Washington Counties Challenge: A Statewide Bikespedition To-Do List

Bike challenges motivate some people, while others say they just ride their bike to ride their bike. I ride my bike without needing a challenge to inspire me, but at the same time have fun with the sense of accomplishment that goes with checking something off a list (as with coffeeneuring, errandonnee, and 30 Days […]

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 […]

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 quest for the intersection of Style and Comfort