Saturday, December 24, 2016
If you’re a person who is motivated by personal benefit when evaluating available options: here’s an important consideration for weighing your commuting choices.
Monday, November 28, 2016
|SMART Train travels through Santa Rosa rail crossing|
If there was a “theme” to our Thanksgiving-weekend visit back to California’s North Bay, it was the ease with which we were able to get around via “active” and public transportation.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Groups I subscribe to, urge “bearing witness” and solidarity for Standing Rock Sioux activists who oppose construction of a new Dakota Access Pipeline to deliver fossil fuels.
Friday, October 14, 2016
With one day left in the Oregon Drive Less Challenge, it’s great to see the growing count of vehicle miles saved: 614,041 as of Friday, Oct. 14.
Saturday, September 17, 2016
Whenever people talk to me about traveling to downtown Ashland, the hassle of finding a parking space invariably comes up. With the “Oregon Drive Less Challenge,” I’d like to propose a less-stressful scenario.
Thursday, September 15, 2016
|Source of image: Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit on Facebook|
Saturday, September 10, 2016
As a full-time bike commuter, I completely rely on a bag-and-rack system to give me transport capacity. The Topeak Super Tourist DX rear rack and MTX trunk bag provide essential components of my daily rides.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
A family member in Sonoma County, Calif. gave me heads-up about a profile in the Sonoma Valley Sun: Lisa Musgrove, librarian and manager of the Sonoma Valley Regional Library, commutes to work by bicycle.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Bicycling for part of her commute has inspired Library Journal editorial director Rebecca T. Miller “to think even more about how we build, promote sustainable practices, and urge people toward healthy, physical engagement with where they are.” It’s great to see libraries involved in encouraging livability. I urge library systems to follow the examples highlighted in Miller’s editorial, to help create car-culture alternatives by hosting bike-share locations.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
|Image credit: L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library|
I would love to see more library systems create their own equivalents of the BookBike at L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library in Eau Claire, Wis.
“The BookBike gives librarians a new way to connect with residents of all ages, showcase the library’s digital content, provide an unexpected library experience, and give a fresh perspective of the public library.”
Monday, July 18, 2016
|Bus fares by phone. Cartoon image created with Bitstrips|
Sunday, July 10, 2016
To celebrate the resumption of Saturday bus services, we caught Rogue Valley Transit’s Route 10 from Ashland into Medford, then spent a few hours on-foot. During our ramblings, we discovered The Artist in You, a do-it-yourself creative space fronting E. McAndrews Road on the block between Poplar Drive and Biddle Road. (The studio is in Bear Creek Plaza with its address listed as 1110 Biddle Road.) I love the idea of a walk-in public art studio, and The Artist in You provides ceramic shapes, paintbrushes and a broad range of colors. Once people finish their projects, the projects are kiln-fired for later pick-up. Here we are with our mug, painted with a design that features our sweet cat Starfire.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
Via I Love Libraries, relating news reported by The Red and Black in Athens, Ga.: BikeAthens, a bicycle advocacy group, offered free bicycle repair, safety checks and helmets at the Athens-Clarke County Library. The news report relates that BikeAthens’ goal is to “promote walking, cycling and public transit as solutions to transportation needs in Athens through education, advocacy and community service.” This is a great melding of advocacy for bicycling with the importance of libraries.
Friday, June 24, 2016
|Image source: Rogue Valley Transportation District on Facebook|
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
|Source of image: RVTD on Facebook|
Thursday, June 16, 2016
|Source of image: County of Sonoma|
Monday, May 30, 2016
Talk about a win-win situation: I chop the hemline of a dress or long tunic so that I can wear it, paired with pants or leggings, while I ride on my bicycle. This saves garments that, while loved, might otherwise never be worn because they weren’t biking-compatible. Here, leftover fabric from recent alterations found purpose of their own when assembled into a “newsboy” hat. The crown, band and brim of the hat were assembled out of fabric from a sunflower-print dress, an embroidered long tunic and a long lace skirt. Shown with it are “cycle-hacked” garments that contributed its fabric.
