Tag Archives: Bicycling

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 […]

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.

A peek at the new Bikenomics book

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Everyday Bicycling may be barely out the gate, but I’ve already been hard at work for some time on the next book. The writing process has not been pretty (albeit it’s been easier the second time around). But the cover is freaking gorgeous. I can’t stop looking at it. I swear it makes the words […]

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. […]

Learning to ride: Falling off and gettin...

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This is the second post of three outtakes from Volume 8 of the quarterly Taking the Lane series, Childhood. (Read the first one here and the third here). This story is by Lisa Hassan Scott. When I was in the depths of postnatal depression I can remember thinking that I had no positive memories of […]

Learning to ride: Sparkly Purple Banana ...

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This is the first post of three dedicated to stories of learning to ride a bike for the first time. These are outtakes from Volume 8 of the quarterly Taking the Lane series, Childhood. (The second story is here and the third is here.) I wanted to print them all but didn’t have room; the […]

Bragging rights: What have you carried b...

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I find very few things in life more satisfying than finding new ways to carry stuff by bike. Especially the kind of things that you really *shouldn’t* be able to bike with. The one thing that is possibly more satisfying? Getting to talk about it later. Fortunately, I’m not alone in enjoying these indulgences. Every […]

Everyday Bicycling - Elly Blue - Taking the Lane

Time to Get Rolling: Everyday Bicycling ...

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I’m very excited to be able to share that my new book exists: Everyday Bicycling: How to Ride a Bicycle for Transportation (Whatever Your Lifestyle). I’m particularly excited that this book exists because – well, it’s really needed. Something like 70% of people in the US want to ride a bicycle more often. Most of […]

Femibici and Insolente: The Mexican chic...

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The language barrier being what it was, I still don’t know exactly why I was invited to be a keynote speaker at the 5th National Urban Cycling Congress that took place in Oaxaca, Mexico, at the end of September, though I’m extremely glad I went. It was hard to figure out what I was being […]

Paradise is as bicycle-friendly as you m...

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Painting a new bike lane in Oaxaca City Imagine Critical Mass – but you’ve raised money to pay the police to escort the ride – and hundreds of people show up, including whole families – and everyone is singing and chanting and having a grand time – and it happens twice a week. That’s how […]

The case for equal prize money in bike r...

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Getting ready to jump over a hurdle at a 2009 ‘cross race. Cyclocross season is well underway. It’s something of a local pastime here in Portland, with serious road racers enjoying a chance to eat waffles and get muddy (well, this year it’s more like dusty) in a cheery, open environment. Many everyday, regular, jeans-and-a-t-shirt […]

Taking the Lane Stickers

Bike stickers are here!

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Back in March, while we were on tour, I entertained myself by making lists and lists of slogans to put on stickers. Several months later I sat down at the computer to choose the best ones, fancy them up, and shoehorn as many as possible onto one sheet of vinyl, to be printed by Diesel […]

Bikes and the Presidency

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It’s safe to say that bicycling is not an important issue in this year’s race for the U.S. presidency, nor is it likely to be an issue very much on the winners’ radar in the next four years. But, while half-paying attention to Obama and Romney debate earlier this week, I couldn’t help finding myself […]

Putting the Bike Test to the test

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On Monday afternoon, I posted about the Bike Test, an analytical tool to help the people in the bicycle industry, advocacy, and media to determine if an image or situation is sexist. There’s been quite a response; loads of people coming to read the article, tons of discussion and debate in online forums and social […]