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Bike Commute Diaries: What It’s All About

On this last day of National Bike Month I reflect on one question: Why do I ride every day? To save money: not really. To get exercise: maybe a little. To save the planet: I’m not that noble. I can ride because it’s convenient and safe, but I choose to ride day after day because it makes me happy. Riding my bike is FUN!

About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting, one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Down by the Riverside

It’s a far cry from the Mighty Mississippi I grew up on, but the trail along the Guadalupe River is where I lay down my burdens every morning and every evening. Creek trails provide calm, protected commute routes with few street crossings. Add lights and this trail could be comin’ for to carry me home through the dark of winter.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting, one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 30, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Schadenfreude

Dirty Little Secret #5. The Germans have a single word for this less-than-noble emotion: taking pleasure in the misfortune of others. But when I glide past bumper-to-bumper traffic I have to grin. And I’m not even German.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting, one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 29, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

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Bike Commute Diaries: A Moment of Hesitation

An abundance of stop signs in my neighborhood gives me ample opportunity to practice my track stand. I have a long way to go before I can sustain it for a stop light, but I can hold it long enough to wait for two or three cars at the 4-way stops. Bonus points when I’m carrying groceries.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Secret Passages

You won’t find them behind a bookcase or under a staircase, but there are hidden bicycle and pedestrian passages in unexpected places. I thought I knew them all, like the Wilkie bridge that shoots you straight to Palo Alto. But I keep finding a new ones, and I know there are more out there, yet to be discovered.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 27, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: In the Still of the Night

There was a sticker on my new bike: “Night riding is dangerous.” Not so, I say. After the frenzy of the evening commute has ended and folks have cleaned up the dinner dishes and turned into couch potatoes, the streets become a magically calm bicycle paradise. (Just don’t forget your lights)

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Build a Rack, Fill a Rack

If they build it, we will come. Whether it’s a new lane on a busy freeway or a bike corral in a busy downtown, people will rush to use anything makes getting around town more convenient and comfortable. And if what they build works really well, you better get there early to claim your spot.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 25, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Naughty Lace Knickers

Dirty Little Secret #4: I’m modest so I wear pretty lace bike shorts from Sheila Moon when I ride in dresses. I always plan to take them off when I get to the office, but often don’t get around to it. Roadies would cringe.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Two Locks, No Bagels

This blog entry has nothing to do with bagels. The title was my dear husband’s idea. And since I borrowed his brand new U lock to double lock my bike at the San Jose Airport this morning, I’ll indulge him. Sometimes you need to go the extra mile to take care of what’s important. I hope my bike is as secure as my marriage.

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About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 23, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

Bike Commute Diaries: Moving On Up

Dirty Little Secret #3: I’m a rule breaker. When I asked whether I could park my bike in my office, the facilities guy said, “Yes, but use the freight elevator.” I took it for about a week. But after having to struggle to hold open two extra sets of doors and fumble for my cardkey, I switched to the lobby elevator, a classier way to ride.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: In honor of National Bike Month, I’m sharing 31 short, sweet and surprising things I’ve discovered about bike commuting one for each day in May. Happy National Bike Month!

 
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Posted by on May 22, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 
 
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