Life has changed quite a bit since moving into town earlier this month. I do ride to work and back every day. I don’t ever see myself paying to park at work again.
I miss having a rural ride just minutes from my house. A rural ride will require more planning.
Riding in town (at least inside the 264 loop) is much more bike-friendly than in the ‘burbs. There is the occasional nitwit, but they are rare.
Today was my longest commute day. I had to go to the drugstore after work, which added about nine miles to my normal commute. I intentionally chose a drug store a distance away, but still inside the 264 loop. I was dismayed to discover that there was nowhere to lock a bike at the drugstore, nor did it have a drive-through. So, I walked my bike right inside. I had no issues. I rode to the local Kroger the other day. They had a bike rack. I did see another cyclist take his bike inside. He wasn’t asked to leave.
One of my co-workers who sometimes bike-commutes, will meet me at my house in the morning. We’ll take a different route than she is used to. Her commute is only about 5-miles one-way, but that’s longer than mine. 🙂 I’m hoping to show that riding everyday is very possible at that distance.
I now have an old British police whistle dangling around my neck when riding. That thing is loud. I haven’t used it in anger yet, but it’s nice to have handy.
Overall I’m pretty pleased with where I live. It’s nice to be part of a community where I actually know people. It’s weird that I was so isolated from everyone in the smaller town I used to live in. Maybe it’s just me.