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A photo of my bicycle in front of a billboard mural with the words "SOUL SHINE" in stylized lettering.

Errandonnee 2021: Errand 3

Errandonnee is a challenge where you have 12 days to complete 12 errands by bicycle or on foot. This page is part of a series of my entries for the 2021 challenge. keep reading →

A photo of my bicycle in front of a church.

Errandonnee 2021: Errands 1 & 2

Errandonnee is a challenge where you have 12 days to complete 12 errands by bicycle or on foot. This page is part of a series of my entries for the 2021 challenge. keep reading →

Historic photo of Springer Opera House.
Image credit: Georgia Archives & Digital Library of Georgia.

When streets were for everyone: Columbus, GA in 1900

Bike lanes, mixed-use trails, and public transportation aren’t just modern fads. For most of history, our streets hosted a diverse mixture of mobility methods. What if we could see exactly how our streets would look without cars dominating them? Thanks to historical archives, we can! keep reading →

A photograph of a bicycle handlebars over a bicycle lane marking.

Three modes of bicycle commuting

We all recognize the main bicycle categories, such as mountain biking, BMX, touring, and commuting to name a few. But when we zoom-in to commuting, then the landscape seems less neatly categorized. Even though commuters may collectively use diverse styles of bicycles and equipment, they all seem to do basically the same thing with them. Despite this, I’d argue that commuting works in three basic modes. These modes aren’t based on what kind of gear you use, but in your mindset and behavior. keep reading →

A photo of Lego bicycle lanes.
Image credit: Lego and Marcel Steeman.

Bike lanes, Lego, and the struggle for a new bicycle culture

The campaign for mobility equity has found an unlikely battlefield in recent years: the Lego world. Since 2019, a person named Marcel Steeman has been pushing for the inclusion of bicycle lanes in its toy cities. At last, the company is beginning to relent, but this episode raises an interesting question: do we need to focus more on pushing for bicycle “culture?” keep reading →

Living near car traffic is linked to dementia, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and MS according to a study

We all know that living near a busy arterial road is generally less pleasant than living near a verdant park. Most of us would prefer to stay away from the noise and the ugly asphalt. But according to a study in Environmental Health journal, there’s another reason to avoid roads. The air pollution can be linked to dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and multiple sclerosis. keep reading →

A black-and-white photograph of a “demand trail.”

A wild demand trail appears

Despite all of the reverence given to free market ideology, our transportation has never fit in with it. People continuously wish for alternative transportation options, yet we remain dependent on our technocratic overlords and their car-centric master-plan. Nonetheless, there are occasional times when individuals empower themselves to take mobility into their own hands. The laws of supply and demand relent, and a “demand trail” appears. keep reading →

It’s time to stop ignoring invisible bicycle riders

Last month, VeloNews published an article by Aliya Barnwell: There are already many Black cyclists — we just overlook them. She argues that the lack of diversity in the cycling community is really a problem with companies, teams, and other cycling organizations. When we look at bicycle riders outside of those cliques and institutions, we see a much more diverse group of people. Below is an excerpt. keep reading →