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…

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…

Scooters in the burgeoning ‘burbs

The metro Atlanta suburb-city where I live joins the growing list of United States municipalities discussing what-the-hell-to-do with scooters. Above is an eight-second time lapse video of what it would look like to ride a scooter* “legally” (which is tending, in more and more cities, to mean in the street) in the Perimeter Community Improvement…

Truth at a crossroads

So I’m reading an excellent new book from Microcosm Publishing titled Bicycle/Race, written by Dr. Adonia E. Lugo (who helped start the CycLAvia open streets events in Los Angeles years ago) and I’m reminded about something I knew but now am seeing more clearly. A significant percentage of people riding bikes in the United States…

Truth?

Truth? This kind of bike ride* is not my idea of a good time. But after the past week seeing a wide range of very sick people while helping my mother in the hospital**, I’m more motivated than ever to keep my butt on a bike and my health as a priority — and some…

55 miles per hour

I’ve been thinking about Johns Creek, Georgia lately as I just turned fifty five years old. Fifty five miles per hour (about eighty eight kilometers) is the speed limit on the main road that connects places to eat and shop and live there (and which, like most roads everywhere, it seems, is commonly exceeded by…

Newest city in USA turns 10

And so it was, ten years ago this week, that citizens of the metro-Atlanta area where I live checked “yes” to form what was then the newest city in the United States. I honestly believed the words to the song, “We can build a beautiful city, yes we can, yes, we can.” In fact, I…

Feats of engineering

If you don’t mind driving or taking public transit to a destination to ride, there are lovely recreational paths all over the place, often with inspiring feats of engineering. (Pictured: South Peachtree Creek Trail off Clairmont Road in the Decatur, GA area. Huge portions of that trail feel like you are zip-lining on a bike!)….