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Puttin’ on your training wheels


On July 10th, I had the pleasure of attending Training Wheels 2014 – a bicycle facility design training session sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), hosted by the City of Lansing, and taught by two excellent instructors from the T.Y. … Continue reading

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The flaws of vehicular cycling (VC) theory


One of the first comments often heard from fellow cyclists when starting to bicycle commute was not to ride on the community’s bike pathway system because it is less safe than riding in street traffic. A whole litany of perceived … Continue reading

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A bicyclist’s wildest dream come true


“Oh my goodness,” is the best term I can come up with for describing this marvelous feat of sustainable engineering and design. Located in metropolitan Eindhoven, Netherlands –  this 237 foot diameter cable-stayed bicycle roundabout is literally suspended in mid-air from a … Continue reading

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Feck the straight-line mindset!


Please excuse me for utilizing the Irish version of a well-known four-letter profanity. It was picked up while visiting that lovely island last month. The milder term “feck” seemed to be the most appropriate word for titling this post with … Continue reading

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Maintain the paved shoulders too!


As a bicycle commuter and recreational cyclist, one of the more frustrating things about riding is the lack maintenance and care given to paved shoulders along roadways. If these are meant to provide some margin of safety and security for … Continue reading

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Why must we play crosswalk roulette?


I don’t know about other parts of the country, but here in Greater Lansing, crossing (or crosswalk) signals seem to be timed based on Olympic sprinters. Personally, I cannot even make it across while riding my bike before the dumb signal starts blinking (please note … Continue reading

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