The Outspokin’ Cyclist – the book

I am a cyclist. To say as much sounds strange to me. Not because it isn’t true, but because it is true. Riding a bicycle — for transportation, for errands, for joy — is something I do without thinking a … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Mountain biking helps Durham youth stay focused

WAKE COUNTY — “This is my first race, and I got third place,” says Edgar, a sixth-grader at Brogden Middle School in Durham. Out of breath, Edgar just raced a mountain bike through lakeside trails of Harris Lake County Park … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Women’s liberation through bicycling

For many, the nineties were a time of political advancement and financial success. The economy was doing well, failed policies from previous administrations were being turned back, manufacturing was on the increase, and progress was the buzz-word in board rooms … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: World needs your old bicycles

In Ghana, the availability of a reliable bicycle turns a 2 hour walk to school into a 25 minute ride. In Guatemala, it means that someone who previously could not carry their wares to a market now has a way. … Continue reading

The Outspokin’ Cyclist: Durham man to pedal for peace across Israel

When Martin Luther King said that true peace is not merely the absence of tension, it is the presence of justice, he had in mind the idea that lasting, real peace is possible only when we actively take responsibility for … Continue reading

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