Browsing articles tagged with " bicycle commuting"
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
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
9
2018

Trail Ramblings: What’s New, Lincoln?

We’re back in Lincoln now, but we spent a week in Japan on the way home. I loved watching the bike paths from our hotel window in Tokyo. In that area many people ride basketed commuter bikes, locked only with a mounted wheel lock. Two child carriers, front and back, were common fixtures. I noticed those bikes often had an e-assist boost. Our hosts did not ride bikes, so we did not ride around ourselves, […]

Nov
13
2017

Getting Along: Right-of-Way and Right Turns

Recent changes in my daily commute have me hitting 40th and Normal every day at peak traffic time, and in my experience, this is one of the most dangerous road crossings along a trail. This is all I want to do: Simple, right? It’s pretty unremarkable. If you saw this intersection, you’d think it was decent. It has a marked crosswalk. It has a pedestrian signal that gives a ‘walk’ signal without having to be […]

Sep
25
2017

Rambling Different Trails: A Death In The Cycling Family.

It’s been a terrible week for Lincoln’s cycling community. It saw broken bones and death, as well as at least two more “accidents,” one hurt badly, involving motorists and cyclists. We are grieving the loss of Randy Gibson, as much a pillar of the cycling community in Lincoln as anyone has been. He was an active force in the National Bike Challenge, #2 last I looked, and one of the pirates of Pirate Cycling League, […]

Aug
7
2017

Trail Ramblings: What Do We Want For Our Trails?

Our excellent trail system in and around Lincoln is a resource all of us who use it are happy to have. Whenever a piece of it is disrupted, especially a heavily used segment, all kinds of opinions are weighed and verdicts handed down. Cyclists want safe and well engineered routes, wide enough to pass with an “on your left” that everyone hears and understands to mean slower traffic keeps to the right. Walkers and runners […]

Feb
20
2017

Rambling Different Trails: An Adventure In Bike Shares.

We are back from a week in Nanjing, Suzhou, and Shanghai, and are excited to see that bike shares are so common there. Nanjing is a modern city, heavily damaged during the Japanese occupation but today re-built and full of interesting places to visit by public transit and bicycle. I immediately noticed that the municipal Public Bicycle bikeshare of Nanjing which uses docking posts sometimes lining a whole city block, was not the only option. […]

Nov
28
2016

Rambling Different Trails: Masks, Flat Tires,Teapots and Snow.

I wasn’t expecting to have snow and cold weather before you all in Lincoln, but we got it anyway. We woke up to flurries Tuesday morning and it kept up all day. It didn’t dampen the spirits of the students, though. They were excited to see it and still packed the performing arts center to see who would be judged the best singer on campus that evening. Most of the 25,000 students live on a […]

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 […]

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