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DRIVE Act Motors Through the Senate

No Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Stacey Moses
Photo Credit: Fletcher6

If you bet against the Senate to pass the DRIVE Act before the federal transportation program ran out of funding on July 31st, it's time to get your wallet out. Right at the deadline, and right before breaking for its annual August recess, the Senate approved the comprehensive transportation bill that includes at least three years of funding. Now, the bill is in the hands of the House; with Congress passing a three-month extension of MAP-21, the House now has until the end of October to prepare and pass its version of the transportation bill.(DRIVE, by the way, stands for "Developing a Reliable and Innovative Vision for the Economy;" I will let you make your own sarcastic remarks at home ...

 

Life with an Abundance of Roadside Bike Mechanics

2 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Ted Johnson
Life with an Abundance of Roadside Bike Mechanics

I just pumped a tire for the first time in 10 months.Not because I haven't had a flat. I have. Not because I ride on my rims when my tires are flat. I don't (usually).It's because between my house and my workplace there are at least six roadside bike repair guys.Is there a "Developed" Country Version?I like to imagine future where in American cities, bike repair guys are as ubiquitous as gas stations and convenience stores are now.Maybe there could be a variation on the mobile bike shop model, but more like a food truck that parks strategically where bike commuters might need a little assistance during peak hours. Maybe they could serve coffee as well.For this kind of service ...

 

#Trending in 2015: The Mobile Bike Shop

2 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Stacey Moses
#Trending in 2015: The Mobile Bike Shop

Mobile bike shops are an important industry trend to watch in 2015, reported Fred Clements, the executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association, on Bicycle Retailer and Industry News earlier this year. Humbly, I admit that Commute By Bike predicted this trend many moons ago, when I first wrote about CycloMend in 2013 and Josh mentioned Beeline Bikes in 2014. However, since we wrote about these modest startups, what was then a great idea has transformed into a legitimate business model that is now being executed by experienced independent bicycle dealers and well-qualified mechanics all over the country.If you are not familiar with the concept of mobile bike shops, it is exactly what it sounds like - a bicycle ...

 

Bone Conduction Headphones: Safe, Legal or Reckless?

7 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Stacey Moses
Source: AfterShokz

If you do a quick search for earbuds or headphones on Commute by Bike, you likely will not be surprised to learn that we cover the controversial topic of cycling with headphones about once a year. Posts appear on CBB as early as 2006 to discuss the logic and legality of riding while wearing sound-restricting devices. At this point, starting a conversation about this divisive issue is a bit like running a story about the Kardashians on the cover of Us Weekly - you've heard it all before. Or you couldn't care less. But, secretly, you just have to know what the latest gossip is.(Please keep reading. Despite my clever analogy, this article contains more useful information and less revealing ...

 

On My Radar: The Garmin Varia

6 Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Stacey Moses
Image Source: DC Rainmaker

"If you're one of millions of cyclists, you know every time you saddle up, anything can happen." That, according to Garmin's promotional video, is why you need the Varia Rearview Radar, scheduled for release this fall. Before watching the promotional video that likely had the working title "Fear Sells," I present you with a brief, unbiased product description. There are other factors that could call the effectiveness of the Varia into question. How does the radar react in an urban environment, when there is a constant stream of traffic approaching from behind? What about riding in a group or amongst other commuters? What about riding around a sharp curve in the road? For the record, I am not a Luddite. I love ...

 

Vision Zero: The Plan to Eliminate Road Fatalities

No Comments Topics: Commute By Bike Written by Stacey Moses
Source: WABA.org

Back in 1997, Sweden adopted the concept of Vision Zero. The Swedish approach to road safety is a straightforward and powerful initiative that can be summarized in a single sentence: No loss of life is acceptable.Admittedly, when I first started learning about Vision Zero, which has been gaining traction in European countries as well as in many cities in the United States, I was skeptical. Achieving zero traffic fatalities sounds a bit like the advocate's version of a beauty pageant contestant's wish of achieving world peace. However, after digging in to the results in Sweden and in cities in the US that have adopted Vision Zero, it is clear that the initiative is having an impact.Those statistics are promising for ...