Monthly Archives: August 2012

Universal Cycling Experiences

When cyclists discuss cycling problems, they usually talk about local issues. Traffic laws and local customs dominate the conversations. Even on the Internet, where everyone has access to everyone else’s thoughts, people tend to write about cycling news from their … Continue reading

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Stretching The Definition Of Road User

  As recently as ten years ago, I had never heard the term “road user.” I rode a bike; I drove a car; and I walked. But, I never imagined myself as a road user. Nor did I think of … Continue reading

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Bikes, Bravery and Protected Bike Lanes

  Cycling as a mode of transportation is at a crossroad. Many schools of thought exist among cyclists, but, as of yet, there is no agreement, no consensus, no conclusion. Diehard cyclists who have been riding for many years are … Continue reading

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Driving Trends: The Surprise Bicycle Pass

  Road users are confused. Rules are changing. Roads are changing. Everything seems so different and no one knows exactly what to do or what is allowed — or what one can get away with. For decades, cars ruled the … Continue reading

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Cycling Social Networking Before The Internet

  Before social networking, we had networking. By definition, networking is an interconnected system of people or things. Although it was originally a way for people to make friends and share interests, networking morphed into a buzzword in the business … Continue reading

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It’s Not The Vehicle Type, It’s Order On The Roads

  The title of this post says it all: It’s not the vehicle type that counts, it’s order on the roads. Traffic laws are not designed to control a particular type of vehicle, they are designed to create order and … Continue reading

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Cyclists Who Eschew Traffic Laws

  One of the interesting things about being a blogger is seeing reader reactions to what I’ve written. Instant feedback makes blogging different from other forms of writing where words are put out in printed or electronic form for readers … Continue reading

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If Kant Were A New York Cyclist, He Would Conform To The Concept Of The Red Light

What do you get when you mix a pseudo-ethicist with a mainstream media pulpit? A law breaking cyclist who makes blind assertions about how breaking the law is “ethical.“ As a general rule, legitimate ethicists do not write fluffy articles … Continue reading

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Name Brand Bicycling Philosophies

  Contrary to my usual habit, I recently decided to peruse The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review section. I generally don’t read their reviews due to a lack of interest in the type of books they review. However, as … Continue reading

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