BIKE BLVDS: Chicago's Economic, Environmental Savior

The City of Chicago is going to be a reported $635 million in deficit for 2012. Clearly, the decades of fiscal leadership has left something to be desired in this city. Mayor Daley can brag about all the beautification projects he installed throughout the city – turning Meigs Field into a concert venue, installing more... Read more »

CRITICAL MASSHOLES: When Cyclists Are The Problem, Not Solution

CRITICAL MASSHOLES: When Cyclists Are The Problem, Not Solution
On Friday, September 30 during the rush hour commute home, a homegrown organization of radicals will take over the city streets of Chicago unannounced, affecting the end-of-the-week, end-of-the-month commute home for hundreds of thousands of citizens, making countless parents late picking up their children after school and doing everything possible to disrupt the normal peace... Read more »

Psst - You Are Part Of The Traffic Problem

Psst - You Are Part Of The Traffic Problem
  A friend sent me this photo today. I have no idea where it comes from originally but I thought it was worth sharing. There isn’t much to say about this other than advertising is sometimes so accurate that it’s odd to see such simple observations actually written out for all to read and understand.... Read more »
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Bob Marley Provides Unexpected Toeclip Tip For Cyclists

Bob Marley Provides Unexpected Toeclip Tip For Cyclists
“Get up! Stand up!” - Bob Marley lyrics Recently, a question was raised by a reader in a post about how to get into toeclips easier to help improve their ride. That simple question set off a few days of conversations about the topic between myself and some other cyclists. Even experienced cyclists agreed that... Read more »

Melting Into Clark Street A Bad Sign For Cyclists

Melting Into Clark Street A Bad Sign For Cyclists
I found myself literally sinking into Clark Street this morning and I realized – whoa, this heat wave is for real! Having grown up in Richmond, Virginia, street-melting heat isn’t anything new to me. However, I haven’t experienced heat like that very much in Chicago since moving here in 1999. But today when I stopped... Read more »

Self-Righteous Cyclists Cause Share of Road Rage

Self-Righteous Cyclists Cause Share of Road Rage
Riding home last night from work and riding into work this morning I was stunned, yet again, at how rude some cyclists are and how their actions directly lead to injuries to other cyclists they will never meet. While researching my new book The Urban Cyclist’s Survival Guide, I had conversations with several experts about... Read more »
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Top 10 Worst Getaway Vehicles

If you are anything like us, then the story in the news Wednesday had to make you laugh and mutter: “what was that guy thinking?” Apparently last Friday Chris Frantis, 41 from Glen Ellyn, was riding his tandem bicycle with a friend when he felt a Pace busĀ  got “too close” to the bike. When... Read more »

Hoogerland's Barbed Wire Act Sways New Fan

Hoogerland's Barbed Wire Act Sways New Fan
I have to admit that anyone taking 33 stitches before finishing a sporting event deserves my respect. Dutch cyclist Johnny Hoogerland became the world-wide darling for Tour De France 2011 when a French TV car sideswiped him and Juan Antonio Flecha, sending Hoogerland flying into a barbed wire fence and Flecha crashing into the roadway.... Read more »

Is Tour De France the WWE On 2 Wheels?

Is Tour De France the WWE On 2 Wheels?
By now most of you have probably seen the video from Stage 9 of the Tour De France where the TV car swearved into the peloton, knocking down several riders, sending them flying. See that cyclist careening into the fence? That fence is barbed wire. I’m serious. No anvils fell on anyone’s head and the... Read more »
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CDOT's Narrow View Danger To Cyclists

CDOT's Narrow View Danger To Cyclists
“Wider is better.” - car tire commercial Grandparents stroll leisurely along with grandchildren spinning in delirious candy-fueled circles behind them, dogs lurch at each other as they pass in opposite directions while still clotheslined to their owners, roller bladers whiz past so close you can feel their sweat, swimmers and volleyballers dart across to get... Read more »
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    Scott Rowan (aka The Urban Cyclist) began commuting daily via bicycle from his Lakeview condo to his office in the South Loop in 2004. Scott doesn't "do centuries" or weekend races and you won't find one expensive piece of cycling-specific clothing in his closet. Nearly 100% of his cycling is done on city streets as his daily mode of transportation. His bike: a $450 Trek FX. His clothes: $10 shorts/shirt. His daily commute: 12 miles round trip. His odometer: 15,000+ miles since 2004. His favorite places to bike: wherever the crowds aren't (like Central America). --- Learn what to do if hit by car and much more in my book The Urban Cyclist's Survival Guide.

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