Monday was the first time I rode my bike to work. I don’t live all that far from work and my wife and I work across the street from each other. This means we carpool together for the short 4 mile commute. We’ve been doing this for the past five years now and it works out pretty well. There will be times when I take the bus home if she has to work late. The bus service to our old neighborhood was awesome, meaning I could hop on a bus and walk in the house 30-35 minutes later. Pretty darn good for public transit if you ask me.
Our new house isn’t as easy to get via public transportation so I usually hang out at work until my wife is ready to head home. (Sidenote: it’s very rare she’s waiting for me to finish my work.) Anyways, Monday I finally got off my lazy ass and rode my K2 road bike to work. It took me all of 15 minutes to bike downhill to work. It took me another fifteen minutes to lock up, change, and get to my desk. Since it’s officially Bike-to-Work Month, I thought I would do my part. This Friday is Bike-to-Work Day therefore I will once again strap on my helmet and wear some padded shorts for my pedal commute.
I must admit biking to work wasn’t my favorite thing to do. The whole changing at work and juggling outfits is kind of a pain in the ass. It’s such a short ride that it doesn’t really amount to any training benefit, but I can feel better about my contribution towards the environment. Or can I? My wife drove our MINI Cooper to work anyways. So technically no car was removed from the commute. I think it’s a fabulous idea for people to bike to work, but it just wasn’t what I had hoped it to be. I think it’s more a local thing though. Seattle needs some work on bike lanes and educating drivers and cyclists how to obey traffic signs and laws. I was squeezed off some surface streets to the sidewalks, which I know is a bad thing. I did obey all stoplights and traffic signs to give motorists good impressions of cyclists.
I have a feeling the uphill ride home left me too jaded. Hopping curbs on a road bike isn’t as forgiving as using a mountain bike. I will do whatever it takes to save the environment though. I read an article yesterday that estimates Africa’s few remaining glaciers will be completely gone within twenty years. How sad is that? Despite my negative sentiments, I will mount again on Friday to lend support to Bike-to-Work Day. The more cyclists seen on the roads that day, the better.