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Minneapolis commuters get some Canadian love…

A nice article about one of my very favorite world cities — Minneapolis — caught my eye today. Here it is, straight from the Winnipeg Free Press:

Think it’s futile to build up a massive cycling network because of frosty winter temperatures?

One of Winnipeg’s U.S. neighbours has proven a bit of snow and sub-zero winds don’t mean a city can’t be a top cycling spot.

Minneapolis is at the forefront of urban cycling and is among a handful of North American cities considered leaders in building a network of paths that encourage recreational and commuter travel. About 3.5 per cent of Minneapolis residents bike to work, and the city is on track to increase that to seven per cent in the next two years.

Take a look at the full article by clicking here.

It has long mystified me that many of the top bike-friendly cities in the U.S. are plagued with less-than-favorable weather. Minneapolis has cold and snow, Portland has a lot of wetness, Chicago gets downright cold and windy…meanwhile, bike commuters exist in relatively tiny percentages in more fair-weather areas. Florida and California should be at the top of the heap for year-round bicycling dominance, but they’re not. As the article above points out, it’s not just about weather, but the attitudes and forethought of city planners that make or break a city when it comes to bicycle friendliness. And, of course, the character of the riders themselves…a heaping helping of “can do” attitude goes a long way in beating the weather nasties.

A gas station that welcomes bicycles…

This Propel Gas Station in Fullerton caught a ton of attention from local media for the mere fact that they had a small “bicycle station” on their property. I decided to ride down there and investigate to see what all the fuss is about.

At first I didn’t really see it because it’s not readily visibly. In fact, the view was blocked because the station’s repair shop had cars parked next to it.

Here’s the sign on the station — very friendly and welcoming.

I thought the work stand was pretty clever.

The stand has a great assortment of tools.

There it is… not a bad way for a gas station to look more eco-friendly to the local community. But I can’t help feel kinda odd about seeing this. I mean, think about it: it’s like McDonald’s serving up “healthy” choices on their menu…it just doesn’t go together.

Introducing Hermes P.

Please help us welcome the newest Associate Writer for, Hermes Pagulayan. We first featured Hermes in a Commuter Profile about a year ago and he’s even contributed a guest article.
As continues to grow, we found the need for another staffer to help us with spreading the good news of bike commuting. I actually know Hermes through church and he’s is probably THE ONLY person I know who lives in Orange County, Ca. who doesn’t own a car. That’s a pretty big deal since SoCal is such a car-centric part of the country. When I learned that he used a bicycle to get to and from his clients, dates, and church, I was thoroughly impressed. We look forward to seeing what Hermes has to offer the readership.

Ukes and Bikes – Ride Aloha!

Hey guys, remember back in the day when I had a dream sequence involving Jake S. and his ukulele?  Turns out it wasn’t a dream after all!  Check out the final cut of the public service announcement sponsored by Farmer’s Insurance Hawaii and Hawaii Bicycling League.  Ride Aloha…

Enjoy your weekend, velodactyls!