Family Bicycling Sabattical – April through September

March 31, 2016 at 5:41 am 2 comments

SAM_0367 (2)From April through September 2016, my family and I are going biking!

We (Sarah, my husband, Rob Levin, and our nine-year-old daughter, Cedar) will be bicycling across the country – Delaware to Seattle, or as far as we get. We’ll dip our back wheels in the Atlantic Ocean at Cape Henlopen, Delaware on the morning of April 2. And if we actually make it all the way, we’ll put our front wheels in Puget Sound in Seattle, Washington some time in late September.

This has been a dream of ours for the past 10 years or so and we’re feeling incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to try it – and be re-inspired for the work that we do by experiencing our country at a 10-mile-per-hour pace. We are keeping an online journal while we’re away and here’s a link to our route.  If you’d like to receive occasional e-mail updates from our trip, please feel free to sign up for those here (and no worries if you’d rather not add more to your inbox!)

Amidst the day-to-day adventure, I’ll be using this time for some enrichment: informal meetings with local pedestrian, bicycling, rideshare, and transit professionals and advocates; review of various on-the-ground transportation and land use initiatives (suggestions welcome via our online journal!); and reading more from the field.

We’re trying to be good about really being unplugged from work, so I will not be checking work e-mail or voicemail.  However, I look forward to hearing about ways we can work together when I get back in the fall.

Best wishes for a lovely spring and summer in the meantime!

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Entry filed under: Active Transportation, Transportation Infrastucture Improvements.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Evan Richert  |  July 6, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Sarah, thanks for your postcard from Nebraska! Good luck on the rest of your ambitious trip!

  • 2. sarahcushman  |  October 11, 2016 at 2:44 pm

    Thanks, Evan! We’re just finally back home and I saw this in my work e-mail waiting for approval – so sorry for the delay. It was an incredible and beautiful adventure. Also one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. 🙂 Look forward to seeing you around the state sometime soon!

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