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