Elly Blue

Elly Blue is a writer and bicycle activist based in Portland, Ore. She blogs at Taking the Lane and is writing a book about Bikenomics that comes out in 2013. You can also find her on Twitter.

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Helmet Wars: A gripping account of the great bicycle helmet campaigns

So, is it safer to wear a bike helmet or not? Parties on both sides of the question claim rationality and cultural superiority for their own. The opponents are engaged in a bloody, winner-take-all contest, with perfect willingness to let ideology wash away all science and common sense. But is this even the right question to ask?

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Bicycle freight: thinking outside the box truck

Bicycles are already a major piece of the freight puzzle all over the world. Could the practice take off in U.S. cities as well?

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Bicycle safety by the numbers

A new study of injury rates among Portland bike commuters suggests we could do more to make bicycling safe, starting with simple infrastructure fixes.

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We need real bike paths for real bike transportation

A recent fatal crash between a cyclist and a pedestrian on the popular Katy Trail in Dallas brings home the message: If we are going to fill the rapidly growing demand for bicycle infrastructure, we need the real thing. Cramming bikes onto serene paths is like putting a superhighway through a schoolyard.

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In New York's bike lanes, who are the real scofflaws?

There's a tendency to talk about people who ride bikes as though they're a lawless bunch of yahoos. A new study shows that they are simply, like all other people, responding to an environment that doesn't always serve their needs.

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There's safety in numbers for cyclists

You might reasonably think that the number of bicycle crashes would skyrocket as more people take to the streets on two wheels. It's a fine, common-sense assumption -- that happens to be wrong.

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Why an additional road tax for bicyclists would be unfair

People who ride bikes are already shelling out more than their share for asphalt. Here's why it makes good economic sense for cities to encourage cycling.

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