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Down To Earth bicycling archive

TUESDAY, AUG. 3, 2010

FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010

Potholes: Spokane v Seattle

It’s like the snobs versus the slobs, right? Hardly. Potholes are a big deal in Spokane. We even have a popular Facebook page dedicated to the subject. However, Seattle makes us look like a bunch of wusses for complaining as the rain eats the pavement....

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“Is drunk bicycling better than drunk driving?"

Sure. But we don’t suggest either. There’s a thought-provoking dialogue between Eric DePlace of Sightline and Jonathan Hiskes at Grist. Hiskes was curious why we mandate parking in bars if driving in general and drunk driving especially harm the public: There's a larger lesson here...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29, 2010

THURSDAY, MAY 27, 2010


Fish Lake Trail ribbon cutting

Image courtesy of Inland Northwest Trails Coalition. It has been a long time coming but the day is here: The Fish Lake Trail segment from Spokane to Scribner Road will be dedicated Friday, May 14 at 3pm. Bike on down to the trailhead just off...

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Pedals2People Grand Opening - April 9

We had a lot of fun last week sharing our mulitmedia profile project of Pedals2People, and now we're even more excited to bring you this special announcement. Pedals2People Celebrating Sprague Shop Grand Opening SPOKANE, WA — Pedals2People is holding an open house at its new...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 26, 2010

Friday Quote: Ronde van Palouse 

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses...

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Pedals 2 People's new location on the corner of Sprague and Pittsburgh in the heart of Spokane’s burgeoning International District. (Paul Dillon / Paul Dillon)

Pedals 2 People - a DTE multimedia feature

*From DTE:We tried something a little different recently - and the result is our first video feature to accompany a story we wrote about the very awesome Pedals2People. Is this the beginning of DTEtv?The following story can also be found as a multimedia package on...

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Smart Cycling, Traffic Skills 101 

Occasionally on our commute we see bicyclists do things that ruin it for everybody else. No signals, riding on a wrong way, running red lights, etc. Next time you see this rebel, find a way to get them to the below classes. Seriously: This is...

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FRIDAY, MARCH 19, 2010

USDOT supports Complete Streets

Great news for Complete Streets: Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood issued a policy statement calling for pedestrian and bicyclist transportation projects that also focus more on transit riders and people of all ages and disabilities. “This is end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense...

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Tuesday Video: Are you bike-curious?

45 million Americans are and Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer says you might be as well. According to Grist, the “Portland politician is pedaling bi-opportunities left and right: bipartisanship, bipeds, and bicycling.” Ha. His point stands though: Commuting two to three miles by bike takes about...

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How we commute

While checking out The Stranger's blog, Slog, we came across a post on how Seattle ranked against other American cities in terms of commuter choices: (Graphic courtesy of The Inrfrastructurist, click link to expand.)So how does Spokane commute?Several years ago, the National Transportation Policy project...

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Another Green Monday

As most of you know, we’ve been at this whole Down To Earth thing for quite a while now. In fact, it was this time of year in 2007 that we decided we wanted to stay in Spokane and hatched the idea of starting an...

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Cyclist death in Spokane 

It was a somber ride to work yesterday morning after hearing the news of a fatal bike collision. In one of the more unsafe intersections in the city, Scott Reckord drove his pickup north on one-way Division and turned left to head west on Sprague...

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