Support Bikes Not Bombs!


This Sunday, June 7,  I will be riding with my children, Kay & Peter, in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon! Peter will be riding his own bike and Kay will be the co-pilot on my bike.  The Bike-A-Thon is always a fun event and it raise money for a terrific cause. Based in Boston not far…

Support Bikes Not Bombs!


This weekend I will be riding in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon with my 18-month daughter Kay as my co-pilot. Bikes Not Bombs is one of my favorite charitable  social justice organization because it uses the bicycle as a vehicle for social change. This includes shipping restored bikes to International Programs in Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean…

Book Review: Walkable City by Jeff Speck


Author: Jeff Speck Title: Walkable City Publication Info: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2012. ISBN: 9780374285814 Summary/Review: A city planner by trade, Speck is aware of what works and doesn’t work in creating and maintaining thriving metropolises.  He blames many of his fellow planners for the big mistakes of repeatedly designing cities for the swift movement…

Book Review: Pedaling Revolution by Jeff Mapes


Author: Jeff Mapes Title: Pedaling Revolution  Publication Info: Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University Press, 2009. ISBN: 9780870714191 Summary/Review: A good overview of the ongoing changes to American cities as more and more people switch to bicycling as a major means of commuting, running errands, and recreation.  Biking meets obvious challenges in both the safety of sharing roads…

Hub on Wheels 2011


My son Peter & I participated in Boston’s citywide bike ride Hub on Wheels yesterday, our second consecutive year of participation. Participants could ride a 10-mile route on Storrow Drive or extend it to 30 and 50-mile routes around the city. We did an abridged version of the 30-mile route ending at the Arnold Arboretum…

Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon & Green Roots Festival


On Sunday June 26th, my son Peter & I rode in the fundraiser Bike-A-Thon for Bikes Not Bombs.  We were able to raise $376 for this worthy cause (feel free to add to our donations).  All-together 464 riders raised over $135,000 to support the work of Bikes Not Bombs! My photos are online and some…

Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon


Would you like to help out a cute 3.5 year old kid and his dad as they ride a bike 15 miles around Boston to support Bikes Not Bombs?  Then donate now to support our efforts for the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon. My son Peter & I love riding our bikes around Boston and look…

Hub on Wheels


Today, Peter & I participated in the Hub On Wheels community bike ride and cycling celebration in Boston.  This was our first time riding although I signed up in a previous year and then slept through my alarm.  The only ride of this sort that I’ve participated in before was the Bike New York Five…

Book Review: Pedal Power by J. Harry Wray


Author: J. Harry Wray Title: Pedal power : the quiet rise of the bicycle in American public life Publication Info: Boulder, Colo. : Paradigm Publishers, c2008. ISBN: 9781594514623 Summary/Review: Wray writes in a dry, professorial tone about bicycle culture in the United States through a political science approach.  While not the best written book it…

Where the Monkey Craps in the Buckwheat (concert review)


Last night I was fortunate to see folk singer/songwriter Peter Mulvey play a set at the Passim Folk Music and Cultural Center. Apparently, the last time I went to a concert it was also Peter Mulvey as reviewed on this blog a year ago (before the baby was born, but not before I was married)….