No more excuses, back on the bike.

Morning CommuteWe may not be past solstice yet, but it sure feels like spring is here. Now that we have a bit more daylight in the evenings, I’m out of excuses; it’s time to get back on the bike.

Yesterday I did my first bike commute of the season. The morning ride to work wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected despite sand on the roads and a relatively new scrap-metal yard on my route.

I live in Providence, but my office is in Warwick on the oh-so-bicycle-friendly Jefferson Boulevard. This last stretch of ride is the only time I find safety in riding on a sidewalk. No, it’s not ideal, but sharing the right-most of 4 lanes with tractor-trailers, pothole craters, and sand is just too scary for this guy. Instead, I trudge through about a mile of sandy sidewalk, weaving around grossly parked cars in adjacent lots, before ducking into the safety of a parking lot and side street that leads to my building.

I felt great on the ride in, such a beautiful morning. In the evening, it was even warmer. When I hopped back on the bike and headed down the street, I quickly realized which muscles had not been maintained over the winter…

I recently got my first GoPro camera, so I look forward to making some videos of my adventures. This video, by my friend Peter, not only got me interested in these cameras, but seriously makes me realize I need more Rule #5 want to get back on the bike every time I watch it.

Six Days to Glover from Peter Gengler on Vimeo.

Today, am I sore, but I am excited to be back at it. I need somebody to make me a shirt to wear while I’m biking that says “I’m blogging this.”

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2 Responses to No more excuses, back on the bike.

  1. carfreepvd March 14, 2012 at 9:31 am #

    Welcome back to the club! The one time I’ve been on Jefferson Blvd, I felt it necessary to take to the sidewalk as well, so I don’t think you can feel too bad about that. Whenever I ride on the sidewalk, I feel like I need to pay even _more_ attention – watching for cars pulling in and out of parking lots because they are definitely not looking for a cyclist going 10-15 MPH.

  2. Matthew March 14, 2012 at 9:38 am #

    Thanks carfreepvd! Today one of my coworkers biked in, so my unintentional peer-pressure is working!

    I’d love to see a redesign/road-diet of Jefferson Blvd. Same for Allens Ave… There really is no need for 4 lanes.

    And you’re right, no one expects to see a bike, so no one looks for ’em.

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