Dr. Peter Furth is a smart guy who thinks about how people get around, and a friend of our former guest Peter Koonce who sent us his way. He spoke with Brock at his office a few days before Christmas in his office on the Northeastern University campus; the conversation ranged from traffic logistics to bicycling stress, and it was great to hear the passion in Peter’s voice when he talks about how things could be.
Happy Holidays, all you Sprocket Podcast devotees! Or, as these socks suggest, happy Challah Days if that is appropriate to your observance.
Brock went to Boston as is his custom for the Christmas season, and while there he spoke with Michael & Bianca of the Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race, an amazing feat of engineering and teamwork that sees groups compete with homemade human-powered machines through obstacles such as a river and a mud pit. Listen to our interview conducted in the back office of a seasonal skating rink!
The Lowell Kinetic Sculpture Race happens every third Saturday in September EVERY YEAR, so get your team together and your machine engineered!
Madeline Kovacs is the program director of Portland for Everyone a coalition of community organizations, individuals, and local businesses that support those land use policies that will help provide abundant, diverse & affordable housing options in all of Portland’s neighborhoods.
Tom McTighe has been coordinating Cranksgiving, the yearly charity-driven alleycat race, for a few years here in Portland, Oregon, and this year he brings another event with his team of amazing volunteers for a tight, short course to keep the generous out of the rain when possible. It’s coming this Saturday! Find one in your area (if you’re not in PDX) by checking cranksgiving.org! It happens all over.
Also Thanks to our drink sponsor The Beer Mongers for generously providing our libations, and our generous Patreon donors for underwriting our operating costs!
Alex Phillips works with Oregon State Parks on the Scenic Bikeways program to create beautiful rides in scenic corridors, and she drops by to explain how the system works. We’re lucky to have these opportunities in our state, and we were happy to have her in to chat about them!
BAE BAE is a mostly-female bike club in Portland, OR. We speak to Holly & Laurel about fun, on-time departures and rain, amongst other things. They describe their group this way: “We are building the bike scene we want to be part of – one that is fun, challenging, and exciting while also being safe and supportive. We tolerate exactly zero sexist bullshit. We are not about speed or competition or snobbery; we are just a bunch of badass people who love bikes and are all about empowering each other, especially with regard to getting butts on bikes.”
Calendar URGENT CALL TO ACTION! The Sprocket Podcast has been selected as one of the 10 finalists in the running to be added to the 1st Annual Portland Podcast Festival lineup on December 2nd! We’re asking listeners to vote for us to be in the Festival, cast your vote at http://www.pdxpodfestival.com/vote Voting will last until October 27th at 12:00 pm. The top two vote-getters will make it into the festival.
From OR State Park’s website The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is raising state park camping rates by $2 for some types of campsites effective Nov. 1, 2017.
Mail Aaron Green is Running for Superfan No.2
PBJ Matt on Passing: I actually thought this was the article you were going to reference at the outset of the topic “If you’re riding somewhere so crowded that you’ve got to warn other trail users and all you’ve got time for is “On your left!”, then you’re riding too fast. Slow down and use your grown-up words.”
Emily & Jessica are involved in Bike Loud! The organization coordinates the concerns of their members & those of their surrounding community with direct actions that make needs evident – like blocking a lane of traffic with hay bales to emphasise the need for fewer lanes on a busy street where people have been hurt or killed. What’s the best response to adversity? Absurdity. Check in with them to get involved, or how you can spark your own activism & advocacy in your own area.
Mail Call To Action from Chris Smith: “The Central City Plan is going to City Council with a hearing on 9/7. Included in the plan is a $450M freeway expansion at Rose Quarter. I’m helping organize a coalition of folks to oppose this. The letter below will get sent to City Council on Wednesday, signed by 12-15 advocacy groups.” Testify against PDX freeway expansion!
Some helpful mechanical advice on brake adjustments from Don B
More Detroit stuff from Bill C
From Ben in HI: “Tomorrow is my day off and I am planning on only using the public bike system to get around. There will be a full report from your new field reporter in Hawaii.”
Wayne Norman is a long-time donor to our show with a road trip happening now and an incredible story of recovering from a health scare to keep on moving from Adventure To Adventure! Maria Schur is a friend who has been on our show several other times. We invited her in to describe her involvement in the Swift Summit 200/100 and how she wants to approach the event. Annalisa took a cross country bicycle tour while taking photographs & managing type 1 diabetes, and ended up staying with Guthrie who happens to be her warmshowers.org host. Check out her portrait series at 4000milesofportraits.com!
Also, Brock & Guthrie ask everyone how their eclipse experiences were.
Aaron & Anna joined Team Lime for our friend Lily’s 30th birthday party, which happened to be a transit-system-based adventure scavenger hunt event all over Portland! Jesse, also a member of Team Lime, also comes into the studio so that they can all relive the adventure. From posed photos with transit operators, to karaoke on a party bus, #spy30 happened. Listen for the details!
David Barstow Robinson (known better to his friends as DBR) completed another long distance endurance bicycle race you might have heard of – 2017’s Trans-Am Bike Race, an unsupported cross-continent contest of strength and persistence you might remember from our interview with Nathan Jones or the documentary Inspired To Ride. We ask him about his experiences, statistics, strategies, and emotional ups and downs. Why’s it such a long episode? ‘Cause he rode across the country!
From Phil in AK: Eric Iverson visited Alaska and caused the bears to manifest their scat: “Aaron – you need to throw some flat bars on that Pugs of yours and get it up here so I can show you how we do on fat bikes! I’ll take you places you’d never dream of getting to on two wheels.”