Guest post: Bikes & Birds!

imageMale and female Eastern Bluebirds, looking adorable (photo by Stu Watson)

The following is a guest post from my dear friend, the esteemed naturalist Stuart Watson.  He’s the author of regarding nature, an excellent blog that chronicles his adventures in the Massachusetts woods (you should follow him on twitter).  

Stu and I have been friends since the 7th grade, which explains why he was able to rope me into bird watching with him at 7:00 AM on a Saturday.  It’s for a good cause—supporting a local conservation groupso I suppose I can’t complain too much…
Anyway, I hope to see you there!

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Guest post: Dewey Cyr, “Real Pops”

I’ve always found myself drawn to bike-based companies. There’s something about harnessing the power and simplicity of a bicycle to do business that intrigues me. I think it’s the combination of easy customization, inherent mobility, and fun—it gets me every time.

So when I found out that a friend was starting a bike-centric popsicle company through Kickstarter, I insisted that she write a post to promote it. My only requirement was that she let me try one of her signature pops first (‘cause what if they’re terrible? I simply won’t support things that are terrible).

Verdict: they’re incredible! Seriously, these things put all other popsicles to shame. They’ve got my vote, and hopefully yours. Support her campaign before it ends!

Here’s Dewey:

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Guest post: Doug Reich, “One Simple Principle for Comfort on the Road”

I’m happy to announce this Bike Safe Boston special guest post by Doug Reich of Weather Out There. Doug’s an avid cyclist and bike geek sharing what he learns about transportation cycling in a practical, engaging way.

When I asked Doug why he started his blog, here’s what he had to say:

I started my blog to answer the question I get most in my office, which is “you didn’t ride in that weather today, did you?” (the answer was always, “yes, I did”). To me, they were really asking about how I stayed warm and dry. At first, I put up posts that simply listed the conditions and my attire, with the idea that a novice may find that information helpful. After a week, that got painfully dull, so I branched out into giving some public service information, on topics such as maintenance and basic bike knowledge. I’m in the process of switching careers to work in bikes full time, so the blog should evolve in an interesting way over the next few weeks as I make that switch.

Nice. Now, let’s get to Doug’s post!

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Guest post: Ian Klepetar, “Superheroes”

The next post in Bike Safe Boston’s special guest series is by Ian Klepetar of BicycleBenefits.

According to Ian’s website, Bicycle Benefits is a “progressive bicycling program designed to reward individuals and businesses for their commitment to cleaner air, personal health, and the use of pedaling energy in order to create a more sustainable community”.

By incentivizing cycling, Ian encourages citydwellers to use their bikes for daily errands: just buy a sticker for $5 to get discounts at the local coffeeshops, restaurants and stores you use everyday.

Though Bicycle Benefits’s humble roots are in Ian’s hometown of Saratoga Springs, NY, Ian has been spreading his message all over the country since 2006 (by bike, of course). 21 states (plus British Columbia) now have thriving Bicycle Benefits programs. And, considering Ian’s passion and energy, more will soon follow.

All right, on to his post!

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