I used to ride my bike all the time when I was small, down our dead-end street into a methodist church parking lot in the West End. Then later in a cul-de-sac on the south side. And then I really didn’t ride a bike for almost 15 years (except that one year at Rice when I rode for Hanszen and crashed with another biker, yes, that put me off bikes for awhile).
But a couple years ago I started thinking about trying to bike commute – the ultimate in efficiency – exercise, commuting, and being environmentally friendly all at once. So I tried it out and liked it, and commuted sometimes from my old house to the office – 7.5 miles each way.
Last winter I moved a lot closer in, and cut the bike commute in half, which made it more doable. The spring was a wash because of all the health stuff. But this August and September, I caught the biking bug again via my local bike gang. Biking with others a lot of fun (more on that after the 12 days…) and I also learned more of the routes in this part of town. I can bike to the office, church, small group, various coffee shops, and many friends’ houses.
It takes some planning for sure – but that also allows for a sense of freedom on the road. I love seeing the city from a different perspective, and feeling the wind or sun. I’m thankful that I can enjoy the ride, and that my body + mechanical advantage can get me somewhere fairly quickly and efficiently. (Is there mechanical advantage in a bike? i think so, but bonus points if you can explain it!)
Here’s part of my world as seen from a bike. The parts that I could capture on a cell phone camera, at least.
now playing: Keane – Everybody’s Changing