Good Evening Everyone,
I wrote my first ever letter to the editor in regards to the Idaho Stop in Denver… and got it published. Though I talked a lot about projects I had been working on in my newsletter, I just wanted to highlight this because I thought it was a good piece. Below is the text reprinted:
“In a recent vote of 6-2, the City of Thornton adopted a measure that will allow bicyclists to “slow-roll” through stop signs. Known as the “Idaho stop” based off of the state where the practice originated, this is a good policy that should be adopted in Denver.
With the recent legislation at the state level that gives municipalities a framework of how to adopt Idaho stop policies, Denver is ripe for a change that, according to studies, increases bicyclist safety. In a city like Denver where motorist/bicycle accidents have remained constant despite Mayor Michael Hancock’s pledge to accomplish the goals of Vision Zero, adopting a slow-roll policy is a step to fulfill that pledge.”
On a related note, If you are at Civic Center Park for the Ice Climbing Championships, I may be there on Sunday checking at the fat tire bikes. Be sure to say hello if you see me!
*Photo is of the Author’s Bike*
This Friday is Winter Bike to Work Day! Sponsored by the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOGS), it is an event meant to promote safe cycling year round. If you are interested in getting involved, I will be hitting up some of the pit stops along the Cherry Creek trail in the morning and possibly doing an interview component for DenverUrbanism. The CDOT website is a good resource for more info in regards to the day itself/information about riding in the cold.
*Featured Picture is the layering scheme I use for winter riding*
Good Evening Everyone!
Along with other projects I have been working on over the past 3 months, I am starting to build out a map of places to park and lock bicycles around Denver. Given that I will be fairly busy with other writing projects, I NEED YOUR HELP.
If you are interested in participating in this project, be sure to email me here with a picture and location of the bicycle parking you see.
Before you send a picture of the bike racks you see, make sure they are the following:
1. Public, Free and Accessible
Generally has to be in a public place and available for anyone who is riding a bike to park it. I would not consider a private bike locker at an apartment complex or work to be either. The bike lockers at RTD probably fall in the “Not Free/Accessible” category as well because you have to pay for them.
2. Relatively Secure.
I have seen bike parking areas that are held down by a single screw in various parts of town that are fairly unsafe to park a bike with a basic ulock/cable combo because of how structurally unsound they are. Something like that would not be included or included with that qualification.
3. (Generally) made for bicycle parking/locking.
There is some ambiguity here, but locking up to a meter/pole/tree is not something I would consider bike parking. Whatever the structure is, the form must (generally) be built for bike parking, whether it is a rack or something else.
Good morning all!
After holidays, nightshifts, and so many other life events in the past 2 weeks, I am proud to say my holiday hiatus is over! Be on the lookout for new material shortly, including more content from DenverUrbanism, a long awaited update to The Polybius Diagnosis, and even more original content. Hope you are having a happy now year!
*Featured Image is the Author in the Snow*
Good Morning Everyone!
As you may have noticed, I have not been as productive when it comes to writing in the past few weeks. Between end of year wrap ups, studying for a tech certification, and riding my bike in my free time, writing has been unfortunately pushed to the side. Fret not! Once I get back from my mini -vacation on the 26th of December, writing will be at the forefront of my attention once again. In the meantime, check out my latest post for DenverUrbanism and be on the lookout for a 2018 retrospective from Gradwithatat before I leave to visit California.
Have a good holiday everyone!
Loren M. Hansen
*featured image is myself on Christmas Day 2013*
To my dear readers.
We will be sending out our first newsletter in the next couple of days. In it, I will be showcasing pieces that have been published since Thanksgiving, including a new chapter in the Polybius Diagnosis, a personal essay, and a DenverUrbanism article about the notorious S. Monaco bike lane. Subscribe here for these updates and more over the next few months.
Good morning everyone!
I hope you had a good Thanksgiving with friends and/or family. I certainly did, and had a TON of wonderful vegetarian treats.
Now, I have a few items in the works, including a new DenverUrbanism article coming out within the next week or so, a bunch of shorter narrative essays I have written, and the beginnings of a new serial series, The Polybius Diagnosis, that will launch midweek.
I also have created a newsletter that regular readers can subscribe to to get updates on various writing projects. I promise not to spam your inbox… I hate when companies do it to me. Newsletters will be sent out twice a month, and contain the “highlights” of my writing work!
Have a good week, and hope you can get through the rest of your leftovers!
*featured photo is myself with Hazel, my relatives family dog, in Georgia*
Good Morning everyone!
Just a quick heads up: I am taking a quick break from writing for the next 4-5 days due to the fact that its Thanksgiving week and I am going to be with relatives/cooking like mad! Additionally, as the holidays approach, I will be writing a lot less given all of the other activities I will be involved in. Fear not though, dear reader! I have a significant amount of content planned for the New Year, including a serial to replace The Legend Ride and other great writing in mind. Hope you have a great holiday season!
-Loren M. Hansen
*Featured Photo is an picture of myself and my siblings taken from Christmas of 2015*
Hope you are having a good Evening Colorado and a safe warm commute home.
I will be starting the process of doing commissions for publications throughout the Denver Metro/Front Range/Colorado shortly!
Given that this website acts as my portfolio, feel free to explore it to your hearts content! If you are interested in having me write for you, please contact me here or email me at lmonroehansen(no spaces)@ gmail.com.
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*Featured image is post author Loren Hansen riding his bike*
Good morning everyone!
We are a little over 12 hours away from the closing of polls in Denver, and its time to vote! There are a lot of issues related to transit, mental health, and other important municipal issues that need to be voted on. Denverite, a digital publication that mostly covers Denver related issues, has both a state and local guide that I found informational. In general, I am in favor of anything that improves urban infrastructure and multi-modal forms of transportation, but have chosen not to make my endorsements statewide public (Local endorsements are here) outside of encouraging everyone to vote for candidates dedicated to urban and alternative infrastructure issues statewide.
Be sure to turn in your ballot by 7 PM on Tuesday.
Featured image is a post 2018 Colorado Primary picture of me voting. I forgot to grab a sticker and printed out a piece of paper.