I am Not a Cyclist. I am an Urbanite.

…no really, it is true. My blog has been dark lately – more on that later. For now I want to share this thought I have been mulling over for a week or so:

I am not a cyclist. I am an urbanite.

As kid biking was free entertainment.

As a teen cars meant freedom.

As a student my feet took me everywhere I needed to go.

As a traveler linking modes was key to mobility.

As a Copenhagenite bikes were just part of life.

As an adventurer bikes were exciting.

As an urbanite bikes are functional.

No, I am not a cyclist. I am an urbanite.

Now let’s ride bikes!

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Story of Survival

Brandon Blake was hit by a car while cycling on Dexter Ave. last year. Thankfully he survived, but not everyone who is hit is so lucky. I rode that same section of Dexter every day on my work commute from Queen Anne and now that I moved to Beacon Hill I still use it as a main thoroughfare when traveling north. One of my best friends rides it on his everyday commutes. Thousands pass along Dexter everyday as they go about there business. What is to keep us form being hit? From being killed?

Read about Brandon’s story on the Seattle Bike Blog. His band, More of Anything, will be playing a show Friday in West Seattle. There is no cover and some special guests are expected. Show solidarity for your fellow cyclist and check it out!