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Eat dinner and talk about grassroots bicycle movements Monday

For years, Microcosm Publishing’s Elly Blue and Joe Biel have been traveling the country with chef Joshua Ploeg to make dinner and talk with local people working to improve their communities through bicycling. They have collected these stories of grassroots … Continue reading

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Thursday is SAM’s Bike Night at the Olympic Sculpture Park

The Seattle Art Museum is hosting a free Bike Night at the Olympic Sculpture Park Thursday (tonight!), featuring music, talks, workshops, food, a kids zone and more. Want to learn about independent publishing? Learn to make your own zine with … Continue reading

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Online Premiere: Groundswell #7 on the neighborhood street party as a response to gentrification

It’s a world (online) premiere! Seattle Bike Blog is happy to host the online release of Microcosm Publishing’s Groundswell #7: Gentrification Response Team. For years, Elly Blue and Joe Biel over at Microcosm Publishing have been touring the country visiting … Continue reading

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Want to find a date who rides a bike? Hub & Bespoke is hosting another Slow Ride Speed Date

“As he slipped the u-lock around the rust-red frame of his bike and started peeling the soaked-through DayGlo jacket from the skin of his forearm, I knew it was love…” The above quote is from the trashy bike romance novel … Continue reading

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Help fund a Seattle-written zine about yoga and biking

Pedal, Stretch, Breathe is a zine about yoga for people who bike and about biking for people who do yoga. And you can help fund it and score yourself a copy by backing the project’s Kickstarter campaign. The zine is … Continue reading

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Elly Blue: How do Seattle cyclists deal with all those hills?

Elly Blue — whose brilliant bike culture critiques and bikenomics essays end up cited all over this blog — was in town for the Seattle Bike Expo over the weekend (more on the Expo soon). She stayed at the luxurious … Continue reading

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Bucking bike commute trend, majority of riders on 70-mile Alleycat Acres ride were women

Saturday’s 70-mile Alleycat Acres fundraising bike ride was no walk in the park. It included miles of busy highway shoulders and a 700-foot climb to the high-ground United People’s Farm in Auburn. Many people I talked to said it was … Continue reading

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An extension cord is not a good bike lock (seen at Broadway/Denny)

@stephburg spotted this bike at Broadway and Denny, locked with what appears to be an extension cord. This could possibly be my favorite bad bike lock ever. I think the idea is to wrap it so annoyingly that thieves will … Continue reading

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Grist: Elly Blue’s take on sharrows after a recent trip to Seattle

Elly Blue, a prolific bicycle writer and zine editor from Portland who is a staple of our weekly Bike News Roundups, came to Seattle over the weekend along with Joe Biel of Microcosm Publishing (you may remember Elly and Joe … Continue reading

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Adaptive cycling and safe infrastructure can be tools to help overcome disability

If you are nearsighted and live in a place where eyeglasses are easy to find, it is not a big problem. If you cannot get glasses where you live, being nearsighted becomes a disability. Disabilities are in large part a … Continue reading

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You have to ride to work this week to get counted

This week is not the week to take a break from bike commuting. SDOT is conducting their bicycle and pedestrian counts May 10-12, according to the SDOT Blog. So if you want to get counted, you gotta ride! From SDOT: … Continue reading

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Bikenomics: I spend more money on the military than on my bicycle

I have a terrible, dirty little secret. Even though I depend on my bicycle as my primary means of transportation and spend my days writing about bicycles on this blog, I spend more money on war than on my bike. … Continue reading

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Bikenomics: Biking is as fast as driving

Many people have tried to calculate the “true” cost of driving, and the resulting numbers can vary dramatically. Before even attempting to add the costs up, one needs to figure what should even be included. How far do you go? … Continue reading

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Must read for Viaduct removal skeptics: The economics of highway removal

In a post full to the brim with incredible economic stats, Elly Blue spells out the economic benefits of urban highway removal. Among the incredible bits of knowledge she reveals: “for the $75 million spent repaving three miles of urban … Continue reading

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Overcoming the fear of bicycling

Unless you are reading this post on your smart phone while riding down the Burke-Gilman (please don’t do that), you should probably be more afraid of the chair you are sitting in than your bicycle. If bicycling has such clearly … Continue reading

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‘Responsible’ riding means more riding

Elly Blue has written yet another great column for Grist, this time about the concept of biking “responsibly.” Why the quotes? Well, what exactly is the definition of responsible biking? As the “Mutual Responsibility” bill debate pointed out, there are … Continue reading

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A post about …(gulp)… helmets

So far, I have mostly avoided talking about helmet use and helmet laws on this blog. It’s just not an argument I find myself particularly passionate about. But there have been a lot of new, interesting helmet-related arguments flying around … Continue reading

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‘Safety in Numbers’ should be our loudest bicycle safety cause

The evidence is piling up that the absolute best way to improve bicycle safety is by increasing the number of riders. It’s not helmets, it’s not bike lights. In fact, the new riders don’t even need to be experienced riders. … Continue reading

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