Archive for June 2012

60 Second Cycling: Week in Review and Upcoming Events

Yesterday was a very bad day for bicycling.  The transportation bill that emerged from committee drastically reduces Federal funding for bicycling and pedestrian projects and sets active transportation policy back decades.  Dedicated Safe Routes to School funding has been eliminated along with the Complete Streets provision for future projects. You can read statements from Rails... Read more »

Transportation Bill Anxiety and Bicycling's Need for Another Alternative

On days like today, I’m thankful for each and every bicycling advocacy organization in the US. Cycling advocacy is more than getting the word out about the benefits of bicycling – it involves lobbying Congress and pouring through hundreds of pages of legislative reports to determine if and how funds can be secured to complete... Read more »

703,461:1 - Cyclists Wait for One Man to Win His Lottery

703,461:1 - Cyclists Wait for One Man to Win His Lottery
Bicycling in the ‘burbs is quite different than cycling in the city. It’s quite challenging to be a transportation cyclist throughout most of Chicagoland.  The distances are greater between residential and commercial districts.  The speed limits on major arterial roads are much higher, making it dangerous to share the road.  Paved shoulders, let alone dedicated... Read more »
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Reflections on a Weeklong Bike Tour

Reflections on a Weeklong Bike Tour
I’m tired. Not so much physically as I am mentally.  After spending an entire week with a great group of people riding bikes in South Dakota, returning home to the normal routine is a bit of a letdown.  I’m still trying to get my head around the experience of Tour de Kota 2012. 468 miles. ... Read more »

Sixty Second Cycling: Upcoming Events & Weekly Recap

I’m definitely phoning it in this Friday. Instead of being downtown at Daley Plaza celebrating Chicago’s Bike To Work Week, I’m in a hotel room midway to Sioux Falls, South Dakota (via Minneapolis).  A hectic work schedule has prevented me from partaking in a great week of Chicago cycling events and some of the best... Read more »

Tour de Kota: 2012's First Back to Back Bike Challenge

Tour de Kota: 2012's First Back to Back Bike Challenge
This year I’m going to do it. I will ride all six days of Tour de Kota.  All 464 miles.  An average of 77 miles per day.  Two back to back days over 95 miles each.  Hills.  Headwinds.  Heat.  The whole enchilada walking taco… I have been participating in this incredible journey for the past... Read more »
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Bike and Pedestrian Funding (Still) Under Attack!

Bike and Pedestrian Funding (Still) Under Attack!
It seems that every time the topic of renewing the Transportation Bill comes before a group of Republicans in the House of Representatives, they take great pleasure in lining out all funding for any mode of transportation that isn’t powered by petroleum. Once again, the meager 2% of funds that go toward improving infrastructure for... Read more »

Chicago Bike Week: Let the Challenge Begin!

Chicago Bike Week: Let the Challenge Begin!
In some ways, I strongly dislike writing about bike-themed days/weeks/months. It’s especially true when the theme is commuting by bicycle, such as this week’s Bike Commuter Challenge. If an individual has written off bicycling to work as a physical impossibility, he or she tends to ignore anything posted about the topic.  I can’t say that... Read more »

Sixty Second Cycling: Chicago's Bike Week & Upcoming Events

Sixty Second Cycling: Chicago's Bike Week & Upcoming Events
This Saturday kicks off Chicago’s Bike Week. The cycling community, led by the Active Transportation Alliance, the chainlink, Grid Chicago, and other advocates, has coordinated an incredible line-up of events to highlight the fun that can be experienced on two wheels. The celebration of cycling actually begins Friday night at The Lobby at 36 E.... Read more »
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Summer Fitness: Cultivating the Six-Mile Smile

Summer Fitness: Cultivating the Six-Mile Smile
Six miles.  Thirty minutes.  Three hundred plus calories. A simple half-hour bike ride at a moderate pace will take you on a trip of six miles and burn over 300 calories.  Half of those calories will be provided by stored body fat. Getting one’s recommended daily allowance of exercise is as easy as riding a... Read more »