About Shannon Johnson (Family Biking Columnist)

Shannon Johnson (Family Biking Columnist)

Shannon is a 36-year-old mom of four (soon to be five!) who lives in downtown Hillsboro. Her column appears every Wednesday. Contact her via shannon4bikeportland@gmail.com

Shannon Johnson (Family Biking Columnist) Posts

Family Biking: Saying ‘no’ to our kids can lead to many other yeses

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

(Photos: Shannon Johnson/BikePortland)

Tis the season, isn’t it? The season of consumerism, consumption, over-buying, over-spending, and over-doing. Tis also the season of comparisons, between your family and everyone else’s. Family comparisons (is life a competition this time of year?) are even made the old-fashioned way, via holiday cards, in case social media were not judging you enough. Soon even the daily snail-mail makes it abundantly clear that everyone you know had a perfectly rosy year, amazing children, and are always happy. Everyone else’s family seems, from the photos, to “have it all” and “do it all”.

It’s really hard to be a parent in this age of comparison, perfectionism, social media, social judgements, and American expectations. Every parental choice can feel complicated and loaded. I fret over every decision, especially this time of year. I think family biking can help us here, as our heads spin and pocketbooks strain. [Read more…]

For cozy winter mornings: A kids’ biking and city living booklist

Friday, December 10th, 2021

Left: The kids can’t wait to get home from the library to start reading, even though it’s only six blocks away. They usually take out their books and dive right in.
Right photo: Not much room left on my lap these days, but we’ll keep reading together through this season.

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Family Biking: Coaching kids through tricky traffic situations (Part 2)

Thursday, December 2nd, 2021

No racing! This guy loves going fast.
(Photo: Shannon Johnson/BikePortland)

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Family Biking: Our favorite way to warm-up on winter rides

Wednesday, November 24th, 2021

(Spoiler: It’s hot food! – Photos: Shannon Johnson/BikePortland)[Read more…]

Family Biking: A safe cycling self check-up (Part 1)

Wednesday, November 17th, 2021

Blinky lights are key to our safe cycling arsenal.
(Photos: Shannon Johnson/BikePortland)

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Family Biking: Taking ‘all bodies on bikes” to heart

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021

I was nervous about re-entering a bike shop with this body instead of my collegiate athlete one.
(Photos: Shannon Johnson/BikePortland)

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Family Biking: Finding a ‘me-bike’ and embracing beginners

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021

Mike Patnude at WashCo Community Bike Shop is beginner-friendly.
(Photo: Shannon Johnson/BikePortland)

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Family Biking: Discovering ‘traffic gardens’ on the west side

Wednesday, October 27th, 2021

Hand signal practice at Bicentennial Park in Hillsboro.
(Photos: Shannon Johnson/BikePortland)

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Family Biking: How bikes can save the day for kids with special needs

Wednesday, October 20th, 2021

Nate Barney with sons Weston and Calvin.

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Family Biking: There’s no such thing as bad weather

Wednesday, October 13th, 2021

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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