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Bringing human stories and humanity back to the conversations around bicycles. Learn how the news effects our day-to-day lives, hear stories from new riders, and dig in deep with a diverse coalition of folks that make bikes better for all humans. We'll laugh, we'll cry, and we'll eat lots of snacks.

Randonnista Laura Jillian

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Bringing human stories and humanity back to the conversations around bicycles. Learn how the news effects our day-to-day lives, hear stories from new riders, and dig in deep with a diverse coalition of folks that make bikes better for all humans. We'll laugh, we'll cry, and we'll eat lots of snacks.

    Bay State Bike Month and Rides Galore: Featuring Galen Mook

    Bay State Bike Month and Rides Galore: Featuring Galen Mook

    Welcome folks to Episode 12! I have a great episode for you folks today. For Bike News, I give some positive infrastructure news and highlight some of the many May rides happening. For Friends on Bikes Eating Dessert, I brought back Yari, to discuss the important topic of how to lead a bike ride, and she'll stay on with me at the end for the game of how to not be "that ride". Finally, our Deeper Look is none other than my former Bike Talk co-host and the Executive Director of MassBike, Galen Mook.
    Thank you to Yari and Galen for joining me on this episode. The theme and music for this show were created by the amazing Kate Hardly. Her album, West, is available now on her bandcamp page: https://katehardly.bandcamp.com/.
    Randonnista is produced, hosted, recorded, and edited by me, Laura Jillian, with special guest host Watson the Bike Dog. You can stay connected with the show at Randonnista.com and see segment extras @Randonnista on Instagram and my YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealLauraJillian, and follow Watson’s biking adventures @Watsonthebikedog on Instagram. If you’re enjoying the show please tag #randonnista in your posts so we can see it! I love hearing from the audience!
    Here are the links from this episode!
    Bay State Bike MonthBike Lanes Provide Positive Economic ImpactList of Lots of events! 2022 Neighborhood Ride Series: Mattapan Tour de FarmsREI - Boston Pedals TogetherSunset Cycling SeriesBike-In MovieRide For Black Lives May20Mi2 New Bedford RideKittie Knox Ride

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Rides, Racing, and Inclusivity: Featuring Meg Cater

    Rides, Racing, and Inclusivity: Featuring Meg Cater

    Welcome back folks Episode 11of the Randonnista Podcast! I’m your host, Laura, and this is the podcast that strives to bring humanity and human stories back to the conversations around bicycles. In today’s episode I have some big news to share as PQ joins me for lots of infrastructure and ride updates in Bike News! For Friends on Bikes eating Dessert we will have Part 1 of a 2 part series about newer bike riders who are taking the dive into racing. Gabby joined me today to talk about her inspiration for move and how training is going, she will also come back at the end of the episode where we play a fun game about some cool cycling facts! And finally for our Deeper Look today, I talked to Meg Cater who talked to me about her journey and growth through cycling to find a community that they felt comfortable in as they explored their beliefs about equity and their gender roles journey. 
    Links for this show:
    Porter Square Bike Lanes: https://www.cambridgema.gov/citycalendar/view.aspx?guid=5a0d9b6acfe94757a1d98e9df6016976&https://www.cambridgema.gov/citycalendar/view.aspx?guid=5a0d9b6acfe94757a1d98e9df6016976&
    Cummins Highway Meeting: https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcuduGsqzsrHtCQVrh6xxMfQ4-dOvlH-qnV?utm_source=Transportation+&utm_campaign=2022-0419+Cummins+and+Age-Friendly+Design&utm_medium=email
    https://www.boston.gov/departments/age-strong-commission/age-friendly-boston?utm_source=Transportation+&utm_campaign=2022-0419+Cummins+and+Age-Friendly+Design&
    REI Bike Month Events: https://bostonpedalstogether.splashthat.com/
    Women on Wheels Boston & Randonnista Led Ride Sponsored by REI https://sunsetcyclingseries.splashthat.com/
    Ride For Black Lives April: https://www.facebook.com/events/400920438148188/
    Mayor's Bike Bonanza: https://www.facebook.com/events/304759858502541/?
    Bicycle Friendly States Ranking: https://bikeleague.org/content/new-2022-bicycle-friendly-states-rankings-massachusetts?fbclid=IwAR2uqUr3y2qeNYOSwH5s0oo__vsMErmLAG1-ySlnyGVGGiatX0xrdLkt5LU
    Help pass the 3ft Passing Law in MA: https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/massbike/pages/5828/attachments/original/1629735130/AATRTF_Bill_192nd_One-Pager.pdf?1629735130https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/massbike/pages/5828/attachments/original/1629735130/AATRTF_Bill_192nd_One-Pager.pdf?1629735130

