Show #340 – March 25, 2017...

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http://www.wjcu.org/files/audio/shows/outspokencyclist/wjcu-the_outspoken_cyclist_2017-03-25.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSFirst, we speak with our Washington, DC connection, Keith Laughlin, who is President of Rails to Trails.  Right after the election last fall, we asked Keith what he thought might happen vis a vis infrastructure, biking, and walking and he said it was “too soon to tell.”  This past week, the President’s “:skinny budget” was released and we come to find out that all the TIGER grants are slated for elimination.  So, what that portends for other transportation issues is yet to be revealed.  Keith gives us some solid information AND advice on how to add your voice where it will be heard – members of the House and Senate appropriations committees! Then, we meet a Warm Showers hostess who is nothing less...

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Show #320 – November 5, 2016...

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http://www.wjcu.org/files/audio/shows/outspokencyclist/wjcu-the_outspoken_cyclist_2016-11-05.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSGuests: Ayesha McGowan; Keith Laughlin; Marlaine Koehler First show of November and it’s a great one! We start with a bright, energetic go-getter by the name of Ayesha McGowan. Ayesha began racing at 28 and quickly shot up the ladder – winning the Cat 4 NY State Criterium Championship in 2015, she took first place at the 2016 NY State Road Race, and has her sights set on stage and time trial races for the upcoming season. What’s so interesting besides the quick one-two wins? She’s a music teacher and is involved with the tandem group InTandem that trains captains to ride with sight-impaired stokers . There’s a lot more to this young lady; just listen in! Then we head to Washington, DC...

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Show #271 – November 7, 2015...

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http://www.wjcu.org/files/2015/11/wjcu-the_outspoken_cyclist_110715.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSGuests: Senator Sherrod Brown; Keith Laughlin, Tim Blumenthal (Note: This show was recorded on Wednesday and Thursday, November 4th and 5th, before the passage of the Surface Transportation Bill Thursday afternoon. Who knew???) This week we dodged a HUGE bullet when amendments that would have cut funding for bicycle related initiatives including the Recreational Trails Program and the Transportation Alternatives Program were tabled and another amendment, #36, was introduced that will make it EASIER for states to commit funds to bike/ped projects. News from a variety of sources sent up alarm bells on Tuesday and then, literally overnight – poof! We were “home free”. I wanted to know what was going on in Congress that suddenly put the transportation bill front and center,...

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Show #216 – October 18, 2014...

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http://wjcu.org/files/audio/shows/outspokencyclist/wjcu-the_outspoken_cyclist_2014-10-18.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSGuests: Philly Bike Expo’s Bina Bilenky Trahan, Rails-to-Trails director Keith Laughlin; Brett Horton of the Horton Collection As bike shows go, the Philly Bike Expo is one of the best! And, as the weekend of November 8-9th approaches, I thought it would be a good idea to check in with show director Bina Bilenky Trahan and find out what is new for 2014. The Outspoken Cyclist herself will be attending the show this year too! As we ramp up to the midterm elections here in the U.S., and with a possible changing of the majority party as an outcome, I wanted to find out how transportation issues might be affected. So, I always like to go to the “man-in-the-know”, Rails to Trails director...

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Show #186 – March 15, 2014...

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http://wjcu.org/files/audio/shows/outspokencyclist/wjcu-the_outspoken_cyclist_2014-03-15.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSSGuests: Keith Laughlin, Rails-to-Trails;  Zach Vanderkooy, Green Lane Project;  Mike Cobb, Disaster Relief Trials It’s official; the weather in northeast Ohio has caused me to give up on the notion of riding a bicycle out of doors. Ever. And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming. If the federal government gives a railroad some land, what happens to the land when it’s no longer used for train tracks? According to the Supreme Court of the United States, it reverts to the adjacent, private landowners. Otherwise, a bike trail might run through someone’s house. Or something. Anyway, Keith Laughlin of Rails to Trails is here (again) this week to explain the court’s recent decision and its potential impact on rail-trails. On a brighter note,...

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