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

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Make some idle time to relearn lost art of exploring

You see more from a bicycle than you do from a car. You see even more from a balloon-tire Schwinn than you do from a carbon fiber Pinarello. That’s why author John Stilgoe, in Outside Lies Magic, says to choose … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Doping scandals spoiling the spirit of sports

Phillip Barron The Herald Sun Allegations that cyclists are doping are so common that anyone accused is guilty until proven innocent. And that’s taking its toll on the sport. The cover of the October Bicycling, arguably the sport’s leading monthly, … Continue reading

Camus on bicycle

image made with amaztype During the German occupation of France, Albert Camus earned hero status among the French for editing the underground newspaper Combat. It wasn’t until the war was over, however, that more than a handful of people knew … Continue reading