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 […]

Take It Easy: How NOT to Increase Your Weekly Mileage

I needed to heed a piece of advice from The Eagles. “Take it easy, take it easy. Don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy.” I so very definitively did not take it easy in going from a one-mile flattish round-trip commute to a round trip that consists of more like 22-24 miles […]

Bike to Work Week 2013: Quite a Change

For the past 5 years of my life (and more, actually–starting with our first Spokane organizing meetings in Nov. 2007), Bike to Work Week has been a major highlight (and workload) of my volunteer life as a bike advocate. So now that I’m working full-time in bike advocacy what did I do the first two […]

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 […]

Shop til You Drop at the Swap! April 13-14, Spokane Bike Swap

It’s been fun but it’s time to wrap it up–the Bike Style Spokane shopping events, that is. At least for now, having my dream job running a bike advocacy organization makes it fairly impossible to run a little side retail business. Here’s your chance, Spokanites! Head to the Spokane Bike Swap this weekend, April 13-14, […]

Errandonnee with a Twist: Biking & Walking Got It Done

I took a shot at the February biking challenge posed by @gypsybug on Chasing Mailboxes: the Errandonnee. Complete at least 7 different types of errand by bike and at least 30 miles and you’ve succeeded! In addition to living a pretty low-mileage life right now, another catch I faced was a travel schedule that took me […]

Spokane’s First Tweed Ride: A Betsy Post

What a treat to be part of The MAC’s first tweed ride. With sixty or so participants, most dressed in clever costumes, it was a night to be remembered. We gathered in front of the museum and then rode on First Avenue to Howard Street and to the Rotary Fountain in Riverfront Park for a […]

Stolen! Help Find My Husband’s Bike

A week and a half ago I rhapsodized about the lovely smell of linden trees giving me a goodbye present as we packed up to leave Spokane. Today we received a far less pleasant gift: The realization that sometime after Tuesday’s night’s Twilight Series bike race my husband’s Trek Madone 5.2 was stolen out of our […]

A Small Moment

At a certain point in late spring a couple of flowering trees on my usual route home fill the air with sweet perfume. They stand in a most unlikely spot on Sherman Avenue just north of the freeway overpass. Not a scenic location, not a spot where a lot of pedestrians pass by to appreciate […]

The Forced Mindfulness of Bicycling: An Andrea Post

Quick, how many times today have you looked at your cell phone while waiting in line, walking down the street, or sitting on the couch? I’m the first to admit, my number is easily over a dozen. Some days more than that. Between my DayJob, two businesses, and attempting to spend time with my husband, […]

3 Reasons to Roll with Summer Parkways

In 2010 Summer Parkways joined Bloomsday, Hoopfest, and Spokefest as the latest and greatest addition to Spokane’s list of events in which we take over the streets for people-powered activity. Spokefest founder Bill Bender was the lead-out, inspiring us with the ciclovia of Bogotá, Colombia, and the growing list of similar activities around the United […]

The quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort