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The twelfth issue of Taking the Lane explores the intersection of bicycling and religion, with surprising results.
The twelfth issue of Taking the Lane explores the intersection of bicycling and religion, with surprising results. Still available in print!
The twelfth issue of Taking the Lane explores the intersection of bicycling and religion, with surprising results. Still available in print!
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Broadcasting on paper since 2010, Taking the Lane is the This American Life of feminist bike zines.

Every three months, we choose a topic and explore it in-depth, usually through the voices of multiple contributors. The topic for the twelfth issue of Taking the Lane, due out this November, is the intersection of religion and bicycling. 

What do religion and bicycling have in common? It turns out, it's more than just one thing. For some of our contributors to this issue, bicycling has opened their eyes and minds to religion in a new way. For others, it's an escape and alternative. For all of them, a bicycle has proven to be a path to tolerance, acceptance, and openness, whether of an idea, a community, or themselves. 

  • One contributor writes about her decision to drop out of seminary school to work at a bike shop.
  • An encounter with a group of Orthodox cyclists leads a secular Jewish woman to discover new empathy for practices and gender roles she had never understood. 
  • A contributor tells the story of how his passion for bicycling caused a crisis of faith...and gave him the means to resolve it.
  • For a young woman growing up in Nebraska in the 1980s, her bicycle is her salvation from a religion that condemns her sexuality. 

...and there are more... but you'll have to back the project to find out.

This issue of Taking the Lane is guest edited by our intern Kirsten Collins. She's a senior at Reed College where she studies religion and entertains schemes of becoming a publishing mogul. Elly Blue is the publisher, overseeing the production and design. Our fonts were created by Ian Lynam. Contributors are Rebecca Rindler, Carole Snow, Nathan Nykamp, Halley Weaver, Beth Hamon, Maria M. Benet, Stephen Miller, Tracy Halasinski, and Jessie Calkins. 

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With this project, we're releasing our first ever Taking The Lane Audiozine. The audiozine features ten of our favorite essays and stories from issues five through ten of Taking the Lane, (mostly) read by the authors. The collection clocks in at about 80 minutes, and is available as a digital download, on cassette tape, and on compact disk.

Among other contributions: Katie Proctor shares her hair raising tale of biking to the birth center while in labor. One contributor recounts how as a little girl she decided to run away by bicycle ...and almost succeeded. Several lusty true stories from our BikeSexuality issue are joined with a handful of tales of a bleak imagined future from Bikes in Space (including an outtake, Sara Tretter's "Henry's New Old Bike," a story that didn't fit in the print version—but was too good not to share). 

The audiozine has been lovingly edited and mixed by Jeff Hayes, and much of it was recorded in his cozy studio in Portland.

The funds raised by this project will go to cover our costs, including but never limited to printing and freight for the zine itself (about $1100), postage for shipping out all the rewards (about $400), mailing supplies like tape and envelopes (about $100), and to producing the audiozine (cost as yet unknown...).

Risks and challenges

We've got our system down pretty well by now, and it would take a lot to halt production. That said, sometimes things go more slowly than expected. That's why the rewards are promised in January, though we plan to have this out in December. Thank you!

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    One copy of the Religion issue of Taking the Lane, mailed to you.

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    A copy of Religion AND another issue of Taking the Lane zine—you can choose among whatever is in print (or you can just get two copies of Religion).

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    Audiozine! One copy of Religion mailed to you AND access to an mp3 download of the first ever Taking the Lane Audiozine, an 80 minute selection of ten of our best past contributions from different issues.

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    Audiozine to go: A copy of Religion, another TTL back issue of your choice (could totally be a second copy of #12) AND a compact disc recording of the audio zine, with tracks all nicely marked up and ready to pop into your CD player. You'll also have access to the digital download of the audiozine.

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    Sweet spot: A signed copy of my new book, Bikenomics, plus a Religion zine and a digital download of the audiozine. Yeah!

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    Mix Tape Memories: A copy of Religion, a second back issue of your choice, AND you'll get a copy of the Audiozine on good old fashioned cassette tape. (And access to the digital download too, of course.)

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    Subscribe! You'll get the Religion zine and the next three issues -- #12-15 in total as they come out over the course of 2014. You'll also get the audiozine on CD and a digital download.

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    History pack: Read along with the audiozine (you'll get a cd and a digital download) with this set of Taking the Lane back issues -- whatever is still in print, including (probably) #3,4 and #6-12 (#12 is the Religion issue).

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    Supersubscribe for 2014: You'll get the Religion zine, the audio download and cd, and a copy of everything I publish for the next year, mailed to you as it comes out.

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    Limited Reward: Two copies of Religion, and I will make and upload a video for the world to see of either me or the author reading the essay of your choice from any issue of Taking the Lane. (Caveat: the author has to give permission for this to happen!)

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    All the good stuff: The Religion zine, a full set of back issues, a subscription, the audio zine cd, a cassette, and the digital download.

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    Team Sponsor: Your ad, logo, or PSA in this issue of Taking the Lane! (Pending our approval.) You'll also get a set of back issues, a handful of copies of Religion and access to the Audiozine digital download. (NOTE: Must back and arrange details by Nov 18th to be in #12; after that date, your ad will go in issue #13)

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    Keep Taking the Lane on the "air": Your ad, logo, or PSA in the next four issues of Taking the Lane (#12-15), including this one. You'll also receive a set of back issues, a handful of copies of each zine and access to the Audiozine digital download. (NOTE: Must back and arrange details by Nov 18th to begin your run in #12; after that date, your ads will begin to run with issue #13)

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