Filed under: Cars + Transport, Society + Media | Tags: bike friendly cities, bikes, cycling, international ride your bike to work day, Kansas, Lawrence, Topeka
I think it’s the warm weather that did it. I’ve decided to start riding my bike again. Before I had a car I had my bike. I would visit my friends and ride to coffee shops or restaurants.
I rode a lot less once I got my car.
I always thought it was strange that my mom was more concerned with me riding my bike then driving my car in Topeka
but now I understand.
Topeka is a not very bike friendly city and I would often get yelled at by motorists or ran off the road. This led me to take long trips though side streets and alleys to get to my destination.
This should not be how cyclists are treated! I am doing my part to drive my car less and I deserve some respect!
I am lucky that Lawrence has a bronze-level status as a bicycle-friendly community. I feel comfortable riding on most rodes and most motorists are act courteous and safe. There are also bike lanes and trails for cyclists.
5 American cities were on the list of the 11 most bike friendly cites in the world. I wonder if the state of the economy and gas prices will change this? I know I try to only use my car to drive home to Topeka.
There is already an international ride your bike to work day, but has regularly riding your bike to work become a stigma?
I hope not, because there are few things I like more than riding my bike on a beautiful Kansas day. The wind is splashing my face and hair and I forget all my cares, at least until the ride is over.
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