A mile with a child (a question for local candidates)

One of the newspapers serving my metro Atlanta suburb-city asked for questions for candidates for local office for a forum being held next Sunday. I submitted this for consideration: Can you please tell one story about one time you did one of the following, how that may have impacted your understanding of safe mobility in…

Chief Bicycle Officer needed now

So almost two years ago I asked about my suburb-city getting Zagster bikeshare in the parks, which is offered for free for up to three hours a day to anyone in participating metro Atlanta suburb-cities including Alpharetta, Roswell, Smyrna, Suwanee, and Carrollton due to the economic, environmental and social benefits it provides to the cities….

The night I rang the bell

My friend, Kathy Manos Penn, who is a fellow author and journalist, included a very lovely mention of me in her newspaper column in the Dunwoody Crier this week, from the night I participated in a monthly local author book reading at a coffee shop less than a mile from my home. That was the night…

Life-affirming

It’s so rejuvenating to be back in my garden more lately. I forgot how garden advocacy work is so life-affirming (even though it was death that got me started there), whereas bike advocacy work deals with imminent death, death, death nationwide on a daily basis, and it’s heavy. I’ll keep doing both because I think…

Exact same spot

So after two years and eight months of use by me while Traveling at the Speed of Bike in a self-proclaimed family-friendly suburb-city in metro Atlanta named Dunwoody, BikeNoodle got hit for the first time. Here is the 4-second video capture, on a summer Saturday morning: You can see my slight wobble as the bungee cord…

It takes a village

The Coca Cola tractor trailer driver and I made eye contact. I nonverbally communicated that I and the woman with whom I was riding legally and necessarily two abreast would be turning left shortly, and he made clear he had our backs. We were finishing up a 9.5 mile tour given by my friend Joe…

“A moon cycle. The refrigerated lifespan of yogurt. Short.”

Ever wonder how long scooters last before they are trashed or scrapped, and what’s being done about it? You’ve come to the right place. The scooter article on which I’ve been working for the environmental news organization, Ensia*, was published yesterday. Its focus is on the short lifespan of scooters and how cities should (but…

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…