Episode 21: We begin our show with a topic you probably haven’t heard much about, but should: riding while pregnant. We are joined in WMBR’s A-studio by local rider, Emily Balkam, who recently gave birth to baby Rose Elizabeth and rode an 8-mile each way commute through much of her pregnancy. She shares her tips, tricks and insights from the experience and even brought 3-week old Rose into the station! Piggy-backing on the theme was Carice Reddien, owner of Bicycle Belle, a Somerville bike shop that caters to family and utility riding. Carice also joined us in studio to talk through the myriad options for clothing, gear and other things you may not have considered when living a car-free or car-lite family life.
Next up is Tom Babin, author of “Frostbike: The Joy, Pain and Numbness of Winter Cycling” and blogger at shifter.info, who calls in from Calgary, Canada to chat about the recent Winter Cycling Congress held in Montreal last month. Tom spoke at the conference and shares his perspective on one of the most bike friendly cities in North America and how it plans to become even friendlier.
Lastly, we are joined via phone by Marianne Fowler of the Rails to Trails Conservancy to discuss the legacy of RTC co-founder David Burwell, whose vision helped reclaim and repurpose critical infrastructure for communities across America. Founded in 1986, RTC has helped convert abandoned rail lines into multi-use paths in every state in the union, including the Great Allegheny Passage in Pennsylvania, the High Line in lower Manhattan, and our local Minuteman Bikeway here in Boston. And the work continues.
The show was jam-packed as always and presided over by Mully, Mook and Jess in the basement studios of WMBR on the campus of MIT. Enjoy!