Monthly Archives: March 2012

Mental-Peasants and Their Beliefs About Pedal-Nazis

    Online research is unlike any other type of research; it yields unpredictable results, and it uncovers information the researcher would never have thought to look for. Such a situation happened to me recently. I was looking for commentary … Continue reading

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Bicycles Yielding At Stop Signs

For the past 30 years, Idaho has had a law which allows cyclists to roll through stop signs once they yield to oncoming vehicles. They are also permitted, after stopping, to proceed through a red traffic light, if there is … Continue reading

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A Hint of Justice

Justice is an elusive concept, fraught with emotion, intuition and idealism. It exemplifies all that is good in humankind, while in the face of evil, it represents a longing for who we want to be. Within the context of a … Continue reading

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Maneuvering a Bike to Control Cars

  A recent comment I received on this blog made me think about how experienced cyclists maneuver their bikes to control and interact with cars around them. The commenter had a problem when trying to cross railroad tracks which were … Continue reading

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The Relationship Between Bicycling Infrastructure and Public Transportation

    Cyclists have been struggling for a long time to convince leaders in American cities and towns to invest in bicycling infrastructure. They have also been fighting for respect, rights and an acknowledgment of bicycling as a legitimate form … Continue reading

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Theories About the Number of Cyclists on the Road

  For years now, cycling experts have been telling us that the number of cyclists on the roads is directly proportional to the rate of cycling injuries. They quote all sorts of studies about the number of cyclists riding at … Continue reading

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Motor Vehicles and the Illusion of Speed

  The other day, I found myself in the unpleasant situation of having to drive to an appointment in a nearby town. It was a recurring appointment, along a familiar route, but fortunately, not one which occurred frequently. The trip … Continue reading

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The Effects of Technology on the Concept of Bicycling

  When people think of bicycling, what comes to mind first is the physical effort involved in riding a bicycle. Balancing, pedaling, braking and shifting gears are all part of the concept of cycling. From its humble beginning to its … Continue reading

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The Politics of Proposing Laws to Limit Cyclists’ Rights

  From time to time, elected officials propose laws designed to garner support from one group at the expense of another. Introducing these laws generates publicity and controversy. Politically savvy officials select laws based on a belief that their popularity … Continue reading

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