Chicago’s Bike to Work Week took place last week, with Friday as the grand finale “Bike to Work Day” and a big rally downtown. I had an early meeting and could not attend. I simply celebrated by … biking to work. Imagine that.
Biking to work
The day was a little special, incidentally, because I met up with my friend Elizabeth for the morning ride to work. We took the most direct, major route, which is not so bad in the morning. There was plenty of opportunity for chatting.
Elizabeth in the morning
In the evening, Mr. Dottie happened to be leaving work the same time as me, a rare occurrence, so we met up for bike home together.
Mr. Dottie in the evening
I made him take my quiet side street route and he thought it was more stressful than the busy-but-direct route. He reasoned that all he had to do on the busy route was stay straight and stop for stoplights, while on the twisty side street route, there was a lot of turning, plus potential car conflicts at every block in the form of four-way-stop intersections. I can see where he’s coming from – cars have a tendency to “not see” bikes at those intersections – but I am more stressed by what I cannot control on the busy route: cars barreling behind me at a fast speed and parked car doors flinging open.
Interesting to consider the choices through someone else’s perspective. What kind of situation do you think is more stressful?
I’ve been remiss in posting about all the exciting events going on this week for Nashville Bike Week — let me make up for that now with an all-encompassing post. After a rainy weekend, the forecast is on our side too!
First, tonight there is a Jamaican-themed dinner buffet at Wild Cow to benefit Walk/Bike Nashville. Vegetarian and guaranteed delicious!
Tomorrow, the Ride of Silence will depart from the main Centennial Park entrance at 7 pm sharp (cyclists should arrive at 6:45). The ride is 7 miles, and riders must wear helmets—more details here. The Chicago ride is also on Wednesday and you can get info about that here.
Friday is Nashville’s Bike to Work Day. It’s definitely going to be our biggest one yet—we already have 171 people signed up on Facebook (Chicago peeps, stop your sniggering, this is big for us). So grab your bike, check out our route map and join us (and the Mayor—he’s biking in too!) at the courthouse for donuts, bagels and coffee.
And of course Saturday is the biggest biking event of the year—the 2012 Tour de Nash! Come out for a sweeping tour of Nashville’s new Music City Bikeway. If you’ve never ridden on quiet city streets with hundreds of other elated cyclists—you don’t know what you’re missing. There’s child care available. Also, our T-shirt this year is the cutest one yet. Come out!
On a smaller note, I plan to reschedule my rained-out progressive dinner ride for later in the month, so stay tuned for news on that.
Hope to see you Nashvillians on a bike this week!