2017 best of the blog

December 13, 2017

We cover the issues that matter to you most, from protected bike lanes to politics, from bike business to feel-good stories—and everything in between. Here are some of our favorite blog posts from 2017, in case you missed them.

1. PLUNGERS WORK: AFTER ANONYMOUS STUNT, WICHITA MAKES BIKE LANE PROTECTION PERMANENT

“Two weeks after two rows of plungers set up to temporarily protect a Wichita bike lane went viral around the world, the City of Wichita has decided that come to think of it, those plungers were making a pretty good point.”

2. ‘LANDMARK’ STUDY FROM SEVILLE SHOWS IMMEDIATE RESULTS FROM A BIKE NETWORK

“A new study from Spain offers an unexpected answer: The amount of biking actually tracks most closely with the number of bikeways, while the safety of biking tracks most closely with the connectedness of bikeways.”

3. WANT AMAZON’S NEW HQ IN YOUR TOWN? MUST HAVE BIKE LANES, SAYS AMAZON

“Amazon may be looking for a second city to call home, but here’s one thing it is determined to export from Seattle: bike lanes.”

4. THE SKIES JUST GOT A LITTLE FRIENDLIER FOR BIKE TRAVELERS

“In July, Alaska Airlines announced that bikes can now be checked as travelers’ first or second piece of baggage for the very reasonable price of $25.”

5. CARMEL, INDIANA, IS SHOWING SUBURBS HOW TO GO BIG ON BIKING

“You’ll sometimes hear that it’s almost impossible to make biking truly desirable in American suburbs. Carmel, Indiana, is proving every day how wrong that is.”

6. SPINNING IRON IN TO GOLD

“Today, the area’s family-friendly, something-for-everyone MTB trails invite four-season fun. Visitors can even ice-bike and snowshoe through most of the Minnesota winters. These trails are now the jewels of recreation area, which attracts well over 100,000 visitors annually.”

7. OREGON PASSES TRANSPORTATION FUNDING BILL WITH BIKE TAX

“The overall package is $5.3 billion and will make broad-based improvements in Oregon’s roads, bridges, ports, transit system and active transportation options.”

8. BREAKDOWN? AAA HAS YOUR BACK AND YOUR BIKE

“The auto club’s regional groups have increasingly begun to offer roadside bicycle assistance and the service is now available across most of the United States.”

9. RIDING FOR AFGHANISTAN

“I was thinking about the people and the situation in Afghanistan and how we collect our strength as a nation,” he says. “You find the things that give you hope and peace of mind. Cycling has done that for me and I wanted to share that with young people back home.”

10. BUSTING 10 MYTHS ABOUT E-BIKES

“As their popularity skyrockets around the world, it’s only a matter of time before e-bikes really take off in the U.S. Fact is stronger than fiction, so here are 10 e-bike myths and the truth behind them.”

11. LOVE ON TWO WHEELS: RAGBRAI EDITION (Part of our Nothing Like a Bike campaign)

“It was a couple weeks out from RAGBRAI and everybody kept asking us when we were going to get married and if it was going to be a big wedding, which neither of us wanted, so I said, ‘You know, let’s just get married on RAGBRAI.”

12. PEDAL WITH A PAL (Part of our Bike Days of Summer campaign)

“According to studies, spending time with friends isn’t just all fun and games, it’s also good for your health. Combine this socializing with the exercise you get riding bikes and you’d impress any doctor.”

13. THE OLYMPIC DISCOVERY TRAIL ADVENTURE ROUTE (Part of our How It Got Built campaign)

“Somehow, over the years, the crew grew to be regularly over 20 people. I didn’t need to recruit at all—they just came.”

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