Best of the blog 2018

December 28, 2018

What’s been trending on the PeopleForBikes blog? Everything from tips on riding in cold weather and buying new bikes, to exploring some of the best bike infrastructure in the country. Below, we’ve compiled this year’s most-read blogs — including several pieces revived from the archives. Do you have a favorite story that didn’t make the list? Let us know in the comments below.


13. Why protected bike lanes cost less than you think

“…Every once in a while, someone will acquire and share the mistaken belief that a protected bike lane, like a sidewalk, has to cost $1 million per mile. This is not true.”


12. The best new bikeways of 2017

“…Every December, we at PeopleForBikes scour news reports and public records and talk to experts around the country to recognize the most impressive new links in those networks. Here are the brightest gems we found in 2017.” [And, you can now read about the best bikeways of 2018!]


11. The best baby names … inspired by your bike

“Quirky baby names are all the rage right now, so it’s only a matter of time before we start seeing some bike-inspired naming trends. From the obvious to the downright wacky, here are some of our suggestions.”


10. A beginner’s thoughts on going clipless

“The important thing to remember is that you don’t have to be a bike racer to be curious about bike upgrades, and sometimes it’s worth the experiment. Even if you fall over once.”


Crested Butte, Colorado, is among the nation’s best small towns for biking. Source: Flickr/Nico Brooks.


9. America’s 5 best small cities for biking

“Could a bunch of the country’s best cities for biking be towns that most Americans have never heard of?”


8. How NOT to buy a bike, in 7 steps

“In my nearly 20 years of riding, I’ve bought my fair share of bikes, inherited a few others, and acquired even more from garage sales and garbage dumps. I’ve ended up with bikes too big, too small, too hard, too soft, and some that were juuuust just right. In my borderline-eccentric mission to own n+1 bikes, I’ve made plenty of mistakes and learned from (most of) them.”


7. The pros and cons of vintage bikes

“Sure, vintage bikes—from road bikes to cruisers—are unique and fun, but when considering adding one to your collection, you might want to consider the pros and cons.”


6. The details on California’s e-bike law

“Most importantly, e-bikes will no longer be regulated like mopeds and the same rules of the road will apply to both e-bikes and human-powered bicycles. E-bikes will not be subject to the registration, licensing, or insurance requirements that apply to motor vehicles.”


Source: Flickr/Amsterdamize.


5. Winter bike commuting basics

“If you an encounter a spot that looks too slippery for you to ride over, don’t hesitate to dismount. Keep one hand on the brake lever and you can lean on your bike for extra stability as you walk through the tricky sections.”


4. The best-kept secret of Dutch biking: The Dutch hardly bike at all

“The Dutch are not so different from you and me. Most of them don’t much like to bike more than three miles at a time, either.”


3. Riding a bike while pregnant

“People rarely bat an eye at women doing tree poses in yoga while seven months pregnant, but taking to two wheels with a baby on board solicits everything from cheers to disapproving looks and cautionary tales.”


2. America’s best places for bikes: The 2018 City Ratings

“When people ride bikes, great things happen: they get happier, healthier, richer, more equal and more connected to their communities. … Great things happen to those communities, too, even for people who never bike: less pollution, higher-capacity roadways, better mass transit, lower health care premiums, and local economies that have more money to invest in themselves.”


1. A dozen bucket-list rides for 2018

“Don’t try getting around New York City on the first Sunday in May because you’ll probably get rerouted. The Five Boro Bike Tour is the nation’s biggest cycling event, with about 32,000 cyclists participating.”



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