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Shoe fetish

Okay, so I've got a footwear fetish. There. I said it. Go ahead, laugh and call me Imelda. But don't expect me to reform anytime soon. This is not a plea for intervention. It's a warning to others. >More
 Coasting along with Shimano

It feels like riding my first bicycle for the first time all over again, without the training wheels but with all the simplicity and ease of use. With its coaster brakes, a chain guard and three-speed gears that shift themselves, the Trek Lime is one of three Shimano Coasting bikes introduced this year in an effort to bring more adults to cycling. >More
 Hitting the waters of Lake Wingra in a canoe

I've been categorized as many things in my life: Incense burning hippie; indie rock; anti-hipster hipster; total bitch. I took it to a whole new extreme on Sunday as a canoeing enthusiast. >More
 Let the wind paddle your boat

I am sailing a canoe. This is not as inadvisable as it sounds. Granted, rigging even a lightweight mast, boom and sail to a long, narrow boat conjures visions of certain capsize. But with inflatable outriggers mounted on either side of the canoe, the reality is a good deal more pleasant. >More
 Bicycle parking spots vanish in downtown Madison!

Considering the limited number of parking meters on those two blocks and the availability of other nearby parking meters and bike racks, this may not sound like much of a problem. But it has excited a flurry of discussion among attentive local bikers who foresee the possibility of losing more than 1,500 places to lock their bikes downtown. >More
 Ride for Climate breezes into Madison with global warning

David Kroodsma and Bill Bradlee are 48 days into their bicycle tour across the United States. If such undertakings are not yet commonplace, neither are they rare. What makes this two-wheeled trans-continental traverse distinctive is the cause to which it is devoted. >More
 Yahara Waterways water-trail guide makes a splash

Documenting a trail that extends from Cherokee Marsh to the south end of Lake Kegonsa -- around the perimeters of lakes Mendota, Monona, Wingra and Waubesa by way of the Yahara River and Upper and Lower Mud Lakes -- the new guide is a spectacular compendium of maps keyed to extensive explanations of the watershed's natural, historical and social features. >More
 Lake lover's companion

After a paddle, an emergency whistle and a personal flotation device, Yahara Waterways may be the next most essential accessory you stow aboard your ship when launching on local lakes. The 44-page water-trail guide to Dane County waters makes its formal debut this week, in conjunction with the 13th annual Take a Stake in the Lakes celebration. >More
 A grand opening for the Yahara Ped-Bike corridor

The Yahara River Parkway takes a great leap forward as its pedestrian-bicycle corridor comes online this month. Paddling upriver from Lake Monona last weekend afforded me a water-level perspective on its new East Washington underpass. >More
 UW's online Lakeshore Preserve map named best for 2007

How impressive is the interactive Web site for the UW-Madison's Lakeshore Nature Preserve? Well, here's one measure. >More
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