Tag Archives: bicycles

Pennsylvania Ave, St. Paul

Opportunities to Extend Bruce Vento Trail Westward

I’d like to talk about the most fun part of my morning commute: biking along Pennsylvania Ave between Rice St and Lafayette. And by fun I mean exhilarating. And by exhilarating I mean terrifying. When I moved away from the East Side, I did so knowing that getting to work was going to be quite […]

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Sunday Summary – May 12, 2019

Apartment department Conrad Zbikowski offers another preview of a new mixed use building going up  with the Iron Clad Mixed-Use Development Opening “Mid-June” at the southeast corner of Chicago and Washington Avenues in the Mill District.  More policy-related, he also crunches some numbers to find It’s Impossible to Afford Rent on the Minimum Wage both […]

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What’s in a Bicycle?

I recently purchased my first-ever Brand New Bike. This is a really big deal for me! Despite always choosing The Bicycle as my primary mode of transportation, I had also been very frugal (cheap) and preferred to tinker with the frames and components I had in my parents’ garage. Over those years — with a […]


#eBikeThoughts: Electric-Assist Bicycles

An Electric-Assist Bicycle Guide for Minnesota A bit about me. I am a 47 year-old, year-round cyclist who lives in St. Paul, MN. I own two electric-assist bicycles (also known as eBikes) and a car. I chose to buy my first eBike because over 90% of my trips are within 5 miles of my house. […]

Bicyclist at West 38th Street and Blaisdell Avenue, in the winter

The Winter of Minnesota’s Transportation Discontent

  I was reviewing the comments to the Draft Minneapolis Comprehensive Plan, and I came across an unexpected theme: That’s a weird and surprising notion. I didn’t expect to come across someone who’d suggest a popular form of winter transportation and recreation was not feasible in the winter. I continued reading… Whaaat? Well, maybe this […]

two hammocks, a tent, and a bike leaning against a tree.

Bikepacking Is Great

I went bikepacking again! That makes Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend, the perfect bookends to summer for bikepacking. Our destination this time was a hike-in site at beautiful Afton State Park. We weighed the pros and cons of taking such a roundabout route, and decided that this route was better than the one […]

Are Roundabouts Safer for Pedestrians?

Urban planners and some bicycle and pedestrian advocates tell me that “roundabouts are safer than traditional signalized intersections.” It comes up in the context of conversations about pedestrian-friendly urban street design. I hear this line a lot and see it on websites and in social media posts. In most cases, folks are parroting various viral […]

The Myth of the Scofflaw Cyclist

One of the things that drew me to the Twin Cities metro, and to St. Paul, is the cycling friendly community, and while St. Paul lags Minneapolis in many respects, it is still leagues ahead of most cities in this country and all the places I have lived. That being said, there is a virulent […]

“Street Fight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution”

Janette Sadik-Khan served as transportation commissioner for the city of New York during Michael Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor. She was in charge of most of the streets, roads, bridges, tunnels, and ferries responsible for moving a population of over eight million people. As such, she was responsible for the maintenance and programming of more infrastructure […]

World Bicycle Relief – Bicycles Are An Outsized Benefit

One of the best gifts I received for Christmas was a donation in my name to World Bicycle Relief from my son and daughter-in-law. Bicycles are arguably the most efficient form of transportation there is. Over 4 times faster than walking and they can carry heavier loads. Bicycling requires much less infrastructure, maintenance, and space […]