Aired: October 1, 2016

Pedal Power

Image via Flickr user Juliancolton

  • Bike Sharing (5 min.)

    With: Eddie Hill and Bridget Nemeth, Old Dominion University

    In an effort to curb pollution and congestion, cities across the U.S. have adopted bike share programs, and now colleges and universities are following suit. Hill and Nemeth started a bike share program on the campus of Old Dominion University, which offers free bikes to students.

  • Pedal Power (11 min.)

    With: Ralph Buehler, Virginia Tech

    Call it affordable, sustainable transportation. Call it public health. In his book City Cycling, Buehler emphasizes that bicycling shouldn’t be limited to those who are trained, fit, and daring enough to battle traffic on busy roads.

  • The World of Electric Bicycles (4 min.)

    With: Jerry Franklin, Danville Community College

    The electric bicycle, or e-bike, is growing in popularity and creating jobs.

  • Minimalist Running (9 min.)

    With: Silvia Blemker and Geoffrey Handsfield, University of Virginia

    Many runners today are taking off their shoes in favor of barefoot running. Blemker and Handsfield are mapping the muscles to learn how running barefoot compares to running with shoes.

  • Who was John Henry? (13 min.)

    With: Scott Reynolds Nelson, College of William and Mary

    The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history, but for years nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale. Nelson discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried secretly by the Richmond Penitentiary.

  • Parking Behavior (11 min.)

    With: Andrew Velkey, Christopher Newport University

    One psychologist is researching the foraging behavior of men and women drivers searching for parking spaces. There are the “perchers” and then there are the “soarers.”