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Citizen Dave: The young, the old and the bikes
Here's another reason, during this Bike to Work Week, for the growth in practical biking: demographics. I say "practical biking" to distinguish it from recreational biking. Bikes are great for a workout or for a trip on country roads, but mostly what we're talking about here this week is biking as a means of daily transportation to commute to work and school and do errands. >MoreCitizen Dave: Bikes need to obey the rules of the road and of physics
I am an excellent driver. When I come to a stop sign in my car I stop completely. I'm also a pretty good cyclist. I stop at stoplights. I don't weave in and out of traffic. I stick to my lane. I signal left and right turns. But when I come to a stop sign on a residential street, I slow way down, I look both ways, and if there's no traffic, I keep pedaling. >MoreCitizen Dave: Seven reminders why bicycles are pure goodness this Bike to Work Week
There are no downsides to bicycles. Here are seven ways that bikes are good. >MoreCitizen Dave: This is not a blog
For the past two years I have been living a lie. Come hear why tomorrow night. I'll be on a panel on social media Thursday, May 9 (that's tomorrow) at 7 p.m. in Room 249 at the downtown campus of Madison College (MATC for those of you who didn't get the memo). It's part of the college's "The Writer's Life" lecture series. >MoreCitizen Dave: Who needs to get the credit for cleaner lakes?
There's an old saying in politics: "You can get anything done as long as you're willing to give someone else the credit." They don't tell you about the codicil. That goes something like this: "You can get anything done as long as you make sure the right people get the credit." >MoreCitizen Dave: How did bikes become the problem?
The other day I appeared on a panel about state transportation funding. It was in the Dells and hosted by WisPolitics. We responded to some questions from our host Jeff Mayers, the editor of WisPolitics, and then Jeff opened it up for questions from the audience. We took five questions and two were about biking. >MoreCitizen Dave: Extend Madison's alternate side parking to May
Here's a popular idea. Close observers of Wisconsin weather will note that it is raining and cold today, and that this has been a somewhat common occurrence during all of this "spring." >MoreCitizen Dave: Bring the Madison Municipal Building back to life
The Madison Municipal Building, once a grand federal courthouse, is a beautiful wreck. It deserves a new life, but it's not likely to get one under current city plans. >MoreCitizen Dave: Madison's missing bus depot
Think about traveling through the major airline hubs in Minneapolis, Chicago or Detroit. You might hate the airlines (stomp out United!) and the experience of being packed into the plane, but you'd probably have to admit that the airports themselves have come a long way in the last couple of decades. >MoreCitizen Dave: Obama surrenders his leverage without a fight in the air traffic deal
Sometimes it's not a good thing to be a reasonable man in an unreasonable environment. Over and over again, that has been the problem faced by President Barack Obama. This most practical of men has trouble adapting to the irrational nature of politics. >More