Bike Photography as Anecdotal Advocacy

Often it feels like talking about why bikes are good and why people should ride them more is either choiring to the preacher or having an argument with a fictional cycle-hater that lives in the back of your head. You know they’re there. We’re all evangelicals knocking on doors asking if our neighbors have found… Continue reading Bike Photography as Anecdotal Advocacy

Urbanicide: the Murder of Cities

“We wouldn’t have any American economy without the automobile business. That’s literally true. This is a great industry that has to go on and keep turning out more cars and trucks, and there have to be places for them to run – they’ll need more roads, and in order to get that done people are… Continue reading Urbanicide: the Murder of Cities

Cycling In A Violent World

Words matter. Nowhere is that more evident than in the trench warfare currently being waged over the term ‘accident’ in reference to motorists killing and maiming people walking and riding their bikes. Most law enforcement agencies have begun to appreciate why this term is unacceptable, how it perpetuates a lack of accountability and a culture… Continue reading Cycling In A Violent World

An Evening of Better Blocks and Futurescapes at RECESS

Last Friday at RECESS in Southeast Portland saw some 100 purveyors of urbanity gather for a collaborative event showcasing intersections of art and science as the technological fabric of cities. Organized by the Futurescapes City Tours and RECESS curator Tori Abernathy, attendees were treated to a number of different installations, presentations, and speakers. The focus of… Continue reading An Evening of Better Blocks and Futurescapes at RECESS

The Working Kirk Memorial Bridge

Last week, TriMet announced four finalists in their naming campaign for the new Caruthers street multi-modal bridge over the Willamette River. Over 9,000 entries were submitted. Overwhelmingly, the name ‘Working Kirk Reeves’ was chosen – some 850 times – in honor of the late legendary street performer of the same name. In typical dismissal of… Continue reading The Working Kirk Memorial Bridge

You Can’t be Bored Riding a Bicycle

There’s a trend I’ve noticed, wherein prominent bike authors known for exalting the vast virtues of the bike seem to also predict – even promote – the odd notion that as the predominance of cycling rises, it must also become boring. Now, I get it that the Danish wear their normal boring work clothes on their… Continue reading You Can’t be Bored Riding a Bicycle

Salem CRC Hearing Liveblog: Round 2

Hi, folks. The defunct Columbia River Crossing freeway mega-expansion appears to be back. Mismanaging Perception will be live-blogging a committee hearing in Salem today, January 14th, 2014 beginning shortly before 1PM. For previous CRC related articles from MMP, click HERE. MMP’s CRC liveblog from last year can be reviewed HERE. •••

Unmerciful Insanity: the Columbia River Crossing

This article was originally published on Mismanaging Perception. In the last two years I’ve written over 20 articles breaking down why the Columbia River Crossing freeway mega-expansion isn’t just failed transportation policy, but why it’s an outright nightmare totally out of line with the values our community champions.  From historical precedent, to strange-bedfellow political opposition, to austerity,… Continue reading Unmerciful Insanity: the Columbia River Crossing

Bike Share Hype as Performance Art

The first rule of Bike Share Hype is you have to talk about Bike Share. Publicly. And often. As loudly and colorfully as possible. Doesn’t matter if you think Bike Share will herald a new dawn of true urban sustainability or you bemoan Bike Share as the death of the American driving dream. You must… Continue reading Bike Share Hype as Performance Art

David Axelrod Obviously Doesn’t Ride Bikes

Oh, how deep the depths of cycling ignorance within the minds of those who do not ride. Ask any bike advocate and they’ll likely agree, half the work of getting more people commuting via bicycle involves dispelling the myths non-riders have about bicycling. It doesn’t help when people in positions of power make asinine put-downs… Continue reading David Axelrod Obviously Doesn’t Ride Bikes