The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Driving the kids with a bicycle

Four days a week, Teddy Salazar takes his son Theo to school just like most parents. Instead of a car seat, however, Theo rides in a trailer towed behind Salazar’s bicycle. Weaving around potholes and climbing hills along four miles … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Cyclists don’t like concrete islands

Phillip Barron The Herald Sun Willetha Barnette, of Durham, rode her bike in traffic for the first time on October 4th. Encouraged by her friend Cynthia Ferebee to join the Critical Mass ride, a monthly group bike ride through the … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Hybrid car pitch a step backwards

Phillip Barron The Herald Sun September 14th marked the 108 yr anniversary of first pedestrian death at the hands of an automobile in the United States. On September 13th, 1899, Henry Bliss stepped from a streetcar on Central Park West, … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Don’t fret, downtown getting bike racks

Phillip Barron The Herald Sun Durham Rising brought a lot of people downtown on Saturday — 12,000 by some estimates. A surprising (yes, even to me) number of those folks were cyclists. So, if you walked around downtown at all … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: New Durham cabs are pedal-powered

On a recent Sunday, while I was dropping off some donated wheels and frames at the Durham Bike Co-op, two of Durham’s newest taxi cabs stopped by for repairs. MarcDreyfors parked his cab on the sidewalk, jacked up the front … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Repaving N.C. not right for Durham

Phillip Barron The Herald Sun David Hartgen’s plan to repave the state of North Carolina might be accepted in some towns, but not in Durham. Hartgen, a professor at UNC-Charlotte, recently released a study of transportation planning that looks at … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Taking on toxins is worth it

Some winter mornings, while riding in Cornwallis Road’s new bike lanes, I can smell Counter Culture Coffee roasting those fairly traded coffee beans two or more miles to the south. The same still air that pools summertime ozone over the … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Ice puts focus on need for different kind of cities

Phillip Barron The Herald Sun DURHAM — Cafeteria conversation at work on January 31st revolved around the predicted ice storm. Bread, milk, and bottled water would be cleared off grocery store shelves by the time we left work that evening … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Take time to unplug, be outside and watch the sunset

DURHAM — There was a year when I watched the sunset almost every evening. Across the street from the school I was attending at the time began a neighborhood of houses that had been built in the 1950s. These streets … Continue reading