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.
About Karen Karabell
I live and work in St. Louis. I serve on two transportation committees for East-West Gateway Council of Governments, and on St. Louis County's Complete Streets Advisory Committee. I founded the Maryland Plaza Tuesday Night Ride, a social ride rolling along in its fourth 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, everywhere I ride.
As Paul McFarlane has observed: "The bicycle is the solution to every problem." Truth! Especially for savvy cyclists :-)
Entries by Karen Karabell
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.
Madonna, bless us! I’m not Catholic, but I’m white-on-rice for blessings. Favorite bumper sticker: Bless everyone, no exceptions. The Savvy Cyclist launches today on a weekly publication schedule. We’ll take all the blessings we can get. We’ve never done anything like this. It feels scary and exciting at the same time, like a big commitment. […]
At every step in the process, candidates are exhorted to put students first. “The most precious thing people give us isn’t their money,” Lisa Walker told the candidates. “It’s their time.”
As CyclingSavvy becomes better-known throughout the country, more instructors are getting requests to teach in cities not their own. Teaching in another city is rewarding on many levels. But there are a number of things that an instructor needs to know before saying “Yes!”
The basics are the same i...
Expect the unexpected. A cliché, of course, but one that certainly defines our work as CyclingSavvy instructors. In my first year teaching, I learned that no two workshops—or even sessions—would be alike. I also quickly learned the importance of reacting decisively to “facts on the ground.”
In an A...