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I Want Your Bike Story!

October 30, 2014

I’m working on a new and exciting (non-blogging) project with a partner and need your help! Do you have a great bike story? Something you’d want to tell in your own voice? Something amazing, terrifying, wonderful, interesting, curious, strange, scary, funny, or some other adjective that you’d like to share? Then I want to talk to you.

Ideally, your story is something that sticks out in your brain as highly memorable, the kind of thing you’d want to tell to someone the minute you walked into a room. Some ideas:

  • “A helmet saved my life!”
  • “Not wearing a helmet saved my life!”
  • A strange encounter with a driver, fellow cyclist, pedestrian, or police officer.
  • “I was riding with my kid when suddenly…”
  • “You’ll never believe what happened. This guy rolled down his window and said…”
  • True tales of breaking the law.

The above is by no means a comprehensive list. Anything goes!

Contact me at brooklynspoke [at] gmail [dot] com. Include a brief summary of your story — a short paragraph is enough — as well as your name, neighborhood, and contact information. I’ll try to respond to everyone who sends me something.

Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to read this blog over the last four years. My favorite part of doing this is interacting with so many smart and passionate people.

– Doug

  1. October 31, 2014 9:52 am

    Hi Doug, are you able to reveal any more about what you have in mind for the form/presentation of the stories? Might help me figure out if any of my stories are right for/worth sharing. Cheers

    • October 31, 2014 9:57 am

      David, this would be something oral, not written. So it would be something I might interview you for in person, perhaps at or near the location where it happened. Conversational, but at the same time a great story. Hope that helps!

  2. November 11, 2014 12:36 pm

    4th World Bicycle Forum “Ciudades para Todos – Cities for all”

    The World Bicycle Forum is the biggest citizen lead global event to promote bicycle in cities. The 4th edition will take place in Medellín, Colombia from 26 February to 1 March 2015.

    The theme for the 2015 edition of the World Bike Forum is “Cities for All”, relating to ideas geared for humans and living spaces. The forum will discuss how cities can be organized to the benefit of all it’s citizens. After all, it is not just an event for cyclists, but for the entire population.

    While societies in the entire world are urbanizing they face environmental as well as social challenges. At the same time the bicycle is gaining momentum as a serious transportation option and catalyst for creating better living spaces for all humans. In this process, cycling advocacy and citizen engagement play a crucial role in employing the bicycle as a vehicle for social change and urban equity. It is time for the bicycle to take a leading role in shaping an equitable and sustainable city for all!

    The forum will be celebrating and furthering the work of various stakeholders (individuals, groups, NGOs, businesses, or government agencies) working together to bring about positive change on all levels: individual, local, regional, national and global. Collectively, we will discuss, think and plan solutions so that bicycles, pedestrians and motorists can coexist in harmony. And the more thinking heads, the better – and merrier!

    More Information:

    Call for Proposals – 4th World Bicycle Forum “Cities for All”

    We invite bike enthusiasts of the world to submit their contributions to the discussion on how the bicycle is becoming a catalyst for shaping equitable and sustainable cities for all.
    Join the conversation at the 4th World Bicycle Forum and help form part of the program. Share your ideas, work, research or vision with the global cycling community. Choose a conference format, create an engaging activity and share your knowledge!
    Once all proposals have been compiled, the Program Committee will create the conference program aiming at a productive, diverse and hands-on World Bicycle Forum in Medellín.

    The core topical tracks of the World Bicycle Forum (#FMB4) are:
    Cycling Advocacy
    Bike Organizing
    The Politics of Cycling
    Cycling Art and Culture
    Cycling Societies
    Bicycle Urbanism
    Communicating Cycling
    Cycling and Public Health

    Please submit your proposals here:

    We are looking forward to welcoming you at the 4th World Bicycle Forum in Medellín, Colombia!

    26 February – 1 March. Medellín, Colombia

    Deadline for abstracts, proposals:
    30 November 2014

    Contact person:
    Florian Lorenz


    Event Address:
    Plaza Mayor
    Calle 41 # 55-80, Medellín, Antioquia

    Program Team – World Bicycle Forum – Foro Mundial de la Bicicleta
    ¡The next forum will be in Medellín, Colombia. 2015.02.26. – 2015.03.01. !
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