Turning point

A motley group of us showed up at Dunwoody City Hall yesterday to ride to lunch with the mayor*. The event was part of National Bike Month and hot on the heels of City Hall’s proclamation about the importance of bike riding in our metropolitan Atlanta suburb-city (both of which were spearheaded by my friend,…

Buzz-kill

So I get to my local city hall, thanks to BikeNoodle, and I join the other bike riders as we wait for the mayor’s proclamation about National Bike Month. One of my fellow citizens says she was buzzed on the way there, which means a motor vehicle driver passed her so closely she could feel…

Building bridges

This is Andrea. She was a bike class student of mine in March, 2018. Her goal was to one day be able to commute to work by bike to State Farm’s global headquarters on the other side of a creek. That will now be possible as a bridge has been built and officially opened yesterday!…

The international color of “please don’t kill me”

My old #BikeNoodle, strapped onto my back rack while Traveling at the Speed of Bike (note that I only use it in suburbia, as riding there without it is its own Dante’s Inferno ring of hell) has been slowly ripping after two years of use and 100% success at eliminating illegal passing and driver aggression….

Lemonade Days!

Eleven years ago, a tornado ripped through where I live and destroyed a bunch of homes and trees. Local folks started a festival to turn “lemons into lemonade” and raise money to replant the forest. Called Lemonade Days, it quickly became the most popular annual event in this suburb-city (although the trees in this park…

Bit by bit

Bit by bit, your city is either building a connected network of safe access, or it isn’t. Despite some impressive forward movement in some areas, my suburb-city isn’t. Bit-by-bit, it is eroding its potential and skirting its responsibility by installing inadequate or no bike infrastructure on main roads that lead to schools, parks, places of…

Wait for the red car

Wait for the red car in the video above. I am using #BikeNoodle (which sticks out two-and-a-half feet/about .8 meters from my back bike rack and which the driver did not hit) so that’s actually a legal distance away (unless the three-feet/one meter legal-passage measurement is from the handlebars, which, now that I think about…

Safer than suburbia

The six-minute video above shows the same length of time it would take me to ride to the supermarket in suburbia. But Edgewood Avenue in the City of Atlanta, even with all these obstacles (on the night before the Super Bowl when I was commuting home after leading a bike tour), is safer. Nothing in…