The Pull: Peter Flax

The Pull: Peter Flax

On this week’s show, my guest is writer and editor Peter Flax. Flax was features editor for the Hollywood Reporter. Flax is also a contributor to CyclingTips where he writes on a wide range of cycling culture topics. He is probably best known to cyclists as the former editor in chief of Bicycling Magazine.

I was interested to talk to Flax because he straddles both the world of the writer and the world of the editor, two processes that depend on each other, yet aren’t the least bit similar.

And while he lives in Los Angeles, a place where cycling culture is dominated by group rides, his cycling life is spent as a commuter.



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  1. Neil Winkelmann

    Peter, along with Eben Weiss (BikeSnobNYC), Doug Gordon (Brooklyn Spoke) and Adam Myerson substantially form the walls of my twitter echo chamber on cycling advocacy. I haven’t listened to the podcast yet, but will as soon as possible. I look forward to it.

  2. Neil Winkelmann

    I was interested in the concept of different communities of cyclists in LA. The idea that there are “sport/enthusiast/racers” and “utility/commuter/occasional” cyclists. I feel like I belong firmly in both groups. I commute everyday. The health and environmental be benefits , would be enough to keep me doing that (as well as the fact that I simply love doing it). The added bonus is that it keeps me in good enough shape that I can readily slot into our Saturday club ride and do several competitive and endurance events each year. My cycling also often extends to cycling vacations (mostly riding slowly up big hills in Europe).

    I’m wonder whether or not the interests of each group overlap, are separate, or at conflict. Does the construction of shared-use paths or protected paths for commuters make things worse for a roadie group out on a weekend ride by making the cyclists’ right to be on the road more ambiguous? Does a fast roadie pack on a windy road on weekend (or riding a road in lieu of a narrow slow nearby parallel cycling facility), briefly delaying a few inpatient motorists result in increased political resistance against cycling in general, and hinder lobbying for more protected infrastructure?

    Simplistically, I feel that every single cyclist out there, on paths or roads is one for the good guys, and results in overall benefit. Is it more complex than that? Yes.

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