The first thing I did when I got to Bloomington was to ride the B-Line. Lucky me, I have generous friends who let me borrow a bicycle. The B-Line is the local greenway, a recently constructed urban rail-trail, 3.1 miles in length, running alongside an active rail line for its final stretch. Does this sound [...]
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I’m quoted in the this article by the indefatigable R Stephanie Bruno.
When I got into work this morning, as I fumbled with the keys to my office, I noticed I was distinctly dry. Not sweaty at all. Granted, it’s cooler than it has been. It’s only 81ºF right now. Still it’s a wet morning, and the humidity is 84%. But the key factor here is not [...]
My main way of getting to work over the past decade has been on a bicycle; much of my ride has been on the Jeff Davis bike path. It’s so much less stressful to me than driving a car, and I am so glad I don’t have to start my day in an automobile. Nevertheless, [...]
I know I mentioned that some mysterious person gave me a couple hundred bucks after my last bike got stolen, but I don’t think I wrote about what I bought as a replacement. It’s a Globe. I don’t want anyone to think I am posting this as some sort of tribute to the make and [...]
I was headed to a meeting of the Lafitte Greenway Steering Advisory Committee this morning. I was riding down Conti, just a block or two from our old house, and I crossed through what appeared to be a small puddle. Mind, it hasn’t rained here in a couple weeks, so this puddle was bubbling up [...]
This morning as I rode to work, just as I approached the overpass, I saw a man who was pushing a wheelchair near the bike path. He wasn’t sitting in the wheelchair, he was pushing it along, with a pile of some clothes or other stuff on the seat. But as I passed near him [...]
I’ve seen this guy around town for years. He’s made a cart out of two bicycles for hauling junk around. For some reason whenever I see this contraption I feel like I’m on some small island in the Caribbean. I’m frankly awestruck by his ingenuity.
This morning I was surprised to find an envelope stuck in our front door with my name on it. Inside, a card with the following note: Bart, I heard about the theft of your bike. Hope this helps. You should know that the people who suck are few but the good and kind (like you) [...]
So how many people came out for our hike? Can we call it 200? The Times-Picayune did. So if you’re keeping score, the annual breakdown looks like this: 2005: 3 2006: 18 2007: 17 2008: 60 2009: 200 Photo by Charlie London See also the video on WWL. Our budget for publicity? More or less [...]
After many phone calls and much wheedling, pleading and cajoling, it appears I’m getting my stripes. Those are pedestrian crosswalk-style stripes to mark the Jeff Davis bike path as it crosses Tulane Avenue. Since they were resurfacing Tulane Avenue (and Airline Highway) it seemed like a good time. The idea of course is that it’s [...]
I’ve often fantasized about organizing a cleanup of the Jeff Davis bike path. (For some reason I thought tribal drumming would provide a good accompaniment to the task.) It seems the Big Easy Roller Girls are actually doing it. Now I can fulfill two fantasies in one fell swoop.
I got Iked on my bike this morning. I was partway to work, and I noticed the sky was getting dark — really dark. Hope I can make it there before… And then the heavens opened and the water poured down. By the time I got to campus, the rain had practically stopped. I guess [...]
The Louisiana Department of Transportation held a public meeting at City Park Tuesday night to gather input for a statewide bicycle/pedestrian master plan. I missed it, but good ole Charlie London tells me we can still send ideas to [email protected] Here’s what I sent: I commute to work every day in New Orleans using the [...]
In just a few weeks, Xy will start back teaching, which means we will be putting our infant daughter into daycare. Aside from all the other anxieties this engenders, I’m trying to solve the transportation puzzle. See, I will be responsible for dropping the girl off in the mornings. The daycare is just four blocks [...]
I almost missed this story in today’s paper… There’s supposed to be an accompanying slideshow with audio on nola.com but I can’t find it here.
Q: What do you get when you combine Gcast, a cell phone, a Bluetooth headset, a bicycle and me?
My day started off with a bang. I’d just changed the inner tube on my bike because I ran over a screw the other day. First flat I’ve had in over a year, seems like. I pumped it back up, went to the sink to wash my hands and BANG. Really loud. Scared me. At [...]
I’ve been meaning to post about the Lafitte Greenway Master Plan. Actually I’ve been told it’s more of a “visioning plan” than a “master plan” but nevertheless it’s complete and you should check it out: Lafitte Greenway Master Plan This is the most comprehensive statement to date on the Lafitte Greenway. It explains what the [...]
It takes ten minutes for me to ride my bike from home to the office. On a hot day, I’m soaked with sweat by the time I get there. But I can ride my bike the other way, from the office to home, without even breaking a sweat. Why is this? Further clue: This is [...]