Some of your most frequent questions, answered. If you don’t find what you’re looking for here, feel free to email me: elly at taking the lane dot com

I want to contribute to the zine/send you a book manuscript
Awesome. Thanks. Read the call for submissions for the upcoming issue or book and send something my way; either a pitch or a fully written piece. In general, I’m looking for nonfiction writing under 1,000 words that fits the theme. If you’ve written something more book-like, or are planning to, check out my other publications and send me a proposal about why your project is a good fit.

Will you come to my town on tour?
We’d love to! I go on one tour a year to a different part of the US; in spring of 2014 it’ll be the eastern seaboard: Miami to Maine. Get in touch if you live in that general area and would like to help make an event happen. Get in touch even if you don’t live in that area, because we tend to plan our next tour around where we’ve gotten the most invitations.

How do I place a wholesale order?
I offer standard wholesale rates on everything in the shop. Please contact me to set up an account.

Will you donate books as a prize for my bike race / fundraising event?
Probably. If your event / organization actively supports equity in bicycling, then send me an email and I’ll see what I can do.

I ordered something a while ago and it hasn’t arrived yet.
Bummer! If your order doesn’t arrive after ten business days (or a month, if you live outside the U.S.), please contact me and we’ll sort it out right away.

Something on your website or shop is broken, misspelled, or weirdly formatted.
Oops. Thanks for letting me know — I always appreciate it.

How can I support your work?
Thanks for asking! I can only do this work because people like you read, share, and enjoy what I produce. You can pick up some books and zines in my shop, fund my new projects on Kickstarter, and tell the world about what you like. If you want to help me keep doing what I do but prefer not to buy things, you can support me with a small weekly tip on Gittip. Thank you.

How do I contact you?
The best way is to email me: elly at takingthelane dot com or use my contact form.

Where can I get Taking the Lane volumes 1, 2, and 5?
Sadly, the first two (and now the fifth) issues of Taking the Lane’s quarterly zine are long out of print. Volume 1 (Sharing the Road With Boys) is currently available as an e-book. Also, a version of the text was reprinted in issue 53 of Bitch magazine; you can buy back issues directly from them. A very different, greatly expanded version of Vol 5 (Our Bodies, Our Bikes) will come out in 2014.

I’m coming to Portland to ride my bike, what should I do here?
This is by far the most frequent question I’m asked! My friend Meghan and I have begun a response by putting out a tip zine, PDX by Bike, about bicycling in Portland (I also sell some other great maps and guide books to Portland). As for where to rent a bike, here’s a list of places. Personally, if I didn’t live here I’d probably spend my entire visit at Powell’s, but if you’re in a more drinking/eating/socializing mood, try heading towards SE 12th & Division or SE 34th & Belmont and seeing what you find. There are tons of other and probably cooler places to go, but that’s all you’re getting out of me for now.

What website/ecommerce software are you using?
My website runs on WordPress, using WooThemes. My shop runs on WooCommerce. Both have been artfully tweaked by my web developer, Caroline Paquette.

Thanks for reading! Feel free to ask any other burning questions that are on your mind.