Erika Prins Simonds

Photo of female bikers.

Time to Close the Gap

Look no further than Spokane streets, bike shops and riding clubs for evidence of the massive gender imbalance across the nation in bicycling. Why don’t more women ride? Well, it’s complicated. Yet, it’s everyone’s problem. When fewer women bike, public health, the bike industry, infrastructure and all cyclists’ safety suffer. The most oft-referenced study on …

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Photo of Erika Prins Simonds running the Kaniksu 50 Ruck Race.

Kaniksu 50 & Emory Corwine Memorial Ruck Race (July 15)

Picture a 50-mile trail run across some of Eastern Washington’s most gorgeous, remote terrain. Now, imagine it with friends. Oh, and a backpack weighing 25 to 35 pounds. The Kaniksu 50 Emory Corwine Memorial Ruck Race — the relay version of the Kaniksu 50 ultra marathon — has been the highlight of my summer for …

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Photo of Spokane Bike to Work Week kickoff party.

Bike Everywhere in May with Friends

May has long been nationally recognized as “Bike Month” thanks to the League of American Bicyclists. This includes Bike to Work Week, Bike to School Day, and a whole host of bike-centric activities. Cyclists who hang up their spokes for the winter months, the bike-curious and seasoned, all-weather riders get a chance to bump helmets …

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Photo overlooking grain elevators along the JWT.

The Washington Bikes PAC

As this year’s legislative session enters its final month, Alex Alston, state policy director at Washington Bikes, recaps the statewide bike-related bills and budget proposals she sees as top priority this year. The advocacy arm of Washington Bikes, called Washington Bikes PAC, works across the aisle to promote bicycle-related issues. It also works to pass …

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Parkour // Recess for Grownups and Kids

Straight though it may be, the shortest distance between two points isn’t always flat or easily navigable. Most people would avoid a wall, boulder, or railing by walking around it. But, argue the growing community of worldwide parkour enthusiasts, where’s the fun in that? Parkour is an activity that challenges practitioners to keep going straight …

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A Kinder, More Sustainable Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

A few years ago, my doctor cornered me about the smoking habit I’d held onto since college. “It’s more addictive than heroin, you know. It’s really bad for you, you know.” I knew. Alas, guilting one’s captive into giving up smoking does about as much good as shaming a heroin user into getting clean. But …

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Ingenious Products for Lady Cyclists

Female cyclists rock at finding ways to bike in comfort and style. For the most part, bicycling-specific products aren’t even necessary. One OTM reader suggested cutting off the feet of tall socks to make cozy legwarmers. Another just throws standard-issue leggings under everything for warmth and coverage. Our favorite suggestion was bringing back the fanny …

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