Posts in category "Bicycling News"

This Weekend, Fifty Will Feel Like Seventy!

It’s official; Chicago experienced its coldest winter in recorded history. But I don’t have to tell you that, you lived through it… We spent all winter checking the 10-day forecast on our smartphones and commiserating with one another about the “feels like” temperature. Who among us will forget the near-choking sensation brought about by minus... Read more »

Ride of Silence 2013 is tonight!

Ride of Silence 2013 is tonight!
It’s a gorgeous late spring day that promises ideal temperatures for an early evening ride. If you were already planning to get out and pedal, why not join tonight’s Ride of Silence? Chances are good that you will find a ride location close to where you live or work. There is no cost to participate.... Read more »

Ride of Silence: Bike Month's most significant event

Ride of Silence: Bike Month's most significant event
Ten days in, pretty much anyone who enjoys bicycling should already be aware that May is Bike Month. Next week is Bike to Work Week (something we Chicagoans prefer to celebrate on a grander scale in June). This past Wednesday was Bike to School Day. Depending on what else is going on in the world,... Read more »
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Are Americans ready for European trekking bikes?

Are Americans ready for European trekking bikes?
There is something romantic about European bicycling. Scenic mountain passes. Ancient cobblestones. Ornate roundabouts. Grand boulevards. Narrow avenues. Historic bridges. Whether one is a fan of professional bicycle racing or simply an admirer of efficient everyday transportation, most American cycling enthusiasts have a soft spot for European bicycling culture. We really admire Europe’s relationship with... Read more »

Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure

Cycling in the Suburbs: Incomplete Infrastructure
If you ride in the suburbs like I do, you grow accustomed to certain – let’s just call them – idiosyncrasies. Four-lane roads with posted speed limits of 40 mph or more are an automatic no-go. Two-laners where the paved shoulder can be measured with the junior-size rulers issued to grade-schoolers also top the “ride... Read more »

This Saturday is Opening Day for Trails!

This Saturday is Opening Day for Trails!
Our friends at Rails to Trails Conservancy want to remind us that this Saturday – March 30th – is the official Opening Day for Trails. There won’t be elected officials with giant pairs of scissors on hand to snip a ceremonial ribbon at every trailhead. There won’t be marching bands, concession stands, and souvenir vendors... Read more »
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30 Days of Biking begins next week!

30 Days of Biking begins next week!
When 30 Days of Biking kicked off on April 1st of 2012, I had already been out on my bike twelve times and ridden over 200 miles. This year’s tally; zero. It’s easy to blame it on the weather. Every one of those 12 rides last March featured temperatures above 60 degrees. Six were in... Read more »

Cycling season starts this weekend with two great events

You wouldn’t know it by looking outside, but bicycling season is officially here. Yeah, there’s still a foot of snow on the ground. Sure, none of the bike paths have been plowed and the road shoulders are all littered with debris churned up by the snowplows. Potholes are emerging like Florida sinkholes. Skies are still... Read more »

Pardon my gas, but it's not as bad as yours!

Pardon my gas, but it's not as bad as yours!
How some people get elected to public office is truly a mystery. A congressman from the state of Washington recently emailed a constituent that he believes cyclists contribute to air pollution while they ride. “Also, you claim that it is environmentally friendly to ride a bike. But if I am not mistaken, a cyclists (sic)... Read more »
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Sharing the High Road; overcoming anti-cyclist bias

Sharing the High Road; overcoming anti-cyclist bias
Are we experiencing an era of pronounced bias against bicyclists? An editorial from this past Sunday’s Boston Globe in response to a grand jury’s failure to indict a truck driver who killed a cyclist gets right to the heart of the matter: “Sharing the road with increasing numbers of cyclists can be frustrating for drivers.... Read more »