Dallas’ Newest Bike Commuter – Me
Ever since I started riding a bicycle again I’ve wanted to commute.
The distance for me was not too great, but the time I would have to dedicate made it unrealistic. Amongst other challenges, I’d miss dinner time with my family. But things changed today.
Our office has moved much closer to my home, so close that I could walk to work if I wanted to. Under three miles to be more precise. I’ll be commuting by bike, at least most days starting this week. I’m psyched as they say.
Some interesting observations – When I started telling folks (apparently of the non-cycling variety) about my two wheel plans I was a bit surprised by the number of people who replied with “why?” One person earnestly asked ”do you hate cars?” As odd as these questions seem to cyclists, they’re valid for someone who’s not already enjoying the benefits of cyclings, so I’ll answer “why commute by bicycle” from my own perspective.
First and foremost, as someone who is perched behind a computer most of the day, I’m drawn to the idea of incorporating some sort of daily physical exercise, especially one I can do within my ordinary routine - in this case it’s getting to work. Although this is not some big, formal work out, it’s physical activity that I don’t have to go a gym or create a new item in my schedule.
Secondly, riding a bike allows me to feel like I am part of the life around me, and not just an observer cruising along in a climate controlled car. On a bike I can smell the world around me, touch it with my skin, see all the things I can’t when I’m zooming along at 65mph. Being on two wheels instead of walking lends an adventure element to the experience.
Additional bonuses include saving gas money, less wear and tear on my ancient truck, and removing about one grain of sand from the human carbon foot-print beach.
And no, I don’t hate cars and on days when the weather is really extreme I’ll fire up the truck and head to work. And while I don’t hate cars, I have no love for them either.
For transportation reasons, more often than not they are a necessity in my world, so I won’t be selling a vehicle anytime soon. Instead one day this week I will join the small group of folks in this town we call bicycle commuters. If I see one of you guys and gals on my way maybe we can stop for a cup of coffee or something.
Yeah me, bike commuter, just one more oddball you might see, if you’re Biking in Dallas.