Monthly Archives: October 2011

Nostalgia

I’m feeling nostalgic today. My kids are growing up. Gone are the two-kid-hauling days when they read books and ate snacks and wondered and giggled with pure innocent joy while riding on my Xtracycle.

And took rides then ran a little bit and hopped back on:

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Mike Wang Benefit: Still Time to Get Tickets

If you live in Seattle, you most likely know about the tragic death of Mike Wang. He was killed in a hit and run crash on July 28, 2011 while riding his bike home from work.

The driver of the vehicle that killed him has not been located nor charged for the crime.

Next Tuesday, October 18, Mike’s friends and colleagues are holding a benefit dinner and silent auction in his honor.

Please join us for an evening to remember our colleague, friend, and fellow cyclist: Mike Wang.  We lost Mike on July 28, 2011, when he was struck and killed by a vehicle while riding his bicycle home from work that day.

Mike was an exceptional photographer whose work has touched the lives of so many of us.  On this night, we will feature several of his pieces in a silent auction to raise money for a college fund for his children, Sylvie (age 10) and Walter (age 12).

Additionally, the evening will include remarks from Washington State Representative Eric Pettigrew and PATH Leadership.  Local radio personality and friend of Mike’s family, Cathy Sorbo, will emcee the evening.

Tickets must be purchased in advance and are available through Brown Paper Tickets

mike wang benefit invitation. Click to download PDF

(R)evolutions per Minute (a cargo bike documentary)

Grab a cup of coffee and take 8 minutes and 33 seconds to watch this trailer for a new documentary being created about cargo bikes.

More on the project here:

Do you love your cargo bike? Has it changed your life? Your family? Your town?
Join me in producing an authentic crowdsourced document of a cultural revolution in progress. I’m seeking submissions from cargo bike folk all over the world to combine in the form of a feature length documentary. Send me your video, audio and photos by uploading to Youtube and emailing me a link. More info at http://www.lizcanning.com. Watch the trailer, visit my site, send me an email and learn how to become a co-director!

via Matthew

 – Anne

Brompton: It’s a Utility Bike

Portland on BromptonsIt’s been a year since we bought our matching yellow Bromptons.

Of all the bikes in our fleet, our Bromptons garner the most notice. Why? Obviously because of the tiny fold. And because they’re matching. And lemon-yellow. And we’re both quite tall and we look a little ridiculous riding them. And so on… basically they are not bikes for the shy.

Quite honestly, at the time of purchase Anne doubted our families’ need for Bromptons: we don’t travel much, we don’t have a shortage of bike storage space at home, and we aren’t big bus riders.

Tim’s purchase pitch smelled like bike lust to her: more of a want than a need.

But his negotiating skills (with Anne not the seller) prevailed and he eventually convinced her. He even pulled out the habitual-bike-purchaser’s classic line: “At this price, if we don’t ride them, we can easily sell them for more than we bought them!”

Anyone heard that one from a spouse before?

And we’re both glad he won the negotiation because in the past year, we’ve discovered so many uses for our Bromptons. Continue reading