Traveling again—Coastal book events

Traveling again—Coastal book events

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Tour booking logistics are well underway; we’re headed out to take our Dinner and Bikes roadshow out east at the end of May. We’ll be driving a Waste Vegetable Oil burning van, serving up delicious vegan, gluten-free food, showing movies, selling books, and talking about Bikenomics of course. If we’re coming through your town, please […]

Elly Blue Publishing goes digital!

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Here at EBP HQ, we are big believers in the printed word (check out our post from earlier this week about the economics of publishing for one of the biggest reasons why). At the same time, we’re hardly luddites or purists or anything like that—this business is built on tech, through and through. It may […]

The Business of Publishing: The economic...

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This post was written by Joe Biel, founder and owner of Portland-based independent press Microcosm Publishing (and not incidentally, the publisher of my books Bikenomics and Everyday Bicycling). A couple of years ago, I posted a short guide to how I fund and sell zines; quite a few people since have said that they used […]

Biking like a woman

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A couple months ago, a man explained to me that he believes in the fashionable biking movement because it allows women to still feel feminine while they ride a bike, thus demolishing one barrier to getting around on two wheels. I’ve heard this from women as well in the past and thought “well, to each […]

What does sci fi tell us about feminism?

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Update: The Kickstarter for the third Bikes in Space book, Pedal Zombies is live through August 4, 2015. (And yes, you can request a feminist analysis on this one, too.) When I ran the Kickstarter project for the original Bikes in Space zine, it included some funny rewards. One of them allowed the backer to […]

Aftermass is coming! To Portland and the...

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Five years and a few weeks ago, some guys came by my office to see if they could interview me for a documentary the next day. I said sure. Then I didn’t show up. Fortunately, they were persistent and came by again the next day, and I sat in front of their camera for an […]

Why teens often have trouble driving saf...

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During the frenzied final days of writing Bikenomics, I decided I needed to add in some extra facts about teenagers in the chapter on safety. I performed—mea culpa!—a hasty google search and incorporated what I found in (this is the really embarrassing part) an article in Auto Observer into the text. It turned out to […]

Zooming into the future, with kids on sc...

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Support the Kickstarter project for Zoom! through March 24th Jen and Randy Charrette approached me last fall about a children’s book they’d been developing. The book is a short, full color story for toddlers about pretty much the cutest thing I’ve ever witnessed: Balance biking. Balance bikes are tiny bikes for tots without pedals—they propel […]

Why we need a women's movement in bicycl...

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In the wake of the 3rd annual National Women’s Bicycling Forum in DC last week, there’s been some buzz online—does it make sense to have a separate women’s event? Does it help or does it segregate? Is the women’s forum the reason that the ensuing National Bike Summit was largely populated and led by white […]

The publishing revolution will be femini...

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It was Bec, a fellow feminist bicycle revolutionary who I met last March in DC (and who later wrote the first essay in the new Religion issue of Taking the Lane), who insisted that I sign up for the Tech Ladymafia, a listserve of women in tech. But I’m not in tech, I protested. She […]

In 2014 I take to the streets, roads, ra...

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Way back in 2013 I made my new year’s resolution in advance: In 2014, I would travel to talk about bikes and Bikenomics. Talk about setting myself up for success….maybe too much success. At the end of January, I kicked off this year of travel with a book event in Detroit, where the book begins—and where […]

Call for Submissions: Grief and Healing ...

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You are invited to contribute to issue number 14 of Taking the Lane. Essays, artwork, fiction, and poetry that explore ideas around grief and healing (through the lens of bicycling, and in a feminist manner) are being sought. Love and loss, injury and recovery, and crimes of a property or planetary nature are all relevant—as […]

Traffic is a gas

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View Bikenomics: Traffic is a Gas from Microcosm Publishing on Vimeo. This new Bikenomics animation explaining the concept of induced demand was produced by my publisher. I wrote the script, inspired by a 1997 letter to the LA Times from Peter Jacobsen (of Safety in Numbers fame), which I found when chasing references in a […]

Call for Submissions: Bicycling and repr...

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Ever since the original Our Bodies, Our Bikes zine came out, I knew that any future edition would need to talk about reproductive rights. In the past year, the connection has been very much on my mind, as the women’s bicycling movement has taken off in a positive direction at the same time as women’s […]