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Planning Junkie

Geek of the Urban Sphere

I can’t help it. I am an advocate for “people who ride bikes.”

Ride Your Bike : TreeHugger.

and I quote….. “If you live in the U.S., chances are good you own a bike. But how often do you use it? According to the League of American Bicyclists, 40 percent of all urban trips are less than two miles in distance. Yet almost 90 percent of them are made by car. So what makes us want to ride our bikes? And what state of mind (not to mention type of infrastructure) does it take to pick the pedals over the Peugot? Simply put, if we want our cities and towns to be more bike-friendly, we need more people on bicycles.

We’re not talking about spandex-clad “cyclists,” but more “people who ride bikes.” There’s a difference, because we’re not talking about sweating-for-50-miles cycling. We’re talking about rolling-to-the-corner-store biking, pedal-to-a-playdate biking, and glorious rolling-down-a-dusty-road-on-a-hot-summer-day biking. If we want to cut carbon emissions, decrease obesity, and stop air pollution, then we need more people-who-ride-bikes. If you’re ready to dust off your wheels and use them more often or you’re already a sucker for the saddle, this collection of tips, gear, and news will help you utilize that most efficient, that most green, that most pleasant of vehicles, the bicycle.”


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