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How to Buy a Used Road Bike

If you’re new to bike commuting and not ready to run out and drop $1,000 on a new bike at the local bike shop (and I don’t blame you) you will probably be looking to purchase a used bike. Even if it isn’t your first bike, a used cycle is always a good idea for [...]

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Please Dont Bike To School!?!?

I found an article on kids not being allowed to ride their bikes to school. It was in Saratoga Springs NY. School officials protested against a mother and son when they decided to ride their bikes to school on Bike to Work day. The boy’s bike was confiscated. Read story on The Saratogian here: [...]

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Car Parking Free Light Rail Stations

“Light rail was meant to be fed by people taking the bus, walking or biking,” said Rick Sheridan, spokesman for the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT). “It was not meant to be fed by cars.”
Light rail starting in Seattle this Saturday is generating some bad PR for not having car parking at the stations. Restricted [...]

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The Bike to (xyz) Day

Most advocates talk about bike commuting as a way to get more people to use their bikes and possible live a car-light lifestyle. They advocate how easy it is to gradually build up even riding 12 to 15 miles one way. It is all true. They promote it by hosting a country wide Bike to [...]

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Bike-commuting in Japan: 3 Approaches

If you are going to commute by bicycle in Japan, there are three basic approaches to the situation that you can take, depending on the type of commuting that you are looking to do.
Short-distance: Mamachari
Mamachari is Japanese for the “mother chariot,” and these bicycles often can been seen with child baskets on the front and [...]

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Car-free in Japan

For the last few weeks I have been living and doing research in rural Japan. Japan is well known for high-speed rail, jam-packed commuter trains, and big, well-connected cities.
I am not living in a place with any of those things. Two years ago when I spent time outside of Tokyo, I was. It was a [...]

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Bikes Belong at National Party Conventions

Bike advocacy group Bikes Belong is teaming up with health insurance company Humana to provide free loaner bikes to both upcoming political national conventions. 1,000 bikes will be available at the Democratic National Convention in Denver, Colorado from August 25-28 and at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 1-4.
What better way [...]

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Biofuels Are Starving Us

The impact of the rising biofuels market on global food prices is much worse than predicted. According to an as yet unpublished study commissioned by the World Bank, biofuels have caused food prices to rise 75%.
The World Bank completed the study, which has been leaked by the Guardian, at the end of April but has [...]

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Cycling Increases S.F. Pollution?

Thanks to through-the-roof gas prices, the number of cyclists nationwide has increased dramatically. As cities rush to improve cycling-friendly infrastructure and implement bike-sharing systems, San Francisco’s progress has been hamstrung by eccentric political activist Rob Anderson.
Just as S.F. was on the brink of implementing a comprehensive pro-bike plan citywide in 2005, Anderson sued to have [...]

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Northampton Awaits “Death of the Combustion Engine”

Although the auto’s funeral may be premature, Jill Turner is doing her part to help usher it along. Turner is organizing the “Death of the Combustion Engine: A bicycle and hoola hoop procession performance” in Northampton, Massachusetts.
The event, slated for Northampton Arts Night Out on Friday, September 12h, will feature a parade-style march/roll through NoHo [...]

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