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  • 07/07/17--04:18: 37,000 People Per Day
  • This is a short video of the busiest cycle path in the Netherlands.  The street is named Vredenburg.  There’s a marketplace nearby.   It’s in Utrecht, a mid-sized city of 330,000 that dates back to the 8th century.  Vrendenburg averages about 37,000 cyclists per day.  Try to look at the first 35 seconds of the video […]

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  • 07/14/17--12:55: Cycling When Business Calls
  • I don’t travel much on business these days, but I had to hit the road this week.  We had a series of meetings at company headquarters in Indianapolis.   It was to be a fast and busy trip.  In on Thursday morning and out on Friday afternoon.    We had a team building event Thursday […]

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  • 07/17/17--08:02: A Tale of Two Grocery Stores
  • There’s something jarring about going back to a place where you used to live and discovering that “your” grocery store has been shuttered and abandoned.  There are a lot of retail stores closing these days, but grocery stores tend to be more personal than most.  We take them for granted until they’re gone and when […]

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    It’s RAGBRAI week in Iowa and even though we’re only two days in, I’ve come to the unmistakable conclusion that RAGBRAI is worthy of all the praise that is heaped on it from points both near and far.  For the uninitiated, RAGBRAI is the (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa.  It was […]

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    “Bikes have a tremendous disruptive advantage over cars. Bikes will eat cars.” – Horace Dediu There’s a lot going on in transportation and human mobility these days.  We’re  sitting at a strategic inflection point.  Think Internet, circa 2000.   Just like then, very few people understand how dramatic the changes that lie ahead will be. […]

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  • 08/01/17--05:32: Kids Come First
  • The following infographic was posted this past weekend on Twitter  by Brent Todarian, an urban planner and supporter of active transportation based  in Vancouver BC.   It’s from a grass roots movement to promote cycling in Scotland, and it does a great job of reflecting the societal disconnect between what we say and what we […]

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    One of the biggest complaints I have with bikeshare is that most existing systems have limited reach.  They’re typically placed in the downtown district and seem to be designed more with tourists than residents in mind.   I’ve ridden bikeshare across the country and the  only exceptions I can think of are in New York, […]

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    I left home for my lunch hour ride earlier today with the idea that I’d pay some bills before getting in a quick 15 miles.   Usually, I take my  mountain bike when cycling around town, but today I was on my road bike since I was planning on getting in those extra miles.  Technically, […]

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  • 08/16/17--13:30: The $100,000 Bicycle
  • One way to become wealthy is to make a lot of money and figure out how to keep most of it.  Just about everyone I’ve ever met understands the first part of that statement. Very few have figured out the second part and it doesn’t work unless you do both.  The good news is you […]

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  • 08/18/17--12:41: Where The Rails Once Ran
  • There’s a monument etched into a boulder on the side of the Raccoon River Valley Trail not far from my home in Jefferson.  I must have passed it a hundred times or so before I finally slowed my bike and stopped for a look the other day.  Turns out that it’s a memorial to a […]

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    Jan and I landed in Jefferson Iowa just over a month ago on July 7, 2017. We moved here to bike. I know, you can bike anywhere but some places are better than others. Before we moved here we moved from central Indiana to northern Utah to bike but that never felt right in spite […]

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  • 06/06/17--08:41: Rightsizing Transportation
  • If you want to change things in your life, your neighborhood, and your world, you have to learn to ask questions.  Answers always appear on the far side of questions.  The trick is to ask the right questions.  I can’t speak for you, but I can tell you that with me the right questions are […]

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    The Oregon state legislature is currently debating whether to tack on an additional tax on bicycles, ostensibly to fund bicycle infrastructure like off street bike lanes.  This is a really bad idea hatched by lawmakers who are probably convinced that we cyclists are getting a free ride at the expense of the motoring public.  Nothing could be […]

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  • 07/07/17--04:18: 37,000 People Per Day
  • This is a short video of the busiest cycle path in the Netherlands.  The street is named Vredenburg.  There’s a marketplace nearby.   It’s in Utrecht, a mid-sized city of 330,000 that dates back to the 8th century.  Vrendenburg averages about 37,000 cyclists per day.  Try to look at the first 35 seconds of the video […]

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    Lyft announced yesterday that they will begin service to the rural outback in 40 US states.   This is what I was hoping for when we moved to Jefferson.  It happened far quicker than I thought it would. Car sharing is the future.  Companies like Ford have embraced it as they’ve run out of creative […]

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  • 09/08/17--04:30: What Do I Do With This?
  • And you may ask yourself,  how do I work this? -Talking Heads, Once in a Lifetime We were  in Des Moines earlier this week and stumbled across some freshly painted bike lanes along Grand Avenue in the city’s trendy East Village neighborhood.  They were protected bike lanes, too…the kind that used parked cars to shield […]

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  • 09/15/17--04:17: Smart Streets
  • I recently read an interesting book called “Street Smart:  The Rise of Cities, the Fall of Cars“.  It was written in 2015 by Samuel Schwartz, a New York City-based traffic engineer affectionately known as Gridlock Sam.  I learned a lot from this book and I wanted to share some of it with readers. As the […]

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    Way back in the 1950s, an epic battle of philosophies took place in New York City.  Robert Moses, the Master Builder, was on one side of the battle. Moses advocated on behalf of elevated, sweeping highways and was responsible for many of the access roads that were eventually built in New York. One of Moses’s […]