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Updated: Paternalism Whether From The Right Or Left Still Chafes

Summary Background Reading: Why conservatives call MLK their hero Rush Limbaugh: If Rep. John Lewis Had Gun, Wouldn’t Have Been Beaten During Selma Civil Rights March Chicago Bike Lanes : A Calamity In Progress Protected Bike Lanes vs. Convenience and […]

Fn this July 3, 2008 file photo, traffic stacks up on the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway in Los Angeles. Cars like these could get black boxes when sold new.
(Photo: Kevork Djansezian AP)Fn this July 3, 2008 file photo, traffic stacks up on the eastbound Santa Monica Freeway in Los Angeles. Cars like these could get black boxes when sold new. (Photo: Kevork Djansezian AP)

Traffic deaths at lowest point in 62 years

By Ashley Halsey III Published: December 10, 2012 Source: Washington Post Deaths behind the wheel of an automobile fell last year to the lowest level since the Truman administration, but there was an increase in fatalities among bicyclists, pedestrians, motorcycle […]

Nick Taylor, of Chicago, feeds quarters into a River North parking-meter box on May 3. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-TimesNick Taylor, of Chicago, feeds quarters into a River North parking-meter box on May 3. | Richard A. Chapman~Sun-Times

Fellow drivers: Don’t get traffic calm. Get mad!

COMMENTARY BY ART GOLAB agolab@suntimes.com July 29, 2012 4:14PM Source: Sun-Times There are 1.3 million cars registered in Chicago. Yet the people who own them, the largest voting bloc in the city, get pushed around like nobody else in this […]

PC Keith Waller in his pedal-powered patrol car, complete with flashing lights, 'pulls over' a driver. The vehicle has been built by local schoolchildren to take part in the British Pedal Car Grand Prix

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1279732/Have-noticed-police-cars-arent-big-used-It-looks-like-budget-cuts-really-ARE-starting-bite.html#ixzz3e7RIDl47 
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on FacebookPC Keith Waller in his pedal-powered patrol car, complete with flashing lights, 'pulls over' a driver. The vehicle has been built by local schoolchildren to take part in the British Pedal Car Grand Prix Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1279732/Have-noticed-police-cars-arent-big-used-It-looks-like-budget-cuts-really-ARE-starting-bite.html#ixzz3e7RIDl47 Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook

Wait! Is the Police Budget Shrinking Too?

Background Reading Have you noticed police cars aren’t as big as they used to be? It looks like budget cuts really ARE starting to bite | Daily Mail Online (PDF) Summary TakeAways Nice to see a new use of velomobiles.

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After Spending $100M on a 2.7 Mile Trail, Now This?

Background Reading ‘606’ Trail Neighbor Gripes: Late Night Skateboarders, Kids Peeing on Lawns – Bucktown – DNAinfo.com Chicago (PDF) Summary TakeAways First let me suggest that the citizens close to the ‘606’ Trail contact their counterparts in Barrington Hills. It seems […]

Women walk together up a hill as they participate in some morning exercise during a visit to Torrey Pines State Park in San Diego, California, November 14, 2012.   REUTERS/Mike BlakeWomen walk together up a hill as they participate in some morning exercise during a visit to Torrey Pines State Park in San Diego, California, November 14, 2012. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Anything Better Than Cycling For Health?

Background Reading Take A Hike To Do Your Heart And Spirit Good : Shots – Health News : NPR (PDF) Summary TakeAways From my perspective the sign of a healthy community (regardless of income) is that the residents ‘walk‘ its streets […]

The city's first curb-protected bike lanes were installed this week in Douglas Park in North Lawndale. [DNAinfo/Stephanie Lulay]The city's first curb-protected bike lanes were installed this week in Douglas Park in North Lawndale. [DNAinfo/Stephanie Lulay]

First Curbed Bike Lanes

Background Reading First Curbed Bike Lanes in the City Installed at Douglas Park – North Lawndale – DNAinfo.com Chicago (PDF) Summary TakeAways This goes along with portion of the park that lies along Ogden, where the boulevard has separated segments for […]

Bike license - Children in Germany become acquainted with bikes at a very young age. Practically before they can walk, toddlers can be seen scooting around on pedal-free wooden bike-like constructions known literally as a "run wheel" in German. A few years down the track, police officers come to schools to guide 8-to-9-year-olds through an official "bicycle license" program, where kids learn traffic rules.Bike license - Children in Germany become acquainted with bikes at a very young age. Practically before they can walk, toddlers can be seen scooting around on pedal-free wooden bike-like constructions known literally as a "run wheel" in German. A few years down the track, police officers come to schools to guide 8-to-9-year-olds through an official "bicycle license" program, where kids learn traffic rules.

How to ride a bike in Germany

Background Reading can be found here. It’s time to drag your two-wheeler out of the basement and to the local bike shop for a spring fix-up. Germany is a haven for bike riders, but here’s what you need to know […]

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The Birth of Race-Based Slavery

Background Reading Why America adopted race-based slavery. (PDF) Summary During the second half of the 17th century, a terrible transformation, the enslavement of people solely on the basis of race, occurred in the lives of African Americans living in North America. […]

Our first night in Sweden. You’d never guess that this beautiful spot was just a few kilometers from a mega mall.Our first night in Sweden. You’d never guess that this beautiful spot was just a few kilometers from a mega mall.

8 Stages of Cycling Into Headwinds

Background Reading The 8 Stages of Cycling into Headwinds – Long Haul Trekkers (PDF) Summary You’ve heard of the 5 Stages of Grief, but have you heard of the lesser known 8 Stages of Headwind? Headwinds are a cyclist’s’ worst nightmare. After […]