Wednesday, July 27, 2011


If you have been following this blog in the past, you noticed that my posts became less frequent and then stopped entirely. There were a number of reasons for this - I added new work and family commitments, lost my camera, and just didn't really feel like many readers were getting the message I was trying to convey.  Not to sound cynical, but after 5 years of cycling around Atlanta in dress clothes I had hoped that thousands of other people would realize it was doable and fun, and try it for themselves. And yes, we've seen an increase in bicycling for transportation. We've seen bicycles become trendy. We've seen more women and less spandex. But it's not enough in my opinion.

So, if you will bear with me, I'm changing the purpose and format of this blog. I'm going to focus less on my day-to-day observations in the city, and more on the things that could lead to big changes. Transportation funding. Zoning changes. Plans and policies. And because I am a scientist at heart, I am going to back it all up with tidbits of information that I find in my daily research. Stay tuned.


  1. how exciting! i love policy discussions and have realized over the past few years how little discussion there really is about transportation infrastructure - especially related to ACTIVE transportation. can't wait to see where your blog goes... and looking forward to joining in the conversation! good luck to you.

  2. Sounds great. One thing that made the commute a lot easier for me (in dress clothes, no less) was getting a Montague folding bike. I live so far from work that riding the whole way there just wasn't an option. Maybe more people would bike commute if they had folding bikes too? Something worth exploring maybe?

  3. Sure, but do inclue the occassional daily observation. Spotting good signs of change can be uplifting amongst otherwise oppresive 30-year planning horizons.

  4. Thanks AJ and LBJ! We will explore issues from infrastructure to equipment and everything in between. I think they're both important.

    bikebque, you should be sick of my daily observations...but I'm sure there will be plenty of them here anyway. Long term plans and projects are only as good as their impact on our daily lives.