Entries by John Brooking

A Nice Ride to The Lobster Shack

Hidden away on a rocky point off the coast of Maine and close to two lighthouses is a small but popular seafood place that calls itself “The Lobster Shack.” It’s a few miles off the nearest numbered state route and there’s no sign advertising its presence, yet locals and tourists alike know of it. In high […]

The Benefits of Bicycle Training

I was contemplating on my bike ride home one day last week that I’ve recently completed my 13th year of bicycle commuting, and how much more confident I am about my travel now than I was, say, 10 years ago. Early Days When I started, I knew just enough to basically follow the rules of […]

Staying Safe in the Snow

I commute by bicycle year-round in Maine. When I first started, I didn’t ride in the snow, but over the years, I have challenged myself more and more until, these days, I’m willing to ride through almost anything. When you do this, one of the first things you learn is that people think you’re crazy. […]

CyclingSavvy Comes to Portsmouth

BIG NEWS!   Thanks to the generous support and effort of Commute Smart Seacost,Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes, and the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Portsmouth and Kittery area bicyclists now will have an opportunity to experience CyclingSavvy, the empowering and fun cycling confidence course. Just in time for National Bike to Work Week (May 12-16), bicyclists can […]

CyclingSavvy on the Radio

Every year around this time, I am grateful that two bicycle-commuting DJs at WMPG, Portland’s community radio station, welcome me onto their shows to talk about bicycle transportation and safe riding around traffic. Gail Wartell hosts Tuesday Night Talk Radio, a discussion and call-in show, while DJ Adira and I get an early start on […]