Saturday, April 30, 2016


On the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.
Sorry, I don't have time to use the car to get there. That'd take too long — I'd better bike instead.
No, I don't mean "biking saves you money and time is money." I mean biking actually saves you time.
No, I don't just mean during rush hour. Sure, everybody knows that in a city during rush hour, bicycles usually travel faster than cars. No, I mean biking is always more time-efficient than driving.
In fact, a study released last year found that riding a bicycle transports you from place to place instantaneously. As in, it takes no time at all.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

SEE THE WORLD 5: Where the Mountains Go

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Adventure Dispatch - Sarah Swallow @SwallowBicycle @iamspecialized

Monday, April 25, 2016

Look How Much Better a City Can Be When It Designs for People Not Cars @gizmodo

It’s a common argument when a city wants to take away space for cars: “This isn’t Amsterdam.” But guess what, Amsterdam—where half the traffic movement in the city center is by bike—wasn’t always Amsterdam, either. The image above serves as proof that better street design can improve daily life, not just for people on bikes, but for all residents.
Once upon a time, Amsterdam was just like every other city in the middle of the 20th century: planning for cars, paving parking lots, and proposing urban freeways. Then the oil crisis of the 1970s happened. To help its citizens save gas, the Netherlands implemented a nationwide “Car-Free Sunday” in November of 1973. For one day each week, the country’s three million cars were not allowed on roads, leading to some interesting photos of horses and bikes on the country’s highways. Like similar car-free days in other countries, seeing the positive impact from this weekly activity inspired residents to bring about permanent change.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Summit draws attention to Chattanooga's bike tourism industry @timesfreepress

Shannon Burke, owner of Velo View Bike Tours, is photographed on the Walnut Street Bridge on Thursday. Burke is moving his business, his family and his residence from Austin, Texas, to Chattanooga. Velo View Bike Tours specializes in bike vacations across the country.
Photo by John Rawlston /Times Free Press.Bicycles were scattered around the Edney Building in downtown Chattanooga this week during the inaugural Southeast Regional Bike Tourism Summit.
Bicycles were scattered around the Edney Building in downtown Chattanooga this week during the inaugural Southeast Regional Bike Tourism Summit.
Inside, their riders — in town from seven states — discussed things like bikepacking, electric bikes, U.S. bike routes and the economic benefits that they can bring to communities.
Bicycle tourism is a burgeoning idea in the South, and Chattanooga will soon be the headquarters for another business based solely on the concept.
Velo View Bike Tours, an Austin, Texas-based company founded in 2012 and known for its four-night bike vacations and three-night bike retreats, is moving to Chattanooga, where the company will also experiment with day trips in the Chattanooga area and other regional rides.
Owner Shannon Burke, a panelist during the bike tourism summit on Wednesday and Thursday, and his wife, Celeste Cyr, both have family in Tennessee, and that played a part in the decision to relocate to the Southeast.

Bike the CBus 2015 Metric Century Video

Bike the CBus from Kathy Koontz on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

How Copenhagen reshaped minds by reshaping roads @IrishTimes

Copenhagen built proper, one-way cycle lanes with kerbs separating them from pedestrians and motorists. Anything else, the Danes say, is a waste of time, money and effort. Photograph: Thinkstock
Copenhagen built proper, one-way cycle lanes with kerbs separating them from pedestrians and motorists. Anything else, the Danes say, is a waste of time, money and effort. Photograph: Thinkstock
Kamilla stands on the Knippel Bridge spanning Copenhagen’s inner harbour, drinking coffee as the spring sun plays on the water below. At her side, the trusted bike that will soon carry her into the city centre past the Christiansborg Palace – familiar to fans of television’s Borgen
Now 26, Kamilla has been cycling since she was a child in her native Copenhagen, which ranks alongside Amsterdam as a European cycling utopia. Ask people in this city why cycling works here and you hear different theories. But all are part of a wider effort: to boost cycling through a virtuous circle of good infrastructure and positive perception.

Los Andes en bici. 43 Cruces "Paso Sico"

Los Andes en bici. 43 Cruces "Paso Sico" from PEDALeANDO ruta 40 on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Life Beyond Walls: Trans Cascadia @smithoptics

Life Beyond Walls: Trans Cascadia from smith optics on Vimeo.

London Considers a More Bike-Friendly Truck Design @nextcityorg

Transport for London’s proposed design (Credit: TfL)
Trucks can be death traps for cyclists. Out of eight bikers killed in collisions with vehicles in London last year, all but one collided with a truck. But London’s transportation agency says a relatively simple design addition to trucks could help reduce the number of cyclists hit by truck drivers.
Transport for London is considering proposals that would require trucks to have large, glass panels along their side doors, the Evening Standard reported. The design gives truck drivers a “panoramic” view of the road, and also gives drivers greater responsibility in avoiding collisions with bikers and pedestrians.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A Fairly Obvious Study Confirms Active Transportation Reduces Body Fat @momentummag

Bicycle commuting health benefits
Photo by Several Seconds.
The largest-ever study into the health benefits of active transportation has confirmed what most of us could easily have guessed: those who walk and bike to work have lower levels of body fat than those who drive or take public transit. While the study results are unsurprising to say the least, it is interesting to note that the lower levels of fat linked to active commuting were independent of other social factors such as socioeconomic status, alcohol consumption, smoking, or whether the person lives in a rural or urban area.
The study, carried out at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, used observational data from over 150,000 individuals taken from the UK Biobank data set, between the ages of 40-69 years. Body fat was assessed in two ways: body mass index (BMI), which is a ratio of weight to height, and body fat percentage. Across the board, people who always or occasionally commuted actively were observed as having lower levels of body fat than those who never did.

Dumbing Down the Shore @rockymountain

Dumbing Down the Shore from Rocky Mountain Bicycles on Vimeo.

Was ist Bikepacking? @OrtliebUSA

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

No more hippies and explorers: a lament for the changed world of cycling @guardian

Mountain bike touring in Ladakh, India
 Mountain bike touring in Ladakh, India. Photograph: Alamy
I came across an interesting film the other day. It was linked from Sidetracked, a beautiful, outdoors lifestyle-y type magazine. The kind you buy in a bookshop rather than a newsagent, full of long-form journalism and photo essays, not product reviews and top 10 lists.
The video was of one woman, Lael Wilcox, talking about her experience cycling the Arizona Trail. She was racing, trying to get the best time, but on her own in a self-supported attempt.
It stood out because it was the first time I’ve found myself getting excited by cycling for a while. Something about the braveness of it, the risk, the crazy, epic mental-ness. Watch: it’s short and wonderful.
I’ve always liked cycling. Over the years, some of my favourite moments have been spent on a bike: going the distance, getting lost, finding myself in unexpected and beautiful places.