About Madi Carlson

Madi Carlson

Madi Carlson (@familyride on Twitter) wrote our Family Biking column from February 2018 to November 2019. She's the author of Urban Cycling: How to Get to Work, Save Money, and Use Your Bike for City Living (Mountaineers Books).

In her former home of Seattle, Madi was the Board President of Familybike Seattle, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting bicycling as a means for moving towards sustainable lifestyles and communities. She founded Critical Lass Seattle, an easy social group ride for new and experienced bicyclists who identify as women and was the Director of Seattle's Kidical Mass organization, a monthly ride for families. While she primarily bikes for transportation, Madi also likes racing cyclocross, all-women alleycats, and the Disaster Relief Trials. She has been profiled in the Associated Press, Outdoors NW magazine, CoolMom, and ParentMap, and she contributed to Everyday Bicycling by Elly Blue.

Madi Carlson Posts

Kidical Mass PDX 2020 Planning Meeting

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Help keep this Portland bike institution rolling! Kidical Mass PDX is entering its 10th year (wow!) and we’re looking to add to our small eager group of volunteer ride leaders as well as assign a new organizer or co-organizers to keep the finely-tuned KMPDX machine running smoothly.

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Family Biking: Madi Carlson, signing off

Tuesday, November 19th, 2019

(Photo: Rijder Carlson)

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Family Biking: Kids + leaves = fun!

Wednesday, November 13th, 2019

Crunch! Riding through leaves is fun.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles.

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Family Biking: Gladys Bikes’ Saddle Library is the place to go for mom butts

Tuesday, November 5th, 2019

The Gladys Bikes Saddle Library.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: How to fit two tweens on a family bike (the end)

Tuesday, October 29th, 2019

The Urban Arrow was comfy for a 30-mile day.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: Thoughts on carrying tweens and biking less

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

Our big, once-a-year trip to the pumpkin farm. And yes those are tweens. Deal with it.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

It’s been eye-opening and fun playing at being an electric cargo biking mom these last few weeks. Except for the “aren’t they old enough to be on their own bikes?” comments (here, not in person). And yes, they (my two boys) often ride their own bikes, but I’m borrowing an electric cargo bike so I’m putting them in the front box. We all think it’s fun.[Read more…]

Family Biking: Two tweens on a family bike (part two)

Tuesday, October 15th, 2019

They fit! I’m borrowing a two-tween family bike.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: Intersections are scary, until you wiggle around them

Tuesday, October 8th, 2019

If my kids (sharrow, bike lane, bike box) still let me make them bike infrastructure costumes, they’d be intersections for Halloween.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: Join us for the Kidical Mass Pumpkin Farm Ride

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Pumpkin farms are a fall tradition ’round these parts. Join us!
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Family Biking: Frog Bikes are a quality, lightweight option for young riders

Tuesday, September 24th, 2019

Putting the Frog through its paces at Clever Cycles.
(Photo: Eva Frazier)

I recently visited Clever Cycles to see what they recommend for kid bikes and I really liked what I saw in Frog Bikes[Read more…]