I don’t mind in the least if we become known as those people who walk around town pulling a “little red wagon.” Sometimes hauling gear is inevitable — as in this instance of walking home with gardening supplies. The cloth-over-steel-frame wagon is lightweight and collapsible; it takes up next to no space when it’s being stored but when set up, it can carry up to 150 pounds. During this weekend alone, we brought donated books down to the Ashland public library and, on on the return trip, brought home a gardening pot. Who knows how many wagon sales we are responsible for; seems whenever we go out, someone who is on-foot like us, comments that (s)he needs one too.
Sunday, May 29, 2016
During a walk in downtown Ashland yesterday, we discovered “Ride and Roam,” a shop specializing in apparel for bicyclists, motorcyclists and outdoors. Owned by Adam and Marina Borowy, the store is celebrating its first weekend open at 72 N. Pioneer St. The business also accepts orders online at http://www.rideandroam.com/. As of our visit, in-store merchandise was still arriving and being stocked, but one item present was this “cycling fish” dress, created by Clockwork Gears. Jonathan and I look forward to return visits and wish this local business much success.
Saturday, May 21, 2016
Saturday service returns July 9, 2016 aboard Rogue Valley Transportation District buses. Unofficial results for the May 17 election in Jackson County, Ore. show 61.44 percent in favor of a levy to support RVTD. Speaking as someone who commutes full time by either walking, bicycle or bus, I look forward to being able once again to ride the bus on Saturdays between Ashland and Medford. It’s certainly proven doable to hop on our bicycles to make this round-trip, and the ride is especially enjoyable along the Bear Creek Greenway. But to make what essentially becomes a several-hours’ trip, we have to budget effort and time. It will be nice to have the option again of being able to travel by bus, with or without our bicycles.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016
|Photo courtesy of Troy University Libraries|
Also posted to Cynthia Parkhill: Library Assistant, Volunteer and Advocate
Saturday, May 7, 2016
Tossing assorted belongings into the trunk of a car is not an option for us, so we have to think about storing and transporting what we need for the day.
Here are Jonathan and me wearing “RFID Travel Vests for Men,” manufactured by SCOTTeVEST. We purchased our vests from Travel Essentials, a travel store in downtown Ashland.
Friday, May 6, 2016
|Photo by rickie22 on Flickr. Reused under terms of Creative Commons|
Sunday, May 1, 2016
In the case of clothing that will NEVER work, I have to simply start over.
A cargo skirt from an online retailer fell into the NEVER-work category. The skirt was great! It had plenty of pockets, which were definite pluses to a person who does not want to be encumbered by carrying a bag. But the skirt also offered too little room to move in, for me to safely ride my bicycle.
If it was simply a matter of length, I could have worked with the skirt by wearing it with leggings or such. But being difficult to move in, sealed the skirt’s fate.
I sent the skirt back to the online retailer and opted instead for shorts that came with all the same wonderful features: My favorite color! Plenty of pockets! But in contrast to the skirt, the shorts provide an advantage of being easy to move in on a bicycle. And that makes all the difference.
Saturday, April 30, 2016
One workplace down: the Ashland School District has formed a Rogue Commute Challenge team. I am now promoting formation of a team at the church where I work.
Thursday, March 17, 2016
In the spirit of reducing our carbon footprint, of enhancing personal wellness and honoring the interdependent web of life, I'm asking co-workers if they'd be interested in forming “Rogue Commute Challenge” teams.
Local businesses form teams and from May 9 to 15, participants log their walking, biking, carpooling, teleworking and transit trips into the “DriveLessConnect” database.
At the end of the week, trip miles and team participation will be totaled and a Rogue Valley workplace will be declared winner of the 2016 challenge. Individual participants are also eligible for prizes.
Tuesday, January 26, 2016
In winter, non-cyclists often volunteer their opinion that it’s too cold or too wet to ride — in spite of being confronted by the contrary evidence of my being out and about by bicycle.