Welcome to the Blogroll: The Path Less Pedaled

7_30_09_roca.jpgPhoto: Russ Roca via The Path Less Pedaled

Before moving to Los Angeles, I talked to some of my friends in advocacy and did some research on my own and made a list of people I needed to meet.  The list included some of the people you’d suspect, Liz and Shay, Joe and Ron, Stephen and Enci, Bart Reed, Fred Camino, the BRU and many more. 

The last person on that list that I met was Russ Roca, a cycling photographer and activist in Long Beach.  I met Russ in March at the Bike Summit and now he is already gone; pedaling across the country with his wife Laura Crawford.

Fortunately for us, they’re blogging about their adventures at The Path Less Pedaled and there may even be a book in their future.  While we wait for the blog to transist from the teary goodbyes to their friends (and bikes) to exciting tales of life on the road, the duo leaves this explanation of why they’re leaving Southern California for life on the road.

The Path Less Pedaled is an exploration of what it means to live
outside the lines. In March 2009, Laura Crawford and Russ Roca made the
decision to drop out of the status quo and find others around the world
who have done the same. Paring down their lives to just what will fit
on two bicycles, Laura and Russ are embarking on an extended bike tour
throughout the US and beyond – with the goal of connecting with and
collecting the stories of people who followed a calling to live their
lives in unique ways. Through photos, interviews, sketches, hand-bound
books, and an extensive web presence, Laura (an art jewelry maker) and
Russ (a photographer) will compile example after example of lives less
ordinary – independent artisans and makers, small business proprietors,
community activists and more.

Thanks to our friends at Bike Portland, I can "spoil" their first adventure.  Currently their on their way up the coast on Amtrak where their first ride will be with the advocates and cyclists of Portland’s bike scene.


Catching Up With Laura & Russ Of The Path Less Pedaled

Laura Crawford & Russ Roca. (Photo by Path Less Pedaled) (Note:if you want to support Gary’s work and our regular coverage of Long Beach, join us at the Library Alehouse this Tuesday. – DN) Just about anyone with a passing interest in bicycle touring on the West Coast probably has some familiarity with the adventures […]

The Case Against Bike Paths

(Anyone who was at last December’s Bike Meeting in City Hall witnessed a mini-shouting match between Enci Box and Councilman Tom LaBonge over whether or not there are "bike facilities" in LaBonge’s district.  Enci contends that a bike path is not a real facility, and she elaborates and explains that point here.  – DN) Cyclists […]

Eastside and Long Beach Celebrate Biking Tomorrow

L.B. Mobility Coordinator Charlie Gandy shows off colored shared lane and Sharrow on Second Street.  Photo: Russ Roca Photography/Flickr This upcoming weekend is a big one for bike culture in Los Angeles County.  While our famed DIY culture is already kicking into high gear today, a Friday that features the LACBC’s Car-Free Fridays and two […]

Long Beach’s Leap Towards Livability Part III

(If you’re not familiar with the infrastructure innovations in Long Beach, you should read this article first.  In 2009, Joe Linton wrote a two part series on Long Beach’s “Leap Towards Livability.”  Today and tomorrow’s stories are both part of our Annenberg School of Journalism Public Health Fellowship and a continuation of that series.) Sometimes, […]

CicLAvia : 100,000 Cyclists, 0 Incidents, Millions of Stories

(This is part one of our coverage of yesterday’s groundbreaking Open Street Festival.  Hopefully later today we’ll have up a Streetfilm.  Tomorrow we’ll review the reviews of CicLAvia. – DN.) There’s many ways to try and talk about yesterday’s CicLAvia.  One way is to look at the numbers, another to look at the people, and […]