One Word for 2014 Bicycling

A related post of mine appeared on the Washington Bikes blog and another one on my personal random-life-and-stuff blog I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions for years because I recognize how quickly those good intentions start paving a road to somewhere. A couple of years ago I decided that as an alternative I would focus on three words […]

Wednesday Words: Quotations on Bikes, Cars, Drivers and Roads

Many thanks to QuickRelease TV for quite a few of these quotations. I’ve been saving for a while so I no longer know the sources of all of them. An engineer designing from scratch could hardly concoct a better device to unclog modern roads – cheap, nonpolluting, small and silent… –Rick Smith, International Herald Tribune, […]

Wednesday Words: Bicycling Quotations on the Efficiency of Cycling

The Efficiency of Cycling The bicycle is the perfect transducer to match man’s metabolic energy to the impedance of locomotion.  Equipped with this tool, man outstrips the efficiency of not only all machines but all other animals as well. —Ivan Illich, Energy and Equity, 1974 Converting calories into gas, a bicycle gets the equivalent of three thousand […]

Mindful Driving, Mindful Biking, and “Accidents”–Part II

This post is Part II, continuing yesterday’s diatribe meditation on use of the word “accident” to describe a preventable negative interaction between a driver and a cyclist or pedestrian. The conversations I often have after someone on a bike is hit tend to circle around the premise that riding a bike is an inherently risky choice of transportation. […]

Mindful Driving, Mindful Biking, and “Accidents”–Part I

This post has its origins in my brush with fate this week, and before that in fall 2010, when two things happened within a few days of each other: Arleigh Jenkins AKA Bike Shop Girl (a blogger whose work I read) was hit by a car, then Matthew Hardie, a young rider in Spokane, was hit. He spent […]

Wednesday Words: The Mental Effects of Cycling

“When the spirits are low, when the day appears dark, when work becomes monotonous, when hope hardly seems worth having, just mount a bicycle and go out for a spin down the road, without thought on anything but the ride you are taking.” Sherlock Holmes author, Arthur Conan Doyle, Scientific American, 1896 “[Commuting by bicycle […]

Wednesday Words: Bicycling Quotations on Metaphors for Life

met·a·phor/ˈmetəˌfôr/ Noun. 1) A figure of speech in which a word or phrase is applied to an object or action to which it is not literally applicable. 2) A thing regarded as representative or symbolic of something else, especially something abstract. Consider a man riding a bicycle.  Whoever he is, we can say three things […]

Wednesday Words: Bicycle Quotations on Life and Civilization

Many thanks to QuickRelease TV for providing a few of these. Life and Civilization When I see an adult on a bicycle, I do not despair for the future of the human race. —H.G. Wells Riding bicycles will not only benefit the individual doing it, but the world at large. —Udo E. Simonis, Emeritus Professor of Environmental […]

Wednesday Words: Bicycle Quotations on Experiencing the Moment

I’ve long been a collector of books of quotations. Now, of course, I can harvest them in virtual form. I’m hardly the first to collect quotations on the joys of cycling, but thought I’d share a few thematic groupings like last week’s on women, fashion, and emancipation. Add your favorites! Experiencing the Moment When I […]

Wednesday Words: Bicycle Quotations on Women, Fashion, and Emancipation

Some of these are oldies but goodies that you’ll find on other sites—others are freshly picked. Women, Fashion, and Emancipation Don’t be afraid of going fast and getting hurt. You can always wear black stockings to cover up the scars! —Marla Streb; spotted at Pedal Panties Let us now observe a moment of silence for the […]

Real People on Bikes: A Rose by any Other Name

What happened around 1940? That’s when references to the bicycle peaked in books written in English, according to this Ngram created using Google’s search tool that examines book contents, and references to “cycling” started to climb. Could it have something to do with the invention of the cable-shifted derailleur in 1938? Or did we just […]

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