Keep an independent voice going

You can help keep an independent voice doing the hands-on heavy lifting to cover stories about our changing world. Here’s why I believe that matters: I believe we need quality original content, not regurgitated media releases. All of the stories and photographs on this blog are my original work, all of which is rubber-hits-the-road-researched and carefully constructed….

And the road calls

And thus one finds oneself in a place one has never been, on a road that leads to the unknown. And one knows the decision has already been made, and that this road, this time, is just a metaphor for a bigger leap of faith soon to come.

“I am the boy”

When the Atlanta Streetcar launched in 2014, it aspired to enliven businesses, entice tourists, and engage citizens. These photos are from a longitudinal photo essay I’ve been doing (now 1300 photos rich) along the route (both inside the streetcar and out), titled A Streetcar Named Aspire, that documents the changing city over time — its…

2.5 year record of no aggression broken

I had to sleep on this one. The 2.5-year BikeNoodle record for eliminating harassment/aggression ended last night as I was Traveling at the Speed of Bike for less than three minutes on the only main road to my home from a book reading where I was one of the featured authors (reading from a book…

Bike cops

Before teaching my bike skills class yesterday, I ran into the police department for my metro-Atlanta  suburb-city in the process of training officers for bike patrol. I stood and watched and got to talking with one of the officers. I said I was glad they were doing this. He said, “The biggest problem I see…

Meet Lynn

Meet Lynn. She was my bike skills student yesterday. She is a retired operation room nurse who recently moved back to (hilly) Atlanta from (flat) Charleston and wanted to get more comfortable using gears. She said it was ok to tell you that she is 69. There is no age limit to feeling like a…

Unearthed

I’ve been unearthed! My first article on Unearth Women, a stunning magazine about feminist travel — by women, for women — is now flying free in the world. You can see it here. It’s, of course, about bike tips when traveling. I’m excited to add this to my list of published articles (see selections here),…

Wishing tree

There is a wishing tree on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, and I stop while Traveling at the Speed of Bike to read the laminated tags and wonder, yet again, about what I wish were different. I continue my ride and find examples of things that are not quite right everywhere. There is a new…