how quickly technology changes.  And how quickly it changes us.  Take for example, The Hammerhead, a new bike navigation system that has an amazing array of cool properties.  The ...

 

CycloMend: Have Wrench. Will Travel.

2 Comments Topics: Commuting Written by Stacey Moses
CycloMend: Have Wrench. Will Travel.

“I hate broken bikes.” That was the straightforward way that CycloMend founder, Colin, began to explain why he started his Washington, DC-based company that pairs up mobile bike mechanics with cyclists in need. Benefiting both the owner of the busted bike as well as local mechanics looking for additional work (who are vetted by CycloMend before joining the team), CycloMend’s goal is to improve the city “not only by increasing ridership but also by connecting individuals with one another.” CycloMend’s model seems simple – use modern technology to streamline old-school house calls. Through an online booking page, customers provide CycloMend with information about their bikes, the issues and their service requests. A mechanic then gets in touch with each customer to ...