Show #307 – August 5, 2016...

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Guests: Former NYC Tranportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; Soigneur Shelly Verses This week’s show is exceptionally satisfying to me! From the persistence-pays-off-department of journalism, I am delighted to be able to tell you that former Transportation Commissioner Janet Sadik-Khan is my guest this week. Appointed by Mayor Bloomburg in 2007, Janette spent 6 years, 7 months, and 18 days in the position. (I learned that from her new book, Street Fight – Handbook for an Urban Revolution.) Janette was the force behind what some might call the transformation of NYC’s surface transportation – from bike lanes to major street scapes. Her book details much of the work she was able to accomplish over those 6+ years as well as offer practical ideas into transforming cities – large and small – into livable communities for all....

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Show #306 – July 30, 2016...

Jul 30, 2016 by

Guests: Marc Sani; Leah Shahum This week Diane talks with Bicycle Retailer and Industry News‘ Marc Sani about “Future Shock” and how Alvin Toffler‘s seminal work might give us some insight into the dilemmas faced by bicycle dealers today. With a decision by Quality Bicycle Products to move one of their lines, Salsa Bicycles, into REI, the proverbial poop storm was kicked up by a bevy of dealers and Marc has some great insight into what the industry might want to do to move forward – without kicking and screaming. After our break and some news, including a fabulous video with Chris Froome and the “Minis”, we head on out to San Francisco to speak with Vision Zero Network‘s Leah Shahum. Leah, who has a deep understanding of transportation, especially as it relates to...

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THIS is show #305! – July 23, 2016...

Jul 23, 2016 by

This week’s show was supposed to be a bit different from what is actually is going to be. Along with our guests, I was going to talk with you about a short self-supported bike trip Brian and I took last week; but, when I woke up Thursday morning it was to the news that one of my colleagues, the curator of MOMBAT  – (Museum of Mountain Bike Art and Technology) and one of the nicest guys you’d ever want to me was hit and killed while crossing the street in his home town of Statesville, N.C. Jeff Archer was one of the really good guys – smart, savvy, and a valued part of the NAHBS judging team that year on year chooses the “best of show” in all categories.  He owned First Flight Bicycles and...

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NOT show #305 – July 16, 2016...

Jul 16, 2016 by

Spent a couple of days on the Erie Canal Towpath in NY with some friends of ours from Oswego, NY this week.  Rode from Lockport to Brockport and back, self-supported, with great tailwinds on day 1 and killer headwinds on day 2.  And, we thought Cleveland had some fierce winds! Some highlights of the trip included: – Watching how the locks work in Lockport.  What a feat of engineering this stuff is! – Finding a GREAT coffee shop in Middleport – Alternative Grounds Caffe.  Excellent coffee, fabulous food, beautiful store! – Heard an excellent 4-man band – The Third Degree Hot Rockin Band – in Brockport on Thursday night.  Bunch of retired “hippie” types playing everything from Van Morrison and the Beatles to CCR.  Great vocals, guitars, and drums!  90 minutes of non-stop fun. –...

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Show #304 – July 9, 2016

Jul 9, 2016 by

When cyclist Matt van Ohlen, co-founder of BikeStock was deliberately run down and murdered last week in NYC, there was once again an outcry for justice for cyclists. And, according to Streetsblog editor-in-chief Ben Fried, the response was “business as usual” when police began ticketing cyclists near the scene of the crime the following day. Since then, the car has been found – the hit-and-run driver has not. And, in fact, less than 15% of all hit and run crashes are resolved. Ben joins me to talk about Matt van Ohlen, the incident itself, and the mood of both the cycling community and the police in NYC. The, I walk with Doug Ulman, CEO and President of Peolotonia – purportedly the “largest single-event cycling fundraiser benefiting cancer research in the United States”. To date,...

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Show #303 – July 2, 2016

Jul 2, 2016 by

“Doping? Again?” I’m going to suggest that you suspend all your previous thoughts about Lance, Floyd, Tyler, and the U.S. Postal Team! My guest this week has written a riveting book about one of our most favorite and displeasing topics – doping. Now, before you say – “What, another book about doping?” I want to preface the conversation by saying this is an approach I don’t believe anyone else has taken thus far. He asks and answers such questions as: How, why, and when did we become so indignant and disgusted with athletic doping? What does it say about us and our society as a whole? How have these attitudes shifted over time? And, are you certain we as a society aren’t somewhat complicit? Mark Johnson’s new book, “Spitting in the Soup: Inside the...

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Show #302 – June 18, 2016...

Jun 18, 2016 by

Guest: Richard Sachs   He’s iconic, smart, outspoken (like me!), and revered. And, it’s been a while since we spoke. After his blog entry this week titled “Adjusting the Torch” I asked him to join me once again and he accepted. Richard Sachs and I caught up with one another early Friday morning to talk about a variety of subjects in an in-depth conversation on the show. We cover such topics as his early career and how he sees today’s frame building craft, True Temper’s decision to stop making bicycle tubes and, what a young person might be thinking about frame building today. He needs no further introduction – so, sit back and enjoy! http://www.wjcu.org/files/2016/06/wjcu-the_outspoken_cyclist_061816.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android |...

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