Bike riding is patriotic

In a world increasingly hampered by economic decline, which is itself hampered by energy decline, there are few things more patriotic than simply using less energy to do what you need and want to do. From turning off lights in daylight hours to eating more foods in their natural state to walking more and driving less, there are many fairly painless ways to use less energy and still enjoy a great life.

As you can tell from glancing around Lindsay’s List, bike riding is a passion of mine. Handily, it’s also a low energy way to get around while being a great way to keep in shape.

In honor of Independence Day, I’m celebrating the path toward Energy Independence (so to speak) by posting a gallery of found photos from around the web with patriotic looking bikes and their riders. I hope this will inspire you to consider the role of transportation and liquid fuels in your life and in the life of our nation.

Less dependence on oil (in a conscious way) will mean less pollution and healthier air, fewer wars of choice along with better national security, more ways to stay active and therefore stay fit, and more connection to a sustainable level of local community.

Almost everyone loves bike riding. If you don’t want to do it for utilitarian reasons at least do it for fun and join the biking revolution! Enjoy!

Old Glory

All decked out for the Fourth. Photo:


Looking mighty patriotic, that! Photo:

Freedom Board

A DIY message board equating freedom with bicyles. Photo:

Freedom Bike

Biking is the patriotic way to save gas and live right. Photo:

Patriotic Streamers

How to and recycled too. Photo:

Bike Vote

The guys from get all activist-y for votes. Election year is next year. Is the next key demographic the bike vote? Photo: Vincent J. Brown via Flickr.

Decked Out

All decked out for the Fourth of July. Photo: 1m tlc via Flickr.

Girl bike patriot

Just throw on a red or blue skirt and go for a ride. Photo: Raffaella via Flickr.

Now get out there and ride!

–Lindsay Curren, Lindsay’s List

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About Lindsay Curren

Lindsay Curren has no intention of ending up the Scarlett O'Hara of the 21st century, dizzy and confused as neo-Rome burns. Instead, the Staunton, Virginia based writer, designer and high-heeled survivalist writes Lindsay's List, the women's conservation blog and edits Transition Voice, the online magazine on peak oil and the coming life of sweaty labor and, hopefully, nicer manners.

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