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Monday, November 14, 2011

I'm in a book! (Or two.)

Hello friends! I've been so busy getting settled back into Portlandia that I've forgotten to mention I have written a chapter in a brand-new book about bicyles!

Amy Walker, former editor/publisher of Vancouver based Momentum Magazine has put together a book on the "new" bicycling. Titled On Bicycles, it featured contributions from a bunch of different peeps on various subjects. I wrote the chapter on "Traveling with Bikes". Here's the official description:

Bike culture is exploding in cities like Portland, OR, New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Montreal, and Vancouver, BC. Whether people are riding folding bikes to the commuter train, slipping through traffic on streamlined single speeds, or carrying children and groceries on their cargo bikes, bicycles are making urban life more dynamic and enjoyable — simply better.

Amy Walker has been at the forefront of this trend as cofounder of
Momentum magazine, which chronicles and inspires urban bike culture and transportation cycling. In On Bicycles, she gathers a wide-ranging group of cycling writers to explore the ways that biking can change, and is changing, people’s lives. From utility bikes that are becoming the primary mode of transportation for entire families to the artistic creations of freakbike riders, On Bicycles has something for everyone who has ever ridden a bike.

Topics include:

* cargo bikes * bike parties * a history of bike advocacy
* the bike-craft boom * folding bikes * recumbents * biking with kids
* handmade bikes * car-free streets * relocalizing * bike style
* collective bike shops * women and bikes * and many more

You can pick it up from your favorite local bookstore, or order online from Powells or Amazon.


I didn't write anything in it, but somehow I got asked to do a pull quote for the back cover of the Second Edition of The Portland Red Guide by Michael Munk, with great art by Icky Apparatus. It's a handy history of various progressive/radical things that have occurred through Portland's history, but done in guide book style. You'll get to see where these events happened and what's there now. You can also purchase it through Powells


  1. Cool - I am excited to check out that book, On Bicycling. As someone who rides a folding bike and reads Momentum Magazine, this promises to be good. I'm also excited to see what she has to say about folders - I often feel like they're severely under-appreciated in the bike world.

  2. Will add On Riding to my reading list. Both books are getting excellent reviews.


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