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Why do so many cities look alike?

Just ask cartoonist Andy Singer. Or better yet, check out his cartoon below for the reason.

Why do so many cities look alike?

Just ask cartoonist Andy Singer. Or better yet, check out his cartoon below for the reason.

Memories along the Monon

Memories along the Monon

IMG_2171When I was growing up on the north side of Indianapolis, there was no such thing as the Monon Trail. Instead, it was the Monon Railroad linking the city with communities to the north, including Chicago. In 1985, the Monon Railroad stopped operating (Encyclopedia of Indianapolis, pg. 1014). Later, the abandoned rail line was converted into one of the best non-motorized rail-to-trails in the entire…

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It’s not just the speed of the commute, it’s the quality and effectiveness

It’s not just the speed of the commute, it’s the quality and effectiveness

Source: travel.usatoday.com

Source: travel.usatoday.com

Cocooned in one’s automobile cruising the streets, taking highways and byways to work may seem like the speedier way to commute. And in certain situations it probably is faster. But, is it truly the better or more effective way to commute?

Source: bikecommuters.com

Source: bikecommuters.com

I would argue that stop-and-go traffic, bumper-to-bumper chaos, and congested streets are hardly…

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More bike racks than stores – now that’s a story!

0812141952It is not often that you can find a shopping center where each and every tenant has a bike rack installed out front for the benefit of their customers and employees – in fact, until Tuesday evening I had never seen such a situation. But, in the case of a three-store shopping plaza in the eastern suburbs of Lansing, there are actually more bike racks (five) than there are stores (three). Foods For…

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Plying the street eddies as a cycling courier

Below is a weblink to an excellent article from The Guardian on the ups and downs of being a cycling courier - from its heyday in the 1990s to today. 

Plying the street eddies as a cycling courier

Below is a weblink to an excellent article from The Guardian on the ups and downs of being a cycling courier - from its heyday in the 1990s to today. 

What scares you the most while bicycling?

What scares you the most while bicycling?

There are a number of potential dangers that could occur while bicycling, including bad or inattentive drivers, other cyclists, rough or uneven riding surfaces, broken parts, potential crime, etc. But, the danger that worries me the most often is an unprovoked attack by dog(s). Perhaps this is because two decades ago my ex-wife was attacked and bitten by a German shepherd as we pedaled past…

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Who’s sidewalk is it anyway?

Who’s sidewalk is it anyway?

Source: heartlandluxuryhomes.com

Source: heartlandluxuryhomes.com

Recently, I have noticed two things about public sidewalks that seem to be amiss. The first is, why do property owners or businesses and their private landscapers insist on installing their sprinkler systems within the public right-of-way to water the green strip between the sidewalk and the curb? Walkers, joggers, and young cyclists are occasionally treated to…

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Bicycling loses a dear and funny friend

"And I love to ride my bike, which is great aerobics, but also just a great time for me to think, so it’s like this terrific double bill."

Bicycling loses a dear and funny friend

"And I love to ride my bike, which is great aerobics, but also just a great time for me to think, so it’s like this terrific double bill."

The next evolution of the bike lane?

Just had to chuckle when I first saw this cartoon. Hopefully, we may reach the day when there are enough bicyclists plying our streets and roadways that this will become a reality rather than satire.

The next evolution of the bike lane?

Just had to chuckle when I first saw this cartoon. Hopefully, we may reach the day when there are enough bicyclists plying our streets and roadways that this will become a reality rather than satire.

Sounding the alarm about poor trail maintenance

Sounding the alarm about poor trail maintenance

Source: onwardtoourpast.com

Source: onwardtoourpast.com

I have been reading a number of postings on Facebook and other social media from fellow bike commuters and others who are noticing that non-motorized trails and sidepaths are not getting the necessary and routine maintenance they should be lately. Examples include bushes and shrubs elbowing into the route, grass/weeds edging further and further onto the…

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