Sponsor Us for the 2016 Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon


On Sunday, June 5,  I will be riding with my 8-year-old son Peter in the Bikes Not Bombs Bike-A-Thon!   The Bike-A-Thon is always a fun event and it raise money for a terrific cause. This will be our fourth time participating. Based in Boston not far from where we live, Bikes Not Bombs serves two great purposes….

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)….

links of the day for 15 February 2008


A Guide for Europeans:How to Read the U.S. Primaries by VICENTE NAVARRO (CounterPunch, 2/13/08) The American way — whatever that is by Joan Chittister, OSB (National Catholic Reporter, 2/13/08) Lance Armstrong, world’s fastest bike commuter? WTF! by Russ Rocca (Bike Commuters, 2/14/08) Is a minimum-wage worker officially in poverty? by Brooks Jackson (FactCheck.org, February 2008)

City Under the Snow


The snowfall on Tuesday made the city look so beautiful I had to take some pictures before it melted. I posted an album of pictures of JP and Cambridge in the snow on my website. Here are some of my favorites:

Bicycling in Boston (Links of the Day)


Here’s another walking through Harvard Square story. On my way to work, a passerby said, “You just missed seeing that guy get hit by a bike!” “Ouch!” I said. “Yeah,” he replied. The police were already on the scene and as far as I could tell no one was hurt. At least if the guy…

Movie Review: The Triplets of Belleville


The Triplets of Belleville (2003) has it all. It’s an animated feast for the eyes featuring a bicyclist named Champion, his heroic grandmother Madame Souza, his dog Bruno who barks at trains, the mafia, grotesquely fat people, three swingin’ old ladies, and some groovin’ music. And it has hardly any dialog (yet is about 10,000…

New Boston Bicycle Zine


Yesterday, while getting a picnic lunch at Canto 6 I picked up issue #1 of Boston Bicycle Reflector a cute little ‘zine for bicycle commuters. I’m not sure who put this together but it has articles with tips on biking to work, commentary on Mayor Menino’s bicycle initiatives (see the comments in this post for…

Friday Sillies: Cycle Facility of the Month


Warrington Cycle Campaign: Cycle Facility of the Month is a funny look at poor urban design for cyclists in one English town.  Click through the puzzling photos captioned with great wit and sarcasm and have a good laugh while learning about bicycle safety.

Bike Culture


Riding home from work on  Friday night, I got stuck behind a large mob of hooting and hollering bicyclists (imagine a bicyclist being slowed down by bicycle traffic).  Oddly enough this was at the same intersection where I witnessed a scooter and a jogger run through a red light.  At any rate, this was most…

Craziness in Cambridge


A few years ago as a I pedaled to work on my daily sojourn to work I would make a mental note of some of the more egregious behavior of my fellow cyclists and motorists on the road. I would award them the “Bad Bicyclist of the Day Award” or the “Dangerous Driver Du Jour…

If I ruled the world (part 1)


I love this post on Universal Hub called Shut Storrow Drive! I’ve long thought that the Esplanade and the Paul Dudley White Bikepath are shining stars in the galaxy of beautiful sites in Boston. And yet they are pressed into a small piece of riverfront by the glaring eyesore of Storrow Drive. I’m all for…