Sep
17
2018

Trail Ramblings: Shorter Days, But Great Night Riding Are In Store. .

  I found myself riding gravel and limestone back home after dark a couple of times this past week and was reminded yet again how great night riding is. I’m not talking about riding in traffic and facing headlights and sketchy road surface. I mean having the road and trail to yourself accompanied by a sliver of moon, intensely bright stars, and strangely glowing clouds. Outside the cone of your headlight is inky darkness. The […]

Sep
11
2018

Trail Ramblings: This Is The Weather We Dream Of.

After so much rain, we are being rewarded with cyclist dream conditions, so I hope you’re all taking advantage. I’ve never understood this “cycling season” talk, when some people hang up their bikes after Labor day, just when the temperatures get good. Many trails are dried out now, and even the mmr’s (dirt roads) only have a few muddy sections left, at least where I was on Sunday. There are still cycling events on the […]

Sep
4
2018

Trail Ramblings: Riding Around The Rain.

It’s difficult to know just when it’s going to rain, so either you have to be prepared for it or not worry about getting wet. Where to ride is a consideration, however. If you’re commuting in it, you probably already know where to avoid or have your alternate rain route, if necessary. I decided to do a sort of trail survey of some segments I hadn’t ridden in a while, partly so that if it […]

Aug
27
2018

Trail Ramblings: Breaking News, A Win For Safety!

After a couple of hours of testimony from mostly 13th St. neighborhood residents about how dangerous it is crossing and using 13th Street, the city council voted unanimously against the resolution to stop the proposed improvements. The street re-design from four lanes to a two-plus-one with bike lanes will go ahead as planned. Many of the residents who spoke said that they primarily bicycled, or drove and bicycled, but everyone focused on how dangerous it […]

Aug
20
2018

Trail Ramblings: Street Design, Gravel Worlds, And More.

First, thank-you to everyone who came out to view and give feedback for the on-street bike plan unveiling today at Turbine Flats. The plan showed proposed connections and identified plans for the future growth of an on-street bike network. Many staff consultants were there to answer, and ask, questions of Lincoln riders. I believe that the future belongs to us, but we have to speak up and work with infrastructure planners, workplace health educators, law […]

Aug
15
2018

BicycLincoln Joins Forces To Support Proposed 13th Street Improvements

  NEWS RELEASE August 15, 2018 ON RECEIPT BUSINESS AND COMMUNITY ADVOCATES VOICE SUPPORT FOR 13th STREET PROJECT The proposed plan to make 13th Street south of downtown safer and more efficient for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians has strong, broad-based support from community, business, cycling and trail advocates. “These improvements will result in making our community safer for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, and is highly supported by the neighborhood residents and businesses,” according to Shawn […]

Aug
14
2018

Trail Ramblings: Comment, Fight, Win!

Whether you’re racing (because you want to), riding because it’s healthy (and makes you feel good), saves money, or because it’s the right thing to do for the environment (sticking it to The Man also counts), you are winning. There is really no bad reason I can think of for riding a bike. I ride (and race) for all these reasons. Why do you ride? Or, barring physical limitations, why don’t you ride? One reason […]

Aug
6
2018

Trail Ramblings: Do You Need A Destination To Ride? Try Doing Your Errands By Bike.

I know people who say if they don’t have somewhere to go, they have no motivation to ride. These people may not regularly go riding for the sake of the ride itself, but are happy to ride to special events and are perhaps even regular commuters. For those who need a reason to ride, I say do more errands by bike. If you schedule the commuting time in, which I generally consider double the time […]

Jul
31
2018

Trail Ramblings: There Are Many Reasons To Ride.

The longer I’ve been aware of the cycling community (for many years riding I was not), the more I’ve come to realize there are many reasons people bicycle. Some are simple, and some are complex. The reasons often overlap, and can change, but some things stay the same. To begin, there’s the sense of freedom, of exhilaration. A Russian man I was talking to last week told me these exact words, without prompting, when he […]

Jul
23
2018

Trail Ramblings: What Do You Do About DOGS?

Faced with beautiful weather Sunday, and having missed out on the Bohemian Sto Mil gravel race this last Saturday due to scheduling difficulties, I decided I was overdue for a long ride Sunday. Breakfast at Platte River State Park sounded like a great start, and I could add a little more for an even 100 miles.   I didn’t meet anyone else on the Mopac out. It was a beautiful sunrise with a cool breeze […]

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