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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 […]

What's your #bikenomics?

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While researching and writing the multitude of topics that would eventually collide in unexpected ways to become the Bikenomics book, it seemed like I could hardly walk down the street or have a conversation without stumbling upon another example of bikenomics in action. Each of these examples reminds me: Bikenomics is more than a book. […]

Is bicycling a civil rights issue?

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Quick answer: Yes. But make sure your actions are actually on the side you want them to be. I’ve been writing for some time about bicycling and gender. Being female is a condition over which I have little control, and as a result of it I’ve had some funny and tough experiences in the course […]

New book proves it: Cars are in the Way

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Bikenomics is happening. Not just the book, but the movement. I had an op-ed in the Guardian this morning, explaining some of the reasons why cars are in the way—not just in terms of clogging up public roadways, but in the way of ordinary people getting by economically, in the way of being able to […]

Hang up and drive: Ringtone edition

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Yesterday morning, walking the dog, I was idly noticing just how many of the people driving down our relatively quiet residential street were talking on the phone. Out of my precaffeinated haze emerged one of those ideas that entertained me so much that I knew I had to do it. By mid-afternoon, it had been […]

Bikenomics News Roundup

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Another week of Bikenomics news! I’ll try to do this every Wednesday—with the greater goals of getting back into the habit of blogging, and continuing to talk about stuff that has come up since I finished writing the book in July. (Side note: The book doesn’t come out til December 1st… but it’s been printed! […]

Bikenomics News Roundup

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Bikenomics is coming out in just a month and a half. And I’ve got a kickstarter project running to fund the book and a tour. But I stopped making edits months ago, and the ideas and conversations in the book have already been continuing in my head. Once you read it, they’ll be continuing in […]

A Nobel for the one who predicted it all

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In my late teens I got a job in a video store in Hamden, Connecticut and worked there on and off for five years, standing behind a computer and renting movies. It happened to be the only good video store in the region, so we had a lot of customers make the 4 mile drive […]

Bikenomics is coming soon...

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Well, it’s happening. Bicycles are changing U.S. culture, infrastructure, and economy at a remarkable rate. I’ve been on a mad dash for years to try to keep up with all the instances of amazing work, community, and change going on around bikes. Along the way, I’ve been writing about as much of it as I […]

Bikenomics: The cost of depreciation

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My next book, Bikenomics: How Bicycling Can Save the Economy, comes out December 1st. I gave a talk at the Portland Art Museum on July 14th as part of a panel on the topic—here’s a version of what I read, an edited excerpt from the book. The American Automobile Association publishes a report every year […]

Breaking: Bike infrastructure debate off...

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Municipal leaders, advocates, and engineers in cities from Toronto to Tulsa, take note: The absurd debate about whether or not investing in bicycle-friendly streets is good for cyclists (and everyone else) is over. Done. Kaput. No longer deserving of a moment of your attention. This debate has divided and distracted bicycle advocates for decades. I […]

Women on Bikes Mean Business: Heading to...

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Despite years of immersion in all things bicycle, I have yet to partake in the annual circus known as the National Bike Summit. This year, that’s changing. Next week I head out to DC, a trail of giant carbon footprints in my wake, to join the fun. The NBS is a festival of wonkery, consisting […]

Biking with Kids in the Snow

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The whys and hows of bicycling Seattle’s hills in the snow with two young kids in tow.

Learning to ride: Joining the Street Rid...

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This is the third post of three outtakes from Volume 8 of the quarterly Taking the Lane series, Childhood. (Read the first one here and the second one here). This story is by Brigette Brown. Sweat drips down my forehead, tears of exasperation well up in my eyes. I struggle under the hot afternoon sun. […]