Category Archives: advocacy

Happy New Year! Happy New Culture!

R E S P E C T If you have to get a song stuck in your head Respect is a good one I’m also declaring “respect” the the Carbon Trace word of the year for 2014. As in: By so declaring, I am making a pledge to work for cultural change to achieve the […]

1-mile Solution in the News

Here’s a short Q & A published in a group of local papers about the 1-Mile Solution. I keep thinking this kind of encouragement might actually help a few people follow the path I discovered. That path was remarkably smooth to follow. I did not arrive in Springfield nine years ago already hip to the […]

Laugh? Cry? … Cry

Check out this recent press release from Trek re: their “Game Changer” program for bicycle advocacy. Here’s a screen shot of the picture on the press release. Yes. What you see there is likely a door-zone bicycle lane. In other words, a lane where the bicyclist is encouraged by the paint to ride next to […]

Vacation Mode

I’ll be away, and mostly out of touch, until school starts on 19 August. Among the things I’ll be doing: 1. Hiking the Great Glen Way. 2. “Climbing” Ben Nevis. 3. Sampling Scotch. Before I go, here’s something you ought to read by Kirby Beck: Bicycle Law Enforcement. Beck, among other things, is a founding […]

The Rules and What That Means

I have used the term “rules of safe movement” many times in discussing bicycle infrastructure. My usual link for it is this excellent essay by Chip Seal: The Steps of the Dance. I will continue to refer to this essay. I have secured permission to reproduce it for Carbon Trace readers — something I plan […]

Carbon Trace Update

I’m making a few changes to Carbon Trace over the next week. You can get a few clues by checking out some of the stuff in the sidebar. Mostly, I am dropping the local angle. There’s not much left I want to talk about regarding Springfield. It is what it is. This change will also […]

Midnight Train to Wilmington

There’s been so much happening since our move downtown that I’ve had very little time to post much here. Actually, what’s happening has more to do with settling into a new routine than it does being busy — although I am busy with some school-related tasks. I’m leaving today for Wilmington, Delaware to visit my […]

Where Can (Should) You Ride?

Here’s what Missouri law states (307.190): Every person operating a bicycle or motorized bicycle at less than the posted speed or slower than the flow of traffic upon a street or highway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as safe, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one […]

Of Advocacy and Stasis

To follow up on yesterday’s post, I want to address the whole discussion thing. I concluded my post with a short list suggesting that there are certain types of bicyclists that I’m willing to discuss advocacy with and certain types that, well, not so much. Now’s a good time to discuss stasis theory. Before one […]

Of Perception, Reality, and Desire

Here are two things you should go read right now: If you want to stop having this debate… Cyclists Aren’t ‘Special,’ And They Shouldn’t Play By their Own Rules I’m not going to comment directly on these except to say that each is important in its own way. Instead, I want to use these as […]

Bike To Everywhere Decade

Next week is Bike to Work Week in Springfield. Or, just another week. You see, I’m participating in, and about to complete, Bike to Everywhere Decade. I seriously do not mean to criticize Bike to Work Week or brag about what I do. It’s a good program. But I do have a minor gripe that’s […]

Traffic 101 Class Offered This June

League Cycling Instructor David Hutchison is offering the Traffic 101 course on 22 June in Springfield. Hutchison is a traffic engineer with the City of Springfield and a long-time bicycle commuter. I have taken both the League course with Hutchison and the CyclingSavvy course with Karen Karabell in St. Louis (I am also a CyclingSavvy Instructor). I […]

Wait. What? Normal People On Bicycles?

OK, take a look at this picture: That’s Cody, Ginger, and their son. I just got an e-mail from Cody telling me he and his family have moved to Springfield. They have a bicycle blog called Cycle Like a Stringer. Good stuff! Check it out. Technorati Tags: bicycle advocacy, bicycle culture, cycling, Springfield Missouri

Vote ‘Yes’ For Capital Improvements Tax

Tomorrow is election day, and among the chances you have to make Springfield a better place to live is renewing the 1/4-cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax. Please vote “Yes.” This tax pays for numerous infrastructure improvements including projects that benefit pedestrians and bicyclists. You may have noticed sharrows appearing on the streets of the city’s bicycle […]

On The Showing Of Photos

What does it mean to show a photograph of a poorly-designed bicycle lane? Recent chatter from the lane-painting wing of bicycle-advocacy-land has taken the publishing of such images to task for the oft-imagined sin of over-generalizing about all bicycle infrastructure. For a good example of this, just read my post from yesterday. Let’s re-visit a […]