Just trying to bee helpful

Well, so much for that break. I decided to relaunch an old beloved brand of mine called FoodShed Planet, in a fresh new format as a newsletter. It will publish on Fridays for the next four weeks, totally free. Check out the first issue, titled Just Trying to Bee Helpful, and subscribe, if interested. I’ll…

It’s time

God has been holding a space for me in my garden, and I’m there more often lately, heart and all. It’s a peaceful, hopeful place, filled with life, whereas the bike world seems most days lately like it’s nothing but death, and that is wearing on me (although I keep Traveling at the Speed of Bike…

Die-ins in NYC (and Your City)

People in my beloved New York City just held a die-in rally to protest the rise in bike rider deaths there. I rode there most recently in April, and, as usual, I tend to have good experiences (and am frankly blown away by how much better it has gotten than when I lived there— see…

The right to vote

Women gained the right to vote 100 years ago today. The bicycle played a fascinating role in the suffrage movement leading up to that, and this book designed for middle schoolers (but a colorful, fun read for all) is one of my very favorite about it. In honor of the women who came before me,…

Growing out loud

I will never be able to see what my friend, Rashid Nuri, sees. He is a man, and he is Black, and he is fifteen years older than me, and he is a Harvard graduate who has worked all over the world. I am none of that. His lived experience is different than mine. His…

Now on SmartCitiesDive.com

Oh, cool! My scooter article for Ensia was republished on SmartCitiesDive.com. Dive in (or get there while scooting or Traveling at the Speed of Bike). See related posts: “A Moon Cycle. The Refrigerated Lifespan of Yogurt. Short.” Light at the End of the Tunnel Scooting Along Connecting the Dots My Fifty Cents Worth Knee-Deep in…

Rode to joy

This is my neighbor. She rides her bike often to go places, but always on the sidewalk — except for yesterday, when she rode to joy on this street (which is our only way in and out of our neighborhood) as part of the biggest July 4th parade in the state of Georgia. Here is the…

Meet Thelma

Meet Thelma. She is Today’s Nice Stranger. I met her while Traveling at the Speed of Bike. She was trimming bushes near the brick house her daddy built that is soon to be demolished so that condos starting at 2.1 million dollars can be built. We must have talked for at least a hour. She…