I wrote the columns for my last hometown paper. My new hometown paper has a feature on the book. Davis is the first town in the United States to achieve the designation as a Platinum Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) by the League of American Bicyclists, so living here now means taking advantage of a previous generation’s forward thinking. Last September, Durham achieved the Bronze level designation and, I hope, is well on its way to climbing in the ranks.
Chloe Kim interviewed me a few weeks ago, and she wrote up a nice feature on The Outspokin’ Cyclist. From the article:
“We pulled together 30 to 40 columns that ended up in the book. We chose the ones that had mass appeal,” Barron said. “I hope in some way readers will see themselves in the books. I also hope they enjoy an expression of what it means to ride a bike on a regular basis. They were designed to be short, simple, easy-to-read pieces.”
Barron began working on his column “to get away from what I’d written before.”
“I would get frustrated that my work revolved around 2,000-year-old problems,” said Barron, who studied [sic] philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The columns were brief in comparison, and a relief from his university work.
“I was using simple, non-technical language that everyone can identify with,” Barron said.
Accessibility is a theme that runs throughout all of Barron’s columns.