Sunday, April 26, 2015

Advocate, Afghan, or Washing Atop Two Wheels.

Shannon Galpin taught women in Afghanistan to ride like the wind.  This was no small fete since women are forbidden to ride bicycles there.  #canyouimaginetheidiocy? Hear her speak about these amazing Afghan women and their incredible bravery on May 5, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at National Geographic. You may think you take your life in your hands riding your bike everyday.  Try it in rural Afghanistan as a woman.  Then we can talk.  #afghanwomencyclists #shannongalpin

Thinking about #cycling while pregnant?  Many women have done it.  Find out how they managed.  And it wasn't by simply being Dutch or Danish. #pregnantcycling

Need to wash your clothes while getting some exercise?  Who doesn't?  Well now you can do both with bicycle-powered washing machine invented in China.  Think of how convenient this would be during blackouts or power failures.  #bicyclewashingmachine

Many families - I would argue smarter families - are using cargo bikes over vehicles, even for runs to big box stores.  This NY Times piece is a delight and references one of our own.  Safety in numbers.  Get out there with your whole brood.  #cargobikes

Columbia evokes images of Pablo Escobar, or militias.  But it also has big cities with plans for the future.  Bogota is working on its city planning, and much of its success will depend on thoughtful transit planning, including #cyclinginfrastructure.

Want a job in cycling PR, but Bogota is not to your liking?  The London Cycling Campaign is hiring.  Who doesn't want to live in London and work in cycling?  Sounds a bit like paradise to me.

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Don Ward is a cycling advocate in Los Angeles who is using his marketing sense to help people think differently about cycling.  He thinks people can view cycling as sexy.  Okay, pause, it is Los Angeles after all.  As a victim of a hit-and-run, Ward is known for pushing for laws that would make it easier for cyclists to sue the drivers that injured them.  He set up a great network across social media, #ridazz, to help cyclists connect to identify fleeing drivers.  If you and your riding pals do not already have a network, you should try it.  It works.  #donward

So, if I see you in the bike lanes, advocating, pregnant, or Afghan, or atop your cargo bike laden with offspring, let's be smug.
Elisa P.

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