Monday, April 1, 2013

It's the little trips...

After a little prodding, Cecily and I decided to try grocery shopping by bike, together. We didn't need much, and it was beautiful out, so off we went.
It's always tricky in the beginning, because my partner's bike, the orange e-bike, is much too heavy for her to get down the two flights of stairs on her own. Then, I need to unlock my trailer which lives on the other side of our building, and bring my bike down, and hook everything up, before we can even ride. Apartment living has it's disadvantages, for sure.

The other interesting part of this little adventure, is that the ride to our grocery store is only about a mile. Usually, it would be simpler to walk, and driving is never convenient unless we already have the car out for something else.

So, a few things to think about:
1. What can I/We do to continue encouraging people (Not just women) who are nervous about cycling to feel safer and more confident?
2. Why is it so hard to find ground-level, secure, bike parking? (Cecily always finds it hilarious to park her e-bike next to the car. The idea makes more sense than she realizes...)
3. It doesn't matter how far, if you're doing it with the person you love, the ride is much more enjoyable!


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