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Elly's East Coast Tour
Elly's travel set-up:
A backpack and a Brompton.

BikePortland Managing Editor Elly Blue is on a swing through the East Coast. She'll post regular dispatches from the road about the people she meets and the transportation and bike-related topics she learns about.

Read her articles below and follow her adventures on Twitter.


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From NYC: Behind the scenes of the Livable Streets Network

Posted on January 30th, 2009 at 10:44 am.

[Publisher's note: This story was written by Managing Editor Elly Blue during her recently concluded East Coast Tour.]

Sarah Goodyear, Livable StreetsNetwork editor and community manager(Photos: Elly Blue)

While I was in New York briefly, I met up with Sarah Goodyear, editor and community manager of the recently launched Livable Streets Blog Network. Billed as "the [...]

Baltimore rolls with bike-friendly momentum

Posted on January 27th, 2009 at 11:13 am.

[Publisher's note: This story was written by Managing Editor Elly Blue during her recently completed East Coast Tour. Read more of her travel dispatches here.]

It's not on the annual lists of biking hot spots, but during my recent visit to Baltimore I realized they might just become the next big bike city. They're [...]

A sampling of New York's new livable streets infrastructure

Posted on January 23rd, 2009 at 12:04 pm.

Before heading out for lunch with Livable Streets Network editor Sarah Goodyear, we took a couple of quick detours to check out some of the more interesting livable streets initiatives in the West Village.

This is my favorite moment on the 9th Ave cycle track -- this didn't make it into my other post about [...]

TRB profile: Roads and bike paths on the reservations

Posted on January 15th, 2009 at 10:57 am.

[Publisher's note: This article is a dispatch by Managing Editor Elly Blue, who recently attended the Transportation Research Board conference in Washington D.C. Read more articles from Elly's East Coast Tour.]

John La Verdure (Photo by Elly Blue)

Taking a break in the lobby of the Marriott during the TRB conference, I noticed a man [...]

A visit to Baltimore's Velocipede Bike Project (Slideshow)

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 10:56 pm.

One of my favorite stops in Baltimore was at the Velocipede Bike Project.
Occupying a bright storefront in the young and hip Charles Village neighborhood, Velocipede is a collectively run community bike shop. Since July of 2006, the all-volunteer shop has welcomed members of the community to come volunteer time (or, as a downplayed alternative, [...]

In D.C.: The great transportation convergence

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 10:49 am.

You can take a shuttle between conference venues, or a ten minute walk across this gorgeous bridge on Connecticut Ave.(Photos by Elly Blue)

Washington, DC is the final stop on my East Coast Tour. I am here for the week-long Transportation Research Board (TRB) annual meeting.
TRB is the big transportation conference in North America, hosted [...]

Building livable streets in New Haven: State, city, and university

Posted on January 12th, 2009 at 10:41 am.

[This is a dispatch from Elly Blue's East Coast Tour. Read more here.]

Parker and Sturgis-Pascale catch up with their former intern, Reed College student (and New Haven native) Rose Vickery. (Photos by Elly Blue)

New Haven, Connecticut is the birthplace of pizza, hamburgers, and the lollipop. It has the highest rate of public housing [...]

On the street in NYC: Checking out the 9th Ave. cycletrack

Posted on January 9th, 2009 at 10:14 am.

"Over the few blocks that I rode, I saw it used in a number of ways, including actual cycling."

While I was in New York City for a few hours on Wednesday on my way from New Haven to Baltimore, I took the Brompton for a rainy ride down the new 9th Avenue cycletrack. The cycletrack, [...]

Dispatch from New Haven: A look at new Complete Streets law

Posted on January 9th, 2009 at 8:42 am.

Whitney Avenue, shown here atNew Haven's northern border, is ready for a Complete Streets makeover(Photos by Elly Blue)

New Haven, Connecticut, which has never been known for progressive transportation initiatives, is now home to a Complete Streets law -- one of only a handful in the country, and one of the most comprehensive.
When I arrived [...]

Waiting for CT Transit in the snow

Posted on January 3rd, 2009 at 9:09 pm.

The view from my old bus stop on Whitney Ave hasn't changed much in 20 years.The white band on the center pole marks the stop, in lieu of a sign.(Photos by Elly Blue)

After a warm, dry week, New Year's Eve brought us another big snowstorm here in Hamden, Connecticut (my hometown, just north of New [...]

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