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A primer on the best burgeoning bike scenes in North AmericaIn any list of the best biking cities on the continent, Portland, Oregon, would...

A primer on the best burgeoning bike scenes in North America


In any list of the best biking cities on the continent, Portland, Oregon, would certainly come out on top (with some cries of foul from San Francisco cyclists). But there are plenty of other North American cities where people move on pedal power. And in the wake of the 2008 spike in gas prices and boom in bike sales, municipal governments are attempting to make things easier for riders. We've measured everything from the League of American Bicyclists' comprehensive Bicycle Friendly Community ratings to the frequency of informal street races to bring you snapshots of seven places where the gears are turning. (A glossary of terms–including the dangerous races called alley cats-is listed at the end of this article.)

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Why are more public school educators than ever before leaving the field after only a few years in the classroom? Seven teachers take us to school. Anyone who thinks, "Those who can't do, teach" hasn't been taking very good notes: Teachers' work is hard, and getting harder. But don't just take our word..

Why are more public school educators than ever before leaving the field after only a few years in the classroom? Seven teachers take us to school.

Anyone who thinks,

Kelley Watson, 27

Years taught in public school: 3Classes taught: 10th-grade biology in Miami and Oakland, CaliforniaCurrent status: Teacher, still in OaklandLuckily for me, I don't have a husband, I don't have a boyfriend, and I don't have kids. I can't imagine how other teachers that have these things, or even a dog, can do it. It's a 24-hour-a-day job. This year at my school, half of the teachers are not returning, and we have a staff of about 23. Teachers keep leaving, and you can't blame them. It can be really stressful, and I feel really unsupported by my administration, the district, sometimes even by other teachers, and that can be really isolating and destructive to your morale. You try to make a difference and you're blocked at every step, and that can be very disheartening. Honestly, if it wasn't for coaching track and field and having those kids that really want to be out there, and not much preventing me from doing what I want with it, I wouldn't be all that into teaching, either.

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