If I had any inclination to ride close to the parked cars — which of course, being a savvy cyclist, I didn’t — the snow would have prevented me. In effect, the snow is creating a very effective door zone buffer!
About John Brooking
I've been riding my bike for transportation in Maine since 2002, commuting year-round between Westbrook and South Portland, and riding everywhere around the Portland area. My mission is to empower cyclists to confidently use all roads as equal drivers, enabling them to use their bikes for any and all local transportation. In addition to being a Cycling Savvy instructor, I also hold a League Cycling Instructor certification, and do other bicycle education with the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and personally. You may contact me at johnbrooking4 @ gmail . com.
Entries by John Brooking
Communication is the most useful thing that most cyclists never do.
Why did that person–and sometimes it seems most of society–assume cyclists belong at the edge of the road? Why will strangers presume that it’s OK to get in your face and yell at you? While I’m not a sociologist, I have some theories.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
Where Do Cyclists Like to Ride? Not all routes are the same, and that is especially true for cycling. We all like to have relaxing, lightly-travelled routes that do not require constant vigilance and decision-making. Unfortunately, not all roads are like that. For those of us who ride for transportation, there is sometimes no avoiding […]
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 […]
This is Johnson Road in South Portland, Maine. This stretch of it that runs past the end of the jetport runway is less than 1/2 mile long, yet I’ve noticed that it is by far the place I’m most like to encounter motorist incivility on my bike travels. What gives? How I Ride It As […]