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Bike route mini-reviews: New Portland ed...

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A while back I was reading a bunch of music writing and was inspired to review bike routes as though they were records. I realized the other day that at least one of them is badly out of date. Here’s one update and a new review.

A life rebuilt by bicycle (and a new Kic...

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Taking the Lane #14 is coming out quite soon. But first, the Kickstarter. For this issue I asked people to send in submissions on the theme of “money and class.” It quickly became clear that other identity issues are inextricably important to this theme, and so the issue came to be called Bikequity and covers […]

Miss the Taking the Lane blog? Join me o...

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It’s been a while since I blogged here. Or anywhere. I miss it a bit, and some of you have let me know that you’d prefer I start up again. Well, I’m going to give it a try. But not here, for now—instead I’ll be posting a couple times a week on my Patreon page. […]

Kickstarting Biketopia, and more feminis...

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Excitingly, it’s at last getting close to time to publish a new volume of Bikes in Space. This year’s collection of feminist bicycle science fiction short stories is called Biketopia, and it’s live on Kickstarter right now. This is the first year that I’m not offering a reward that gives you the chance to assign […]

Call for Submissions: Bikes in Space #5:...

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Submissions are open for Bikes in Space Volume 5. The theme is Intersections. Stories that are accepted will all have a feminist perspective and incorporate bicycling in some way, whether or not they are actually about feminism or about bicycles. We especially welcome submissions from writers of color and nonbinary writers, and seek stories that […]

A song, a poem, some reviews, and other ...

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Yesterday was a big day: Two people, completely unrelatedly, sent us creative projects inspired by the Bikes in Space series. More on those in a minute. First, a big news flash about the Kickstarter campaign for Bikes in Space 3, Pedal Zombies: We’re in some hot water here. With less than 5 days to go, […]

Now Kickstarting: Pedal Zombies! (That's...

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Maybe it’s tomorrow. Maybe it’s in a century. Maybe it’s already happened. But disasters, and aftermaths that pit us against each other, seem to be inevitable in the course of human history. Whatever the zombie apocalypse means to you, there’s a story for you in the third volume of Bikes in Space 3, Pedal Zombies. […]

My big news for 2015: Joining forces wit...

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Update: You’re invited to our Merger Celebration! Tuesday, January 27, 6-8pm (followed by live music) The Waypost, 3120 N Williams, Portland, Oregon Happy new year, everyone! I am buried in a mountain of paperwork, spreadsheets, and to-do lists, but wanted to surface for a moment to give you, the readers and visitors to this blog, […]

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Happy birthday, Bikenomics

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Bikenomics came out a year ago on December 1st. It’s hard to believe it’s been such a short time. The book has sold 7,000 copies, sparked friendships, taken me all over the US and the world, and in at least a few instances has helped to genuinely change a few communities for the better. Here’s […]

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Dreaming of Portland

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Portland! I miss you. For the month or two at a time that I’ve spent at home in the past year (probably adding up to about half the year, more or less), I’ve been happy. (So has my cat.) Sure, in these staccato bursts of time, I’ve watched you change. I’ve watched fortress-like condominiums pop […]

The Business of Publishing: Title Develo...

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This is the fifth post in a series of articles for aspiring publishers. The series is written by Joe Biel, the founder and owner of Microcosm Publishing and the co-author of DIY publishing how-to book Make a Zine. Title development is what determines a book’s packaging. It’s the magic combination of title and subtitle, the […]

Dinner and Bikes rolls out again!

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The fifth annual Dinner and Bikes tour is upon us! Josh, Aaron, Joe, and I will be rolling out yet again this May, hitting the road in some sort of gas guzzling behemoth, making a sort of lopsided shape that defies geometrical definition. Our easternmost extreme will be Chicago. Our westernmost extreme will be Amarillo, […]

The Business of Publishing: Formatting f...

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This is the fourth post in a series of articles for aspiring publishers. The series is written by Joe Biel, the founder and owner of Microcosm Publishing and the co-author of DIY publishing how-to book Make a Zine. Formatting for Print So you’ve got a book. Or at least, you have a lot of content […]

Now Funding: The Journal of Bicycle Femi...

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tl;dr: The first annual Journal of Bicycle Feminism is up on Kickstarter! Help make it happen, friends. August 1st was a scorcher, and around 3pm Julie the intern insisted that we cut short our work day and go get ice cream. No convincing arguments against this plan presented themselves, so she hopped onto the back […]