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March 15th 2015 - Written by: Kelsy

Riding Cancer into the Ground

Riding to work - phto by U of C photographer

I woke up at the usual time, 5:30 AM, on the morning of my last radiation treatment for prostate cancer.

It had been a long haul; from diagnosis of the most aggressive form of what is more typically a slow-growing cancer in October 2011, to surgery in November. Then started the 38 radiation treatments: five days a week for two months during the summer of 2012. I had asked my radiation oncologist, Dr. Stanley Liauw at the University Of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center, if I would able to ride my bike to every treatment. It was a 44-mile round-trip from my home in Evanston, a northern suburb along Lake Michigan, to the Cancer Center in the Hyde Park neighborhood on Chicago’s South side.

“Well,” Stan said, “we’ll see how you feel about halfway through.” (more…)


May 18th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Friday Round Up: Bike Every Day

Serena Bishop Gordon mountain biking her way through Scotland. Read more about her trip here.

It’s Bike to Work Day today and the entire month of May has been deemed Bike Month or 30 Days of Biking. The League of American Cyclists launched this month-long celebration of biking:

National Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride. Whether you bike to work or school; to save money or time; to preserve your health or the environment; to explore your community or get to your destination, get involved in Bike Month in your city or state — and help get more people in your community out riding too!

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March 5th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Lane Love: GOOD Busts Common Urban Biking Myths

This story was originally posted on GOOD Magazine’s website in partnership with CLIF Bar’s 2-Mile Challenge.

Maybe it’s that story you heard once about a friend-of-a-friend who got hit by a crazy driver while biking? Or the nervous calculation when you compare a 25 pound bike to a several ton car? Whatever their source, there are plenty of urban legends and misconceptions when it comes to bicycle safety and how hard it is to share the road. We’ve talked to cyclists and experts alike to reveal what’s truth and what’s fiction in common biking myths.

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February 22nd 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Ditch Your Car: How Bike Commuting Saves You Money

Ever wondered how much your pocketbook may benefit from you ditching your car? We have and were excited to read this article, originally posted by Out Of Your Rut. We hope that you are inspired to trade the car keys in for your bike lock, next time you need to run an errand.

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January 4th 2012 - Written by: Kelsy

Ditch Your Car: Take the Winter B-Icicle Challenge

We all know it can be difficult to hop on your bike when the weather takes a turn. Rain, snow and icy roads can sometimes deter even the most hardcore riders amongst us. That’s why it’s good to have a few friends to hold you to it… enter the Winter B-icicle Challenge

As winter settles in across all Northern Hemisphere nations, and the cold wind blows, it’s tempting to put your bike away for hibernation. But as of December 1, we’re asking you to keep on pedalling through all three winter months.

Why are we doing it?

  • To see if we can put our money where our mouth is in regards to living a greener life, and not just when weather permits
  • A good time to reflect about those people without homes during winter
  • We love riding our bikes and don’t want to go three months without it
  • We hate traffic jams!

Rules. We will ride to work or school everyday unless:

  • The road is so icy we’ll most probably break our necks (read here for alternatives)
  • We have a meeting or activity that is more than an hour bike ride away
  • We’re so sick with the flu we can’t even be bothered to watch The Wire

What we want from you.

Join us! If you’re heading into the depths of winter.

Learn more here and sign up on Facebook here.


December 21st 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Be Like Denmark: Ditch Your Car and Ride Your Bike

We all know that it’s better for us and the environment if we hop on our bikes to commute, especially the short trips we have every day, but it’s always awesome to have some solid numbers on our side too. Check it out…

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December 14th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Infographic: How Bikes Can Save Us

We love all of the bicycle-inspired infographics popping up these days. This one makes it pretty clear: you’re going to save a lot of money and maybe your life by riding your bike to work. A few choice bits we pulled out…

  • 20 bikes can be parked in the same space as 1 car
  • Bikes are 50% faster than cars during rush hour
  • Adding 30 minutes of daily cycling saves us $544 in medical costs annually
  • The average person loses 13 pounds in their first year of riding

Definitely makes us feel good about hopping on our bikes everyday.

Biking And Health
Created by: Healthcare Management Degree

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!


April 27th 2011 - Written by: Kelsy

Chain Marks Are Hot

Mark your calendars: Bike to Work Week is coming up next month, May 16-20. But there’s no excuse for not bike commuting right now. A little visual inspiration from People For Bikes.

Every Wednesday on Ditch Your Car we’ll be bringing you just another reason to spend more time on two wheels. Be it a photo, a statistic or an inspirational video, we want to keep reminding you about why riding is great!

Via: Adventure Journal


November 11th 2010 - Written by: Kelsy

If I Ride…

Great video that says it all.

If I Ride from NORTH on Vimeo.

What would happen if you rode more?


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