Re: Bicycle Friendly Community application

Dear League of American Bicyclists: I am writing to you to clarify a few things about your Bicycle Friendly Community certification, as I believe the metro-Atlanta suburb-city where I live is going to pursue this in the near future and I have a couple of areas of concern. I know that bike riders in cities…

A woman named Stacy

So I was unlocking Magic at a local coffee shop yesterday after meeting with my friend, Richard of the Worms (how he got that name is a story in my book, Food for My Daughters — by the way, he just agreed to take care of the descendants of the worms in that story if I…

Hot mess

The conversation about the 2nd Read of the Vulnerable Road User ordinance (the vote on which was deferred) was such a hot mess this week at Dunwoody City Hall (I was in L.A. but got to see the video last night) that I am no longer in support of it at this time. It is clear…

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…