UMass Amerhst and bicycling

A year ago, the UMass Magazine profiled some of the recent graduates who have gone on to some sort of career that revolves around bicycling — from competitive racing to handmade frame building. And in this most recent issue’s booknotes, … Continue reading

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

Alt Transportation

I’ve started a new Flickr set for the unusual modes of transportation I see around Davis. Coming from the east coast (and the South), I’m amazed by the number of people who use longboard skateboards as actual transportation. And then … Continue reading

zipping around by bike, again

I noticed today that the only time I make a point of sharing a transportation experience via social media is when I drive a car. At least twice now I have posted updates on Twitter (I really can’t bring myself … Continue reading

a special place in hell for bike thieves

“A Special Place in Hell for Bike Thieves” Phillip Barron published in Urban Velo, Issue 8 (download the whole issue or read it online) A neighbor recently posted a note to the neighborhood listserv that his daughter’s bike was stolen. … 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: 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: 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