Outspoken Cyclist – 11/14/2020

As many of you know, I am an advisory board member to the East Coast Greenway and when something exciting happens with the organization, I like to share it with you.

One of the BEST things about the Greenway is its commitment to the environment, knowing that infrastructure that expands walking, biking, and other outdoor activities is good for all of us.

On Monday, November 17th (yep THIS coming Monday!) the first in the Impact series – this conversation about climate – with take place between my guest, ECG’s executive director Dennis Markatos-Soriano, and Dr. Michael Oppenheimer, who is also an ECG advisory board member. You can listen to the conversation for free at greenway.org

Then, it’s another great conversation with Strong Towns’ founder Chuck Marohn.

Today we discuss a specific traffic situation that led to a young boy’s untimely death as well as exploring the self-defeating decisions that are made by cities and towns when they try to turn a road and a wealth-creating area into what Chuck has coined as a “stroad.’

And, because this conversation happened in advance of the presidential election, I posed a question to Chuck about infrastructure in a post-election world. 

Lastly, my 2nd in a 3-part series with Bicycling Magazine Test Director Lou Mazzante focuses on “high tech” gift items this week.   With the necessity to stay in and stay away from others, we discuss the entertaining as well as training assistance of the Wahoo Kickr indoor trainer, the fun of the new Go-Pro camera, the Whoop strap app, and a 3D printed saddle from Fizik.

When we think about cyclists who are hit and, sadly injured or worse, we usually look to the driver of the vehicle and rarely the environment in which the crash occurred – other than to say someone crossed the double yellow line or veered into the oncoming lane.

But, poorly imagined and implemented street design is actually a leading cause of injuries and fatalities and not enough people are talking about that. 

But, Strong Town’s Chuck Marohn thinks about it – and talks about it.  Listen in.