Finally, police have the opportunity to truly appreciate and understand the legitimate safety concerns and needs of cyclists.
About Karen Karabell
I live and work in St. Louis. I serve on the Bicycle-Pedestrian Advisory Committee for East-West Gateway Council of Governments, and St. Louis County's Complete Streets Advisory Committee. I founded the Maryland Plaza Tuesday Night Ride, a social ride rolling along in its third year.
I use my bike year-round for transportation. What a thrill to discover CyclingSavvy! Without exception these are the BEST practices for safe and easy bicycling.
"The bicycle is the solution to every problem," my friend Paul McFarlane has observed. Truth, especially for savvy cyclists :-)
Entries by Karen Karabell
Leo Stone will never forget the first time he saw bicycling’s dance video.
The driver’s anger poisoned the energy of the other drivers on the road. Everyone started honking.
He realized that biking was about so much more than the bike. His research led him to savvy cycling, as a way to restore kindness and civility to everyday human encounters.
When you go out today — reasonably certain of being able to get where you want to go without incident — thank this man. He had something to do with your safe travels, even though you’ve probably never heard of him.
Four days after returning to St. Louis, I walked into my local e-bike dealer with my credit card ready. My husband and I didn’t own a cargo bike. After riding my sister’s electric cargo bike in Nashville, I wanted to see for myself if an e-cargo bike could truly replace car trips.
E-bikes aren’t replacements for bikes. They replace cars. They can move you across town, and over steep hills, at higher speeds with less effort while still offering clean, low-cost transportation. But there’s a catch many people don’t realize.
I shuddered and said a prayer for his safety. I fervently hoped the dictum would hold true: Even when done poorly, bicycling is very safe.
Within a few short hours, a man who hasn’t been on a bicycle since he was a child rides with ease on one of America’s ridiculously auto-centric bridges. How is this possible?
I learned through CyclingSavvy that if I wait for a green light to turn right onto major arterial roads, I typically get the road all to myself for the amount of time I need to be on it.