Be a Green Dot on a Bike, Part I

  The other day I had the great good fortune to hear a wonderful presentation by Dorothy Edwards on the Green Dot approach to violence prevention. You’ll recognize the visual analogy she scrawled on the board for us. It’s in…Continue Reading

We Get to Complete our Streets!

Kudos to the Spokane City Council for the 5-2* vote last night to enact the Complete Streets ordinance. A round of applause and a bouquet of locally grown flowers for Kitty Klitzke of Futurewise, who rallied the troops, circulated the…Continue Reading

Shop Small, Shop Local: Small Business Saturday

When I was younger my shopping values focused with a laser beam on “cheap, cheaper, cheapest.” Some of this I attribute to my dear darling mother, raised during the Great Depression, and her clear message that if it hung on…Continue Reading

The first part of this mini-rant appears in Evolution, not Revolution: All Biking Motives Welcome, Part I. It was inspired by a post entitled Practical Cycling and “Lifestyle” Choices on the BikesideLA blog. I didn’t start riding a bike as a diehard year-round commuter. I…Continue Reading

The question of what constitutes a real cyclist—or bike rider, or person on a bike—seems to come around in various guises again and again on bike blogs (for example, on Kent’s Bike Blog and on Mia Birk’s blog). As I’ve written before, I…Continue Reading

Fake traffic sign showing car/bike collision at four-way intersection

Don’t Settle for Incomplete Streets!

Some people are asking why we need complete streets. Let’s turn this question on its head: Why would we ever put in place designs, approval processes and funding streams dedicated to making our streets INcomplete? What possible rationale could anyone suggest with…Continue Reading

Alternative titles I considered: Be All You Can Bike. Bikes Away (or Aweigh). Bike–Race–Win. Bike Prepared.* I went in search of things related to veterans and cycling to see what I might find, as a bike-y tribute to all who…Continue Reading

Vote for Bikes!

On Election Day Eve, this is your reminder to vote—and to vote for bikes. By that I mean that if you haven’t already done so, you need to determine where local candidates for office stand on funding a complete transportation…Continue Reading

Making Soup–Er, Bike Networks

Mia Birk, the author of Joyride: Pedaling Toward A Healthier Planet who will be speaking at WSU Pullman next week, wrote a blog post a while back, “The Bikeway Network Recipe.” She describes several communities, all of which took different routes…Continue Reading