In just four years, bike share has gone from being the fantasy of a few enthusiasts to a practical and low-cost way for tens of thousands of people in American cities, both large and small, to get around.
For longer trips (such as the 8-1/2 mile jaunt into downtown Portland), I've been using my bike. Portland has one of the country's best biking cultures, so this is easy to do. And fun. And it's cost effective. How cost effective? That's the real question, isn't it?
The bike ride recently organized by the mayor of a small central New Jersey town was emblematic of a cultural shift, a national movement toward embracing so-called "alternative'' modes of transportation.
I see you, riding along furiously when your pedaling legs would rather be on the bus. You're nuts. But I like you. And I know how you feel about beer, and coffee, and that bicycle. And I think you should know about the Denver Bicycle Cafe.
Recently, I had the pleasure of facilitating an event called "Innovations in Social Justice: New Hope, New Actions" in Berkeley, California. Among the panelists was 21-year-old rapper, artist and community organizer, Babye Champ.