Online Bike Repair and Safety Resources

Sheldon Brown - A great online resource for learning about bicycle repair, maintenance, and more, from the late, great Sheldon Brown. - Practical information about safe cycling alongside motorized traffic. - Lots of information about bicycling and connections to community bicycle shops and programs around the world.

Our friends at Cyclists Inciting Change through Live Exchange (C.I.C.L.E.) have developed a great guide to using your bike. We recommend you visit their page here for thoughts and tips relating to every aspect of riding your bike for transportation.

The League of American Bicyclists have an expansive resource on their site here.

Bicycling Street Smarts is also a good guide to safely riding in traffic.


Recommended Books on ON CYCLING

Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet by Mia Birk. Joyride tells the dramatic and enlightening behind-the-scenes story of how a group of determined visionaries transformed Portland into a cycling mecca and inspired the nation. Through a panoply of hilarious and poignant stories, Birk takes readers on a 20-year rollercoaster journey of global and local discovery and education, while bringing into sharp focus some of the planet’s most pressing and hotly debated energy and transportation issues, policies, shortcomings, and solutions.

The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society by Jeff Olson. Walking and bicycling are metaphors. While they are unique forms of mobility, they can also be thought of together to represent a “third mode” of transportation that is as important as highways and mass transit. This mode of transport, and the kind of thinking that is required to integrate it into our modern world, symbolizes a different perspective on our way of thinking. If you can understand why non-motorized mobility is important for transportation, you can also see how other problems could be resolved with similar thinking. This thought process is called The Third Mode, and this book describes how it can lead to a more connected, healthy, and sustainable society.

AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities – the prevailing guide to designing bicycle facilities in the United States. Given a much-needed update in 2012, some critics say it is still lacking in providing guidelines for important elements, such as protected bike lanes.

NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide – a publication of the National Association of City Transportation Officials cataloging the latest and greatest approaches to bicycle planning from Europe and the U.S.’s leading bicycle cities. The guide was the result of a year of collaboration between transportation officials from 15 major US cities. It recognizes and standardizes innovative cycling treatments like bike boxes and cycle tracks.

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices – defines the standards used by road managers nationwide to install and maintain traffic control devices on all public streets, highways, bikeways, and private roads open to public traffic. The MUTCD is published by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).