    • 1 hr 43 min
    Music, Mental Health, and Riding with Kids: Featuring YT

    Music, Mental Health, and Riding with Kids: Featuring YT

    Links coming soon!
    Hello everyone! I realize it’s been a couple of weeks since my last show and I want to address this lapse for a moment. In light of Women’s History Month, I needed to take a moment for myself and focus my attention elsewhere. I have been on a job hunt and was dealing with a few personal issues, HOWEVER, I believe all of this will soon be behind me and I can go back to my regularly scheduled bi-weekly shows and hopefully start bringing in that new content I teased at the beginning of the year.
    I want to thank all of my listeners out there. This is a passion project, and a solo adventure, so it means the world to me that people are listening and enjoying this show. You all know how much I care about biking and want to make is more accessible and approachable. Every time a friend approaches me and says something nice about the show, I melt inside. And even with the hiatus, I still broke the 1000 downloads mark this week which is such an honor. So thank you and today marks episode 10! Here’s to another 100!
    Ok, mushy part out of the way. I have a great episode for you folks today. For Bike News, I enlisted my new friend Bridget Tan to talk about some more infrastructure updates, including an e-bike rally that is out of date now (apologies) but is still really important and you can still reach out to your representatives to get those bills moving, and Bridget and I break down the perfect song to listen to while you ride your bike. For Friends on Bikes Eating Dessert, I brought back co-organizer and bike friend, Saskia, to discuss the benefits of self care and how biking can improve your mental health. This topic is near and dear to me and I loved this conversation. Finally, we’ll wrap up today with my deeper look at YT and how she has evolved from a SCUL leader to a BONES leader. Her journey around biking with her kid and how emersing your children in a lifestyle can make that lifestyle more common place to them.
    There is no game this week, but it will be back this spring and summer as I am able to get outside again with my friends on their bikes. 
    Thank you everyone and here’s the episode!

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Black Futures, Cooperative Community, and Cannabis: Featuring Saskia VannJames

    Black Futures, Cooperative Community, and Cannabis: Featuring Saskia VannJames

    Welcome to today’s show folks! Bike News: For my cohost, I have a friend that I’ve been trying to get on for a while, Leandrew Belnavis, who came and helped me talk about Black Past and Black Futures with our cycling heroes Kittie Knox and Major Taylor and a modern look at Ayesha McGowen in honor of Black History Month. We also brought forward a solid list of BiPOC orgs that you should follow to keep an eye on the amazing talent in the bicycling world. Unfortunately, with the fluctuating weather there is no Friends on Bikes Eating Dessert segment this episode (it will be back!). The Deeper Look we talk to co-founder of Coalition for Black Lives (firmly Ride for Black Lives), Saskia VannJames, and how she wants to build a co-operative community and breaks down the lobbying work being done in the cannabis industry and the war on drugs. Finally Leandrew comes back and rounds out the episode with a fun game!
    Thank you to Leandrew and Saskia for joining me on this episode. The theme and music for this show were created by the amazing Kate Hardly. Her album, West, is available now on her bandcamp page: https://katehardly.bandcamp.com/.
    Randonnista is produced, hosted, recorded, and edited by me, Laura Jillian, with special guest host Watson the Bike Dog. You can stay connected with the show at Randonnista.com and see segment extras @Randonnista on Instagram and my YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealLauraJillian, and follow Watson’s biking adventures @Watsonthebikedog on Instagram. If you’re enjoying the show please tag #randonnista in your posts so we can see it! I love hearing from the audience!
    Here are the links from this episode!
    A Brief History of Kittie Knox and Major TaylorMeet Ayesha McGowan, the first Black American woman in pro cyclingRepresentation Matters | Ayesha McGowan15 Influential Black Cyclists You Need to Follow on Instagram TodayAdditional Accounts to Follow!
    https://www.instagram.com/remy_b_reel/ and youtube.com/c/RemyBReelhttps://www.instagram.com/brothersonbikesboston/https://www.instagram.com/rideforblacklives/ (The LA Ride)https://www.instagram.com/rideforblacklivesboston/ https://www.instagram.com/blackcyclistsnetwork/https://www.instagram.com/blackenduranceathlete/https://www.instagram.com/l39ion.la/https://www.instagram.com/mobbatl/ Massachusetts Recreational Consumer Council (MRCC)
    https://massreccouncil.com/Action 1: Join the action events Bit.ly/mrcccommunity4racialjustice Action 2: Support through Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/m/MACONSUMERSFind more info to support MRCC: https://linktr.ee/MACONSUMERS

