Sunday, December 28, 2014

Best Of 2014

IMG_1963 IMG_7406 IMG_6832 To learn more about cycling and what you may do to make our city more bike friendly, please visit the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

Friday, December 5, 2014

IMG_0113 IMG_1209 Who thought having fun could be so...important? TEDxPeachtree did when giving its stage to Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons Captain Chantelle Rytter. We have her to thank for our lantern parades, among other things. Now she is taking her infectious brand of happiness down the road Sunday when the College Hill Alliance hosts its first Santa Bikes Macon for the 2014 Middle Georgia Christmas Parade.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

A Sunday Ride In Piedmont Park

IMG_1450 IMG_8137 November's bout with the polar vortex is but a memory. Atlantans turned out in numbers on a balmy winter afternoon, giving me two portraits by Lake Clara Meer. Indeed, I had no more than turned from this encounter when another appeared. Such are the pressures of sartorial salutes. My usual, happy-go-lucky schedule has been preempted for December by our household move to Decatur. Exciting times, indeed, but they come with high stacks of boxes and miles of bubble wrap and tape. 'Tis an all consuming chore to organize and condense our belongings, yet the blogging will continue, albeit less frequently. Please know that I remain grateful for every pose and page view.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

In Grant Park: A Visitor From Berlin

IMG_0734 IMG_0735 IMG_0717 What better way to show your mother Atlanta than by bicycle?

Friday, October 31, 2014

Bike Stylish

About Bike Stylish  Bike Stylish - Google Chrome 10312014 102132 AM.bmp Inspiring you to ditch your car & Bike Stylish, Colorado bloggers Jeanne Eisenhaure and Tanya Dueri know the value of collaboration in their advocacy for cycling. Their offer to share with a wider audience what we are doing in Atlanta proved irresistible and became this re-posting of Roll Model Ann Shen.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Roll Model: Shayna Pollock

IMG_0675 IMG_0265 I try to use my bicycle to understand Atlanta. A passionate urban planner, I’m obsessed with the way cities live, work, and breathe. Riding on two wheels enables me to notice the off the beaten path buildings, the bustling neighborhood parks, and the tiny details of this city that give it character. Of course, I also notice the pot holes, the construction plates and Atlanta’s oft-bizarre street grid. However, I feel certain I wouldn’t see and experience the city the same way if I was a car driver speeding through.

I ride Linus, my early 1980s red road bike, everywhere. As my mom says, “Shayna and Linus have a thing.” We really do. I bought him at a used bicycle shop in Athens during college, and we’ve been inseparable (other than a stint abroad) ever since. He’s my primary mode of transportation and my permanent adventure buddy.

About 2.5 years ago, I left the US for a while and lived in the Netherlands (and a couple of other places). There, bicycling culture is so different. It’s the norm to cycle everywhere, and the pace of city cycling is much more leisurely. Since I didn’t even know anyone with a car there, I had to depend on my little Dutch bike to get me everywhere, even when I had huge items (see: campfire wood, an entire box of bananas, and a rolling duffel). Developing that self-sufficiency abroad really inspired my cycling habit once I returned home. Now each grocery store run, Home Depot purchase, or commute to work is a reminder of the independence and mobility that a bicycle affords.

Now, I commute to work in Downtown from Reynoldstown, and I truly enjoy it more every day. Because Wylie and Edgewood are such popular bicycling corridors, I’m making friends on the ride to work. It’s nice to chat with fellow cyclists at red lights and it’s a human connection that I certainly wouldn’t get if I was inside a vehicle. Plus, more and more people are joining the ranks every day. The bicycling community in Atlanta is so strong and welcoming. I’ve loved being a part of it so far and I look forward to watching it grow as our infrastructure expands over the next few years.

Shayna Pollock
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