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Bike Commute Diaries: Will Stop to Shop

23 Oct

What can I say? I’m a woman. When I see a new, interesting-looking store with a sale sign in the window and folks walking in, I have to stop and see what the fuss is. Fortunately, it’s a lot easier to pull over and park on University Avenue when you’re on a bike than in a car. Let me rephrase that: not just easier, possible.

About the Bike Commute Diaries: Launched in May 2012 for National Bike Month, this series explores the unexpected and surprising things I’ve learned about bicycling for transportation.

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Posted by on October 23, 2012 in Commute Diaries

 

5 responses to “Bike Commute Diaries: Will Stop to Shop

  1. Richard Masoner

    October 23, 2012 at 2:48 pm

    University Ave seems like it would be a parking nightmare, but the few times I’ve driven there I’ve never had a problem find a parking spot.

    The benefit to biking, though: you don’t need to walk five blocks away :-)

     
    • ladyfleur

      October 23, 2012 at 2:57 pm

      Palo Alto spent a lot of money building parking garages downtown ($30K+ per spot), so it’s not hard to park. That is, assuming you aren’t hell-bent on getting a street spot, a behavior of several of my former co-workers that I still can’t explain (It’s better when you win it?). The new garage on Bryant is never full and it’s centrally located so I couldn’t get why they wouldn’t use it.

      On this particular evening I was meeting a friend for dinner on the other side of downtown and only had a few minutes to spare. If I had to park and walk I never would have made it to dinner on time.

       
  2. anniebikes

    October 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

    Ah yes. I know the scene. You can bike and park anywhere. Added benefits are that you can easily keep an eye on your two-wheeled love as as opposed to parking a car in a lot or garage. My favorite thing to do is push my bike (cycling not allowed) up our lively pedestrian mall and lock it outside my favorite local coffee shop. I sit in the window, reading, blogging, and people watching – of course with a delicious cup a joe. Can’t do that with a car unless it’s at Dunkin Donuts.

     
  3. gold account

    November 10, 2012 at 4:35 pm

    You wear skirts in the winter because it’s easier to remove bike tights from under a skirt than change pants.

     
    • ladyfleur

      November 10, 2012 at 7:53 pm

      How did you know? :)

       

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