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An Amish buggy and a car wait at a red light.
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Three Reasons You Should Be Comfortable Taking the Lane

Recently our family took a road trip from Utah to points East. Along the way from Hershey, Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C. we took a detour to Lancaster County to see “Amish Country.” Rolling hills: check. Large families tending well-kept farms: check. Horse drawn buggies: check. Other people looking at Amish Country: check. Interestingly, we (and […]

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Picture of sunrise
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Morning Warning

I love riding in the morning; the air is cool, the wind is still, the birds are singing, and promise of a new day colors my view. But morning is, in my opinion, the absolute most dangerous time of day to ride, and I was reminded of this by an recent awful accident. Please take […]

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Being Safe by Being Confident

For years, I accepted the conventional wisdom that riding a bike was inherently dangerous. I figured that sitting on my ever growing backside on a bus was probably worse than the considerable risk of getting run over, and chalked up my continued safety to a run of good luck. After tens of thousands of miles […]

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Dog chasing a bike
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Bike to Work Hazards Part 3: Fellow Travelers

We share planet Earth with a wonderful and diverse collection of carbon-based life forms. And sooner or later, every one of them will try to make you crash. Josh’s route to work takes him past many large, aggressive dogs who usually chase him away from their fences and then return to their owners’ stoops, smugly […]

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A giant pile of leaves eats four bike riders.
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Bike to Work Hazards Part 2: Mother Nature

You may think you’re doing right by Mother Nature when you bike to work, but don’t expect her to return the favor. She is too busy adding beauty and variety to the earth by dropping multi-colored leaves all over the place, covering the ground with pure white snow, sending life giving rain, and generally strewing […]

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Bike to Work Hazards Part 1: The Mean Streets

In Martin Scorese’s 1973 film, The Mean Streets referred to the criminal politics of Little Italy. But for those of us in places where winter brings snow and ice, this time of year can cause the streets to actually become mean: breaking wheels, inflicting flats, and causing crashes. When people think about bicycle safety, they tend to […]

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What YOU Need to Bike to Work in Winter

In the previous post, I wrote about reasons and rewards of biking to work in the winter. Safely and comfortably commuting in winter requires some personal preparation. Today, we’ll look at what you can do to prepare your mind and body for a great commute. A week or so ago, I met up with a […]

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My Secret to a Relaxed and Pleasant Bicycle Commute

It has been said that you might not always get what you want, but you do always get what you expect. I doubt that it’s true in all cases, but I can say with certainty that you will experience the commute you expect. A few months ago, I was talking with neighbor who bikes to […]

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Riding Your Bike in the Autumn (We Don’t Say “Fall”)

After hundreds of mornings of getting on my bike I don’t get that many surprises, but every year about this time I am shocked to find that it is cold. Riding your bike in the autumn can be a delight, but it does come with some challenges. I got to work this morning cool and […]

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3 Reasons to Not Bicycle on the Sidewalk

For most people who bicycle to work, riding on the sidewalk is an occasional necessity; but it should be the exception rather than the rule. In today’s post I give three reasons to not ride on the sidewalk (and two reasons why you should). I have a friend who insists on riding on the sidewalk. […]

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