Archive for Ponderings & Miscellany

Personal Privilege and Biking: It Takes More than a Bike Lane to Start Riding (2016 update)

A 2012 version of this post appeared on this blog. I updated it in 2014 for the Washington Bikes blog. This is yet another light update with some “as of 2016” notes. The way I used to tell the story of  how I started bike commuting, it was an infrastructure story: I started riding because the […]

Personal Safety and Privilege: A Vignette

Setting: A separated trail running between the Duwamish River and a corridor thick with truck traffic spilling over from the Port of Seattle, part of my regular route to work. A row of bushes and trees and an active heavy rail line separate the trail from the road on the west side of the trail. On […]

A Blogspedition of My Bike Travels: Olympia, Enumclaw, Lake Forest Park & More

My work at Washington Bikes has me traveling the state quite a bit, often by car. I always haul my bike with me, however, working toward my goal of biking in every county in the state. I may bike around a town by myself, checking out the vibes and the infrastructure. I participate in official […]

To Track or Not to Track: A Blogspedition

I believe I’ve landed firmly in the “tracking” camp, after a few moments of Zen clarity about non-attachment, the joy of bicycling, living in the moment, and letting go of a very Western mileage-as-accomplishment attitude. I like to record my bike mileage. I don’t go all-out intense/obsessive (at least not in this arena). I just like […]

Zen and the Art of Bicycle Riding

A Zen teacher saw five of his students returning from the market, riding their bicycles. When they arrived at the monastery and had dismounted, the teacher asked the students, “Why are you riding your bicycles?” The first student replied, “The bicycle is carrying the sack of potatoes. I am glad that I do not have […]

One Word for 2014 Bicycling

A related post of mine appeared on the Washington Bikes blog and another one on my personal random-life-and-stuff blog I haven’t made New Year’s resolutions for years because I recognize how quickly those good intentions start paving a road to somewhere. A couple of years ago I decided that as an alternative I would focus on three words […]

Faster, Higher, Stronger

Yesterday was a red-letter day: I rode my bike for the full round trip to and from work for the first time since we moved so much farther from the office. When I rode to work the first Monday after we moved it took me something like 1:40 to go just over 11 miles for […]

What Biking Gives Me

What a bike ride home gives me at the end of the day: exercise fresh air direct experience of neighborhoods I don’t live in and wouldn’t otherwise see up close the chance to smile at a little kid holding his dad’s hand an overheard snippet of another dad coaching his tween on skateboard skills enjoyment […]

30 Days of Biking April 2013: Final Report

Setting up the goal (and links to those previous April outcomes): 30 Days of Biking April 2013: Yes We Can! First couple of weeks: 30 Days of Biking April 2013: Almost Halfway Ride Report, 34.4 miles Made it through week 3: 30 Days of Biking: 9 Days to Go, 8.64 miles Heading to the finish […]

30 Days of Biking: 9 Days to Go

For me, April has been the cruelest month in trying to complete 30 Days of Biking the last couple of years. 2011 didn’t work out. 2012 didn’t work out. How’s it going so far in 2013? The first half of April went pretty swimmingly, even with some travel in the mix. I did a decent […]

30 Days of Biking April 2013: Almost Halfway Ride Report

April has not worked well for me in past attempts to complete 30 Days of Biking for various reasons–some of them good ones. I got a running start on April 2013 by riding my bike every day March 17-March 30 (I didn’t ride March 31–gave myself permission to take a day off before heading into […]

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