Author: Ted Johnson

The Habit-Forming Neoprene Hug of Owl Band

This is like one of those “When You See It” pictures that your friends send you on Facebook. I took this photo while commuting by bus in Madagascar. Do you notice anything odd? This was during my “Bikeless in Madagascar” period. It was a weird time. I would do my normal morning get-ready-for-work routine. I’d…

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Bikeless in Madagascar

For the first time in more than 20 years I do not have a bicycle. Here’s what happened: The bike that I have been using since I arrived in Madagascar belonged to the Government of the United States of America (USA). A few days ago, I wrapped up my contractual obligations to that particular organization,…

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The Ingenious Bike Bells you (Probably) Can't Buy

Check out this homemade bike bell system I came across in Madagascar.The owner of the bike — perhaps the inventor — was more than happy to demonstrate.I was visiting the Cold Water Geysers of Analavory. I was not commuting per-se; I was being a tourist.The geysers are not a natural phenomenon, but instead are related…

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'Transportation Colonialism' and Inequality

 Before coming to Madagascar I spent a lot of time organizing my storage unit — and getting pulled into the kind of distracted, time-consuming reminiscing that happens whenever I get near all my old junk.I came across this booklet: “Transportation Patterns in Nairobi & Programs to Improve Opportunities for Bicycling [PDF]” published by the International…

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