For you, a little news
- In the depressing news departments, we’re all cutting transit funding and apparently a recent survey says that Americans want it that way — we’d much rather cut transit than highway spending.
- But from the better news department, Portland, Oregon, is rapidly becoming the city we love to hate around my house. That Pedalpalooza really pushed me over the edge — how fun can one city be? Well it turns out it isn’t magic — real people made Portland the bike-friendly city that it is. Mia Berk is one of those people and she’s out with a book about biking and activism.
- In South London, parents get in trouble for letting their kids (5 and 8 ) bike alone to school, a mile away. I wonder lots of things, like what the route is like, how the kids are at street biking, and how safe the neighborhood is. I’m not sure I’d let a 5 and 8 year old bike a mile alone in my neighborhood, but then I don’t have a 5 and 8 year old, so I’m not sure that I wouldn’t either. But, surely, even if the school’s headmaster disagreed with their choice, there is a better way to handle it than threatening them with child services.
Thoughts from the Carfree, Biking, and Transit Crowd
- Buschick and her family take a car trip to some hiking and she reflects on the good (no scrambling to catch a bus, plenty of cargo space) and the bad (screaming baby, toddler escape artist). Ultimately she decides she prefers the bus. It’s always nice to confirm what you already knew: it’s nice to do things without a car!
- EcoVelo give a short and sweet primer on how to get started bike commuting while Lynn at Upcycled Love waxes eloquent on the benefits of going cafree or car-light.
- Car Free Days reports on the transition from carrying your kids around on your bike to them carrying themselves around. They’re planning on doing several posts, so follow along!
- Paul at Carfree Family wrestles with a way to respond to the BP oil spill that humble yet hopeful.
- Anne at Car Free Days connects the dots between children riding bikes and parents riding bikes and wonders how we get more parents to ride. And Sara from Full Hands starts to move from being a bike lover to being a bike advocate.
- Utility Cycling takes a look at Google’s biking directions and the alternatives for finding cycling routes. Since I didn’t even know alternatives existed I found the post very helpful!
- And for your viewing pleasure cargo bikes from days gone by.
- Reproducing Genius talks about what they do to save money do when times are tight.
- Katy at the Non-Consumer Advocate had a challenge in June of eating within a food stamp budget. They made it, but it was harder than she thought. The wrap-up was an interesting read, and you can read more in the archives.
- Juliet Schor makes the case for fixing pretty much everything (unemployment, overconsumption, the economy, general ennui) by working less. Amen to that.
Cambridge and Boston Area
- Mass Bike is having a century ride on August 14, plus shorter length rides including family rides of 10 and 20 miles.
- City Smart is having a North Cambridge ride on the 11th at Noon (starts and end at Russell Field, RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org) and of course our own Kidical Mass happens on the 18th at 10am.