Tag Archives: Bicycling Advocacy

Improving Urban Cycling Safety By Giving Yourself An Out

I have been giving a great deal of thought to the riding instruction given to new urban riders by cycling experts. I’m not entirely certain what makes these people experts other than the fact that they have had some training … Continue reading

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Someone Thinks That Drivers Are Dumber Than We Do

Regular readers of this blog will recall the post I wrote a few days ago about the difference between bicycling advocates’ agendas and bicyclists’ interests. In that post, I mentioned a comment I received from a regular reader who, like … Continue reading

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Bicycling Advocates’ Agendas Versus Bicyclists’ Interests

I am a cyclist. Riding is what I do. It is what I have done for decades, and what I intend to do for decades to come. The miles I have put in have taught me a great deal beyond … Continue reading

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Reading Comprehension Levels And Bicycling Blogs

Bicycling does not seem to be a difficult subject to understand. Nonetheless, most blogs are written on a third grade level (which — for my non-American readers — is one of the earliest school grades in the U.S.) — and … Continue reading

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The Border Between Dedicated Bike Lanes And No Man’s Land

There is a sign I pass all the time when I am heading west of the city. This sign has stood in that location for all of recent memory, looking more withered with each passing year, even though the surroundings … Continue reading

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Substitute Victim Impact Statements: Can Bicycle Advocates Speak For The Dead?

Dead cyclists cannot make victim impact statements when they are killed in a hit and run accident. They cannot speak for themselves or represent their own interests in any way. Nonetheless, some people think they can be represented in a … Continue reading

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Child Mortality And The Rise Of Bicycling

A lot of people get killed by cars. Drivers get killed. Their passengers get killed. Pedestrians get killed. And, of course, cyclists get killed. Automobile proponents, in defense of their preferred mode of transportation, say that cars don’t kill, drivers … Continue reading

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Controversies Over Bike Lanes In Residential Areas

Bike lanes are usually spoken of as a means of making it easier to commute and as an asset in bringing business into retail areas. In other words, the utilitarian side of bicycle accommodations is what people think of first. … Continue reading

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Cycle Tracks Are Coming To A City Near You

I have lived in the Boston area for most of my life. And, I have ridden a bike for most of that time. Still, I never thought I would see cycle tracks — bike lanes separated from cars — in … Continue reading

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The Courage To Ride A Bicycle In The Face Of Adversity

In the U.S., we take the right to ride a bicycle for granted. It would never even occur to the average American that someone, in the 21st century, might be prohibited from riding a bike. It seems like such an … Continue reading

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