Monthly Archives: June 2012

Cities in history: review of “Ten Green Bottles”


Vivian Jeanette Kaplan’s book (Ten Green Bottles) about her parent’s harrowing escape from Nazi-controlled Vienna, Austria to Japanese-controlled Shanghai, China is a captivating and disturbing true story of one family’s efforts to escape Nazi aggression. The book primarily covers from the … Continue reading

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Adding grace to place


Below are listed sixteen sweet ideas for adding grace to a place. Some of these ideas may sound like simple steps, but I am always amazed how few American communities actually employ them on a regular basis as a way of gracing … Continue reading

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Coalescing regional active transportation


Greater Lansing’s second regional active transportation forum was held last night at the Michigan Fitness Foundation’s headquarters in Old Town. The initial event had been held in November, 2011. Both events have been well attended (approximately 25 last night), depict a … Continue reading

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Reasons why bicycles are the best mode of transport invented


To this avid cyclist and bike commuter, no mode of transportation has been invented that is more efficient and practical than the bicycle for most trip purposes. Passenger/commuter rail is better for longer commuting and intercity travel distances, but considering 40 percent … Continue reading

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Geography of Can-Am bicycle production


Below is a fascinating map created by Bicycle Retailer and Industry News of bicycle production done in the United States and Canada as of October 1, 2011. As is evident from the map, most of the significant bicycle manufacturing and … Continue reading

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A cool cycling ‘cartogeeks’ phone app


As a total cartography geek (a.k.a. cartogeek) about maps, which I have been collecting since I was a kid, I am always fascinated by new applications for cartography. Just yesterday, I was introduced to a fun and cool bicycling app … Continue reading

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Provide it and they will come!


Last night, our local cycling advocacy organizations operated a bicycle valet parking area for the Downtown Okemos Celebration. This was the first time bicycle valet parking had been offered at this four-year old event, so it was unclear how many … Continue reading

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Great stuff in your backyard


Here are a few photographs taken during my three-hour stint of volunteering today at the MSU Bikes Service Center on the Michigan State University campus. Today was “Be a Tourist in Your Own Town” (BATYOT) day in Greater Lansing. A … Continue reading

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