Why Do Bicyclists Fear Bicycle Enthusiasm?

“Don’t call me a cyclist!” How many times have you heard that demand from dudes who want utilitarian urban biking to share no similarity with bros in spandex zipping through stop lights? “We’re people on bikes, we’re NOT cyclists!” Okay, whatever. Recently I saw an even more confounding preamble in a StrongTowns article. The author declares, “I don’t ride a… Continue reading Why Do Bicyclists Fear Bicycle Enthusiasm?

The New Gentrifier Tactic: Copy Climate Change Deniers

It seems for every critique of today’s monied urban revival there’s another paid life-style columnist arguing why gentrification should be cherished, if they even admit gentrification exists at all. “Gentrification isn’t happening, but if it was happening, it would be a good thing.“ That was the crux of a Slate article last year that prompted many… Continue reading The New Gentrifier Tactic: Copy Climate Change Deniers

Capitalism Getting You Down? Then Ride Your Fucking Bike.

This article was originally printed in the Portland Radicle volume #8. The Earth is dying and our societal sense of self along with it. We have an ever growing human population and ever diminishing resources. We don’t need smart growth, we need smart decline. We don’t need the pursuit of wealth, we need an economy… Continue reading Capitalism Getting You Down? Then Ride Your Fucking Bike.

IT’S THE FALSE DICHOTOMY, STUPID!

This article was originally published on Mismanaging Perception. “In 1980, whale watching surpassed whaling as an industry. Now it’s worth about four times as much. Whale watching provides far, far more jobs to people than whaling ever did.” ~ Paul Watson The argument goes something like this: ‘We recognize that the planet is dying, but… Continue reading IT’S THE FALSE DICHOTOMY, STUPID!