Call for submissions: Disaster!

Update: “Disaster!” is now being funded on Kickstarter. Grab a copy and help make it happen!

Taking the Lane #9 is in the works and should be out in January. The theme this time around for our quarterly journal of all things bike-related is “Disaster!”

I’m seeking your nonfiction submissions about the role of bicycles in preparing for, surviving, and responding to disasters … natural and otherwise. Nonfiction only, under 1,000 words. The initial deadline is coming up soon, on December 1st.

Rough drafts are okay. Questions and pitches welcome. Illustrations sought. Send submissions to elly at taking the lane dot com.

So far we’ve tentatively lined up an interesting variety of content, from emergency planning when your bike is your vehicle to the Sandy aftermath to the economic crisis in Greece. Like each issue before it, the goal is to make “Disaster!” the best one yet. It’ll definitely be the most bright red.

2 Responses to “Call for submissions: Disaster!”

  1. Mark Wyatt November 20, 2012 at 9:32 am #


    In 2008, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City experienced record setting flooding. A chunk of the arts campus remains destroyed to this date.

    Even the Iowa Bicycle Coalition’s office was under 3′ of water. We managed to salvage most of our belongings, but had to relocate in a day.

    Bicycles were both a blessing and a curse during the flood. Our trails were built in low-lying and scenic areas and where the first to go.

    When the streets began to fill with water, bicycles ruled. We could cut through traffic. We could access areas that cars simply couldn’t. Because of the amount of traffic, the university requested employees attempt to commute by bike.

    During the sandbagging efforts, there were groups of cyclists who would rove from building to building carrying shovels and brooms to help with sandbags.

  2. Mark Wyatt November 20, 2012 at 9:34 am #

    let me add the the rebuilding efforts included bicycling. In Cedar Rapids, over 600 homes were destroyed. When the community decided to rebuild, bike trails, parking, and connectivity were priorities.

    If they were going to rebuild, they would do it right.

    In Coralville, they new levy system will include trails atop the levies. It helps to maintain the levy, but provides access to views blocked by the levy.

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