Archive for Policy, Politics, & Advocacy

I Came to a Fork in the Road

This post is a lightly edited version of my storytelling at the 2017 National Bike Summit. Pedal Love founder Melissa Balmer organized several members of the Pedal Love Culture & Lifestyle Council to tell stories for the opening plenary session under the theme “Bicycling Makes Lemonade: A Tall Glass of Storytelling.” This story begins when […]

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 […]

Make Way for the Ladies: Women Pedal to the Forefront of the Bicycle Movement

Attending the Women’s Bicycling Summit September 2012 was a great experience: Hundreds of women energized and energizing and remaking the face of bicycling. And now we get to do it again! March 4 the National Women’s  Bicycling Forum features a member of Congress, an industry trailblazer, and the New York City Transportation Commissioner, among other […]

Bikes Are Being USED, I Tell You. Keep Up the Good Work.

Have you been bikewashed, and did it feel good? More to the point, does it do some good? I’ve been contemplating the bikewashing concept ever since Elly Blue highlighted it in a post last summer. She defined bikewashing as “the two-wheeled equivalent of greenwashing — the practice of marketing some product or company by using environmentally friendly […]

Personal Advantages and Bicycling: How I Really Started Riding

An updated version of this post appears on the Washington Bikes blog, Personal Privileges and Biking: It Takes More than a Bike Lane to Start Riding ————————————————————————————– A few weeks ago I had the wonderful opportunity to give the luncheon keynote address at a conference on Equity and Health in Transportation, put on by the […]

Hundreds of Women+Bicycling=Amazing Gathering: National Women’s Bicycling Summit

When women put something on the top of their agenda, the world transforms & the world unites. -@sujalowenthal #WBS12 #womenbike — Barb Chamberlain (@barbchamberlain) September 14, 2012 This shout-out for the National Women’s Bicycling Summit in Long Beach, California–co-hosted by the League of American Bicyclists and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals in partnership with Women […]

Seneca Falls Is in Long Beach this Year: National Women’s Bicycling Summit

If you read this blog you know it’s time: Time for as many women to be on bikes as men. Time for women to be represented equally in all aspects of the bicycle movement. Time for bike infrastructure, bike design, bike clothing, all to reflect the enormous potential to get women rolling. Time to register […]

Your “Right” to Speedy Travel Doesn’t Exist

Originally I planned to write this post as the second part of my response to Bike Shop Girl’s piece We Are the Problem. One of the underlying assumptions in her post that I take issue with is the idea that if it weren’t for bikes traffic would flow merrily along with no bumps or wrinkles. […]

We are Not the Enemy, Because there Isn’t One

This post sets up a bit of a debate with Bike Shop Girl’s latest in her “War with the Industry” series. Her title: We Are the Problem. The point her post makes: That the sport of cycling causes chaos and gets in people’s way and maybe cyclists shouldn’t expect to be able to do that. […]

The Bicycle and Women’s Independence

I’ve written about how riding a bike gives me a sense of freedom and independence. In celebration of the Fourth of July, here’s a round-up of items on the historical links among women, biking, and independence. First up, a video excerpt from a documentary with some great historical images and picture at right from Wheels […]

Feeling Adventurous? Your Chance to Win

The Adventure Cycling Association ran a wonderful outreach campaign in May encouraging supporting for the US Bicycle Route System. I wrote a post here specifically because of their targeted outreach to bloggers–the new media relations at its best–and hope that helped them reach and then exceed their fundraising target of $50,000 for the “Build It. […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort