Category Archives: culture

Assault bicycles are the new instrument of evil


Even a cursory viewing of the ongoing protests across America has shown a clear and present new addition to urban crowd control – the once lowly bicycle. Where bikes were once a pleasing symbol of community policing and trail safety, … Continue reading

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Now this is a WAY COOL non-motorized bridge!


Opened appropriately on St. Patrick’s Day, the Dublin Link Bridge is the world’s longest “S” shape suspension bridge. Oh, and by the way, did I mention it’s in Dublin, Ohio, not Dublin, Ireland? With a 500 foot main span, an … Continue reading

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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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Brave new cycling world


Well, it appears that robots have mastered bicycling. As one commenter stated on YouTube, “here’s the future winner of the Tour de France.”

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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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Skateboard parking rack


Saw my first-ever skateboard parking rack (see below) recently at Interlochen Center for the Arts. This ingenious idea should be employed throughout the country, particularly in downtown areas and around/near college campuses.  Given the numbers of skateboarders seen in Boulder … Continue reading

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Portland’s busiest Willamette River cyclist crossings in 2014


The following list shows the five busiest Willamette River bridge​ crossings for bicycles in the City of Portland, Oregon according to summer daily bicycle traffic data from the Portland Bureau of Transportation. This data does not include the new non-motorized/transit … 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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