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The birth of an active transportation commuter


by Kathy Brown I have always considered myself active. I enjoyed biking or rollerblading after work, talking a walk with friends, sailing etc. One thing I never considered, though, was a non-motorized “carless” commute to work. Why would I? I … Continue reading

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Majestic Ohio bridge lacks non-motorized options


On our return trip from Washington, DC, we crossed the majestic Veteran’s Glass City Skyway, which carries Interstate 280 over the Maumee River in Toledo, Ohio. This impressive 8,800 foot long, 400 foot tall cable-stayed bridge was completed in 2007 … Continue reading

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Multi-modal trails are “looking grand” in Portland…Michigan


Kathy and I enjoyed the delightful Mother’s Day weather with temperatures in the low 80s by bicycling the Portland, Michigan non-motorized trail system. For a city of approximately 3,900 residents, Portland has an amazing 11 mile long trail system (see signed … 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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Cambridge’s “complete” Vassar Street


During our Boston St. Patrick’s Day weekend, we wandered around parts of Cambridge and MIT’s campus.  One of the places we chanced upon after our bike sharing tour along the Charles River was Vassar Street. This approximate two-mile long urban thoroughfare … Continue reading

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Lansing area logistics to ‘Go Green’


Scheduled to launch in Greater Lansing on Earth Day, 2014 (Tuesday, April 22nd), Go Green Trikes, LLC            (here’s the Facebook weblink) is the brainchild of local green business entrepreneur, Yvonne LeFave. Utilizing heavy-duty electric-assisted cargo trikes capable of … Continue reading

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Why not a midwinter Smart Commute?


I cannot think of a better way to demonstrate the powerful benefits of Smart Commute, than to highlight its potential during the winter months as well as during fair weather. Most, if not all Smart Commute events seem to be … Continue reading

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Turning bold visions into reality


Kudos to Planning magazine for an insightful and interesting article in the January 2014 edition on the Atlanta BeltLine. Entitled, “Emerald Necklace, Southern Style,” author Alexander Garvin provides a terrific summary of this project by means of an excerpt from … Continue reading

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A year as a folding bike commuter


It is hard to believe that it has already been a year since I purchased my first folding urban commuter bike – a “Miami” by Citizen. Since several readers wondered about the long-term durability of the bike, here’s a brief … Continue reading

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Do you…Smart Commute?


Here in Greater Lansing we are in the midst of day number three of Smart Commute 2013 – a two-week long competition between teams who toss aside the passe’ OPOC (one person one car) mindset and utilize smart/clean/active transportation options … Continue reading

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