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In defense of reckless bicyclists

Posted: April 10th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, The Spoken Word | 2 Comments

By Hutton Marshall | The Spoken Word We all know the types: those shaggy-haired 20-somethings flying down the street the wrong way — helmet-less, of course — pedaling straight through stop signs with no care for the safety of themselves or others. We can argue about how representative this biker is of the larger bicycling community, but there’s no use denying the existence of this stereotype. This person exists.

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To helmet or not to helmet?

Posted: March 13th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, The Spoken Word | No Comments

That may no longer be a question Hutton Marshall | The Spoken Word Last month, state Sen. Carol Liu, a Democrat from Los Angeles County, proposed a bill that would stick helmets to the heads of all California bicyclists using the powerful glue of the law. In the name of public safety, this helmet mandate would make it a $25 offense to cycle without a brain bucket at any time in the Golden State. It would […]

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How dangerous is bicycling?

Posted: February 13th, 2015 | Columns, Featured, The Spoken Word | 6 Comments

Hutton Marshall The Spoken Word Biking is different for me now than it was as a kid. Back in the Texas suburbs during the ’90s, I would ride my little Huffy bike around the wide, empty streets of suburbia without bothering to notice which lane I was in or whose driveway I was racing across. The sun was shining every day, even at night. Helmets were for klutzes and “bike infrastructure” was a foreign, unneeded […]

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The bike share cometh

Posted: January 16th, 2015 | Columns, Communities, Featured, The Spoken Word | 1 Comment

Hutton Marshall | The Spoken Word Hark! San Diego’s long-awaited bike-share program has at last begun installation throughout the city. Regardless of the fact that it’s being installed over a year late, it’s undeniably exciting that San Diego can now join the ranks of other environmentally friendly cities relying on — and profiting off of — the practical, semi-stylish beach cruisers of Decobike, the company overseeing, implementing and doling out $8 million for the program.

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Cyclical spotlight: Johan Wangbichler

Posted: December 19th, 2014 | Columns, Communities, Featured, The Spoken Word | 2 Comments

By Hutton Marshall | The Spoken Word Through a program with New Belgium Brewing and its annual Tour de Fat, I donated my car and pledged to live car-free for a year in exchange for a commuter bicycle. I’m using the experience to take a look at the state of bicycling in San Diego, and how it fits into the city’s economy, culture and future growth. Every month, Johan Wangbichler, a gregarious German transplant, leads […]

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A bike lane apart

Posted: November 21st, 2014 | Columns, Featured, The Spoken Word | 3 Comments

In defense of protected bikeways Hutton Marshall | The Spoken Word Through a program with new Belgium brewing and its annual Tour de Fat, I donated my car and pledged to live car-free for a year in exchange for a commuter bicycle. I’m using the experience to take a look at the state of bicycling in San Diego, and how it fits into the city’s economy, culture and future growth.

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