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Flip-side of the Amsterdam Coin

The damned thing is done. Sort of. It’s not what I had originally intended. Last year, when I published a tongue-n-cheek trailer for this video, I was planning a documentary about bicycling in Springfield, Missouri with comparisons to Amsterdam (realizing, obviously, that such comparisons are difficult at best given the radically different contexts). The comparison […]

Vacation Wrap Up

And here’s the upshot you’ve all been waiting for! 1. Hiking the Great Glen Way. A fun trip through spectacular country. The path is easy to follow and easy to walk. Sadly, no sightings of Nessie. 2. “Climbing” Ben Nevis. Going up is easy. Coming down … ouch. The ol’ legs really took a pounding. 3. Sampling Scotch. […]

Keeping An Eye On Engineering

One of the unfortunate things about the bicycle lanes (and mandatory use law) in Portland, Oregon is that many of the lanes there were painted right up to the intersections. That creates a deadly right-hook danger. Thankfully, the city traffic engineers in Springfield know better. Bicycle lanes here end well before intersections, and sharrows indicate […]

Carbon Trace Update

Carbon Trace is experiencing a minor (I hope) technical glitch. If the site is acting funny, please let me know.

Short Break; Back Soon

I’m taking a short blogging break to work on a project for Carbon Trace.

T’is the Season, May it be Happy

Carbon Trace Update

It’s week 15 of a 16-week semester. That means there’s lots to do. Subsequently, blogging will be a bit light around here for a couple of weeks. I’ll still post a few things, but I could go a few days between posts. See you on the other side Technorati Tags: cycling

Off Topic, But Super Interesting :-)

I’m teaching our new MED130 Fundamentals of Media Convergence class this semester. I started a demonstration blog over the weekend called Reflections in the Screen. I’ll be posting multimedia content there, some of it original for the site but much of it coming from Carbon Trace, Rhetorica, and Ozarks News Journal.

Peace

(Bicycle) Lane Behavior

I had an interesting encounter on Boonville yesterday on my way to the Bicycle/Pedestrian Committee meeting of the Traffic Advisory Board (more on the meeting tomorrow). The section of Boonville through Jordan Valley has a door-zone bicycle lane. I was stopped at the light at Olive heading north. I was first at the light. There […]

ONE Conference at MSU

The Ozarks New Energy Conference continues today at Plaster Student Union at Missouri State University. I was a speaker on a panel yesterday about living car-lite in Springfield. The panel included Terry Whaley, executive director of Ozark Greenways; Mike MacPherson, principal planner with the City of Springfield; and Rick Scarlet, member of the STAR Team […]

Glimpse Into The Lane Wars

Check out this video about bicycle lanes in New York City: Streets Blog takes an interesting position: This video critique of the new bike lane on First Avenue has been making the rounds, and it must give some comfort to John Forester and the vehicular cycling school. Vehicular cyclists reject all forms of bicycle-specific infrastructure and believe […]

Odds and Ends; Not Too Odd

I intend to read and review Cycling: Philosophy for Everyone soon. I submitted an essay proposal for this book way back when, but it was not accepted. An essay by Russell Arben Fox, a contributor to Front Porch Republic, was accepted. He discussed his essay in a recent post examining the politics of transportation bicycling and trying […]

Earth Day 40 Years On

I was 13 years old on the first Earth Day and already an eco-warrior of the sort young teenagers tend to be — earnest, strident, and clueless. I’m not sure how much has changed. Scattered thunderstorms here today, so I’m on foot. I’ll “celebrate” the day by pretty much just doing what I usually do […]

Helmets Again… Again

On a slow news day, start a helmet war Here’s my contribution: As a rhetoric scholar I’m always interested in arguments (usually not the shouted kind). And I find the argument that helmets make bicycling look scary worth examining. I appears to go something like this: Helmets make bicycling appear dangerous. People generally try to […]