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One of many excellent points:

Good design also improves human behaviour. I hear the same thing all over the world. Those damn cyclists. Breaking the law, running red lights, riding on sidewalks. Shaking the very foundations of our society with their behaviour. Well, I have one, simple response to that. Those cyclists haven’t been given adequate infrastructure – or worse… none at all. Not to mention the fact that they are forced to abide by car-centric laws… Citizens don’t want to break laws but they will react positively or negatively to urban design.

Bicycle Culture by Design: Mikael Colville-Andersen at TEDxZurich (by TEDxTalks)



Chicago’s Audiotree Music has teamed up with Schubas Tavern for Schubas Bike Bash. Tune ups, demos and workshops + $2 Schlitz beer.

Where: Schubas Tavern 3159 N Southport Ave

When: June 11 (Same night as Chicago’s Naked Bike Ride)

Why: Becuase bikes and music are the best things on earth..DUH. (also to host a bike drive for Working Bikes Cooperative, to promote women on bikes, to give everyone a place to ask questions, meet other Chicago cyclists etc etc and so forth)

**BONUS since it is during the day before the Chicago Naked Ride, it’s the perfect way to break the ice with that bike hottie before you see all their nuts and bolts.


This is cute. Unless you were scarred at an early age when you poked around your parents room, found the Joy of Sex and made the mistake of looking through it. Then this is just cruel.

The Joy of Cycling - Jamie Wieck - Design, Illustration & Creative Thinking

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Nifty photo essay from Wired: Bike Messengers Pedal Past Bandwidth in Data Race

Except for insurance, the operating costs for Samurai are almost negligible. Technology has liberated the company from the rent and the stress of a brick-and-mortar office, allowing employees more time where they’re the most comfortable — on the streets.


Most Bike-Friendly Cities

“Part of urban planning is making sure that different commuters can co-exist on the roadway. This infographic offers you knowledge about different cities around the world and in the U.S. — and what they are doing to make room for cyclists. Find out more about what is being done, and how you can plan to make your city more bike-friendly.”

… for a lot of Jess-patting-herself-on-the-back-for-riding-her-bike. I mean, I ride my bike but I don’t commute on my bike often enough. It’s a 6.5 mile ride from my place in Ukie Village to the brewery in Ravenswood. It’s a very pleasant ride up Damen. Except for my archnemesis: that godawful bridge over the north branch of the Chicago River, where a gust of wind is always waiting to push me back. To a lot of people, daily bike commuting isn’t a big thing, but for me it’s a challenge and something I’ve always wanted to do. (I use my steel ‘72 Schwinn Suburban as an excuse too often: it’s too heavy for a commuter bike!)

So, yeah, I biked on Tuesday and Thursday. My goal is to communte by bike at least twice a week to start. Sounds easy, sure, but once it gets hot outside and the brewery becomes a 90 degree oven, you spend your day trying not to faint and not itching your heat rash. That’s when the ride becomes just a smidge less enjoyable. That’s when the bus or the car with it’s air conditioning becomes a treat you wait for all day. So I figure riding 25 miles a week, just to work, starting now will make it easier come July when the humidity and the glaring sun burn off my motivation.

So yeah. Twice a week. Announcing a goal on the internet means I’ll do it, right? (Not necessarily.)


The National Corridor Plan map identifies 50-mile wide corridors, both prioritized (numbered) and un-prioritized (faint brown corridors). The Plan can change, based upon state opportunities and interests, with new corridors or realignments. As corridors turn into routes, the lines will go from wide swaths of color to defined routes (see USBR 76 and 1 in Virginia as an example). Links to U.S. Bike Route (USBR) maps, state bike maps and informational websites will be provided as they become available.

This is great — United States Bicycle Route System. (Via @TC Streets for People)

This would be amazing!

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Nice dressed lady with bicycle,Belgium, c. 1890 

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I wish I knew what I was doing with my bike, I feel like I’d eff it up without the guiding hand of someone who knows where to start. Either way, this is pretty cool:

Working Bikes First Open Shop!

Sunday, January 16 , 12:00pm - 5:00pm, 2434 S. Western. Deets from the FB event page: 

This is our pilot Working Bikes open shop. We hope to make this an ongoing event. If you would like to see this as a regular feature of Working Bikes, please attend and support. Feel free to spread the word and invite your friends. 

Working Bikes Co-op invites volunteers and community members to use its workshop on Sunday, January 16 from noon-5pm. The best way to stay a happy pedaller is to maintain your bicycle.

Anyone & everyone is welcome to come use our tools and stands.

Experienced mechanics will be on hand to answer questions, provide demonstrations, check your bike to ensure its quality condition before letting you ride away! And, to help out in any way necessary!

Spruce up your bike, overhaul its hubs, fill up your tires, replace stolen parts, or make it run like new!

Used parts are available for purchase in practically every condition and price point.

Suggested $10+ donation.

Geoffrey Baer’s Biking the Boulevards premieres this Monday at 7:30!

I’m seriously considering hosting a viewing party. I have been waiting forever for this new special to air!

Who wants to come over and drink beer and plan a great biking adventure for Spring 2011?

From Niall on The Chainlink forum:

I read that resurrected thread about the Humboldt Park attacks for the first time only yesterday, and , since I live in HP and it seems like you have to go through a violent neighborhood to get anywhere in Chicago by bike, resolved to buy some pepper spray.  I spent much of yesterday wondering what I’d do in that situation, so my immediate reaction to the guy running onto Adams, holding what looked like a chair like a baseball bat, was you have got to be kidding… (continued)

Some of my cycling friends mock me for NOT wanting to ride through the West Side or around certain parts of Humboldt Park. But every time I hear about an attack like this, I am fucking happy to be a paranoid female who isn’t blind to the violence that does exist in our city. (With or without the hipster presence, you fucking hipsters.)

In fact, when I moved to the city in ‘05 after coming back from U of I, it took me some time to start cycling on city streets regularly. Not because I was uncomfortable on a bike (I’ve been on a bike since before I can remember) but because I was fearful of the exposure to elements beyond my control — whether it was batshit crazy drivers and their unpredictable reactions or actually getting the living shit kicked out of you. Irrational? Probably. Paranoid? Sure. But it’s my irrational paranoia that has kept me safe since my teenage years of drinking, drugs, etc. 

My parents still hate that I bike around Chicago, especially at night. All I can say is that my senses are somehow heightened while riding, I’m always looking ahead, and I always have my lights and helmet (ok, so maybe 2% of the time I don’t wear my helmet during the day on sidestreets, I’m bad and they don’t need to know that part).

Be safe out there, biking buddies.

(Thanks to Leah on Twitter for posting a link to this guys story)

Sunday, September 12, 9am!

I cannot wait for this. Nor can my ancient solid-steel Schwinn. Her and I are gonna have quite the adventure!

And once the checkpoints are released, I can beginning mapping the bestest/fastest/bike-friendliest route.

Anyone have tips for the n00b?