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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. […]

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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Happy birthday, Bikenomics

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Bikenomics came out a year ago on December 1st. It’s hard to believe it’s been such a short time. The book has sold 7,000 copies, sparked friendships, taken me all over the US and the world, and in at least a few instances has helped to genuinely change a few communities for the better. Here’s […]

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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 […]

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, […]

The Vulva Bike: A true tale of shock, gl...

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When I first saw the ShockTwat on its inaugural journey, I marveled at it for two minutes straight and then snapped a photo with my phone at the last moment before it rolled away. When the time came to launch the Kickstarter campaign for Our Bodies, Our Bikes, I looked through my photos for a […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Question Time: Help write my new Bicycli...

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Today my first post for Bicycling Magazine went up, titled “An Invitation to the Party,” in which I remind us all to make biking feel fun and special, like the party everyone wishes they were at, rather than the wholesome and serious duty participation the bike movement or even just a bike ride can at […]