Browsing articles in "Getting Along"
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
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 […]

Dec
6
2016

Getting Along: Our Favorite Gear (Winter Edition)

Last week, we asked BicycLincoln followers about their favorite gear. You clearly had winter riding on the brain, and rightly so – just look at Lincoln on Saturday, during our first snowfall: So, without further ado, here are your top picks for winter gear – plus a few more suggestions from BicycLincoln board members. TOOLS You don’t want to get stranded in winter. Pack a good multi-tool, a tube, some cash – and a cell phone. Reader favorite: PDW […]

Nov
1
2016

Getting Along: Close Call Database

You’re a safe, savvy rider. You follow the rules of the road. You’re friendly and communicative. You choose less-busy routes when you can, and you ride predictably. You make it easy for drivers to see you. No doubt, the vast majority of other road users you encounter will be cooperative and even outright appreciative. You can’t change the fact that some drivers, no matter what you do, will be upset simply that you are on the road, and […]

Oct
24
2016

Getting Along: Dressing for Fall

It’s fall. The National Bike Challenge is over. Mornings and evenings can be a bit brisk. But if you’re thinking about putting away your bike until spring – wait! The riding is still great, if you dress and prepare for the weather. Some basic principles for fall riding: Don’t overdress. You should be a little bit cold when you first head out. This one might be the hardest to achieve, because it feels so wrong. Trust […]

Sep
27
2016

Getting Along: First at a Stop Sign

It’s almost a daily occurrence, if you ride residential streets: You’re first at a stop sign, waiting to cross a busier street, when you hear the rumble of an engine behind you. You want to cross, to get away, but once the steady stream of traffic coming from your left clears, another stream starts on the right. You’re trapped. The engine gets louder. There’s a vehicle behind you, and its driver cannot wait to get you […]

Sep
7
2016

Getting Along: Pedestrian Kindnesses

News broke yesterday that the ban on sidewalk riding in Lincoln business districts may be removed, in favor of increased enforcement against reckless riding. (See: “Bikes may be allowed on downtown sidewalks,” Lincoln Journal Star, 9/6/2016.) There are reasons to celebrate this news: For one, who among us can remember the exact boundaries of areas included in the sidewalk-riding ban? Who wants to get a ticket – as Lincoln cyclists have – for slowly rolling down the […]

Aug
29
2016

Getting Along: Lights

If you haven’t noticed yet, you will soon: The days are getting shorter, and it’s easier every day to find yourself caught without a light while you’re out riding. Pull ’em out, charge ’em up, use ’em – it’s the law! From the Lincoln Municipal Code: 10.48.110  (b) Light, Front. Every bicycle operated on the streets of Lincoln, paved walkways through city parks or on Lincoln’s designated pedestrian-bicycle trails between one-half hour after sunset and […]

Aug
22
2016

Getting Along: A First Attempt at Gravel Worlds

I was going to wait until next year. I followed the status of Gravel Worlds 2016 signup just closely enough to intentionally miss the start of it, hoping it would fill up right away and I’d “accidentally” miss my chance. I just started riding gravel in May of this year, after all, and I think I can still count the number of gravel rides I’ve done on my fingers. I’ve become a regular on Cycle […]

Aug
15
2016

Getting Along: Take Action

You see a lot while you’re on the bike. Potholes. Dead animals. Face-smacking foliage. Signs mowed down by vehicles. You might think to yourself, “Hmph! Someone should fix that!” Someone very well might, but they have to know about it first. Here’s where the City of Lincoln’s Action Center comes in. From the main City of Lincoln website, click on “City Service Request” under “Citizen Action Center” to get to this page: You’ll notice on the side of that page […]

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