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Energy efficiency

Energy efficiency

Did you know that your bicycle gets anywhere from 290-700/mpg, or more? How do they even figure that out? Using equivalent food kcal — no, we do not drink petrol and live to walk about — and physics, of course (the husband would be so proud). Our bodies, our energy efficiency! We humans have been transporting ourselves … Continue reading

Reclaiming the street

Reclaiming the street

Never opposed to a bit of fun activism, I am so looking forward to visiting Portland’s Park(ing) Day this Friday (Sept 20th). Last time, it was me, a rattan mat, picnic table, and the hot Australian sun. This time? It’s not me. But they’re planning on an entire downtown block. I, too, feel strongly about … Continue reading

Advice

Advice

I warms me from the top of my fringe down to my blue-painted toes that people ask me for advice on bicycling, bicycling with kids, and living the bicycle life. Opinions! I am happy to share. And so, I give you, in completely random order, our rides: The SUB: Christiania (called Boxcycles in the US) … Continue reading

Indicators

Indicators

They’re everywhere. Following you in your feed; telling you what you do, what you should do, what you could do. Indicators give us hope; help us see the progress when we have our noses to the ground; give us a push when things aren’t progressing as we’d like. And we seem to like these kinds … Continue reading

No car go carry*

No car go carry*

*insert commas – and dashes, as you like. In many other countries we have lived in, it is part and parcel of the transportation experience to carry by bike. Luggage to the airport, groceries from the shop, and booze — always booze (preferably not shaken until arrival). But I’m amused by the looks and comments … Continue reading

Excuses, excuses

Excuses, excuses

When I was almost-car-free in my 20s, I used to ask my completely-car-free-almost-boyfriend what he’d do when he had kids. No need for a car, he’d respond. What about soccer practice? Groceries? etc. I had all the excuses lined up. And he had all the responses, and they were usually, ‘I won’t need one to … Continue reading

Getting it, or getting to it

Getting it, or getting to it

As a quick follow-up to my previous post, Separation Anxiety, it’s great to see (and live in a city like) Portland experimenting with curb-side bike lanes and buffered bike lanes. Here, at the Lloyd District shopping center, where they took out a car lane to make this: It’s hard to see in this picture, but … Continue reading

Running late

Running late

There are these days — and so often, they come right in the middle of winter — when I take the kids out to the cargobike and discover a line of ants leading up to the piece of bread dropped on the floor from the last trip, or realize the blanket is not going to … Continue reading

The Copenhagen Files: Parades

The Copenhagen Files: Parades

Issue: how to get your family, including 4-month-old infant, to participate in a parade together? Answer: put them in the cargo bike box and go! Disclaimer: okay, yes, this was in Copenhagen. These photos were taken during the Velo-City 2010 in Copenhagen, which culminated in this “bike parade” followed by a big end-of-conference party. Bicycle … Continue reading