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Wheelie Kids, Zwift, and Bike Giveaways: Featuring Lonnell Roberts-Wells

    Wheelie Kids, Zwift, and Bike Giveaways: Featuring Lonnell Roberts-Wells

    I have another great show for your today! Bike News: For my cohost, I brought back Tiffany Cogell to discuss the article, “The REALProblem with the Wheelie Kids” which as you might have guessed is actually everyone else’s attitudes. Friends on Bikes Eating Dessert: Remy and Zé join me to discuss my latest winter obsession for when you can’t train outside, Zwift. The Deeper Look we talk to co-founder of Cambridge Bike Give Back, Lonnell Roberts-Wells, and how he was inspired to give back to the community he loves. There is no game this episode because I wanted to give more space for the amazing guests here. They are experts in each of their spaces and had a lot to contribute!
    Thank you to Tiffany, Remy, Zé, and Lonnell for joining me on this episode. The theme and music for this show were created by the amazing Kate Hardly. Her album, West, is available now on her bandcamp page: https://katehardly.bandcamp.com/.
    Randonnista is produced, hosted, recorded, and edited by me, Laura Jillian, with special guest host Watson the Bike Dog. You can stay connected with the show at Randonnista.com and see segment extras @Randonnista on Instagram and my YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealLauraJillian, and follow Watson’s biking adventures @Watsonthebikedog on Instagram. If you’re enjoying the show please tag #randonnista in your posts so we can see it! I love hearing from the audience!

    Here are the links from this episode!
    The Real Problem with the Wheelie KidsHere’s the latest in Infrastructure Updates: https://bostoncyclistsunion.org/advocacy-campaigns Follow Remy and Zé biking adventures: @remy_b_reel and @brothersonbikes and on YouTube: youtube.com/c/RemyBReel

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Winter Riding Part 2, Messengers, and Stylish Bike Gear: Featuring Gabriel Mendez

    Winter Riding Part 2, Messengers, and Stylish Bike Gear: Featuring Gabriel Mendez

    I have another great show for your today! [02:22] Bike News: I brought in my friend and fellow bike instructor Randi to discuss the frustrations around people dismantling bike lanes, but also the joy that more women seem to riding. [17:19] Friends on Bikes Eating Dessert: We’ll hear the second half of my chat with Brian Mackenzie about biking handling and bike maintenance during the winter months. [38:51] The Deeper Look we will talk to World’s Messenger community member and Clinch Industria distributor, Gabriel Mendez, about how the messenger community really helped him grow as a person. [1:16:00] The Game: We’re bringing back Randi to play my new favorite game, Real or Fake comments made by Next Door members.
    Thank you to Gabriel Mendez, Randi Mail, and Brian Mackenzie for joining me on this episode. The theme and music for this show were created by the amazing Kate Hardly. Her album, West, is available now on her bandcamp page: https://katehardly.bandcamp.com/.
    Randonnista is produced, hosted, recorded, and edited by me, Laura Jillian, with special guest host Watson the Bike Dog. You can stay connected with the show at Randonnista.com and see segment extras @Randonnista on Instagram and my YouTube Channel, https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealLauraJillian, and follow Watson’s biking adventures @Watsonthebikedog on Instagram. If you’re enjoying the show please tag #randonnista in your posts so we can see it! I love hearing from the audience!
    Here are the links from this episode!
    Who is throwing the cones off the Mass Ave bridge? https://www.boston.com/news/transportation/2022/01/26/who-is-throwing-the-cones-off-the-mass-ave-bridge/?p1=hp_secondary&fbclid=IwAR2ImB5chSWS3zCxEj5TFJjXWnrC9HqmDm7b_ZA-ILJopwgf0MgjxjQMris Memorial Drive Greenway Improvements: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/memorial-drive-greenway-improvements-phase-iii 56% of female cyclists started or returned to cycling during the pandemic: https://www.bicycleretailer.com/studies-reports/2022/01/16/more-half-women-cyclists-started-riding-or-returned-during-pandemic#.YfB_RljMK0c View all of the videos and clips discussed with Gabriel @worldsmessengers on InstagramClinch Industria: https://clinchindustria.com/us/ and @clinchbikes.usa (tag your hats and gear if you have them!)Watch the Winter Biking video Brian and I put together that shows how we layer for a cold day! https://youtu.be/u6AIsIBVYaw

    • 1 hr 32 min

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