Episode 25: The Chainlink Chicago bicycling online community

I chat with Julie Hochstadter, director of The Chainlink, an online forum which serves as a community and resource hub for bicyclists in Chicago.  We hear about how members have used The Chainlink to address a diverse range of issues and discuss bike advocacy, politics, infrastructure and the state of cycling in the city. Julie offers some ride suggestions and tips for both new and seasoned cyclists. This past weekend I attended the Chicago Bike Swap, where I had the chance to test ride cargo bikes (PICS!) and meet many interesting people. Links include the Cargo Bike Roll Call; a mobile bike repair shop called Pedal to the People; and the sustainable streets blog Streetsblog Chicago. Pictures coming soon!

Next week I will be in Milwaukee as I tour cities in Wisconsin, Minnesota and eventually Michigan.  Get in touch - - if you're in those states area or have suggestions for show topics, places I should go, or people I should meet or interview.

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