For the last year and a half, my husband and I have embarked in an experiment in bike commuting in Flagstaff, Arizona, our home for the last three years. Initially motiviated by the extreme spike in gas prices in 2008, our bike trips to work, our favorite sushi place, the farmer's market, or the movie theater soon became the best parts of our week.
Bike commuting takes a fair bit of commitment and some ability to de-prioritize convenience in favor of . . . FUN. No, we did not abandon our car completely, although we did go down to one vehicle. We don't claim to be better people for bike commuting but we enjoy the benefits the added exercise now built into our day. Besides saving on auto expenses, bike commuting provides relief from work related stress and offers us the opportunity to commune with nature, including the occasional elf who also call our little mountain town home.
She Rides a Bike is a record of my experiences as a not-so-new bike commuter. I offer up thoughts on bike infrastructure in Flagstaff and other communities, sharing the road with monterously large cars and SUVs, favorite bikes, bike routes, and the occasional frustrations with choosing a mode of transport, though once common, now out of the mainstream in the U.S. For me, bike commuting is an activity that lends it self well to personal style and romantizing about living abroad or in cities where carrying a bike helmet or a pannier into a fine eating establishment is commonplace. When not engagin in such daydreaming, I comfort myself in the knowledge that no matter where I live I can be proud of the fact that bike commuting in a skirt and high heels is sheer glamour and confidence.
I hope you enjoy She Rides a Bike. May my post give you an occasional laugh and a bit of inspiration.