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Once upon a time, streets were made for walking. This 1877 painting was by artist Gustave Caillebotte and is on display in Chicago.
Bicycle Culture

Creating a Vibrant Local Economy: Multi-modal Transportation Is Key

By On February 23, 2016

Since the beginning of civilization, communities have been built on a walkable scale. As hamlets grew into towns, and towns grew into cities, the community as a whole might not have been as… Read More

Diversity is inherently more stable than homogeneity. If Starbucks folds, we lose every Starbucks in town. If one local cafe closes, we still have the rest.
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Creating a Vibrant Local Economy: Bigger Isn’t Always Better

By On February 18, 2016

The introduction of the automobile significantly changed the way we build our cities and operate our businesses. Once this faster form of travel became available to the general public (thank you Henry Ford), communities… Read More

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Creating a Vibrant Local Economy: an Introduction

By On February 15, 2016

A vibrant, sustainable economy is the ideal of any community. On February 4th, at the Saving Places conference in Denver, Kimber Lanning made the case that the key to a robust local economy is… Read More

parking in the bike lane
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When you “like” — being a bicycle evangelist

By On February 1, 2016

Facebook works in mysterious ways. On my latest update to the banner image on Pedal’s Facebook page, I received a few comments from people who haven’t “like”d Pedal Fort Collins. This has… Read More

Riders - some wearing bicycle helmets, some not.
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Helmets: Should they be required or not? Discuss.

By On January 18, 2016

Mandating the use of bicycle helmets has become a big topic of discussion in the past few years. It popped up most recently when California state Senator Carol Liu introduced a bill to make… Read More

Two forms of alternative transportation on Mason. -- bikes and the MAX line.
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10 Reasons Why Multi-Modal Transportation is on the Rise

By On December 21, 2015

“I am not proposing that we bring our oil and auto industries to a screeching halt. There is still time to begin a series of gradual steps toward new transportation and energy… Read More

Carhenge, Nebraska -- signaling the decline of the Automobile Age.
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10 Reasons Why the Car Is in Decline

By On December 14, 2015

“Car culture is really a brief 50- or 60-year blip in history.” — Gabe Klein, Zipcar founder. The winter solstice is next week (December 22nd), that time of year when the days… Read More

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Cyclist? Bicyclist? Person on a bike? What am I? What are you?

By On December 4, 2015

A couple of years ago, after pushing for improved infrastructure around my kids’ school (which still hasn’t happened), I became a little more interested in Bike Fort Collins and started hanging out at events.… Read More

1910 ---  Postcard by Frances Brundage --- Image by © Swim Ink 2, LLC/CORBIS
Bicycle Culture

Ten Things Fort Collins Bicyclists Can Be Thankful For – 2015

By On November 23, 2015

There have been some notable improvements made in the Fort Collins bicycling world this year. Some have arisen out of tragedy. Others are outcomes that can be tied back directly to the… Read More

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The Power of a United Voice for Cycling

By On November 6, 2015

We all hop on our bicycles for different reasons. Some race. Some ride. Some commute. And some just toodle around here and there when they get the notion. But whatever our reasons,… Read More