Tag Archives: utility cycling

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 […]

The Whole Perspective Thing

The New York Times published an amusing article about a “vast” shale oil field in California. I think these are the money quotes: Comprising two-thirds of the United States’s total estimated shale oil reserves and covering 1,750 square miles from Southern to Central California, the Monterey Shale could turn California into the nation’s top oil-producing […]

Escape From The American Dream

Today I begin a new series on Carbon Trace (haven’t come up with a name for it yet … perhaps the headline because, yeah, I enjoy irony). It is related to my long-running and still-active series called Our Urban Challenge. On Monday, my wife and I will sign a lease for a loft in downtown […]

Thoughts On Bike-to-Work Week

It’s Bike-Bus-Walk to Work Week in Springfield. For me it’s just another week of doing what I do every day. Here’s the thing: I would not be doing it — commuting by bicycle — if it were difficult to do. Seriously. Why is it not difficult? Primarily it is not difficult because I live 3/4 […]

How To Increase Participation

My headline over-promises. I am not particularly interested in increasing participation as an end in itself. But it is clear that many bicycle advocates believe that providing such infrastructure as bicycle lanes, tracks, and separated paths does increase participation. According to recent studies, it’s not entirely clear what the cause-and-effect relationship actually is between infrastructure and participation. […]

Over The River And Through The Woods

I shopped for Thanksgiving a couple of nights ago. No problem handling the job by bicycle. Have a great Thanksgiving. See you on Black Friday. Or, rather, see you online. I won’t be shopping, although I might go downtown to hang out. Technorati Tags: bicycle equipment, cycling, utility cycling

Moving Forward With Bicycle Facilities

Last year I reported here, based on a conversation at a STAR Team meeting, that the city was uninterested in painting more bicycle lanes. With the creation of new lanes on Division and Benton and  the discussion at night’s STAR Team meeting, it has became clear to me that painting more bicycle lanes is in […]

It Ain’t Purty

James D. Schwartz has an interesting post from earlier this spring about the cost of owning a car in terms of your time at work. The reality isn’t pretty: Motorists works 2 hours each day to pay for a car. Bicyclists work 3.8 minutes each day to pay for their bicycles. (Obviously the costs are […]

Utility Cycling: There’s an App for That

Disclaimer: If you’re an iPhone user of long standing, this entry may be very boring for you. But do leave a comment if you have suggestions. Thanks! I’m a fairly recent convert to the iPhone. I bought my 3GS about two weeks before the new one hit the market (which saved me $$$). The app […]

Sign of the Times?

I got a surprise at a local grocery today: I was asked to leave my daypack in the front of the store because people, apparently using packs, have been ripping them off. I do not intend to identify the store in this post because I have not had a chance to speak with the owner […]

A Dangerous Syllogism

See if you can spot the problem (from montrealgazette.com): A 2003 study published in the Injury Prevention Journal by Peter Lyndon Jacobsen concluded: “A motorist is less likely to collide with a person walking or bicycling if more people walk or bicycle. Policies that increase the numbers of people walking and bicycling appear to be […]

Last Laugh

Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic (mandatory reading for all humans), posted a Slate column on Friday in which he considers how Hollywood treats non-drivers and bicyclists. We are, apparently, a bunch of losers and creeps. And the broader culture, apparently, is hip to this if not the source of it: Or perhaps it’s the wider society […]

Busy Morning on Fremont

Rode my bicycle to the Springfield Farmer’s Market this morning. My route takes me about two miles south on Fremont to Sunset where I turn left to get to the Battlefield Mall. The market is in the southeast corner of the parking lot — roughly the intersection of Glenstone and Battlefield. There was a lot […]

Homegrown Foods Opens

I’ve written before about riding to the Springfield Farmer’s Market at Battlefield Mall. We now have a new option close to home. Today I rode to the grand opening of Homegrown Foods at the corner of Pickwick and Cherry. That’s my Redline out front. And those panneirs are full of goodies grown locally. Technorati Tags: […]

Why People Ride Bicycles

Don’t let that headline fool you. I can’t possibly cover a topic like that unless, of course, I cover it as the KC Free Press did — a short collection of photo interviews. The responses are, in my opinion, fairly typical and fit well with a few of my own reasons to ride: Get to […]