Ok, I can’t keep a secret. I’m just gonna to tell y’all about the secret online project I mentioned earlier:
It’s a new bicycle blog called VeloTraffic (FYI – Vélo is French for “bike”). I know there are a lot of great bike blogs out there already, but I hope I can provide somewhat of a unique perspective. I am hoping the new site will have a more professional and polished feel (compared with this blog). It’s something I’m trying out because I love cycling, but also as a professional endeavor that I hope will help build my reputation as a professional bike facility engineer and planner (also because I spend so much time reading/writing blogs that I figure I should probably try and channel that effort into something useful…). I hope to bring a traffic engineer’s perspective to discussing cycling infrastructure, planning, design details, traffic laws, implementation, funding, and other engineering and news related topics. I also hope to serve up a lot of general feel-good bikery talk and photos. VeloTraffic will attempt to straddle the line between having a local and national focus. Obviously, since I’m in MPLS, much of the discussion will be centered around MN news and happenings. But I’m also going to try and frame the discussions broadly enough that people outside MN will still feel like they can contribute.
I also want to point out all the bike-related things I won’t be talking about on the new blog:
- Ride Recaps – Most of my posts about my personal ride recaps (i.e. Mel and I biked here today and it was GREAT!) will continue to be posted here at SingleSpeed. If I think it’s appropriate, I may cross-post some of these, but for the most part, my own personal ride recaps aren’t really relevant to what I’m trying to do over at VeloTraffic. VeloTraffic is not a blog about me – it’s about bikes. SingleSpeed is a blog about me.
- Fancy Cycling Gear – VeloTraffic is not a gear blog. I won’t be talking about new bikes or components. If you know me, you know that I’ve pulled most of my bikes out of dumptsers, so I’m simply not qualified to talk about expensive gear. That’s not to say I won’t ever talk about what I’m riding, or what I like to see in a bike, but it’s certainly not the focus of the blog.
- Competitive Racing – I’m not gonna talk about the Tour de France or the doping scandals. I’m not going to post race times or keep track of who is faster than whom. It’s just not my thing. I might post videos of people crashing….
- “Y’all” – I will not be using the word y’all… or peeps.
So here’s what I’d like from you, dear readers:
- Please go to VeloTraffic.com and check it out. Leave a comment if you’re so inclined. If you’re a regular reader of SingleSpeed, you’ll recognize that much of the archived content is recycled from this blog, but there’s some new content there as well. There’s an option to register as a user of the site – go ahead if that’s your thing. If not, you’ll still be able to comment (captcha-free) and subscribe to follow-up comments without logging into anything (behold the power of WordPress!!!).
- Add VeloTraffic to your blog reader – subscribe via RSS.
- Tell your friends about the blog. If you know any bikey friends that might be interested in following the conversation, I’d appreciate it if you’d let them know, via email, Facebook, Twitter, etc.
- Ask a question: Similar to the Ask Me Anything!!! thing I do on this blog, I’m hoping I can field some bike-related questions at VeloTraffic. To ask a question, send me an email, or fill out the form on the Contact Page at VeloTraffic.
- Drop me a line to let me know what you think of it so far. I’d really appreciate some feedback. I don’t have all the features enabled that I hope to in the future, but the basics are up and running. What site features would be helpful?
Does this mean you’re not going to talk about bikes on SingleSpeed anymore?
Hardly. I anticipate that bikes will continue to be an important part of the SingleSpeed blog. VeloTraffic is a site intended for people who want to talk about bikes, but want to skip all the other garbage on this blog that I talk about.