Archive for August 2012

Even Pro Cyclists are Vulnerable on the Open Road

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Special thanks to People for Bikes for sharing this with us. It’s well worth watching!

Lance Armstrong Stripped of Championships, Banned for Life, Will Not Fight Sanction

Lance Armstrong Stripped of Championships, Banned for Life, Will Not Fight Sanction
Yesterday, August 23rd, was the deadline for Lance Armstrong to finally face the doping charges leveled against him by the US Anti Doping Agency. Like most fans of bicycle racing, I knew what the charges were and had a strong idea what the outcome would be.  Armstrong would be stripped of all career victories since... Read more »

Cyclists Target of Rahm-PASS and Cynical Sniping

Sometimes I imagine myself as a real Tribune columnist, sitting in front of a window overlooking Michigan Avenue, looking down at the people scurrying by. When it comes time to write a column, I just pull out a high-powered scope from a sniper’s rifle and start scanning the street for my next target.  From my... Read more »
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Defending Cycling: Lance Armstrong Edition

Defending Cycling: Lance Armstrong Edition
After a week of defending a city cyclist’s right to share the road with motorists, it’s time to switch gears and defend Lance Armstrong’s right to due process for the allegations made against him by the US Anti Doping Agency. Whenever I write about either topic – sharing the road or doping in professional bike... Read more »

What Can Cyclists Do About Our "Rogue" Element?

Fellow cyclists, it appears we have a serious perception problem in the city of Chicago. Despite the efforts of Transportation Secretary Gabe Klein, the Active Transportation Alliance, the chainlink, Grid Chicago, and other pro-cycling advocates, certain careless “cyclists” among us threaten the goodwill everyone else has fought so hard to garner.  While being lumped together... Read more »

Protected Bike Lanes and the Demand for Cyclist Education

Protected Bike Lanes and the Demand for Cyclist Education
Yesterday’s post, Who Is Against Protected Bike Lanes, garnered a record amount of page views and kicked off the usual comments string.  Yes, there are a lot of annoying city cyclists out there… I won’t even attempt to defend their actions.  I drive about 15 times as many miles per year as I ride my... Read more »
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Who Is Against Protected Bike Lanes?

Who Is Against Protected Bike Lanes?
I received an email yesterday from People for Bikes reminding me to click over to the Active Transportation Alliance’s petition supporting protected bike lanes in the Loop. If you’re for this type of progressive public policy that provides greater safety for those who choose bicycling as an alternative form of transportation (and you live in... Read more »

Bicycling Really Did Save My Life

Bicycling Really Did Save My Life
Three years ago today, I was lying on a gurney in the emergency room fighting for my life. To be more accurate, the ER and catheter teams were fighting against the clock to save my life.  I remained motionless in shock and disbelief. There was really nothing that I could do to help myself.  By... Read more »

60 Second Cycling: Thank You Chainlink!

Each Friday I generally post a feature called “60 Second Cycling: Upcoming Events” or something to that effect.  The major source for my current events content comes from the chainlink and its comprehensive events calendar.  Kudos to my friends over there for providing an online home to the city’s vibrant cycling community! I received a... Read more »
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