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Freestyle sessions at Lloyd Center started again this morning, after a year under construction. I skated by myself for an hour and almost ran into the tree a couple of times doing backward spirals. Silly holidays. The rink is even smaller now, and the ice quality is mediocre, but I’m thrilled to have a skating venue 15 minutes away by bike!

Physical proximity to enriching things is so essential. I’m grateful to live in a small city with a range of transportation options, including consistent support for biking. In October I visited Atlanta, GA and I was shocked at how treacherous it felt to walk there – I was nearly run over while crossing WITH the pedestrian signal. I expect the drivers get grumpy from often sitting on unpredictable freeways. Did you know that more roads actually lead to more traffic? The 8-lane highway planners in Atlanta missed the memo.

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