How #30DaysOfBiking Rolled in 2024

Research tells us that when we commit out loud in some way we’re more likely to follow through with whatever it is we’re trying to change. That’s certainly been true for me with bike challenges. Adding something like a blogging…Continue Reading

Earth Day Market Ride 2024

What a gorgeous day for the annual event! Unlike last year’s somewhat gray day, this year we got blue skies, sunshine, and warming temperatures. I kept up my streak for #30DaysOfBiking, which is rolling along nicely. People of all shapes…Continue Reading

Go Ahead, Make My Day

This post isn’t about what you think it is. It has nothing to do with Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry, or hand guns. Or anime, for that matter, if you’re thinking of a different movie/TV reference. And it’s not about the…Continue Reading

Hand-drawn upright turquoise bicycle with lettering that reads Happy April! #30daysofbiking. By Melissa Balmer, PedalLove.com

Just Ride. Every Day. It’s That Simple.

The title of this piece echoes what the great bike racer Eddie Merckx said: “Ride as much or as little, or as long or as short as you feel. But ride.” As March wraps up I’m looking ahead at April…Continue Reading

An old black and white photo showing two Black women and two Black men posing with bicycles. The women are wearing high-collared white blouses with dark mid-calf skirts (or possibly bloomers). The men are wearing dark suits. All four are wearing hats and looking straight at the camera.

Bike Books I Recommend: Women on Wheels

Women’s emancipation* and the history of bicycling go hand in handlebars. I’ve had the privilege of meeting so many outstanding women leaders in the movements for better bicycling and safer streets; I just wish each and every one of them…Continue Reading

Shared Streets: A Vision

Years ago in Spokane, I saw the future of bicycling and human-centered transportation on an outing with my family, and it looked great. Here’s what I saw: People of all ages, stages, sizes and colors putting up with each other’s…Continue Reading

Graphic of Intercity Transit System Map. Routes are color-coded to distinguish one line with 15-minute service from other lines that have 30-minute or 60-minute service.

Thank Heavens for Kind Strangers and Transit

Ride #1 of 2024: Sunny, happy, delightful. Ride #2 of 2024: The reason I’m glad Olympia has transit. A few days after ride #1 I set off in the sunshine for a trip to a meeting with Lee Lambert, executive…Continue Reading

Photo of octagonal green wire bike cage. Inside several bikes hang vertically. One door is open with a peach-colored bike sticking out at an angle with a blue bag on the front handlebars.

First Ride of 2024

Today I pedaled along East Bay Drive, smiling because I was riding my bike in the sunshine. So far this month we’ve had days of rain interspersed with sun and I’ve been getting in some long walks in Squaxin Park.…Continue Reading

Image of a penny farthing bicycle (the kind with the giant front wheel and tiny back wheel) against a blue sky with the words Hello January! above it in a typeface that resembles the shapes of a penny farthing.

Riding Down Memory Lane: January

Some blog posts are evergreen, some a flashback to events I haven’t thought about in quite a while. Rolling back through the archives, month by month, yields this round-up of posts written in Januaries past. This isn’t every last January…Continue Reading

Alas, you can't see how the two peachy pieces on top complement each other. But you can see the snow on the ground. Luckily I don't have to ride in it with my skinny tires!

Riding Down Memory Lane: December

Don’t assume December will be too wet, cold, icy or snowy to ride. Even living in the four-season climate in Spokane I often rode on bare, dry roads in md-December. If you have the right clothing to go for a…Continue Reading

Image of the band Queen with their faces highlighted against a black background. Below it the words "Queen-Bicycle Race".

Bike Song Playlist: Tunes to Get You Rolling

No, I’m not talking about songs to elevate your heart rate while you work on your cadence. I’m talking about songs that celebrate the bicycle and riding for any old reason. What favorite would you add? Mark Ronson, The Business…Continue Reading