Category Archives: politics

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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Are bicycling books all starting to sound the same?


Maybe it is just me and the plethora of bicycling publications I have read in a relatively short span of time, but recently I have become increasingly concerned that advocacy books on the benefits of bicycling are starting to sound … 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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Some AAA clubs start to get it…about bicycles


It seems amusingly ironic that certain AAA (American Automobile Association) clubs are now offering emergency bike services for bicycle commuters considering the organization tried to strip any and all non-motorized funding (a mere 1.0% of the transportation bill) from the … Continue reading

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A bicycle commuter living in car country


Below is an opinion piece on bicycle commuting that I wrote for today’s Lansing State Journal. It was one of four stories by area bicycle riders and included a positive editorial on cycling by the paper. Rick Brown: I’m a bike commuter … Continue reading

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A heartbreaking image from Ukraine


It is said that pictures can tell a 1,000 words. The photograph of this bewildered bicyclist above from Ukraine does that and much more – it depicts what should be the joy of cycling set against a backdrop of death, … Continue reading

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Celebrate the “love of bicycling” in May


There are many bicycling events coming up in the Month of May, as it is National Bike Month here in the United States. These include: National Bike to School Day – May 7th Cyclofemme – May 11th National Bike to Work … Continue reading

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Book review of “Pedaling Revolution”


I have just wrapped up reading the fine book, Pedaling Revolution, by author Jeff Mapes. The subtitle of How Cyclists are Changing American Cities best describes the premise of his book, as Mr. Mapes thoughtfully explores the promises and pitfalls … Continue reading

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Eleven planning lessons from Boston/Cambridge


I had the opportunity to visit Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts in mid-March. Here is a list of eleven planning-related lessons I took away from visiting these two dynamic cities. Preserve, protect and celebrate your community’s history. A varied blend of … Continue reading

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PROVOking the birth of bike sharing


Near the conclusion of his outstanding book, entitled In the City of Bikes; The Story of the Amsterdam Cyclist, author Pete Jordan reveals an unknown [at least to me], yet significant part of bicycling history – the birth of the bike … Continue reading

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