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Sunday Summary – March 24, 2019

The usual joke is that Minnesota has four seasons: almost winter, winter, still winter, and construction season.  Clearly the joker was a cat person; the proper seasonal lineup is Summer, Fall, Winter, and Muddy Dog season where we find ourselves now (yesterday was also National Puppy Day!). Muddy Dog season does mean easier biking and […]

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Sunday Summary – March 17, 2019

St. Patrick’s Day, that day of green things which should not be green and (this year anyway) things which ought to be green are still buried under snow and ice. We could repurpose St. Patrick’s Day as a happy and green climate action day (and a few green beers would probably be ok in this […]

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Do Single-Side All-Winter Parking Restrictions Work Anywhere?

It wasn’t always like this. This changed roughly five years ago. I’m talking about the parking restrictions, that is. See that sign? As I said, roughly five years ago my neighborhood’s sixty-year-old streets reached their functional end. When we moved in about 11 years back the streets were horrendous. Every Spring potholes were patched. The […]

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Winter 30 Days of Biking: The First 50 Days

Near the end of December, Melissa Wenzel wrote this post and on January 1, I decided to commit myself to the goal of biking every day of the month. Day One, as usual, was the toughest part. I was carrying a lot of personal sadness stemming from our ever unseasonal weather, from increasingly dire climate reports, […]

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30/31 Days of (Winter) Biking 2019

January 2018 I tried a self-challenge: “January version of the 30 days of winter biking self-challenge.” It helped me get used to biking in the winter regularly and stop having fear of biking to/from the SE part of Saint Paul, where I live, to near downtown St Paul, where I work. It helped me beyond […]

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Municipal Sidewalk Clearing in Richfield: An Interview

Having clear sidewalks in the winter is an important issue for a lot of people. People should be able to move around their city or town year-round, and they shouldn’t have to use cars in order to get around easily. For my family, we need clear sidewalks in order to walk to the library and […]

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Learning From My Winter Cycling Failures

I really love biking in winter, as I recently wrote, but I have experienced a definite learning curve. Here, I have compiled some of the lessons I’ve learned over many years of winter cycling. I would love to hear your mistakes (or “learning opportunities”) too! Optimal winter routes are not the same as summer routes. […]

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Sunday Summary – February 10, 2019

Winter haters in Minnesota have had much to complain about in the last week with lots of snow, cold temperatures, and lots of events and activities cancelled. Perhaps our writers are hunkered down awaiting warmer weather (or failed to read Amy Gage’s post or still enjoying a post-City of Lakes Loppet high), but it was a […]

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International Winter Bike to Work Day 2019

Friday, February 8th: a great day to enjoy some winter bicycling with people around the world. It’s International Winter Bike to Work Day! Arrive at work with some snowflakes on your coat, frozen eyelashes, and enjoy bicycle benefits like: Climate-friendly living Does bike commuting impact your carbon footprint? And how much?  by Frances Stevenson Mindfulness:  Moving meditation: […]

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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 […]

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