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June 2, 2021

Can You Get Exercise Riding an E-Bike?

Person riding e-bike up hill

You’ve undoubtedly seen them around, standing near the bike rack at the farmer’s market, kicking up dirt on your favorite mountain bike trail or cruising along the neighborhood bike path. E-bikes seem to be everywhere these days. That’s because sales ballooned 145% in 2020 compared with the previous year, according to industry analysts at The […]

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April 2, 2021

For Cyclists, E-Racing Mixes Competition and Equality

screen shot of women riders during first virtual Tour de France bike race

I am at the start line, sweat dripping down my temples. The countdown for today’s bike race, the Zwift Pro/Am Race Series, is on. Ten more seconds, then it’s full gas. I try to calm my race nerves and remind myself of all the training I put in. The banner drops, and off I go, […]

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January 22, 2021

Hiking Through Illness

The cancer diagnosis felt like the ultimate betrayal. I was a healthy, active, middle-age woman who seldom got sick. In the summer of 2020, I learned I had cancer in my lungs though I’d never smoked a day in my life. Nothing had prepared me for this. I instinctively began thinking through all the things […]

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January 15, 2021

Op-Ed: Why Communities Need One-Time Emergency Park Funding

Two runners wind their way through a community park in Austin

This Op-Ed represents the opinions of The Trust for Public Land. When the pandemic upended the ways that Americans work and play, people turned to parks. As museums, performance halls and gyms closed, green spaces offered their own kind of theater in the dance of light on a stand of pines, their own music in […]

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January 12, 2021

The Best Indoor Cycling Apps for All Riders

Wahoo Kickr trainer

Mental toughness used to be a key component to indoor cycling. (Well, that or a Netflix subscription.) Now, there are training apps aplenty to keep the boredom at bay and motivation strong when you need to ride indoors. And there’s a good option for all cyclists, whether you’re into virtual competitions, structured training regimens or […]

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January 8, 2021

Refuge Outdoor Festival: Where BIPOCs Can See Themselves in a Life Outdoors

Refuge Outdoor Festival participants

rowing up in Louisiana, once dubbed “the sportsman’s paradise,” you’d think I’d have at least some bit of familiarity with outdoor life. That hasn’t been the case. It’s not entirely my fault, though: The outdoors was represented to me as a place catering only to the needs of hunters and fishermen. Despite growing up in […]

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December 30, 2020

Recreate Responsibly: An Activity-Specific Guide

Two people and dog snowshoeing in wooded area.

Editor’s note: This article was first published on May 29, 2020. It was updated on Dec. 30, 2020 with the latest winter guidelines for responsible recreation. With winter in full swing, many continue to venture outside to ski, snowshoe, hike or play in the snow—and find solace in nature during the current pandemic. But spending […]

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December 29, 2020

A New Way to Experience the Adirondacks

Adirondacks in New York

Ask any visitor to the Adirondack Park in New York what they like best about it, and you’ll likely get an answer along the lines of “the peace and quiet.” At 6 million acres, it’s easy to find vast areas of rocky peaks, networks of ponds and rivers and more than 2,000 miles of trails […]

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December 9, 2020

Are Bike Messengers Gearing Up For a New Chapter?

bike messengers biking through traffic

  evin Bolger knows New York City better than most. Since 1992, Bolger—call him ‘Squid’—has jockeyed the asphalt as a bicycle messenger. That’s nearly 30 years of riding—usually for five hours a day, six days per week—delivering parcels through snowstorms and heatwaves, weaving between gridlocked lanes of honking traffic, dodging delivery trucks and potholes and […]

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