A simple improvement for bikeshares

My kingdom for a simple water bottle holder on your bikeshare bike! I’ll overlook all the weird idiosyncracies of your system if I can just have that. I prefer to carry a large metal water bottle that’s too big (and painful when riding) to put in my bag across my back or in the mesh…

Gwinnett County, Georgia

I am heading out to the county seat of Gwinnett County, Georgia (one of the fastest growing counties in the USA) next week to talk bikes with Gwinnett County Transit. In preparation, I’ve been doing some research. Did you know that, although there is no passenger train in Gwinnett, there is a bus system that…

For one brief moment

I took this photo just yesterday while riding Sharey to show how barriers on multiuse paths could stop a motor vehicle from entering it, such as just happened last week in New York City, resulting in the murder of eight bike riders (including a mom of two children like me). I realized after I took…

Big ideas: trike share and chair share

Big idea #1: Adult trikes added to bikeshares all over the USA. Seniors, in particular, who used to ride bikes but may now be uncomfortable on a two-wheeler, love adult trikes and should be able to participate more fully in our cities’ expanding bike infrastructure. Also, the trikes with a basket in the back are great…

Good morning, Boston

It took four mornings before I mastered the art of undocking Boston’s Hubway bikeshare bike, finding and taking a dubiously safe but circuitous route to the Charles River Esplanade, enjoying a little ride, and returning to the bikeshare station in under 30 minutes. The whipping winds and pouring rain yesterday were not going to deter…

You can still join

We’re more than halfway through #Biketober and the #NationalBikeChallenge and it has been really fun. I’ve ridden with new people and in new places, and sometimes just around the block (can you say pouring rain?) or for a quick five miles on bikeshare after a doctor visit (pictured). I’m hoping to win that trip to…

Citibike rider run over

A woman riding a Citibike bikeshare bike in New York City was run over by a truck driver this week. She was seriously injured but miraculously not killed, unlike the two previous people riding bikeshare (one in Chicago, one in NYC) killed by truck drivers. I offer prayers for her recovery, hope for changes to…