Category Archives: civics

Make Voting Fun – Bike There!


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Bicycles as Yard/Garden Art


Increasingly, I am observing vintage or used bicycles being employed as yard/garden art. In this post are two examples from one street (16th) here in Traverse City, Michigan. Bicycle are a terrific decorative addition to the yard/garden or can be … Continue reading

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Every City Needs a Norte!


Traverse City, Michigan is blessed to have an organization like Norte Youth Cycling (a.k.a. El Grupo Norte). Not only do they strive to make bicycling fun and safe for kids of all ages, but they also are tireless advocates for … Continue reading

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Tucson completes “The Loop”


Over the St. Patrick’s Day weekend, Tucson and Pima County celebrated the completion of the “The Loop” – a 131 mile shared use trail that encircles the this terrific Sonoran Desert city and provides extensions to the south, north, and … Continue reading

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A city with trash pick-up services by bicycle 


Hat’s off to the folks of Northampton, Massachusetts, where Pedal People has been operating a successful curbside human-powered bicycle pick-up service for garbage/recycling/compost since 2002. The cooperative has a fleet of 12 bike trailers that can each haul up to … Continue reading

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Bike the vote!


 Today is Presidential Primary Day in Michigan. So, if you live here, please vote and if you are a cyclist, bike the vote! If you live elsewhere, please consider biking the vote as well. Peace! 

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Let’s get it right – highlight yourself at night!


   You would think this would be an obvious safety concern to those involved, but lately it has been quite surprising and dismaying to see so many pedestrians and cyclists walking/pedaling at night in dark/non-reflective clothing. Not only is it … Continue reading

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Holiday recycle by bicycle


Thanks to Norte! for posting this great photograph of Christmas tree recycling by bicycle taking place here in Traverse City. What a super-Eco idea for removing your Christmas tree!

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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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The only times they seem to notice


Any other avid bike commuters out there wonder why our co-workers and friends seem to ask if we rode to work when the weather is lousy? ¬†I commute by bicycle well over 100 days a year, but the only times … Continue reading

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