Category Archives: humanity

The gift of one’s first bicycle (or tricycle)


My cousin happened to post this photograph from Christmas 1959 of me sitting on my first tricycle at my grandparent’s home. I was barely two years old and from the picture, I obviously took a liking to my new three-wheeled … Continue reading

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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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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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Images from the 2015 Greater Lansing Ride of Silence


Here are a few photos from this year’s ride held on, Wednesday, May 20th. The 4.5 mile long course began at Wells Hall on the campus of Michigan State University and wound through campus to downtown East Lansing and then … Continue reading

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Why we ride…in silence


On this particular race day, ten kids ranging in age from eight to 15 were lined up waiting for the start of our neighborhood bike race. Some were perched upon slick ten speeds, others like me, astride our three-speed, banana … Continue reading

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Going 100% “cold-turkey carless” at least once a week


As my bicycle commuting to/from work has increased over the past decade, my corresponding use of the car has dropped noticeably.  But, to bike commute during the day and then drive around running errands during the evening or on weekends seems … Continue reading

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Review of “The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling”


I recently completed a compelling book entitled, The Bohemian Guide to Urban Cycling. Afterwards, I waited for a few weeks before writing this post because the book’s theme does a significant about-face. The first half identifies and repeats a number … Continue reading

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Palo Alto to Tierra del Fuego by bicycle


I am not kidding. That is the lengthy north-to-south course taken by author, climate scientist, and touring cyclist David Kroodsma , which he describes with intriguing detail in the book, The Bicycle Diaries; My 21,000 Mile Ride for the Climate. … Continue reading

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The modern patriot


Andy Singer hits the nail right on the head again. Driving a gas-guzzler is hardly patriotic, it’s selfish, unhealthy, wasteful, stupid, and unsustainable!

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Forget the toy gas guzzler, teach your kids to ride a bicycle!


All too often lately, I have seen parents spend hundreds of dollars on miniature toy cars for their children to drive around the yard, driveway, or sidewalk. While they look like they could be momentarily fun (until the kids get … Continue reading

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