Category Archives: Biking

Bike Lane or Obstacle Course?

One urban biker’s protest video – Riled by a 50-buck traffic ticket received for deviating from the bike lane, this guy takes “direct action” to a new level. Incidentally, he could use one of those snazzy bike helmets if he’s going to keep this up.


Reversing the Ride May Reverse Bad Vibes Too

It’s so good to see Capital Bikeshare doing something about the logistical problems threatening to turn its riders against the fledgling cyclist sharing business.

Yesterday bikeshare announced a competition that will enlist members to restock stations. It couldn’t come soon enough; I can’t count the times I’ve been late for appointments, classes and meetups with friends in the last few months because stations were either empty of bikes or full-up.

I love the service. I love being able to pick up a bike anywhere in the city and then drop it off again without having to hassle with heavy locks and worry about theft. I even like the idea of sharing with my fellow citizens, thus lowering my own carbon footprint. But having to hoof it or peddle, sometimes across whole neighborhoods, was starting to undermine bikeshare’s biggest selling point: convenience. Enlisting riders to solve the problem and rewarding them for their efforts sounds like a great idea.

The Washington City Paper also has a post with a few contest details.

I Want this Bike Helmet!

From Tree Hugger's Bike Helmet Fashion Show

So it might not go with all outfits, it’s a much bolder fashion statement than the standard offerings. And so much padding would be comforting if one’s skull were on a crash course with the pavement. If this one’s not for you, the TreeHugger site has an array of cyclist headgear on parade today. Several swerve decidedly into the fashion lanes. Others tilt toward practicality. I also like the collapsible helmet; unattractive but easily stowed. As a Capital Bikeshare members, I get tired of carrying my bulky plastic helmet around with me.