Archive for 2012

Video: Dearborn Street Protected Bike Lane

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Here is an excellent video showcasing last week’s dedication ceremony for the Dearborn Street Protected Bike Lane (yes, I was there).  It also officially introduces the Streets for Cycling Plan 2020. Since the world did not come to an end today, it’s safe to add this awesome new bike lane to your Bike-It list…  ... Read more »

The Bicycle and The Mayan Apocalypse

The Bicycle and The Mayan Apocalypse
Today is December 20, 2012 – the next to last day on the Mayan calendar.  It could very well be our last full day of existence. To paraphrase the airlines, we know you have a lot of choices for how you will spend your last hours on earth, thank you for choosing to spend them... Read more »

Bicycling: Improving Body and Mind for Three Centuries

Bicycling: Improving Body and Mind for Three Centuries
When I hopped on my bike in Lakeview and pedaled downtown to the Dearborn Street Protected Bike Lane Dedication Ceremony last Friday afternoon, I realized that I hadn’t been on my bike in nearly a month. Out in the ‘burbs where I reside, you just don’t see that many cyclists on the road when the... Read more »
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Don't Regulate Guns, Do Regulate Bicycles

Chicago Tribune columnist John Kass has had just about enough of my kind. To him, I am part of a privileged, pampered, special interest group that continually demands accommodations from all levels of government, yet fights every attempt to regulate our activities.  He continually stereotypes all of us as reckless law breakers.  He demands registration,... Read more »

Rahm Dedicates Dearborn Bike Lane to Dozens of "Little Bike People"

Rahm Dedicates Dearborn Bike Lane to Dozens of "Little Bike People"
Last Friday, I had the honor of standing twenty feet in front of Mayor Rahm Emanuel as he dedicated the new Dearborn Street protected bike lane in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. I was very impressed with the Mayor’s comprehensive understanding of bicycling infrastructure and his conviction that this comparatively small public investment will benefit... Read more »

Last Chance for Lance Armstrong: Confront Accusers or Confess

Last Chance for Lance Armstrong: Confront Accusers or Confess
Lance Armstrong still has time to prove that he is a champion. On December 6, 2012, the UCI sent the disgraced cyclist formal notification that he had 21 days to appeal the governing body’s action invalidating his racing wins dating back to July 1998.  This is a cycling fan’s open letter to the former 7-time... Read more »
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Last Chance for Lance: Confront Accusers or Confess

Last Chance for Lance: Confront Accusers or Confess
Lance Armstrong still has time to prove that he is a champion. On December 6, 2012, the UCI sent the disgraced cyclist formal notification that he had 21 days to appeal the governing body’s action invalidating his racing wins dating back to July 1998.  This is a cycling fan’s open letter to the former 7-time... Read more »

Book Review: The Enlightened Cyclist by Bike Snob NYC

Book Review: The Enlightened Cyclist by Bike Snob NYC
Some people have a knack for cracking you up while telling it exactly like it is. “Nevertheless, there’s no getting away from the fact that Jesus as portrayed in the Gospels sounds uncannily like a bicycle advocate, from the sandals all the way to the people turning on him for doing nothing more than putting... Read more »

Perspectives on Chicago Bicyclist Fatalities:The Role of Education and Law

Perspectives on Chicago Bicyclist Fatalities:The Role of Education and Law
This is the third installment in a three-part series by guest author, John Brooking, a CyclingSavvy instructor.  (Part One and Part Two) In the last installment, we looked at problems with bike lanes in the door zone of parked cars and at intersections. National cycling education such as CyclingSavvy and Smart Cycling consistently teach active... Read more »
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Greg Lemond Wants to Take Over International Cycling?

Greg Lemond Wants to Take Over International Cycling?
Legendary US cyclist and three-time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond has joined the newly formed group Change Cycling Now and is ready to take back cycling. Or maybe they want to take cycling back.  The “from whom” and “to where” part is a little fuzzy right now.  More about that later… CCN’s “charter of... Read more »