I moved to Chicago in 1996 sans car and I’ve never looked back. While I’ve kept my driver’s license up-to-date for the occasional car rental (road trips, furniture moving etc.) I’ve been happily taking my bike or public transportation year round ever since. The addition of a family has only given me more people to ride with in my favorite city in the world and the use of Mr. Ding’s car once in a while. While I love biking around the city day and night, teaching my (then) six year-old stepson how to ride his own slightly adapted bike gave me an even greater appreciation of the immense sense of freedom and independence one feels when propelling oneself on a bike.
This blog is a little bit of bike activism, a place to extol the virtues of city bike riding on upright or Dutch bikes, and a place to promote bike riding for the entire family- especially those families with adaptive riders.
If you’re looking for a little more information ‘about me’ you can also check out:
- The “Welcome to my Blog” post that started it all off
- This post on the adaptive bike we first bought for Little Ding
- This post on the research on adaptive kids bikes that we did leading up to that bike purchase
- This lovely profile about our family that Emily over at Mamafiets wrote up as part of her Friday Family on Bikes series
- This interview I did with Dottie of Let’s Go Ride A Bike as part of her Roll Model series.
If you’re looking for a list of great family or city biking blogs, or more on adaptive bikes, check out the links down in my site footer.
If you live in the fair city of Chicago you might see me riding to work, or see me and my guys riding to the zoo, beach, grocery store, or hot dog stand. Come on and join us or let us know if you’ve got a city ride, family ride or adaptive event coming up! Email the info to firstname.lastname@example.org.