Browsing articles from "April, 2017"
Apr
27
2017

National Bike Challenge: Defend & Repeat

In 2016, Lincoln won its second championship in the National Bike Challenge and the state of Nebraska won its first. Let’s defend and repeat! This year, Strava will be the data collection service. Register at nationalbikechallenge.org (Yes, you must register again, even if you rode last year.) Log your miles from May 1 to September 30  For every 5 days logged, you’ll earn a raffle ticket for challenge prizes! Each day you ride, the first mile […]

Apr
24
2017

VOTE for At-Large City Council Members May 2

BicycLincoln asked candidates about their position on Complete Streets. Citizens for Quality Parks & Trails also sent out a questionnaire to which 5 of the 6 candidates responded. Complete Streets responses from Baird and McLaughlin Questionnaire Lincoln Journal Star’s Candidate Information Page

Apr
24
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Some Questions Answered.

In the past few weeks I’ve finally been able to find the answers to some questions that had been waiting to be discovered, such as: 1) What about that mystery pagoda across the river from Xiaoyaozhen, at Beichangshediancun? 2) Where exactly is Nuwa’s temple? 3) What’s with those river bank “musicians”? Questions like “how many adult goats can lie down in, and how many teenagers can fit in the back of a three-wheeler?”(5, 13) I […]

Apr
17
2017

Getting Along: This Earth Day, Ride Bikes!

10 Health TV invited BicycLincoln to share why bikes are great for the environment and for you! Here’s the video: Every day is Earth Day when you ride a bike – particularly when you use a bike instead of your car. You know that bikes are green: no gas, and no deadly emissions (depending on what you eat…). When you ride, you emit 1/10 of the CO2 that you would in your car – even […]

Apr
17
2017

Rambling Different Trails: Racing in Henan!

We decided to take advantage of a long weekend and check out Xinyang, in the south of our province of Henan. There are mountains and northern tea, rice, and even water buffalo. After so much flat around Zhoukou it was a nice change of pace. The last thing we expected was to land in the middle of the Xinyang 9th “Lottery Cup” Bicycle Open. A bicycle race! In Henan! I had no idea. It was […]

Apr
10
2017

Rambling Different Trails: What Is There To See Out There?

People have different motivations for getting on a bike. For some it’s a fun thing to do with friends. Others are solitary commuters, still others seem to live to race. I like all those reasons, plus one more. I enjoy touring my area to see new things. I do this around Nebraska, but here in Zhoukou everything is new. Every ride increases my understanding of the culture and region. It’s easy to live in a […]

Apr
5
2017

City Council Candidates 2017: Leirion Gaylor Baird

Yes, I support Lincoln’s Complete Streets initiative. We always need to consider carefully the cost effectiveness of any projects, including Complete Streets, but I believe it is important to provide for more opportunities for walking, biking, and taking the bus in addition to providing great streets for cars. Not everybody can drive a car, but they still need to be able to get to jobs, school, doctors, and grocery stores. Plus, these alternative forms of […]

Apr
4
2017

Rambling Different Trails: All Rides Are Local.

If “all politics is local” as the saying goes, certainly our rides are. For some, riding is a political statement as well as a form of transportation or avocation. From your bike you see your environment up-close. Environmental issues like trash, flooding, air pollution and infrastructure are experienced by a person on a bike in a way that someone in a car or who doesn’t get out into the community will not. Whether or not […]

Apr
3
2017

Getting Along: A Zig and a Zag

No matter how many trails and quiet residential streets you incorporate into your bike route, one fact remains: You will still have to cross busy streets. Sometimes you’ll have a traffic signal to stop cross traffic. You can even trigger the signals with your bike. When it works, it’s slick. You roll up over the sensor, you wait for your green light, you wait for one or two drivers to run their red light in front of […]