Romancing and the Open Road

  Bike Romance Romancing the Open Road in the Season of Locusts I fell in love with my bike at the age of 5. I would jump on it and go anywhere I wanted on my own. I was one with the wind. When I was seven, we had the seven-year locusts come to live

Oklahoma City Exploring New Methods of Transportation

  Although it has taken more than twenty years, Oklahoma City is making progress in its attempts to offer its citizens a variety of ways to get around town. It has been almost seventy years since the last streetcar was in operation, and automobiles have naturally become the dominant method of transportation in the area. However,

Empowering Support for Federal Investment in Bike/Ped Planning

  Princeton Survey The Streetsblog DC recently published a story on a telephone poll of 1,003 Americans, which was commissioned by the advocacy group America Bikes and conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associates. The results were “unequivocal: 83 percent said that federal bike-ped funding should increase, or at the very least be maintained.” The car is becoming

Bike Boom in NYC: Just over 47% of Traffic on U.S. Route 9W

  The wide, big routes that Europeans and other countries enjoy when biking are not yet in the US. However, Americans are turning out in amazing numbers in spite of the lack of good routes. “The NJ DOT study shows that during the peak usage time — Saturday afternoon — bicycles make up just over 47 percent of the

Solar Panel and Bike, New Form of Less is More

Biking has become a lifestyle, a way of life. Cyclists who hit their favorite bike paths or bike routes every day are like another cut of the zen surfer who never missed a dawn and a wave. Now, we have the bike-path-gilding travelers that make Kerouac’s On the Road look sedentary. Devotees of biking vary

Bicycle Superhighway Opens

Bikes and Northern Europeans — They Really Have It Going On   April 14, 2012 — the first part of a Bicycle Superhighway network opened. Copenhagenize brought us the story of new bike routes that will help Copenhagen to continue leading the way in this arena. Dreams are coming true. (Cyclist’s long-distance bike-riding dreams.) The infrastructure

Rent a Bike, Make a Friend

Renting a bike is a great option for going green for short distance transportation. Enter Splintster, offering an appealing combination of friendship, greener living and a cleaner, more connected community.

Earth Day Infographic

  Of course, you can’t have a holiday without an infographic. So, here’s a nice Earth Day infographic that a friend of the site passed on to me — enjoy! Source: H&R Block

Join the National Bike Challenge Before May 1!!

  A big 1st annual National Bike Challenge will start this May and run through August 31. To join in the challenge, there’s a simple 3-step process: Sign up as an individual or with a team. Log your bicycling miles. Share your stories & encourage others to join you. As you bicycle, you will be competing

Young Americans Dropping Cars for Bikes & Buses

  Young Americans seem to be more aware of the benefits of bicycling and taking the bus than their parents and older siblings. A new U.S. Public Interest Research Group report, Transportation and the New Generation, finds that young Americans are increasingly going by bike and by bus than by car. On driving:  “From 2001 to 2009, the annual

Bike Helmet Video Cameras

  Bicyclist Visibility & a Flashy Bike Helmet   One afternoon as I loaded my bike on the front of a bus I noticed a young man ride up behind me. I sat down on the bus happy to see another cyclist using integrated transit as I was. This is rare in the Florida city

DIY Bike with Boots

  That’s what you call a DIY bike. Makes me think of that phrase “beauty’s in the eye of the beholder” for some reason. I ran across this cool bike with boots on Facebook.

Sweet Bicycle Fabrics (199 of Them)

  Becky Striepe of sister sites Crafting a Green World and Eat Drink Better recently shared this sweet bicycle fabric with me. But, what I just realized is that it’s not just one bicycle fabric, it’s 199 of them! Apparently, the site Spoonflower was hosting a bicycle fabrics design competition, and the one above was

London's Boris Bikes Bike-Sharing Program Gets Bigger

  Biking is the greenest way to go, seriously. So, the fast growth of bicycle sharing programs across the country is something that excites me. Plus, bicycling is just so damn fun and exciting anyway — who isn’t into it? The Good News Today: London’s rather large bicycle sharing program, popularly called Boris Bikes, just

Cool Bicycling Videos (3)

Here are three cool bicycling videos I thought you all might enjoy. The first two are from bicycle lover and leader of Copenhagenize, from a trip he took to Brazil. I think the third one is totally awesome and funny, I think, but if you are adverse to ‘bad’ language, you might want to skip

DIY, Crowdsourced Bike Map in Moscow

I’m not sure, technically, if something can be DIY and crowdsourced, but those seemed like the best adjectives for this bike map for Moscow… other than Awesome! Bicyclist, activist, and artist Anton Polsky has apparently triggered a “movement to create a participatory, informal bicycle map for Moscow,” as Shriya Malhotra of Pattern Cities reports. In other words, he’s spawned a crowdsourced bike

Google Conference Bike for 7 People (Video of Conan O'Brien Riding It)

  How would you like to have a conference on a 7-person bike? Well, if that sounds like a dream conference, you might like to look into a job at Google. The ConferenceBike it uses actually has its own website (,.. a rather retro-looking website. As the website states: “It’s no joke: the ConferenceBike is a revolutionary

Climate Ride 2012, Join In!

