That’s right. I’ve been writing on this trusty blog for two whole years. Thanks everyone who has been reading, writing thoughtful comments and pointing out my typos. Since starting, bike culture in Seattle has been growing and changing dramatically, and that’s because of people like you who share a vision of Seattle where everybody feels safe biking to work or to the grocery store.
I’ve kept the chain lubed and tires pumped on this blog, but it’s about time we add some bells and streamers to this thing, don’t you think? I’m no programmer, but I think I’ve got some exciting new features to roll out this week. First up: User accounts and our Events Calendar.
You can now create a Seattle Bike Blog user account. Several features will use these accounts in the future, including our newly launched Events Calendar.
Any registered user can post to the calendar. It’s an easy and fast way to either promote your existing event or organize a new one. Any Seattle-region bike-related event is welcome, from big club rides to community meetings to that fun group ride idea you had that one time.
Do you already keep a calendar of bike events? For some modern calendar software (like Google Calendar), we may be able to post events automatically to the SBB events calendar (for example, the green events in the calendar are from the excellent Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Google Calendar). Email Tom to get that going. Posts from your calendar will also include a link to your calendar’s feed.
Stay tuned this week for more new features and a look at some blog stats and highlights. In the meantime, create an account and get posting on the calendar. And please, let me know either via email or in the comments below if you stumble on any bugs in the system. My web design skills are very amateur, and I plan on making small improvements until the features are solid.