Category Archives: Alternative transportation

Letting them ride on their own


This charming statue is located in Clinch Park along the TART Trail and the Traverse City, Michigan waterfront. The statue was created by Verna Bartnick and depicts a parent teaching their child to ride a bike, as they must eventually let the … Continue reading

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Brazen bike thieves become a challenge to cycling


My stepdaughter has been living in Washington, DC (within the District itself) for the past 18 months. Only recently (since August) did she start using bicycles to get to and from METRO stations during her commute. In those two months, … Continue reading

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Poll results – no love for crushed limestone


Several weeks ago an unscientific poll was taken here on Bicycle Trax about which surface(s) bicycle riders prefer to cycle on. While unscientific, the results were quite startling. Only one person out of 37 people voting and/or commenting on the … Continue reading

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Tandemichigan


Discovered this great new tandem bicycle sticker while in Elk Rapids, Michigan this past week. Given Michigan, with its two geographically distinct peninsulas, is the only state that can properly ride a tandem bike (although the Lower Peninsula appears to … Continue reading

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What surface do you prefer to bicycle on?


Just a little unscientific polling fun here. Obviously, the surface preferred may depend on the type of bicycle you are riding at the time, the purpose of your ride,  and weather conditions, but generally speaking, which is your favorite?   … Continue reading

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Tents and Tandemonium at Michigander


Above and below are just a few photos of some of the tandem bicycles and the makeshift tent city seen during the two-day Michigander bike ride over the past July 11-12 weekend. This two-day event open to all types of … Continue reading

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Independence Day ride on the C-I-S Trail


My wife and I enjoyed a leisurely ride on Mid-Michigan’s newest nonmotorized trail this Independence Day afternoon – the C-I-S (Clinton-Ionia-Shiawassee) Trail, as we rode 21 miles roundtrip between St. Johns and Fowler, Michigan and back. A better name for this … Continue reading

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Why are nonmotorized commuter trails closed at night?


Perhaps this is just a case of the laws lagging behind modern trends and technology, but according to a recent email trending here in Mid-Michigan, several cyclists in Lansing were told by police to leave the Lansing River Trail because … Continue reading

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The benefits of yoga and bicycling


At last night’s flow yoga class, half of us bicycled to Lotus Voice for an hour-long workout of stretching and enlightenment. This was not the first time this had happened this spring, but it was coincidental with a planned Lansing … Continue reading

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An opportunity to be part of Detroit’s rebirth


The Detroit Eastside Community Collaborative is working to raise funds to obtain a state matching grant for a new Greenway Friendly Bus Stop (see image above) at the corner of Gratiot and Conner in the City of Detroit. Not only … Continue reading

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