Wishing tree

There is a wishing tree on the Georgia Institute of Technology campus, and I stop while Traveling at the Speed of Bike to read the laminated tags and wonder, yet again, about what I wish were different. I continue my ride and find examples of things that are not quite right everywhere. There is a new…

Light at the end of the tunnel

I see the light at the end of the tunnel regarding my scooter article (or, in this, case, the light on the scooters). I’m just about to submit my draft to the editor-in-chief of Ensia. I’ve had a truly remarkable time working with the mentor who was assigned to me to take my reporting skills…

Scooting along

I’ve been working on my scooter article for like a month now*, with advice from the British environmental journalism mentor assigned to me through the program for which I was accepted at Ensia. I have just another week or two to go before I submit it. Whatever happens next, I have to say that this…

Connecting the dots

I got curious. How many people, and who, are riding shareable electric scooters versus bikes? So I stood by a mural for fifteen minutes on a Sunday afternoon and took these photos to connect the dots. Results: 42 scooters (0 helmets, by the way). 24 bikes (1 recumbent bike; 1 city bikeshare; 2 electric bikes…

My fifty cents worth

I got off the train a mile or two south of Downtown Atlanta and rode my bike down a busy street named for a Civil Rights icon. I then stood on line with black and brown men, some of whom had driven overflowing trucks and others who had pushed filled shopping carts there, and waited…

Knee-deep in scooters

I’m knee-deep in scooters — or, rather chest-high, as this third test-ride of mine shows. (Hint: I’m working on something . . . ) See here and the totally raw footage* below for previous test-rides. * Nothing too thrilling here, just a GoPro view of a first scooter ride on a multiuse path. Please note…

Meet Derek

Meet Derek. He is Today’s Nice Stranger. He is a Bird scooter charger and was dropping off some freshly-charged ones when I came across him after riding a scooter myself (while my bike was locked up nearby). I’m researching something, and we got to talking. Note: He did, actually, consent to my taking this photo…

The birds

Not sure what Hitchcock thinks about bikes, but those Bird scooters are apparently eyebrow-raisers . . .