The Outspoken Cyclist – 06/30/2012

Colorado is on fire; bicycles are saving cities from being crushed under the weight of their cars, and a little race in France you might have heard of starts today. So much to talk about, so little timeā€¦

We start off by welcoming Bicycling.com editor Daniel McMahon, who gives us his take on the array of disarray heading into the 21012 Tour de France. Who’s out, who’s in, who was out, and is now back in: Daniel sorts it out for us.

Rounding out the first half is a conversation with Salon.com columnist Will Doig. Will writes a regular column called Dream City, which often focuses on transit, and the surrounding social and political pressures that shape the debate about transportation. Recommended reading as well as listening!

To get a first-hand impression of the impact of the wild files currently raging in Colorado, we check in with Jim Rutberg of Carmichael Training Systems. Because of the fires, the air quality in the Colorado Springs are has degraded to the point where it’s unsafe to train outdoors. So Carmichael has opened its facility free of charge to anyone in the area who wants to ride or run indoors.

Wrapping up, we head for Berkley, California to speak with Ozzie Zehner, visiting scholar at UC Berkley, and author of a new book entitled Green Illusions: The Dirty Secrets of Clean Energy and the Future of Environmentalism. More recommended reading and listening, especially if you think you’re living a ‘green’ lifestyle.

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