This time of year, lots of people spend their weekends hiking or taking drives to look at autumn colors. Which is all well and good, but you don’t have to leave the city to spend an active day out of doors.
On Sunday, we had a bicycle brunch at West End Café. It was a beautiful day with temperatures in the high 50s.
Afterwards, most of us went downtown to check out the Mayor’s 5K. Stephanie and Jonathan left before the start, but Whitney had registered and Lauren and I decided to walk along with her.
Walking a 5K in boots while carrying a purse? Why not?
We felt a tad out of place, not being clad in sweats, tennis shoes or t-shirts, but walking such a short distance in city clothes is really no big deal. Besides, who could miss out on the chance to enjoy city streets closed off to car traffic? Not this trio.
After the 5K, we ate some free snacks and checked out the Bcycle terminal…bikes TK next month.
Finally, pricing is revealed!
Then we went to get our bikes for the ride home, stopping to admire the picture they made in front of the red trees and new courthouse shining in the late afternoon light. Who says you can’t enjoy fall color in the city?
Whitney and I took the long way home to check out the new 28th Ave Connector, which has a protected bike lane. I was too busy enjoying the ride/huffing on the uphills to take a picture of my own, not that you get much of a chance for photos on a ride that’s only just over a quarter of a mile, but here’s one from WSMV (click for more details on the connector, if you’re curious).
Image courtesy of WSMV, obviously!
When I got home after my 5-hour outdoor day, I headed directly to the couch. Where I’m fairly certain someone else had been for the entire day.
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 2012Tour 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.
Yesterday after work, I rode over to the season’s first installment of the 12South Farmer’s Market. Since my CSA deliveries start next week (yay!) I wasn’t after produce, but I couldn’t pass up grabbing one of my favorite juices from Juice Nashville. Worth every penny!
The market was jam-packed.
Sadly, so were the (two) parking lots, and the streets for about two blocks on either side.
I did see a few bikes, like this sweet Raleigh Sprite and its pal.
And of course, Kermit Allegra was there.
The dearth of bike parking could have been a factor, but it seems odd that more people—most of whom I assume live in the neighborhood, which is one of the city’s most walkable/bikeable—wouldn’t consider an alternate mode of transportation to a farmer’s market. Made me want to start quizzing people about how they got there and why they chose that method.
Is there a farmer’s market in your neck of the woods? How do you get there?
Here in Nashville, we’ve had lovely weather for bike riding, but other than that, my trips have been pretty routine.
Especially when compared to the pictures my dad has been sending me from California.
Santa Monica Pier at night
Looking up at LAX
The daily commute and trips to the usual drinking hole by bike are fun, but after 3+ years they’re not especially glamourous. Luckily, here in Nashville there are about to be plenty of opportunities to shake up your routine. For Bike Month (May, if you don’t know!) Walk/Bike Nashville has compiled a calendar of events taking place around the city, and encouraging people to create their own events. I’m leading a ride from 12South to Edgehill Village and back for pizza, dessert and drinks—a progressive dinner of sorts—on May 13, but I’m also looking forward to the Cinco de Mayo ride.
Anyone else felt the need to spice up their cycling routine lately? Is your city doing anything exciting for National Bike Month?