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  • New Survey Shows 66% of Millennials Want to Live in the Suburbs

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    Background Reading Millennials Prefer Single-Family Homes in the Suburbs – WSJ (PDF) Summary TakeAways I find this survey encouraging because it signals the inevitable ‘growing up‘ of this particular generation. What might be in order however is the shift from an […]

  • Want free public transportation? Here’s what would happen

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    Background Reading Want free public transportation? Here’s what would happen (PDF) Summary Somewhere along the way a great deal of foolishness has crept into the current generation of hipsters. The article begins: About 500 subway riders in Stockholm have an ingenious scheme […]

  • Twin Cities bike repair pioneer Howard Hawkins dies at 82

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    Background Reading Twin Cities bike repair pioneer Howard Hawkins dies at 82 (PDF) Summary The story begins: Howard Hawkins, who helped build Oakdale-based Park Tool into one of the most recognizable global brands in bicycle repair, died Monday at his Arizona […]

  • Cyclists report a disproportionate number of errors to Google Maps

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    Background Reading Cyclists report a disproportionate number of errors to Google Maps – Vox (PDF) Summary TakeAways Most the ‘errors‘ that cyclists report are about trails and other non-motorvehicle venues. So while we have greater representation among the users of Google […]

  • Bicycle Theft Has Reached Galactic Proportions

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    The Time William Shatner Stole Leonard Nimoy’s Bicycle Source: leonardnimoy.de Transcript: Leonard Nimoy: He is mean. He is really mean. I’ve been telling people this for years. Now, I want you to believe me tonight, I’m not kidding, he’s mean, he’s a […]

  • A Green Parking Solution

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    Background Reading Automated parking garages heading to Chicagoland | WGN-TV (PDF) Summary TakeAways This is reminiscent of the Tokyo automated parking garage for bicycles. Japan’s insane underground bicycle parking lots are the future (OnLine)

standard An Honest Evaluation of Berteau Greenway

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Background Reading Berteau Greenway Visit 27-Oct-2013 (BeezodogsPlace) Good Intentions, Bad Execution — Berteau Greenway (BeezodogsPlace) A Ride Across the Berteau Avenue Greenway (BeezodogsPlace) Summary We have visited the Berteau Greenway several times since its initial installation. Usually we ride the distance along the […]

standard The Golden Rule of Cycling : A Primer

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Background Reading Those orange bikes locked to the racks in Wicker Park are advertisements (ChainLink Forum) Orange Bike Marketing Effort Creates Buzz in Wicker Park, Both Good and Bad (PDF) Summary It turns out that a ‘buzz campaign‘ for a new private […]

standard Darriean Hess gets 15-40 years in fatal crash

Darriean Hess listens to impact statements Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood, after pleading guilty to plowing into a group of bicyclists, killing two Massachusetts women in September 2013. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/SeacoastonlineDarriean Hess listens to impact statements Monday in Rockingham County Superior Court in Brentwood, after pleading guilty to plowing into a group of bicyclists, killing two Massachusetts women in September 2013. Photo by Rich Beauchesne/Seacoastonline

Background Reading Darriean Hess gets 15-40 years in fatal crash (PDF) Summary

standard ‘Road Diet’ Dropped for Milwaukee Avenue

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Background Reading “Road diet” dropped from Milwaukee Avenue safety improvement project; pedestrian improvements still planned (PDF) Summary Long before we concentrate on cyclist whims, we should indeed be upgrading the plight of pedestrians. Making this a debate that centers around demographics […]

standard Illegally parked cars marked with whipped cream in Berlin

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Activists used whipped cream to mark all cars illegally parked in the bike-way of the Schluterstrase in Berlin. Bikes, no parking signs, and the over parked line have been harmlessly drawn on the cars. One incident resulted with police called.

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Background Reading Oregon Senate bill would repeal ‘bike bill,’ mandate bicycle licenses and registration (PDF) Summary The article refers to a bill that would have the following consequences: An Oregon legislator has introduced a bill that would mandate licenses for everyone […]

standard RAHT Racer – Recumbent-Automotive-Human-Transport

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Background Reading Pedal at Highway Speeds with the RAHT Racer (PDF) Summary TakeAways Eventually there will be a time when a human powered vehicle will have the capacity to reach highway speeds. Because it takes an enclosed vehicle for that level […]

standard Cycleway design in Berlin and beyond

Rather than continue in a straight line to the junction so that bikes and turning cars meet at right-angles, the cycleway suddenly swerves left into the blind spot of turning vans. (See for yourself here.)Rather than continue in a straight line to the junction so that bikes and turning cars meet at right-angles, the cycleway suddenly swerves left into the blind spot of turning vans. (See for yourself here.)

Background Reading Cycleway design in Berlin and beyond (PDF) Summary The author writes: I often see people refer to studies of German cycleways where the conclusion is that they’re dangerous, then claiming that these studies are evidence that all cycleways are therefore dangerous. […]

standard In bike-loving Colorado city, ambulances get racks for rides

This photo made available Friday by University of Colorado Health, shows a Poudre Valley Hospital ambulance fitted with a bike rack, in Fort Collins, Colo. In a testament to how much the city loves its bikes, the hospital has installed bike racks on its ambulances after encountering increasing numbers of cyclists who had bicycle accidents or medical emergencies. (AP Photo/University of Colorado Health, Kelly Tracer)This photo made available Friday by University of Colorado Health, shows a Poudre Valley Hospital ambulance fitted with a bike rack, in Fort Collins, Colo. In a testament to how much the city loves its bikes, the hospital has installed bike racks on its ambulances after encountering increasing numbers of cyclists who had bicycle accidents or medical emergencies. (AP Photo/University of Colorado Health, Kelly Tracer)

Background Reading In bike-loving Colorado city, ambulances get racks for rides (PDF) Summary FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Showing how much one Colorado city loves its bikes, cyclists who go to the hospital by ambulance no longer have to leave their rides […]

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Background Reading  Driverless Car Test Districts Are Coming (PDF) Summary You really have to stop and reconfigure your ‘thinking cap‘. This is going to begin as the vehicle that makes taxi cab and ride share owners quake in their boots. This […]

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The Bicycle Collection was created by upcycling discarded bicycle rims, pedals and frames. The result are rustic yet sophisticated designs that are instantly recognizable as repurposed. The Bicycle Screen is made from three panels that are hinged together, allowing for many configurations. ASSOCIATED PRESS/PHILLIPS COLLECTIONThe Bicycle Collection was created by upcycling discarded bicycle rims, pedals and frames. The result are rustic yet sophisticated designs that are instantly recognizable as repurposed. The Bicycle Screen is made from three panels that are hinged together, allowing for many configurations. ASSOCIATED PRESS/PHILLIPS COLLECTION

Background Reading Right at home: Decorating with bicycle parts (PDF) Summary The article begins: Bikes have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-themed dining, drinking and shopping establishments from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York, and dozens of bike-friendly burgs […]

standard How ‘Resilient’ Can One Be While Favoring Bike Helmets?

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Background Reading Meet Obama’s chief resilience officer | Grist (PDF) Summary The article about this person begins: Harriet Tregoning, a rock star in the world of smart growth and urban planning, took the helm of HUD’s Office of Economic Resilience (OER) last year. Formerly […]