Multimedia: CAT’s Apprenticeship Program, The Adkins Car-Free Family, and an Interview with Me!

Those of you who read BikePortland and the Eugene Safe Routes to School Blog have probably already seen the the video “Living Life in the Bike Lane” by UO Student Journalism Student and Oregon Voice Editor Noah DeWitt.  I first met Noah when he interviewed me at the Transportation Remix back in October, and since then he’s created The Adkins Family “Living Life in the Bike Lane” video and just recently created a video about Center for Appropriate Transport‘s (CAT) internship program.

His work is well edited and worth watching and hearing, too.  I look forward to seeing what he’ll be creating in the future. Take the jump to view the videos and listen to the interviews.


I’ll post these in chronological order, which means I get to go first, yay!  Below is a streaming clip where I talk about why I do We Bike Eugene, our relationship with the city, why I bike, and what the Transportation Remix was going to be about.

My interview with Noah before the Transportation Remix (click to stream)

Note: The leaf blower statistic that I give is a little off.  The real statistic is that a single gas-powered leaf blower can emit as much pollution in a year as 80 cars. I should know better than to try to give old statistics off the top of my head in interviews.


If you haven’t caught this first video yet, you need to watch it.  “Living Life in the Bike Lane” is a great slideshow where Paul Adkins talks about his family’s car-free lifestyle.

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In a sort of related manner, I’ve recently been reading some of the family biking links from Portland bike blogger “TechnoEarthMomma” Kathleen McDade.  She tells the story of becoming a family bike commuter, and has many resources if you are looking to do it yourself.


The second video, “Cyclist’s Apprentice”  is an interview with Henry Norris, a participate in CAT’s apprenticeship program.  I’ll quote Noah’s description from the Oregon Voice:

The Center for Appropriate Transport (CAT), located on the corner of W 1st and Washington, provides many services for the Eugene bike community, from tool rentals to bike maintenance workshops. But by far the coolest thing the cats at CAT do is to build by hand their own line of cargo bikes — heavy-duty people-powered hauling machines. With all steps of the process taking place under the same roof, CAT is a cottage-industry bike-maker, an alternative to the overseas mass-manufacturers that dominate the market.

This year, CAT launched its apprenticeship program, which gives bike-inclined whippersnappers the opportunity to learn how to hand-build bicycles. Here’s a look at what CAT apprentices do.

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