Here’s a time when a person *might* think there jus twasn’t enough time to commute by bicycle. Fact is, though, that I am more functional and healthy so that I save more time being more efficient… and being less cranky. Theory: practice attending to lots of stimuli on the road makes it less stressful to attend to similar stuff at work.
15+ fellow cyclists on the way in (3 on sidewalk, rest on the road). Other day I was going down State Street and a fellow came up the wrong way. I gave my very, very sternest slow headshake, in my utter dismay… and then heard him laughing gently to himself after he passed. I was bemused… then suspected it had something to do with the fact that while I had done my best “stern look,” I’d forgotten to undo my “riding into the wind face,” which happens to be a rather wide grin. Um, nonverbal communication is not a strength here 😉
Passed a slow-moving Townie rider on Washington, and she got into tthe straight-and-left lane… to the honking dismay of the driver behind her. She called to him that she in that lane ’cause she wasn’t turning right… I rode with her for the next block in solidarity ’til the driver turned off into teh school and wondered if she’d considered doing the “kinda between the lanes” thing I do, or whether she was fearful of being passed too closely, and would this pass with experience?