Meet John Plantaseed

Meet a United States military veteran who goes by the name John Plantaseed. He is disabled and travels around Atlanta in a wheelchair. I apparently crossed paths with him two years ago because I have this picture of him in my A Streetcar Named Aspire photo essay album (which now has 1,232 photos, by the…

As people

Here’s Peachtree Street yesterday during Atlanta Streets Alive. You can see the view from the handlebars below on the same route (with the same added music) exactly a week earlier — with cars: So many people commented yesterday about how interesting and easy it was for us to share space as bike riders, walkers, wheelchair-users,…

55 miles per hour

I’ve been thinking about Johns Creek, Georgia lately as I just turned fifty five years old. Fifty five miles per hour (about eighty eight kilometers) is the speed limit on the main road that connects places to eat and shop and live there (and which, like most roads everywhere, it seems, is commonly exceeded by…

What access-for-all looks like

This is what safe-access-for-all looks like. This woman told me that she has trouble walking and this folding e-trike is her mobility device. The protected bike lane, which connects to both Piedmont Park and the Atlanta Beltline (and beyond), makes the city accessible. (And I love how she scans over her shoulder for the approaching…

Not open for business

If your city leaders are adding paths in the woods that are only “open” from dawn to dusk, they have just spent thousands of tax dollars on a purely recreational amenity that cannot be considered part of your city’s transportation network. Case in point: it is currently dark when bike commuters and children-on-bikes go to…

Um, no thanks

Um, no thanks, to bikey scene #1 (which is precariously close to the exact spot where The Incident happened, by the way). Yes to bikey scene #2 (which is where I chose to go instead). Hint: If your city’s bike infrastructure doesn’t provide safe, equitable access-for-all in the fog or rain, or if it is…

New standards

I see on the latest paving schedule for my metro-Atlanta suburb-city (which is kind of my city hall’s local Bible) that a significant part of this main road (which leads to a shopping center and a church and serves as a major connector to the rest of the city — it’s also my only way…

In Daniel’s words

A man seemed very anxious to talk yesterday when he saw my friend and me pointing at one of the newest ghost bikes in the USA across the street from the protected bike lane where we were riding (as part of my Best of Atlanta 10-mile loop). I’ll just let him tell you what was on his…