Monthly Archives: June 2011

An Approaching Mass of Velocity

  Riding along in the relative quiet of an urban organism, I feel my trusty bike below me. Every bump, every dip, every change in the lay of the road becomes part of my being. Shocks reverberate through my legs, … Continue reading

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Will Boston’s Bike Share Replace Walking or Driving?

  The other day, I came across an article about bike share schemes in the U.S. The author made some predictions based upon the assumption that since Boston was a small city whose residents could walk to work in nice … Continue reading

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When a Cyclist’s Death Doesn’t Count

Previously, I wrote about a local doctor, Stan Sabin, who was killed while riding his bicycle. The  motorist involved blamed a “sneezing fit” for causing her to lose control of her car, which resulted in her striking Dr. Sabin. Atypically, … Continue reading

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Sounds of Cycling

  Cycling occurs in a world full of sound. From the moment of take-off to the moment of coming to rest, a non-stop chorus sings in time with the motion. Clipping in makes a loud clack on each side of … Continue reading

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Proof of Motorist Inattention

In the never-ending strife between motorists and cyclists, the latter are frequently stereotyped as irresponsible and a general menace on the road. A litany of characterizations about cyclists always running red lights, weaving in and out of traffic, or riding … Continue reading

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A Fleet of Bicycles Can Do the Work of a Truck

What will our neighbors to the North think of next? Here in the U.S., people have used bicycle trailers to haul all sorts of things. But in Montreal, Canada, cyclist Julien Myette – a former computer engineer turned truck driver … Continue reading

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Cycling On Wind

    Heading outdoors, something feels amiss. Dust, leaves, bits of discarded matter and unidentifiable, unaffixed objects swirl mightily. Hair whips across the face, blinding, and whipping half-closed eyes, as the carried bike lands firmly on full circles of rubber. … Continue reading

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Does Traffic School For Cyclists Reduce Bicycling Accidents?

In California, motorists who violate traffic laws are given the option of attending traffic school to reduce the amount of the fine. Since state law treats cars and bicycles the same, cyclists have been subjected to the same high fines … Continue reading

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Brazen Cyclists

No one has escaped them. They ride with fire under their saddles, shooting onward as if fed on rocket fuel. These muscular missiles dart and veer, fearless in their quest for speed and a thrill at someone else’s expense. From … Continue reading

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