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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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Campuses with the most bike repair stations – Updated


Below is a list (likely incomplete) of those college campuses in the United Sates that have the most free bicycle repair stations on campus. These handy “fixit” locations provide routine and emergency service options for campus (and general public) cyclists. … 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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It’s not just the speed of the commute, it’s the quality and effectiveness


Cocooned in one’s automobile cruising the streets, taking highways and byways to work may seem like the speedier way to commute. And in certain situations it probably is faster. But, is it truly the better or more effective way to … Continue reading

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This ain’t no fiction – pedaling books by bike


Public library systems in several North American cities have successfully initiated a book bike program which literally (bad pun) brings books right to you on bicycles. The earliest version of this I have come across is from the Pima County … Continue reading

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Going CARbonLESS


On Friday, aside from actively participating in National Bike to Work Day, I went CARbonLESS for the entire day. Not only was my commute by bicycle, but all of my errands and other trips throughout the entire day. While Friday was … Continue reading

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These American cities get it!


The chart below shows those 15 larger cities in the United States that have a highest percentage of bicycle commuters based on 2008-2012 American Community Survey data. No surprise that Portland, Oregon is first, but it is nice to see … Continue reading

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A little ‘ELF ‘n magic’ on three wheels


Last night I had the opportunity to see an ELF built by Organic Transit up close. This marvel of modern engineering can be pedaled by the rider or operate up to 20 miles on a single charge. It can be … Continue reading

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A vision of velo purgatory


I recently stopped by the Michigan State University (MSU) Surplus Store and had to take a couple of photos (above and below) of the many forlorn bicycles that are caught in what appears to be best described as “quasi-velo purgatory” – somewhere … Continue reading

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Two less cars!


One of my favorite bicycle advocacy catch phrases is “One less car!” In celebration of this worthy and sustainable effort, Kathy and I spent yesterday (Saturday) accomplishing all our errands on our bicycles. Between us, we totaled more than 27 miles … Continue reading

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