  One of my favorite activism events: tons of people get together to ride their bicycles along the East or West coast to raise awareness about climate change, raise awareness about one of its best solutions — bicycling, and raise money for organizations promoting global warming and environmental action, especially bicycling. The event, if you’re

Vintage Bike Ride in France (VIDEO)

Love vintage bicycling outfits, and vintage bikes? Who doesn’t. Throw in some beautiful French countryside, old towns, and landmarks, and you’ve got a pretty beautiful bike ride (and video). Here’s a video ad for such a bike ride (love it): Mikael Colville-Andersen of Copenhagenize, who shared the video above but is actually 100% about

Asheville Offers Public Bike Repair Racks

Of course, we are all familiar with bike racks for parking your bike and locking it up — they are in just about every city. But have you heard of or seen bike repair racks before? These are public racks with most of the tools you would need to fix a broken bike. Here’s more

Create Car-Free Streets in Your City or Town (New Guide)

  Ever wish you had some car-free streets in your city or town? At least once or twice a week? More and more cities across the U.S. and across the world are getting them, with the temporary street closings (i.e. once a week or once a month) commonly referred to as ciclovias. In the past

Wooden Bikes from Urban Trees

  Salvaged urban trees, to be specific. Masterworks Wood and Design takes on the fun, creative, and totally green work of turning salvaged urban trees into wooden bicycles — sweet-looking ones! More via a video from Masterworks Wood and Design: “The story of these bikes goes from the felling of a family’s guardian tree, through the

Beijing Bike-Sharing System to be HUGE

  Beijing’s planning a bike-sharing program that will give other top bike-sharing programs in the world a run for their money (as in, will be up there with the top bike-sharing programs in the world in size and scale). Stations for the program have been “spotted being installed in the Dongcheng and Chaoyang Districts of

4 Top Green Living Stories

  Some top green living stories from the past couples weeks: Support This Pedal-Powered Food Cart on Kickstarter! A Cincinnati-based urban farm program has developed a cart for transporting fresh veggies to market. In the wake of the urban farm movement, Permaganic Eco Garden is seeking funding to support the development and production of a pedal powered tricycle. In

4 Awesome Bicycling Videos!

Copenhagenize, a tremendous bicycling blog based in… Copenhagen, recently posted four awesome bicycling videos (ads/commercials, basically). None of the videos are in English, but Copenhagenize’s Mikael Colville-Andersen took the time out of his day to translate them. They’re great advertisements for bicycling, I think, and most of them are just plain funny, too. So, here they

Berlin Transportation (& More) Time-Lapse

  I loooove time-lapse videos like these, but this is a super fun one. It really highlights some beautiful areas and aspects of Berlin, a city a really love. One of the things it highlights is Berlin’s great public transport and bicycling network. But it’s got much more than that and I couldn’t do it

3 Large U.S. Bicycling Organizations Unite!!

  Three of the largest bicycling organizations in the U.S. are joining forces—this has my blood moving and my nerves tingling!   I’ve been wishing they’d do this for a looong time. However, I never thought they would. The leaders of the Alliance for Biking & Walking, Bikes Belong, and the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) have decided to untie

75,000 Bicycle Trips a Day in San Francisco

  I’ll admit it, I love numbers. And I love bicycling, as you know. So, running across this recent statistic on one of the sites I used to write for, Earth & Industry, brought a little light to my face. Here’s more from Alison Leahy on San Francisco’s bicycle ridership growth: “Urban cycling is on

Top 14 Posts of Past 14 Days

In case you missed these amongt the 70+ posts of the past 2 weeks, here are the top 14: Greenpeace and the True Story Behind the Film Big Miracle In First, NASA Probe Detects ‘Alien Matter’ Entering Our Solar System (VIDEO) Roseanne Barr Running for Green Party Presidential Nominee! LeBron James Biking to Work/Game (Photo

Dutch Kids Ride Bicycle-Bus to School!

  A bicycle bus! I have to admit, I didn’t see one of these when I lived in the Netherlands! (For a bunch of photos of the cool things I did see, however, check out this bicycle photo tour of Groningen.) The Dutch company De Café Racer developed this fun bicycle-bus, a good mode of transportation

Bikes Belong Helping 6 Cities Build Protected Bikeways

Really, I’m not sure why bike companies don’t invest more money in bicycle infrastructure—it’s advertising gone wild! Communities can easily value and trust bike companies that do so, and the companies can even stick permanent advertising along the routes! Well, I don’t know if that’s what Bikes Belong’s thinking was (note that Bikes Belong is

Bike-Sharing World Map Hits 2 Million… Hits (Views)

The most comprehensive map of bike-sharing programs in the world (and it is comprehensive!) hit 2 million total views this last week. After taking a few years to reach its first 1 million, it got to 2 million in just another 11 months. Screenshot of the map above. The person behind the map, Paul DeMaio,

Comprehensive 2012 Bicycling & Walking Report

I recently included this report, the Alliance for Biking & Walking’s 2012 Benchmarking Report, in a green living roundup post. But I’ve decided it really needs a full post. I don’t think I can out-do the Alliance’s summary of the report, so rather than try to, I’m reposting their full summary below. Check it out, and

Lifecycle Video (The Holstee Manifesto)

Here’s one more awesome and inspiring bicycling video for the day. Again, it’s about living on your bike, and enjoying the freedom, high quality of life, and mental and physical health that comes from that. I don’t remember where I ran across this one. Enjoy! What more is there to say about bicycling–it’s good for

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