Tag Archives: engineering

What bicycles and light bulbs have in common

The bicycle by itself is of limited use. It’s when you introduce infrastructure—a smoother trail or a better street—that an interesting experiment becomes a solid transportation option. Continue reading

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Peoria’s newest waste of space: Route 40 and Cedar Hills Drive

Just a couple of quick looks at the intersection of Route 40 and Cedar Hills Drive on the north end of Peoria. (Thanks for the lift, John Martin.) Here we’re looking west at the intersection. Cedar Hills is a rough, … Continue reading

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Smallest Bantam Bike Friday sports 90-millimeter cranks

In addition to packable and folding bicycles (like my Bike Friday tikit), the folks behind Bike Friday also build custom lightweight bicycles for little people. Engineer Rob English recently shipped the smallest Bantam Bike Friday he ever designed. To accommodate five-year-old … Continue reading

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Non-functional traffic lights no longer legal bicycle barrier if Illinois bill becomes law

As a person who rides a bicycle, I believe that regulations governing road engineering have long been the main barrier to transportation diversity in the United States. And the best symbol of that barrier may be the traffic signal that is unable to sense the presence of … Continue reading

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To learn more, link beyond the bicycle

When I write it’s not about the bicycle, it’s about the infrastructure, I’m really arguing that riding a bicycle would be a whole lot more enjoyable if we paid less attention to boutique bicycle parts and more to the quality … Continue reading

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UK factory protects Brompton’s intellectual property

It’s impossible to write an article about the Brompton folding bicycle without mentioning its founder, Andrew Ritchie. But if you want to account for the current success of the company, you need to focus on the current managing director, Will … Continue reading

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