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A Summer of Bicycle-Focused Transportation Policy for Chicagoans

Renee Patten | Posted 12.10.2011 | Chicago
Renee Patten

Chicago is an ideal city for riding a bicycle. It's flat, people are generally respectful of other users of the road, and there are alternative options for commuting if you get stuck in the rain.

Moving Planet

Charles Scott | Posted 12.07.2011 | Green
Charles Scott

The worldwide populist sentiment evident in the Moving Planet rallies and practical alternative energy solutions being developed by entrepreneurs offer genuine promise.

'During Some Estranged Summer Of My Childhood'

| Oliver Preston | Posted 12.04.2011 | Home

This is a regular column featuring original fiction by and for high school students, provided by, an online community writing site for yo...

Bicycling and Equal Protection

Chuck Thies | Posted 12.04.2011 | DC
Chuck Thies

Nine D.C. Council members have co-introduced the "Assault of Bicyclist Prevention Act of 2011." In D.C. it is already illegal to use a vehicle to threaten and assault bicyclists. You can go to jail for such behavior. You can also be sued.

On the Road, Can't We All Just Get Along?

David Murphy | Posted 11.29.2011 | Los Angeles
David Murphy

Drivers vs. bicyclists, car lovers vs. bike activists. A multi-modal holy war. An exaggeration? Of course. But sadly, the casualties and even fatalities on our roads are all too real.

The Highlights of Interbike 2011

Alex de Cordoba | Posted 11.28.2011 | Sports
Alex de Cordoba

Technological innovations continue to push the industry forward. Amidst a sea of impressive new products, here's just a sampling of what caught my eye at Interbike.

Bikers vs. Drivers vs. Pedestrians: The War Wages On

Keith Ecker | Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago
Keith Ecker

For Chicago bike riders, there is one rule of the road: bikers are always right. At least that's the impression you get from many in the cyclist community.

Expanded Bike Sharing Program Is Headed Chicago's Way

Posted 11.22.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Department of Transportation on Wednesday announced that the city is diving into a new, vast bike sharing program that aims to bring 3,000...

46 Days Of Cycling Through Iceland. With Kids.

Charles Scott | Posted 11.22.2011 | Travel
Charles Scott

We ate lunch amid vast lava fields strewn with black boulders and belching sulfur vents. We rode sturdy Icelandic horses, camped in the wild and awoke to the cries of Arctic terns hunting above the softly lapping ocean surf nearby. And my son told me, "A kid can do a whole lot more than most adults think."

Pick a Bike, Any Bike -- Just Ride It in D.C.

Seth Thomas Pietras | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Seth Thomas Pietras

In a city often chided for not having character or community, I savor seeing bikes stacked dozens deep outside new bars, Critical Mass clogging our streets, and public debates about bike lanes.

A Culinary Road, Best Seen By Bike

Bruce Bromberg | Posted 11.09.2011 | Travel
Bruce Bromberg

I feel that every day in the life of a chef is like a small journey of its own: Every flavor, smell and texture transports me instantly to another place.

Four Youths Allegedly Attacked, Tried To Rob Bicyclist

Posted 11.01.2011 | Chicago

A group of four boys have been charged with attacking and attempting to rob a male bicyclist riding along a bike path along Lake Shore Drive on the ci...

Man Charged With DUI In Fatal Hit-And-Run Bike Crash

Posted 10.24.2011 | Chicago

A man is due in bond court Wednesday after being charged with drunk driving and other felonies following a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist i...

If You Want Real Bike Lanes...

Alan Singer | Posted 10.15.2011 | New York
Alan Singer

I would like real Brooklyn bike lanes that allow people to safely travel across the borough and commute to work, but that would require planning and money, as well as concern for cyclists, drivers, and pedestrians.

Bicyclist Killed In Post-Lolla Weekend Crash

Posted 10.08.2011 | Chicago

A Chicago fitness instructor and Lollapalooza festival-goer was killed in downtown Chicago Friday evening after she lost balance while riding her bicy...

Complete Streets Projects Spur Controversy Among Bay Area Residents

Ben Buchwalter | Posted 10.04.2011 | San Francisco
Ben Buchwalter

San Francisco is moving forward with an effort that will add bike lanes at the expense of travel lanes and parking spaces on commuter-heavy Oak and Fell Streets, which a local businessman called "a 20-block on-ramp."

Uncovering Embedded Patterns of Place in the City

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.30.2011 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

2011-07-31-Screenshot20110731at5.20.36PM.jpg Amid the roads, sidewalks and places that you have visited before, there are often embedded patterns to uncover, read and reinterpret.

Chicago Gets Its First Protected Bike Lane, Second Coming Soon

Posted 09.24.2011 | Chicago

The Chicago Department of Transportation on Monday announced the completion and official opening of the city's first protected bike lane, located alon...

Cyclists Can Sue Harassers, Thanks To New Ordinance

Posted 09.19.2011 | Los Angeles

Los Angeles' City Council has just moved to protect bicyclists from aggression with a groundbreaking ordinance, reports LA Streets Blog. Earlier t...

Four Wheels Bad

Henry J. Stern | Posted 09.19.2011 | New York
Henry J. Stern

Truly committed car-haters try one scheme after another to make using a car in the city expensive, uncomfortable and, where they can, illegal.

Sometimes Fitness on the Road Requires an Atlas

Frits van Paasschen | Posted 09.07.2011 | Travel
Frits van Paasschen

Sticking with a fitness program on the road is a challenge, but well worth the effort. There's no better way to fight jet lag, clear your head, or simply not feel confined all day.

Girl, 8, Killed In Hit And Run On Southwest Side

Posted 08.15.2011 | Chicago

Chicago police are looking for the driver of a gray SUV that allegedly struck and killed an 8-year-old girl on the Southwest Side Tuesday afternoon. ...

6 Ways To Get More Benefits From Your Bike Ride | Rozalynn S. Frazier | Posted 07.30.2011 | Healthy Living

You know two-wheeling it is a great way to shape up (and torch 500-plus calories per hour), but did you know that you can always get more out of y...

It's Different in Denmark

Terry Kelhawk | Posted 07.24.2011 | Travel
Terry Kelhawk

When excitement slacks for a moment, imagine those around you Viking-clad and holding a bloody spear. But this century, courtesy rules.

Why You Love Biking (In 140 Characters Or Less)

Huffington Post | Posted 08.02.2011 | Healthy Living

So many of us depend on our cars to get around -- but, in addition to guzzling gas, this habit allows us to be sedentary in our travel, starting a day...