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Brick, Tunnels and Values

November 28, 2010 by


In Utrecht, the network of bike paths was incredible, comprehensive, seemingly unending and…pretty. By pretty, I don’t just mean scenic. I mean that the paving material used was aesthetically pleasing. It was brick and/or some sort of cobblestone, something that adds personality to a city while making the riding/walking experience enjoyable and interesting. Function AND […]

Cheater Bikes in the Netherlands

October 19, 2010 by


A few months ago, I blogged about electric vehicles.  I wrote that they promise to help move us in a more sustainable direction but that ultimately, biking is where it’s at.  Little did I know that just a few months later I would be riding an electric bike around Rotterdam as a part of a […]

Garages are for Parking Cars

October 10, 2010 by


    In the US, garages are akin to storage units, providing a safe haven for holiday decorations, photo albums, camping gear and that bike you manage to ride very infrequently.  In Amsterdam, garages are used to park cars.  How does this happen?  In Amsterdam the Dutch do not allow people to buy a parking […]

Chillaxin’ with Michele…

September 24, 2010 by


Who knew that taking over parking spaces with trees, grass, plants and people could be so much fun!? Last Friday was PARK(ing) Day, an international, grassroots event for artists, advocates and citizens to temporarily transform on-street parking spaces into urban parks. This annual event got its start in 2005 by Rebar, a San Francisco art […]

Conquering The Hill…

September 8, 2010 by


NewIPO cycling correspondent Michele Beasley delivers part two in her series on becoming an avid cyclist. Recipes to follow… Last night, when I came home from work just past 9:30pm, I was feeling pretty jazzed.  So far I have made good on my commitment to do my bike/ Caltrain commute once a week.  We had […]

The #1 Bike Challenge in Holland: Parking

September 5, 2010 by


New IPO foreign correspondent Shiloh Ballard gives us an update to her cycling mission in the Netherlands. On the way to Utrecht from Amsterdam, the first thing I noticed about bikes was the bike parking.  I saw a double decker parking structure and was shocked.  That was just the beginning.  There were full blown parking […]

It worked in Ghana…

August 23, 2010 by


by Michele Beasley The metallic scraping sound beneath my car was the signal to finally get my brakes fixed.  My mechanic asked if I needed a ride home and if I wanted my car back that day.  I said No to both- a forced ‘carlessness’ was welcome. I took Caltrain up to San Francisco for […]