Browsing Category : Advocacy

For Carmelita


Miss Sams herself, photo courtesy of West Town Bikes. I first met Carmelita Sams when she was helping to host a clothing swap during Women and Trans open shop night at West Town Bikes. Later she and I would meet again, at their Ciclo Urbano storefront when I came in with some tricky brake problems and she was the mechanic…

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Put Your Money Where Your Heart Is


It’s that Internet Time of Year again: #GivingTuesday, that day where presumably some Americans plagued with guilt that their annual family camping trip’s usually to a Best Buy parking lot are supposed to shore that up by giving to a charity or General Good Cause. Okay, okay, I won’t be so cynical. We trust our readership is better than that,…

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Rant Mode: ON Grar Level: 7


Bike Snob NYC yet again encapsulated how I feel about the cyclist vs. car debate in response to this piece of shit NYT opinion piece. Ugh, it makes me cry that I just used the phrase “cyclist vs. car.” As if it’s a zero sum game. As if it’s a debate with arguments of merit on both “sides”. As if…

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Honorary Bobby Cann Way Ceremony


We wrote about the tragic death of cyclist Bobby Cann at the wheels of a drunk driver when it first happened in May. This Friday, October 25th at 1 p.m., 27th Ward Alderman Walter Burnett is designating the street where he was struck and killed as “Honorary Bobby Cann Way”. The ceremony will take place at Clybourn and Larrabee and…

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Evolution of a City Cyclist


I found this WBEZ piece about how dangerous it is to ride a bike in Chicago today, and it’s really interesting. (Thanks Streetsblog for linking to it.) What I found most compelling were the audio snippets from five different bike commuters, talking about their commutes and how they feel about them. It really struck me because I’ve been doing a…

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Help Haul Ass for Luis Avina


I write about all facets of cycling culture for Tiny Fix. This means that sometimes I have to write about cyclists being the targets of violence. I absolutely hate reading, writing, and thinking about senseless violence, but I can’t let outrages like this pass without notice. Luis Avina is a Los Angelos bike messenger who was mugged by a group…

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Don’t Steal Bikes, Bro


Photo of the Chicago Messenger Mob Squad by Jake The recovery of Six’s HED wheel is already the stuff of legend-“it was some real Premium Rush shit.” After a kid was spotted riding the distinctively stickered and marked wheel, he was followed and tracked, phone calls were made and texts went out, and the thief was apprehended, surrounded ominously by…

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crash override


Want to help make streets safer? Yes! Collect better data about bike crashes? Yes! (Mmmmm, delicious data.) There’s a new website (but no mobile app, yet) from Willens Law Office that allows you to self-report bike accidents including weather/ light/ surface conditions, type of injury, and whether or not a police report was filed, AND you can do so anonymously…

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Go bike camping


A few Tiny Fixers and other Rad Bike Chicks went on a nice little bike camping trip last weekend. It was super fun! We wanted to share the wisdom we gained from our adventure, so here goes: 1.┬áHave the right bike. It can be a single speed or geared bike or even a fixie, but generally we’d recommend something with…

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