April 30th, 2013 | by Elena Rodemann
Riding a bicycle helps the body stay fit and is environmentally friendly, and provides numerous benefits that allow for self autonomy, mobility, and health, all factors that help our society to evolve and improve. Although when I am riding my bike, some days it still feels like some people do not understand just how truly liberating riding a bicycle can be
October 1st, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter
Last week was the twentieth anniversary of Critical Mass, a spontaneous group bike ride that happens on the last Friday of each month. The popular Critical Mass rides began right here in San Francisco, and have already spread to hundreds of different cities across the globe. Now millions of people participate in these fun free events worldwide, temporarily turning our urban streets and thoroughfares into an endless sea of bikes
June 12th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter
Part of what makes San Francisco such an attractive (and unfortunately very expensive) place to reside is that it is a beautiful livable city — biking and pedestrian infrastructure improvements over the last decades have helped to positively transform our town into a much more pleasant urban environment. The SF Bicycle Coalition announced recently that, according to the official citywide bicycle count, over the last five years bike ridership has increased a whopping 71%
May 31st, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter
During his first week as mayor of Ithaca, New York, Svante Myrick gave up his car so that he could walk to his job every day at City Hall. The newly elected 24-year-old official joined 15% of local residents in the city who already walk to work. And even though he does not need it, the mayor is still provided with a central downtown parking spot reserved for his official use. The progressive leader has decided to transform the private parking space into a tiny shared public park
May 23rd, 2012 | by Brett Gustafson
Asheville North Carolina is rolling out the next stages of its Multi-Modal transportation initiative at this year's Strive Not To Drive program. This week-long event will illuminate how the city is planning improvements with pedestrian, cycling, vehicle and public transportation infrastructure. It is also call to the citizens of Asheville to evaluate their transportation choices, and to explore other sustainable mobility options that are becoming available
February 27th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter
While walking around the arts district in Asheville, North Carolina last week, I encountered a most ingenius piece of sustainable transportation infrastructure: a free public bicycle repair rack. In the past I have seen public bike air pumps before in other cities, but never one that was also integrated into a rack for hanging your bicycle, along with several accessible commonly used bike maintenance tools
February 13th, 2012 | by Rhonda Winter
This is truly bizarre. In the United States there are now increasing incidents of marginal right wing protesters who are absolutely convinced that sustainable development projects, such as expanded public transit, smart energy meters and bike lanes, are part of a large secret United Nations plot to control all citizens and deny private property rights.
December 5th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan
Imagine a road without lanes, without stop lights, without a bunch of signs. You back out of your driveway, close your garage door behind you, and drive at a slow but steady pace, alert to the fact that bicyclists and pedestrians have the same right of way as you. You don’t speed along, only slowing down because a sign up ahead notifies you that there’s a pedestrian crossing zone because everywhere is a pedestrian zone. You are more alert, more cautious, more conscientious of the road you share. Sounds farfetched, doesn’t it
October 25th, 2011 | by Guest Contributor
The green movement has been emphasizing the importance of going local in day-to-day life, from what you purchase to keep in your fridge and pantry at home, to how you get from place to place -- whether you’re heading to work, school, or back home. ‘Going local’ helps to take people off the roads as much as possible -- at least keep their automobiles of the road -- to prevent even higher levels of harmful emissions.
September 27th, 2011 | by Chris Keenan
On PARK(ing) Day each year, citizens take back a bit of the green spaces lost to parking spaces. There is a message behind this event, and that is to demonstrate, in a very visual way, the quick decline in green spaces for humans, sacrificed for the ever-growing need for places to park our cars.