Tag Archives: Bikenomics

A peek at the new Bikenomics book

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Everyday Bicycling may be barely out the gate, but I’ve already been hard at work for some time on the next book. The writing process has not been pretty (albeit it’s been easier the second time around). But the cover is freaking gorgeous. I can’t stop looking at it. I swear it makes the words […]

The case for equal prize money in bike r...

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Getting ready to jump over a hurdle at a 2009 ‘cross race. Cyclocross season is well underway. It’s something of a local pastime here in Portland, with serious road racers enjoying a chance to eat waffles and get muddy (well, this year it’s more like dusty) in a cheery, open environment. Many everyday, regular, jeans-and-a-t-shirt […]

Bikes and the Presidency

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It’s safe to say that bicycling is not an important issue in this year’s race for the U.S. presidency, nor is it likely to be an issue very much on the winners’ radar in the next four years. But, while half-paying attention to Obama and Romney debate earlier this week, I couldn’t help finding myself […]

Made for each other: Beer, bikes, and Po...

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When you think of Portland, it’s likely that an image of a bicycle pops into your head. You’re also increasingly likely to associate the city with its craft beer scene — microbreweries adorn every block in some neighborhoods, and it’s hard to find a part of the city where you can’t amble down the street […]

Drinking and bicycling, the economic per...

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People who go to the bar by bicycle spend more overall, but look like cheapskates. That and other economic lessons can be gleaned from the preliminary results of a research team at Portland State University (funded by the same folks who recently discovered that less driving doesn’t hurt the economy). The bulk of the paper […]

Bicycle progress report: Trails in Houst...

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New bike funding in Houston will soon provide a better transportation connection along this bayou. While on tour for the last three years, we’ve had the pleasure of visiting many communities that are in the middle of big changes for bicycling. It’s a heady time right now. A lot of the people we met in […]

Why don't women ride the Tour de France?

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This is a guest post by Lindsay Kandra, a Portland-based lawyer, bike racer, blogger, and contributor to Our Bodies, Our Bikes. She is one of my fellow Portland Society board members. At our last meeting, the Reve Team effort to ride the famously grueling Tour de France course came up, and someone asked the question […]

New study: Fewer cars on the road won't ...

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Do we need all this traffic to keep our economy afloat? Are lots of cars essential to the economy? It is a common assumption that they are, and this is one reason that huge subsidies for cars, roads, and fuel persist through tough economic times and ferocious advocacy for reduced government spending. New research out […]

Moneyball for bikes: Can we use data to ...

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Here’s a new kind of Bikenomics — What if we could increase bicycle ridership not through general encouragement or infrastructure or culture change, but through strategic, targeted tweaks aimed at identifying potential bicycling demographics and tipping them? Or, to put it inversely, what if we could quantify barriers to bicycling and use that data to […]

On tour: Is Houston the next bicycle cap...

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“Houston is the sleeper — the next big bicycle city that nobody knows about yet,” Tom McCasland told us on Thursday. I was, of course, skeptical. My impression of Houston so far was all potholes, unpredictable driving, the chaotic geography of a city without zoning, and only a few sightings of hardy bicyclists. A conversation […]

On Tour: Fort Worth's bikeyest neighborh...

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Texas has been treating us well. We drove down to Fort Worth a day early, fleeing the tornadoes that were threatening Kansas and Oklahoma — which gave us the luxury a long, thunderstormy morning the next day for Joe and I to catch up on work email and for Joshua to get started cooking up […]

On Tour: Getting our kicks on Route 66

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The view from our venue on Route 66 Our event in Tulsa was part of the second annual “Street Cred” — a weekend-long fair that breathes new life into a decrepit former main street. This year the event was on Route 66 itself, as it passes through the Red Fork neighborhood west of town on […]

Researching bike tourism's economic impa...

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This is a guest post by Heather Andrews, who recently interned at Adventure Cycling Association as part of her Master of Publishing program at Simon Fraser University. She regularly wordsmiths about bicycling and history, and provides opposable thumbs and faithful companionship to her 10 year old Australian shepherd Atticus. She blogs at Bikish. When Heather […]

Seeding the Grassroots: Portland's newes...

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ABC’s Community Bike Educator training.(Photo: Cristina Mihaescu, courtesy of the CCC) Exciting news in Portland’s bike advocacy landscape — there’s a new organization and they’re on a roll. Yesterday, the Community Cycling Center, a Portland bicycle advocacy and education nonprofit, announced their partnership with a new organization, Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) — the […]