Becky Jo (Columnist)

Becky Jo (Columnist)

Becky Jo lives in North Portland with her husbeast, four children, two cats, and has packed more fabric into their modest house than anyone will ever know. While she knows her way around a sewing machine, cycling is new, filling her with great wonder, confusion, and occasionally panic.

BikePortland Articles by Becky Jo (Columnist)

Becky Jo’s Carfree Life: Where to buy a bike and get it ready for fun season

Bike sales are through the roof — in Portland and across the country. Isn’t that great? Only downside is basic bikes can be hard to come by. And then there’s the need for repairs and maintenance. An old mom-group friend posted this photo of the bike wall in an Evansville, Indiana Target. That’s pretty amazing. … Read more

Becky Jo’s Carfree Life: Insurance and Bike Cams

Insurance is a tricky thing, particularly in times of social and economic uncertainty. I’m always conflicted about it: Part of me feels like it’s legalized racketeering, part of me feels like it falls under the idea that “laws keep people free” which has its own set of conflicts. Specifically for our purposes here on BikePortland, … Read more

Becky Jo’s Carfree Life: Biking as a barrier-busting identity

I imagine most of you bike because it’s just what you do and who you are. But what about folks who aren’t there yet? Last week when we discussed freight intermodal transportation and compared it to multimodal human transportation, I left out some of my conversation with Clint Culpepper, the Transportation Options Manager at Portland … Read more