Monthly Archives: June 2012

Bears And Bicycles Do Not Mix

  Some stuff you just can’t make up. Still, the same stuff is often difficult to believe. People will scoff when hearing such stories, delivered in an animated fashion full of relived emotion by a person who is confounded by … Continue reading

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Justifying Journalistic Road Rage Against Cyclists

  Many cyclists have asked themselves the question: Why do journalists fuel the anti-bicycle backlash? Hatred of cyclists has been proposed, as has the desire to maintain a car-centric society. There is no right answer. Each journalist has his or … Continue reading

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The Effect Of Social Networking On Cyclist Risk Taking

Before the advent of social networking, bicycling was a local activity. Cyclists either rode solo or as part of a group, usually socially. A distinct group of cyclists, who wanted to ride fast, got involved in racing. They could be … Continue reading

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A Cyclist’s Need For Speed Can Result In A Dead Pedestrian

  Many cyclists have been fighting hard to gain respect on the road. Equal treatment with cars and a safe place to ride are the primary goals. This is all well and good, but it has created quite a bit … Continue reading

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Reason Versus Emotion In Changing Road Sharing Attitudes

  A discussion with a non-bicycling neighbor, who is neither pro nor anti-bicycle, got me thinking about what motivates road users to share the road. I’ve written about car-centric values and how they influence citizens’ views about the purpose of … Continue reading

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A Generation Headed For A Sedentary Life

  Land use issues, liability, technology and danger are among the reasons given for the sedentary lifestyle of today’s kids. All of these factor in to some degree, but there is always a larger underlying cause for widespread behaviors, usually … Continue reading

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Lycra Plus Craziness Spells A Recipe For Disaster

  Some days, I really wonder whether I’m awake in a distorted world or asleep in a nightmarish dream. Such bizarre things occur, right before my eyes, that I almost cringe at the thought of their being a part of … Continue reading

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Should Texting A Driver Be A Punishable Offense?

As a consequence of the concept of multitasking and hectic lives, it has become commonplace for drivers to engage in other tasks while driving. Eating, applying makeup, using consumer electronics, talking on the phone, texting, and surfing the web rank … Continue reading

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