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 […]

Personal Safety and Privilege: A Vignette

Setting: A separated trail running between the Duwamish River and a corridor thick with truck traffic spilling over from the Port of Seattle, part of my regular route to work. A row of bushes and trees and an active heavy rail line separate the trail from the road on the west side of the trail. On […]

#30DaysofBiking 2015: I’m Rolling

So far so good for the annual 30 Days of Biking challenge. It’s April 8 and I’ve ridden my bike every day. That’s sort of a “duh”, usually, at least on weekdays since I ride every day either all the way to work or to the bus stop if I need to capture the email […]

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 […]

Biking in the Land Down Under: A Blogspedition with Aussies & Kiwis

Winter in the northern hemisphere is summer in the southern hemisphere, so what better time to round up the women’s bike blogs from that upside-down United States (if you’re from the U.S.) and its smaller sister? Australia Belles, Pedals, and Chains: A little blog about biking street style in Perth Bicycle! Bicycle!: She moved from Perth […]

On a Roll with Michelle S, Olympia

The occasional “On a Roll with” series started with women in Spokane since the blog originally focused on biking in Spokane. Now that I have a statewide role at the Bicycle Alliance of Washington I’ve expanded the geography to feature women from all over the state. If you have a woman to nominate (and please do nominate yourself!) drop an […]

Back Some New Bike Fashions from Iva Jean

It’s time to highlight some new items in development at Iva Jean, the Seattle-based bike fashion designer. I’ve been eyeballing their rain cape for some time now–and have a lot more reason to get one now that I’m living in Seattle with its lovely moist winter. I’m excited to see the new Reveal Skirt, Two-Way […]

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 […]

Possibly Perfect Pants: Outlier Tailored Women’s Daily Riding Pant

I didn’t mean to go on a 50-mile test ride of the Outlier Tailored women’s daily riding pant. It just happened. But I’m quite glad it did so I can write a review based on a serious use well beyond a typical commute. After all, I have been known to wax a wee bit obsessive concerning […]

Yes, Portland IS Awesome for Bikes: A Blogspedition

As I know all too well from living in a city that achieved the Bronze level Bike-Friendly Community designation from the League of American Bicyclists (Spokane), moving to a Gold level BFC (Seattle), and living in the nation’s #1 Bike-Friendly State five years rolling (Washington), it’s never as good as it could be. People who […]

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