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Call for Submissions: Cats. And Bikes. I...

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The theme of the eighth annual Bikes in Spaces, the galaxy’s only series of feminist bicycle science fiction anthologies, is in the works! This volume’s theme is… cats. House cats. Ship cats. Lions. Strays. Anthropomorphic talking cats. Feline deities. Familiars. Wherever your imagination takes you, we’d love to read your story. Please send us your […]

Call for Submissions: Bikesexuality

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Back in 2012, the seventh issue of Taking the Lane zine was called BikeSexuality. It sold out quickly, and has been out of print for years. Due to its popularity, we’ve decided to create a book along the same theme, currently scheduled to come out at the end of 2020. Here are the details: Call […]

Lessons from the Untokening

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Some of the smartest and most effective leaders in bicycle advocacy founded The Untokening a few years ago. It’s a mobility justice movement that centers marginalized voices. The organization is all about reframing the narrative around transportation and to that end, they publish papers, host webinars, and have regular conferences. Mel Herrera-Baird attended one of […]

Call for submissions: Bikes in Space tra...

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It’s time: We’re requesting stories for the seventh volume of feminist bicycle science fiction series Bikes in Space. The fifth volume, Bikes Not Rockets, is funding on Kickstarter through August 8th. The sixth, with the working title Dragon Bike, is in edits. This seventh volume is scheduled to come out in early 2021. For the […]

Call for Submissions: True Trans Bike Re...

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Deadline extension: The deadline has been extended to June 15th, 2018 so that folks who find out about this call for submissions via our Kickstarter project will have time to write something. Taking the Lane #15 is called True Trans Bike Rebel and guest edited by Lydia Rogue. They are looking for nonfiction writing about […]

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Call for Submissions: Bikes in Space 6: ...

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With volume 5 in edits, it’s time to start planning the sixth volume of the Bikes in Space series of feminist bicycle science fiction, currently planned to come out in early 2020. The theme for this issue is: Dragons. Story length: 500 to 8,000 words (stories on the shorter end tend to appeal to me […]

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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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 […]