Once there, I’ll have the opportunity to interact with academic leaders studying transportation’s impact on society and will support my co-author, Steve Farber, as he presents work we’ve recently completed looking at the impact of variable transit frequency on accessibility to healthy foods.
The semester concluded in late april, and I’ve been keeping busy. In May a grant proposal was submitted, a workshop was workshopped, two articles were sent out, and a load of revisions are beginning to be dealt with.
A few more papers will be submitted before the summer is over and I have one more conference (in Delft! more on that in a later post) – so productivity is the name of the game.
However, it wouldn’t be summer without some sort of break.
From May 31 – June 6 I road the Ohio to Erie trail in reverse, so technically the Erie to Ohio trail. I was joined by a friend from college and friend/fellow geographer/Ohioan Harvey Miller.
We had a great time riding across the state – which is much more beautiful than I ever knew! Our route took us through Cleveland, Akron, Massillon, Gambier, Mt. Vernon, Centerburg, Columbus, Yellow Springs, Xenia, Loveland, and finally Cincinnati. The majority of our ride was on separated bike paths – in fact the segments between Columbus and Cincinnati and Cleveland and Akron were particularly nice and reminded me of bike “expressways.” Nice not to have to worry about cars zipping past you…
Below you’ll see us dipping our rear tires in Lake Erie, followed by us dipping our front tires in the Ohio River.
Fun side note: Almost immediately after dipping my front tire and successfully navigating the entire ride from Cleveland to Cincinnati without any major issues (not even one flat between the three of us!), I wiped out on a riverfront rail road track. Oh well! Every good bike tour needs at least one fall!
Michael Widener @ the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto