Archive for November 2012

All Bike Advocacy is Local: Spotlight on The Chainlink and Grid Chicago

All Bike Advocacy is Local: Spotlight on The Chainlink and Grid Chicago
Bicycling advocacy -  like politics – is local. If you’re into the Chicago cycling scene in any way, shape, or form, you should include The Chainlink and Grid Chicago on your daily reading list.  Fan them on Facebook.  Follow them on Twitter.  Add your two cents to the daily discussions. The Chainlink The Chainlink truly... Read more »

Does Wearing A Bike Helmet Discourage Anyone from Riding a Bike?

Does Wearing A Bike Helmet Discourage Anyone from Riding a Bike?
There are many out there that would say “you need to have your head examined” if you want to ride a bike in a city like Chicago.  But is it the fear of literally needing one’s head examined that is preventing more people from participating in city cycling? When Dr. David Edelberg posted his opinion... Read more »

Hostess' Liquidation Attempt Half-Baked!

Hostess' Liquidation Attempt Half-Baked!
UPDATE – Monday, 11/19/12 @ 5:30pm CST Stop the sobbing and cancel your eBay bids!  The judge presiding over the Hostess Bankruptcy case has called for a bake-off! In a ruling in White Plains New York this afternoon, Judge Robert Drain was unwilling to pull the plug on Hostess (sorry for the bad pun) and... Read more »
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Twinkies Good, Unions Bad, The Whole Story

Twinkies Good, Unions Bad, The Whole Story
7am EST, Friday, November 16, 2012 – yet another day that will live in infamy. On that fateful morning, Americans awoke to the tragic news.  Was it a terrorist attack?  No.  Another superstorm making landfall?  No.  A trading glitch that crashed the market?  No.  A new war brewing in the Middle East?  Yes – but... Read more »

Super Storm Sandy: The Perfect Storm for Bicycling Advocacy

Super Storm Sandy: The Perfect Storm for Bicycling Advocacy
Super Storm Sandy may very well have been the perfect storm – for the advancement of bicycling advocacy efforts. For years, advocates have made incremental progress in securing funding for infrastructure improvements to make bicycling safer and more appealing for those interested in two-wheeled transportation.  We have experienced ups and downs as we’ve witnessed federal... Read more »

GOP Election Loss may Force Sarah Palin to Pander to Emigrants from Hispania

The people have spoken.  The pundits have weighed in.  It’s now up to the politicians of the Republican Party to move through their stages of grief and find a new strategy to win national elections. Obama’s campaign message resonated with 55% of women, 71% of Hispanics, 73% of Asian-Americans, and 93% of African-Americans.  While the... Read more »
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Attention Undecided Voters - It's Easier than Selecting a Smartphone!

Attention Undecided Voters - It's Easier than Selecting a Smartphone!
Every two years, we’re asked to make a couple of very important decisions. One involves seriously contemplating our self-interests, analyzing promises made, evaluating past performance, determining long-term fiscal consequences, committing to a platform, and living with the social stigma attached to our selection. The other is voting… Sadly, maybe even ironically, non-stop advertising has created... Read more »

Chicago Cycling Fatalities: Making Sense of the Senseless

Chicago Cycling Fatalities: Making Sense of the Senseless
This is a post that I dreaded writing. This is a post that I should never have to write.  Each time this happens – and it happens too often – I have a very difficult time getting my head around it all.  My mind refuses to dwell on the details.  The trauma.  The pain.  The... Read more »

Movember: Moustache Madness for Men's Health

Movember: Moustache Madness for Men's Health
Now, for a limited time only, the moustache is back! I guess if you’re a cop, firefighter, airline captain, cowboy, or member of a Three Dog Night tribute band, the moustache never really went away.  It was a moust-have fashion accessory for any guy who graduated high school before 1980.  Its use as a facial... Read more »
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