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…

Bike cops

Before teaching my bike skills class yesterday, I ran into the police department for my metro-Atlanta  suburb-city in the process of training officers for bike patrol. I stood and watched and got to talking with one of the officers. I said I was glad they were doing this. He said, “The biggest problem I see…

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….