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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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Let’s get it right – highlight yourself at night!


   You would think this would be an obvious safety concern to those involved, but lately it has been quite surprising and dismaying to see so many pedestrians and cyclists walking/pedaling at night in dark/non-reflective clothing. Not only is it … Continue reading

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One excellent non-motorized plan


Congratulation to the communities of Greater Mt. Pleasant, Michigan for adopting and implementing such a superb non-motorized plan. Here’s a weblink to the document that was originally adopted in 2011. What is especially impressive about the plan is the way it … Continue reading

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Riding the Galloping Goose on a two-wheeled steed


Among the terrific non-motorized trails we bicycled and/or hiked in Canada was the awesome Galloping Goose Trail in Greater Victoria, British Columbia. The 60 kilometer long Galloping Goose Trail extends north and west from the heart of Victoria into the … Continue reading

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Art and architecture along The Peg’s riverfront trail


While on a three-hour layover in The Peg (Winnipeg, Manitoba) during our trans-continental train trip across Canada, Kathy and I decided to take in some of the sights of this dynamic city on the prairie. One of our favorite activities was walking the North … Continue reading

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Sounding the alarm about poor trail maintenance


I have been reading a number of postings on Facebook and other social media from fellow bike commuters and others who are noticing that non-motorized trails and sidepaths are not getting the necessary and routine maintenance they should be lately. Examples … Continue reading

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Crossing signals at street intersections should never default in favor of cars


Far too often, crossing signals at street intersections are being pre-set to default in favor of cars and other motor vehicles. In other words, the pedestrian or bicyclist must activate the crossing signal before it will allow them to cross … Continue reading

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Riding the Maple City Greenway


Kathy and I spent much of yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon riding three segments of the Maple City Greenway in Goshen, Indiana. They include the one mile long Winona Interurban Trail linking Goshen College and Waterford Mills, the two-mile long Center City Trail linking … Continue reading

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Now this IS a complete street!


This graphic also appears as a centerfold in the May issue of Planning magazine. It is a very cool representation of what a truly complete street could and should look like, as well as the features/infrastructure that should be incoporated. … 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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