Grad With a Tat is Going Away. Replacement TBA

After roughly 3 years of writing under the blog moniker gradwithatat, I am officially retiring the blog and creating something new. Given that I am getting to the point that I have been out of undergrad and graduate school longer than I have been in it, it just makes logical sense to retire the name and the blog itself.

This does not mean, however, that I am going to stop writing. Gradwithatat’s themes and writing style will be carried over to a new blog. More to be announced.

I have returned! Lets write again!

It has been a little over three months since my last post, and a lot has changed in that time period. New job, new apartment, and new bike have all been things that have come into my life in that time period. It has caused me to go through a roller-coaster of emotions, and ultimately hold off on writing, which has been a detriment to me. Now that we are on the tail end of summer, I am going to try and commit to putting something new out every other week. Whether it is an article about infrastructure in Denver, a more personable blog post, or a piece of fiction, the content that will come out of here will go up again, I promise!


Sorry for the random Hiatus. Back to writing!

Good Evening Everyone!

If you have been watching the website lately, you may have noticed that it has been fairly… lacking in the past month or so. This is mostly due to the fact that I have been moving over the past 2-3 weeks to an apartment in the Lincoln Park area, and had been fairly tunnel vision when it came to that.

However, that is about to change!

Expect new material to start rolling out in the next couple weeks, from new posts on denverurbanism, to more of my fictional serial The Polybius Project, to other miscellaneous musings about life, you are in for some treats this spring!

*Featured Photo is the author’s bike on a ride to a lightrail station in Lakewood*


I got in the Denver Post today. Check it out!

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!


Loren Hansen

*Photo is of the Author’s Bike*

Winter Bike To Work Day is This Friday. See You On The Trails!

Hey Denver!

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.

Happy Riding!

Loren Hansen

*Featured Picture is the layering scheme I use for winter riding*


I am mapping out all of the public bike parking in Denver… and I need your help!

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.

We are back in action everyone!

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*

I am Going Home for the Holidays. See you post December 25th!

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*

We will be sending out our first newsletter soon. Be sure to Subscribe!

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.