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La. lawmaker to cyclists: Keep off the streets

8 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Emilie Bahr
One of the many "ghost bikes" erected around New Orleans to memorialize people killed while riding their bikes.

I live in Louisiana, a place that carries the ignominious designation of being one of the most dangerous places to walk or bicycle in the country. We're in good company in the Sun Belt and in the Deep South in particular which, with certain important exceptions, is especially hostile to non-motorized transportation. Part of the problem relates to inadequate infrastructure, the legacy of 1950s-era sprawling development patterns that presumed modern lives would be eternally dependent on the eternal combustion engine. Cities and towns built upon high-speed highways, with strict segregation of residential and commercial land uses -- the pattern of most American cities constructed after World War II -- tend to require significant retrofitting in order to accommodate more recent growth ...

 

To Bike and Protect: Cops Bike for the Common Good

No Comments Topics: Utility Cycling Written by Wesley Cheney
Scorcher Copper to the Rescue! Bicycle-mounted Policeman stops run-away horse team.

Cops on bikes? It sounds like a Monty Python skit, to be sure. But what could be more utilitarian than bike cops? If the purpose of police is to protect and serve, and if the bicycle is the vehicle that allows police more contact with the community and more opportunity to fight crime, then why aren't there more cops on bikes? Luckily, more and more police departments in the 21st Century are coming around to a 19th Century idea: cops on bikes do more to protect the common good. Bicycles and professional police came of age together in the 1800s. As the Industrial Revolution took hold in Europe and America during the first half of Queen Victorias reign, large numbers of ...

 

Hot Fun Biking in the Summertime!

2 Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by carissa sipp
This week's forecast (source: Seventeen.com)

Oh my, oh my, oh my- it is a hot one out there! This is what we mostly have been hearing this summer from meteorologists across the country. Hotter than normal for the most part. Whether it is that 'dry heat' we have here in Tucson, AZ or the thick humidity and heat of the Southern US it is HOT!   In a small bottle we fill it with half boiled water and half with witch hazel with 10 drops of each of the pictured essential oils plus rosemary (not pictured). There are many sites for other recipes that work (here is one more: DIY Natural Repellent). A search for homemade bug spray works wonders (Natural Repellent Web Search) I recommend trying ...

 

The Slow Food Cyclist

9 Comments Topics: Bike Touring Written by Matt Maynard
The Slow Food Cyclist

I recently overhead an American cyclist lament, "The only bad thing about cycling the Tour Divide is spending $3,000 on food." I imagined a three-week diet of dolphin steaks and unicorn burgers. But he was using the word food more loosely than I could have guessed. What really broke the bank was his daily ingestion of 55 energy gels. Sadly, food often gets a bad rap on bicycle trips. Something stuffed in to keep the fire going and pedals turning. And yet, whilst gloop-food is perhaps acceptable on a day ride I'd argue that on an odyssey through the Rocky Mountains, this Divide rider was somewhat missing the point... Live Like a King Today I realize there is no limit to the meals you ...

 

Learn to ride a bike: The Strider Balance Bike Review!

No Comments Topics: Family Cycling Written by Matt Duffin
Learn to ride a bike: The Strider Balance Bike Review!

When you have kids, you want to pass down to them the things you love and the love of outdoors and bicycles is an easy one. Sometimes learning and teaching your kids to ride a bike can be stressful but balance bikes take away the guess work and tears. Strider makes riding a bike easy, kids build confidence and a overall positive experience with the Strider bikes! Build a lifetime of love and start your kids on a strider! I did and it's be awesome. Hi I'm Matt with BikeShopHub and this is the Strider Balance Bike Review. The one thing that I love about Strider bikes is the super lightweight design, it makes it so easy for kids to actually get ...

 

A Dutch woman’s take on biking in the U.S.

No Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Emilie Bahr
van der Molen. Photo courtesy Edward Carlson.

Most anyone reading these words is well aware of The Netherlands' reputation as a haven for biking. An estimated 30 percent of people in the country count the bicycle as their primary mode of transportation to work, a staggering figure compared to American standards, even amid recent bicycling gains. In this country, fewer than 1 percent of Americans commute on two wheels. The first and only time I traveled to The Netherlands was a couple years ago, when my husband and I spent an idyllic and mind-blowing week biking the streets of Amsterdam. The experience left me inspired by the possibilities for other cities to follow suit and my husband threatening to pack up and move. Because many of us in ...