Was this sporty couple among the many returning students at Northern Arizona University? The Arizona Daily Sun commented on all the twentysomethings on bikes filling the streets of downtown Flagstaff! More students than ever seem to be getting from here to there by bike and bike racks all over town, whether on campus or in front of Mountain Oasis Restaurant are completely full. I actually had to wait 5 or 10 minutes for a space to open up at Target yesterday. A good sign.
This week I challenged myself to bike commute outside my usual comfortable routes and outside those occasion I deem the most practical. Since I serve on the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Flagstaff, I decided to bike to our monthly meeting on 4th Street after work, adding about 4 extra miles to my ride that day. Since I had some time between work and our meeting I checked out the Wednesday Farmer's Market at St. Pius at 4th and Cedar. While the Sunday market at the City Hall parking lot is a magnet for bike commuters, I was surprised upon arrival to find myself the lone bicyclist. Pity. The Wednesday Flagstaff Farmer's Market is a perfect bicycling destination for local and regional produce, cheeses, bread and other baked goods, as well as hand loomed yarns, homemade soaps and bath salts, and other craft item. Given the fact that nearly every parking space in the very tight St. Pius lot was filled, a bike with panniers or a bike trailer might be the perfect thing.
One place that could definitely use a good bike rack is the new Greek restaurant, Taverna, at Woodlands Village Center off Woodlands Blvd. We've pedaled there twice of the three times we've eaten there in the last month (Taverna is very good, by the way, with gyros as big as your head!) and locked our bike to increasingly limited space on the hand rails that run along the parking lot. We arrived around 4:30 on Friday afternoon for drinks and appetizers and were able to find a space but upon leaving the I observed that bikes were locked up and down most of the rails close to the restaurant. I'll have to make a suggestion to the manager the next time we're in.