Why do you choose to commute via bicycle over other forms of transportation?
I commute by bicycle because it’s faster, cheaper, and more enjoyable than other forms of transportation. Riding my bike to and from work gives me a boost. It makes me feel alive, happy, and connected to the city around me.
What are some misconceptions about bicycle commuting?
One misconception is that you need to have an expensive bike and a bunch of specialized clothing and gear to be a bike commuter. In fact, almost any bike (given a proper tune up) will work just fine, and you can use the clothes you already have in your closet (with a little experimenting). Don’t worry about buying LycraⓇ or special shoes. Just ride.
What are some of the challenges?
Weather, of course, can be a challenge because you’re exposed. Wind is a factor you have to think about on a bike. A stiff headwind can be a drag. (And, of course, a swift tailwind is a treat.)
Another challenge is dealing with the occasional car driver who doesn’t give enough room for cyclists on the road. This is often unintentional—some car drivers just don’t realize what it’s like for a cyclist to share the road with cars.
What do you think about the new bike lanes?
Love ‘em. Separated bike lanes are a game changer. Lots of people are interested in cycling more but feel a lack of confidence about sharing the road with cars. In a protected bike lane, there’s an extra feeling of safety. Something like the Downtown Bike Network provides that little safety net for a lot of bike-commuting-curious folks. And once they try it, they realize that cycling is such a quick, safe, and easy way to get around downtown.