Monday, July 21, 2014

Bitstrips: Reclaiming public transportation narrative

A cartoon version of Cynthia M. Parkhill, created with the Bitstrips app, stands waving behind a departing bus. She says, "Thanks, driver! Have a great day!" The cartoon panel's caption reads, "Part of the transportation revolution: A growing number of people rely on public transportation."

Reclaiming my public transportation narrative from the Bitstrips app: a validation of travel by bus, and identification of myself among the growing number of people who rely on public transportation.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CityLab findings: Low-income commuters value cars

In spite of their awareness of transportation costs and car-related expenses, many respondents to a CityLab survey value cars for the “status” and “opportunities” they confer.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Friday, July 11, 2014

Women in bicycle advertising

When we talk about sexualization of women’s bodies (as Eve Andrews does when she urges women to “take back the streets ... two wheels at a time”), we need to hold bicycle parts manufacturers and retailers accountable for their choice of advertising imagery. Are women depicted equally with men as empowered bicycle users, or are they ornaments? Bicycle manufacturers’ and retailers’ attitudes about women as consumers are symptomatic and part of attitudes about women in society as a whole.

Originally posted to Facebook

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Jackson County SMARTWorks: Mobile water station

"Water on Wheels" portable drinking water station with drinking fountain and water-bottle refill spigot

“Water on Wheels”: That fresh, clean and mobile drinking water station viewed Friday during Fourth of July in Ashland, Oregon is a service of Jackson County SMARTWorks.

Friday, July 4, 2014

‘Penny in Your Pants,’ for bicycle riding in a skirt

While on the subject of independence ... Check out this “cyclehack,” an idea that solves a barrier to riding a bicycle. “Penny in Your Pants” involves pushing a penny from back to front, through both layers of a skirt, to form a button and then using a rubber band to secure the button in place.