|I'm not biking to work exactly these days but you can!|
|An image from my first year of bike commuting.|
Have you ever noticed friends, family or neighbors who hop in the car for short trips easily accomplished by walking or biking? Have you ever taken the car when walking or biking would have done as well? Our friend Connor recently remarked that a parent who lived just a few blocks away had driven one of his daughters home after an afternoon visit. Connor, a dedicated bike commuter with a BOB trailer perpetually latched to the rear of his bicycle, found this both amusing and odd. It was not yet dark and only a few blocks so why get in the car for such a short trip?
|Note the reflective strap around the ankle.|
|It's not hard to create visibility after dark.|
As you can see from the photos, Their bikes are outfitted with reflectors and lighting. Connor's "safety green" jacket provides excellent visibility from considerable distance as well. The whole family wore helmets, too, and while I'm not a regular helmet wearer, I think it's a pretty smart idea at night where we live.
So, if you are on the feeling a little nervous about a first bike commute to work, try practicing with a few short trips in your neighborhood to places you were going to go anyway. You probably will have more fun than you would have had you taken the car and you'll probably learn a lot about what you should have on your bike to make your next trip even better.
And now, without further ado, a few photos from our BBQ! Maybe you know of one you can bike to!
|A boy and his grill.|
|Grilled sweet corn!|
|Eat up everybody!|