Earlier this month the LA Times reported dozens of luxury cars were torched in Berlin by a group calling itself the Social Democratic People’s Bicycle Commando. Clearly this sort of over-the-top name was meant to be cheeky, but their tactics were quite serious. The Bike Commandos claimed they “wanted to remove the windows from the luxury cars and scrap them… Continue reading Where Would George Hayduke Bike?
[Editors note: Former Oregon state rep Jules Bailey (D) is currently running for mayor of Portland, Oregon and has routinely congratulated his own legislative record on environmental issues. I thought it would be prudent to take a look back on Bailey’s actual voting record, and the monied environmental groups who award Democrats for portions of their… Continue reading How Corrupted Is the Oregon League of Conservation Voters?
Many writers have pondered the human fascination with post-apocalyptic dramas. The first stories ever told involved plagues, rivers of blood, hell fire, the Earth splitting open and winged creatures reigning death down from Donald Trump‘s smiling face in the sky. Today’s pop culture landscape is chock full of killer zombies, killer robots, and killer mystery… Continue reading Examining Snowmaggedon Streets without the Automobile
This year marks the 53rd anniversary of the Robert Newman film portrait of urban progress and class in Chicago titled ‘City of Necessity‘ produced by the National Council of Protestant Episcopal Churches. In narration and audio clips, Newman presents a stark divide between political public relations of the time and the daily lived realities of Chicago’s laborers and poorer residents. In one… Continue reading Modernizing Chicagoland: City of Necessity
I’ve made it no secret I loathe the very idea of self-driving cars. The techie nerds can wax poetic about how mapping and apps and laser-guided whatever will ensure our streets will be safer, cleaner, less congested places where human error is no longer a factor in the 40,000 car-caused fatalities in the US each year.… Continue reading The 40 Funniest Ways Self-Driving Cars Will Fail Fucking Hard
It’s that time of year again, when world leaders and masses of activists convene to grapple with a dying Earth. Largely indifferent to the effects of climate change, overpopulation, and ecological collapse, this year we’ve seen a slight intensifying of rhetoric from Barack Obama and Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel. Even notorious climate denier Vladimir Putin made a… Continue reading Bicycling, Brandalism, and Black Bloc at the Paris Climate Talks
Your first thought here is obviously: Who in fuck is Paul Kane? Basically he’s a Washington DC political reporter, a guy who covers the kind of insider capital hill political football that induces vomiting in most Americans. And Paul Kane very obviously does not ride a bike, at least not for anything besides recreation in the summer. I know this because… Continue reading Paul Kane Obviously Doesn’t Ride a Bike
We’re so used to the idea of drivers crashing into things, people, and animals that many headlines of such tragedies personify the vehicle, and in doing so erase fault from its ubiquitous operator. Cars confine empathy, especially while moving at speed. Cyclists and pedestrians become mere obstacles to avoid, or to not avoid once a motor vehicle and its… Continue reading Why It’s So Hard to Treat Bicyclists Like Human Beings
While perusing the tubes of the internet, I stumbled across a map labeled City of Detroit for Bicyclists, Showing Pavements. It was dated 1898. Visible were color-coded streets of the inner city, what today is known as Downtown, Midtown, Corktown, Eastern Market, and New Center. It’s widely known Detroit was the birth place of paved… Continue reading Cedar Blocks and Devil Strips: Cycling the Streets of 1898
Long known as one of only two nations in the world that mandate cycling helmets for every man, woman, and child, Australia may be on the cusp of ending its prohibition of helmet freedom. Without wading into the worn arguments about whether bike helmets themselves help or harm bikes as a movement, it’s important to note… Continue reading Are Australians Ready to Ax Mandatory Bike Helmets?