But this guy deserves a medal. And a cookie.
Today marks day #360 of my ‘ride every day if 2017’ challenge (and yes, I see the flashing red light at the end of the tunnel!).
Some days I take a quick turn around the neighborhood to get the minimum required 1.0 mile in, but today on a whim I decided to venture out with the trailer to do some errands and post-Christmas shopping. The faintest hint of sunset was showing in the sky when I exited my last stop and heard a friendly “I hope you stay warm out there!” as I bungeed my bags onto my already rather full load.
I have to admit, at first I thought that this kind person had assumed that I was experiencing homelessness, and I found myself self consciously explaining that I live nearby and enjoy bike commuting.
As it turns out, the friendly voice belonged to Sandra, who used to bike commute regularly when she lived in Las Vegas and Massachusetts. I could tell it thrilled her to see someone bike commuting in a place like South Carolina, and we enjoyed swapping stories about our experiences and shared frustrations with the car-centric culture we live in.
I love the sense that every ride has the potential to build community and new connections. You just can’t say the same for driving!
Not having a car can get awkward in unexpected ways. Like filling out residency forms for South Carolina. I guess they’ll let me know if they have questions?
Under the guise of “a gift guide for the cyclist in your life”, here’s a list of stuff I would freaking love to get for Christmas IRL.
A recent visit to anthropologie might have started this whole post. It took all of my willpower to leave the store without this, and I don’t even have a Christmas tree to put it on.
Tree in Transport ornament, Anthropologie, $16
My handmade doormat is quickly succumbing to the ravages of the real world now that I have a house. This would ease my pain:
Bike Doormat, Uncommon Goods, $32
I asked for this and after getting rather soggy the other night in a non waterproof jacket, I’m extra excited to receive it:
Women’s Odyssey Jacket, Showers Pass, $189
I *might* be addicted to panniers. This one takes the cake.
Bergen Pannier in Mosaic, Po Campo, $115
Every bike commuter needs a small arsenal of these bad boys on hand to beat the winter weather:
Buff Original Headwear in Nordic, Amazon, $17
Big fan of this local Greenville artist who makes adorable laser cut jewelry:
Laser Cut Bicycle Ring, Etsy, $7
Only tools don’t carry tools.
Acadia bicycle multi-tool, Etsy, $35
It’s a well established fact that you ride faster when wearing a jersey that looks this pretty.
Women’s Stained Glass ES Jersey, Velocio, $169
I said that I didn’t need one of these, and then my plain wooden stand broke this morning. All by itself, I swear, I have no idea what happened.. Guess I need a gorgeous copper replacement.
custom engraved Copper and Wood bike stand, Velo Valets in Greenville SC, $140
and for some reusable gift wrap:
Bicycles Tote Bag, World Market, $4
Shout out to whichever student gave me their stomach bug yesterday, because I’m using some of this sick day to catch up on great articles like this one and other bike-nerdy things.
The whole article is great and you should read the whole thing, but to sum up what we need to change about how we think about getting around our cities:
Everyone has their opinion on what causes congestion, many of which are conflicting. The causes are complex, but 75% of congestion is caused simply by there being too great a demand for our limited street space. Or, without the jargon: too many motor vehicles and too few people in them. To solve the problem, the report recommends that the mayor should prioritise the efficient use of our roads, saying that the “most space-efficient means of moving people – walking, cycling and public transport – should be prioritised over low-occupancy private transport.”