Yesterday was a day I would have done better with a car…. I didn’t want to wear concert black to ride in and work all day… but the bag with the gear was not in my office at 5:30. I couldn’t hop into my car and buzz home… ended up calling another second tenor and getting a ride.
I was happy that I could just hop the bus. People, learn your bus systems — they’re great options… I wasn’t so happy that I don’t have my bus pass because my wallet is still AWOL (today’s goal is to utterly clear out the office and make sure it’s not here, SOMEWHERE, since this is the place I’m most likely to Just SHove It Somewhere Weird.)
I used the other credit card for the groceries & came out as a couple was trying to figure out how to carry their two or three plastic bags on their bikes … they hadn’t intended to shop… I realized that one of the bags I’d grabbed was a Stowaway string-backpack, complete with pocket for ID and reflective parts… He accepted it (I ‘splained it was swag from a ride & I had several but there was also good old-fashioned “I’ll accept help & learn from my elders” in the air :)) & I suggested he find a way to just have it On The Bike and they marveled at how much it held and proclaimed to each other as they rode off that they’d be using it a lot.
Welcome to bike culture, people Nobody markets it so you have to think a bit, but there’s stuff out there that works. Oh, and we’re a friendly bunch. I was on the nice new Transport so I wasn’t “That lady on the weird bike with the surfboard…” I hope they’ll start thinking “bike culture,” whether or not they have a car…