Tag Archives: Tour

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, [...]

Dinner and Bikes 2014 - The tour begins

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It’s that time of year again. We’re on a train, headed all the way east to begin our fourth annual Dinner and Bikes tour. In New York, we’re meeting up with Joshua Ploeg, who makes extravagantly delicious food (that happens to be vegan and gluten free) and Aaron Cynic, friendly roadie and documentarian. This year [...]

Kickstarter and the Praxis of Everyday L...

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Back in 2010, I published my very first zine, which was funded with my very first Kickstarter project, and coincided with the process of booking my very first tour. I couldn’t have done any of these things without a lot of help from a lot of people. One of these people, pictured here, is Sarah [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Events this week in Portland and Seattle

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Hi everyone! I’ll get back to regular posting here one of these days, but for now I am dabbling in the old-fashioned art of “analog blogging.” This arcane art can take many forms; in the next week it will involve appearing in various venues and either having conversations or delivering remarks, respectively. The first event [...]

California!

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We came to California chasing the dream and ended up in West Oakland. Actually, we come down here a couple times a year to visit friends, table at big book and zine events, and generally enjoy a working vacation away from the distractions of home. In a few days we’ll get on the train again [...]

Bicycle progress report: Trails in Houst...

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New bike funding in Houston will soon provide a better transportation connection along this bayou. While on tour for the last three years, we’ve had the pleasure of visiting many communities that are in the middle of big changes for bicycling. It’s a heady time right now. A lot of the people we met in [...]

On tour: Lack of infrastructure can't st...

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Mobilians on Bikes on a group ride. (Photos by Ben Brenner) There’s a chicken and egg question I keep coming back to — which comes first, the bike infrastructure or the bike riders? There doesn’t seem to be any single answer except the frustrating non-simple one that you need both at once and that they [...]

Bike infrastructure -- how not to do it

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I’m not entirely sure where I took this photo — Atlanta, maybe? [Thanks to the first commenter below for discovering that this was taken in Athens, Georgia] But it strikes me as a fine counter-example for bike infrastructurists to heed. I’ll leave it to y’all in the comments to provide a thorough critique, but I [...]

On tour: The battle of Baton Rouge

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In Baton Rouge last week, our event was on the same night as a big vote on transit funding. The vote was a big deal — a yes outcome would infuse over $10 million into the area’s struggling transit system, lowering average wait times from 75 to 15 minutes, increasing the number of routes, and [...]

Bikes and fashion (and me) meet in Black...

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The lady in this photo is Sheilanova Molina y Vedia, our host during our brief stay in Austin two weeks ago, looking chic as she headed out to her office, by bike of course. Though we stayed at her house, we only saw her for a few minutes; she was busy organizing a bicycling fashion [...]

On tour: Is Houston the next bicycle cap...

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“Houston is the sleeper — the next big bicycle city that nobody knows about yet,” Tom McCasland told us on Thursday. I was, of course, skeptical. My impression of Houston so far was all potholes, unpredictable driving, the chaotic geography of a city without zoning, and only a few sightings of hardy bicyclists. A conversation [...]

On tour: Taking the lane by the grassy k...

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Readers, we made the pilgrimage to Dealey Plaza. The place is an otherwise unremarkable freeway on ramp, marked with potholes that go all the way down to the underlying brick and two white “Xs” in the road marking the place where — or so we heard — a recent group of re-enactors guessed that the [...]