Archive for February 2012

Appeal of Bicycling Rises with Gas Prices

Appeal of Bicycling Rises with Gas Prices
It happened in 2008.  It’s happening again. Gas prices are rising.  Rapidly.  Inexplicably.  In an election year, coincidentally. Unless you are an heir to an oil fortune, an executive at a multinational oil company, or a Wall Street speculator, this is probably not good news for you.  It likely falls somewhere between monkey wrench and... Read more »

Heart Month Ends, Personal Campaign Continues

Heart Month Ends, Personal Campaign Continues
14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part Five (continued from part four) While the official campaign for American Heart Month may be drawing to an end, my personal campaign has but one expiration date – my own. I can’t look at the calendar and conveniently say “Thank God I won’t have to deal with this unpleasant... Read more »

60 Second Cycling Week in Review and Upcoming Events

60 Second Cycling Week in Review and Upcoming Events
While the on-again, off-again early spring may continue to frustrate us on a daily basis, dedicated advocates continue to work behind the scenes to make certain that every day is a great day for bicycling. Three largest advocacy groups agree to merge as one powerful voice for cycling.   This past Tuesday, an announcement was... Read more »
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Skokie Valley Trail Missing Link from Waukegan to Chicago

Skokie Valley Trail Missing Link from Waukegan to Chicago
Flipping through my Google Reader news bundles last night I came across a story on Bike Radar about the Skokie Valley Trail .  It reminded me just how local the battle for Federal transportation funding really is. “Word came in November that a federal grant request for $6.8 million was denied, and local community leaders can’t... Read more »

Visit Minnesota and Have Fun Biking This Summer

Visit Minnesota and Have Fun Biking This Summer
So much for our early spring… While it’s not quite time for a young man’s fancy to lightly turn to thoughts of love, it is time for this middle-aged guy’s thoughts to turn to bicycling trips for the upcoming riding season. It’s time to move from commenting on winter biking, local advocacy, national transportation funding,... Read more »

Voices Heard: Good News for Cyclists, Pedestrians, and Transit Riders

A big thanks to each of you who took the time to contact your Congressperson about the House Transportation Bill – it has been temporarily shelved! The Transportation for America blog is reporting that the bill that emerged from committee is unable to survive a vote in its entirety.  It will now be broken into... Read more »
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Heart Month: 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part 4

Heart Month: 14 Hours and 14 Aspirin Part 4
This is the fourth in a five-part post.  Click here for parts one, two, and three… When I woke up in the intensive care unit, it didn’t take long for me to realize that the path of my life had been forever altered.  I had several questions that I really needed answers for.  How bad... Read more »

Public Perception and the Cost of Keeping Cycling Clean

Public Perception and the Cost of Keeping Cycling Clean
Doping continues to be the top headline in bicycling news. In the past week, Lance Armstrong was cleared (for the moment), Alberto Contador was stripped of his wins and retroactively banned, and Jan Ullrich was banned for two years despite having retired from the sport nearly five years ago.  He was also retroactively stripped of... Read more »

Sixty Second Cycling: Week in Review

Sixty Second Cycling: Week in Review
Bicycling Funding remains under attack!  20 years of transportation enhancements – Federal funds used to improve cycling and pedestrian infrastructure – are in jeopardy in both the House and the Senate. While only accounting for 1.5% of the total transportation budget, the House transportation committee and its counterpart in the Senate have decided that those... Read more »
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Congress Asks Transit Riders, Cyclists, & Pedestrians for Big Sacrifices

Congress Asks Transit Riders, Cyclists, & Pedestrians for Big Sacrifices
What do pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders all have in common? If your first guess was “a smaller carbon footprint”, that sound you hear is GOP Congressmen laughing at you all the way back in Washington, DC. If your next guess was going to be “we help relieve traffic congestion”, those same Representatives continue to... Read more »