Monthly Archives: July 2011

What Is a Speed Limit?

  In driver’s education courses, many facts about driving are covered. These include instruction on operating a motor vehicle, safety, and rules of the road. The average student takes driver’s education either because it is compulsory or to save on … Continue reading

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Silence Isn’t a Solution

  With the increase in cycling infrastructure in American cities and towns there has been an increase in resistance to this infrastructure in the form of ridicule. Cyclists were never popular with motorists and have grown increasingly unpopular among pedestrians. … Continue reading

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Compassion Is On Our Side

  Every cyclist knows about the negative stereotypes attributed to them. Newspapers, blogs and online comment sections are filled with the same sentiment in the form of  acrid accusations. Cyclists are characterized as either scrawny or overweight Lycra-wearing morons, as … Continue reading

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Cyclists, Inflammatory Journalism and Post-Prejudice Societies

  Once a profession, Journalism has become a breeding ground for narrow-minded intolerance and personal bias conveyed in the guise of impartial observation. For example, journalists who launch into screeds against bicyclists present themselves as morally superior to those they … Continue reading

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Race Against The Clouds

  It’s mid-summer and a gelatinous atmosphere blocks my progress as I wheel my bike out to the street. Looking upward, a clear sky greets me, marred only by a smattering of puffy white wisps of cotton. Through torrid heat, … Continue reading

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Police Excuses For Blaming Cyclists

  A few days ago, I was returning home from a recreational ride when I came upon an accident scene. I was about to turn off onto a side street, thinking it was none of my business, when I noticed … Continue reading

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Beyond the Bike 2011: A 10 Year Anniversary of 9/11 Commemorative Ride

  You know that you’re doing something right when you manage to turn a tragedy into something positive. That is what Susan Retik and Patti Quigley did after they lost their husbands on 9/11. After the loss of her husband … Continue reading

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Cycling Independence On Independence Day

  On July 4, 1776, the American colonies declared their independence from the British Empire. The Declaration of Independence outlined a “long train of abuses and usurpations” heaped upon the colonists by King George III. The colonists had appealed to … Continue reading

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