Archive for the 'Commuting' Category


Pronto First Look

Posted on October 13th, 2014 · Posted in Bikes, Commuting

“Pronto,” Seattle’s bike share system, launched today, with some 500 bikes spread across 50 stations. A couple of those stations are mere blocks from my office, so I took one.. read more

2nd Ave Bikeway

I Don’t Like the 2nd Ave Bikeway

Posted on September 8th, 2014 · Posted in Commuting, Roads

It’s a bit out of my way, but I took a detour this morning and rode into work along the entire length of the new 2nd Ave bikeway, which opened.. read more


Seattle Bike Share Almost Here

Posted on August 26th, 2014 · Posted in Bikes, Commuting

Despite some website difficulties (and my skepticism about the program’s success, given Seattle’s nanny-statish helmet law), I signed up for a membership with “Pronto,” Seattle’s new bikeshare service.  It’s scheduled.. read more


Takes One to Know One

Posted on July 8th, 2014 · Posted in Bikes, Commuting

This excellent piece by Carl Alviani, titled “Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things,” tackles the cognitive dissonance at work when people spew vitriol at the occasional scofflaw cyclist.. read more

Desert Ghost Bike

Reasons I Didn’t Ride, 2013 Edition

Posted on December 31st, 2013 · Posted in Commuting

I tried Strava in 2013, but the novelty of it wore off – and it’s no substitute for tracking data in excel (probably safer, too, as I’m no longer competing.. read more

Cold weather cycling

Cold Weather Cycling

Posted on December 13th, 2013 · Posted in Commuting, Gear

It’s been cold the last week or so in Seattle.  Temperatures in the teens and 20s, which is much colder than usual for this time of year.  To be sure,.. read more

Foggy street with leaves

Seattle’s Unclean Streets

Posted on December 2nd, 2013 · Posted in Commuting, Laws, Roads

Here’s another gripe about Seattle’s lack of bike infrastructure – or really, its lack of attention to the basic blocking and tackling of running a city. In a city of.. read more

Pothole C (2)

A Note to Drivers from an “Aggressive Cyclist”

Posted on November 8th, 2013 · Posted in Commuting, Roads

Really, KIRO7?  An investigation of “aggressive” cyclists? Must be troll week.  But I’ll play along. Apparently, “aggressive” cyclists are out flipping off drivers, running red lights and riding too close.. read more

Bikes Merge with Traffic

Safety in Numbers?

Posted on August 30th, 2013 · Posted in Commuting, Roads

Does having more riders on the road mean things are safer?  Probably, once you reach critical mass.  But there’s a difficult middle stage, where more cyclists make it more dangerous. .. read more

Strava screen capture

Blame it on the Strava

Posted on July 12th, 2013 · Posted in Commuting

I’ve never felt terribly competitive when it comes to athletics. Sure, I like to win when playing a game, but a bike ride? It’s my commute, my head-clearing dose of.. read more