About this project
The previous issue of Taking the Lane (#5, Our Bodies, Our Bikes), was about bodies, health, and the physical aspects of bicycling. That issue was by far the most popular in the series. How to top that? A reader requested that we explore the psychological aspects of bicycling next, and so the forthcoming issue (#6, Lines on the Map), hones in on the mental and emotional aspects of riding a bike.
In #6, a talented pool of writers explores the satisfaction of riding up a difficult hill, the frustration of navigating unwelcoming streets, and the subtle and not so subtle ways the routes and landscapes we ride through shape our identity and our experiences. These essays reveal some of the constraints and the liberties of the maps -- mental and physical -- that we take for granted, and open a conversation about how we can draw new lines of our own.
This issue has a guest editor: Katelyn Hale, of Curiocity Printing. Katelyn is also producing a beautiful print for the cover (the project picture is one of her brainstorming sketches) and a limited edition block print poster that is available at some rewards levels to some lucky backers. As those of you choosing to subscribe will find out, more exciting thing are to come this year.
Taking the Lane is, depending on your perspective, a polished and professional zine or a quarterly journal of feminism and bicycling with a scrappy, personal appeal. It is published by Elly Blue (who also publishes TakingTheLane.com). Readers and contributors have a major hand in shaping the zine's evolution. Every issue of this zine has been funded on Kickstarter: Thank YOU!
Funding for this project will support printing, postage, poster production, editorial expenses, and morale!
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