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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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The city with the most new bike commuters…


…is Detroit! Yes, that much maligned grand automotive manufacturing and research center of Michigan is where bicycle commuting grew by a whopping 464.4% between 1990 and 2012. So, Motown, the Motor City, Automation Alley, and the home of General Motors, … 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 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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How about insurance incentives for bicycling?


Among my many ponderings about cycling and bike commuting, one topic that bugs me on a semi-annual basis is why I am not eligible to get a lower auto insurance rate for commuting to/from work so often by bicycle? In … 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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Images of Quiet Waters so grand


Yesterday, I had the honor of volunteering once again at the 19th Annual Quiet Waters Symposium (QWS) held at the Michigan State University Pavilion. This year I helped staff the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance booth for several hours. Even … Continue reading

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Five years of bike commute data


Below is the bike commuting log I have kept for the past five years. Since it is rather large, I hope it is legible. Judging by the weather forecast for the last week of 2013, it is unlikely I will … Continue reading

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Plow the d@%n bike lanes too!


Now that most of us are in the frosty grip of winter (quit smirking Hawaii and Florida), I have been reminded about an old pet peeve that many of us commuting cyclists have – the lack of snow or ice … Continue reading

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Do our college communities pass the walkability test?


In a nutshell, the answer is largely a resounding NO. Below is a list of American college communities with their walkability score for 2014 as compiled by walkscore.com. The overall rating was used for each community as students tend to live, shop, … Continue reading

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