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Joyride039: The bike is a tool for optimism: Peddling authenticity, advocacy, growth markets, and heart with Pedallove’s Melissa Balmer

Joyriders, Meet Melissa!

Friends, I have a confession. I kind of have a secret love coloring books, combine that with my not-so-secret love for bikes, and well – you’ve got my attention. That’s how I discovered PedalLove.org Founder and Editor Melissa Balmer who focuses on thought leadership and storytelling tools to grow more active, sustainable, mindful mobility.

The Joyride is a listener supported show, so if you like what we’re doing here please visit thejoyridepodcast.com/support to learn how you can support the show with a one time or recurring donation for as little as a dollar.

JOYRIDERS! Melissa has given us special access to two coloring pages! Click here to download!


Long Beach, California

A 35 year break


Cyclone Coasters!

“The bike is a strength maximizer” ~ Steve Jobs.

“The bike is a tool for optimism” ~ Melissa Balmer

TEDxSoCal – Charlie Gandy – Creating Charismatic Communities

Places for Bikes – Pro walks pro bike pro place conference: https://www.walkbikeplaces.org/

Janette Sadik-Khan

Joyride by Mia Burke

Pedaling Revolution

Susi @ VeloJoy



Listen to Melissa with Arleigh on the Shift Up Podcast

Martone Cycling

Linus Bikes

Public Bikes

Electra Bikes

Bikes & Lifestyle media

Pedago Bikes

Georgena Terry

4 tips for bike shops

Marie Forleo & Seth Godin

The Surprising Promise of Bicycling in America

Kittie Knox breaks the rules.

Download your coloring pages courtesy of PedalLove here. Let’s be real – there’s a Susan B. Anthony quote over the image of Kittie Knox, but Susan B. Anthony was a noted racist.

Deb Hubsmith

Mark Bixby

Thanks for hanging out, Melissa, and thanks for the coloring pages!

Be sure to check out PedalLove.org, follow on Insta or Facebook

Listeners, Melissa and I would love to see what you color. Go ahead and tag @thejoyridepodcast and @pedallove in your instagram pic and you’ll be entered to win a copy of Taking the Lane #14 Bikequity: Money, Class , & Bicycling! You have until April 30, 2018! Go forth and color!


Coming up on the Bike Love Calendar:

  • Swift Stoked Spoke Series (Seattle): March 28
  • Black Girls Do Bike National Meetup: May 18-20
  • Cycle Oregon Joy Ride: June 9
  • World Naked Bike Ride: June 23
  • Cycle Oregon Weekender: July 14-15
  • Seattle-to-Portland: July 14-15
  • RAGBRAI: July 22-July 28 (Iowa, y’all)
  • WTFbikexplorers summit (Whitefish, Montana): August 16-19
  • Cycle Oregon Classic: September 8-15

East Bay WomenBike Book Club: 2nd Thursdays (Oakland, CA)

Friends, you know I believe in the transformative power of the bike, in our personal lives, our communities, and the world at large. I would be super grateful if you’d leave a rating or review in iTunesStitcher, or via whatever method you listen. It helps more gals find the show, and I believe the more stories we share, the more women who ride, we make this world – both our internal and external worlds – better with every revolution.


Ratings and reviews help with that (pssst, I read your 5-star reviews on the show!!) but nothing is better than a personal referral, it’d be rad if you would share the show with even just one woman who you think might dig it.

Never forget, “Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

Keep moving forward and until next time I hope you enjoy the ride.

Forever Forward!



The Joyride Podcast is supported by listeners like you. Find out how you can keep the bike love flowing at thejoyridepodcast.com/support
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