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The Magic of Bicycling

The weather has finally gotten to the point where I can make the 8-mile bike ride to work in the morning. On Monday it was still pretty cold, so there weren't many other bicyclists out. Today, it was much warmer, so there were quite a few other bikes on the road.

(from Flickr user ebis50)

I pulled up next to a fellow bicyclist in University Circle. "Good morning," he said.

"Hello," I responded, "how are you today?"

"Good. This weather is great," he said.

The light turned green and we both rode away. Sure, this was pretty much pointless banter. No, we are not best friends. Something similar happened again about a mile down the street. Another guy on a bike said hello as we were passing. What's noteworthy is that this sort of interaction never happens between motorists, and only rarely between riders on public transit.


AndrewBW said…
Hi Rob - You've probably seen it, but just in case you haven't, Google has begun rolling out bike maps on Google maps.

What kind of bike do you have? I've been thinking of getting one for a while - more for exercise than transportation - but so far haven't.
Rob Pitingolo said…
Thanks, Andrew. I played around with the bike feature on Google Maps yesterday. It's not perfect, not in Cleveland at least, but it's a step in the right direction.

I have a mountain bike with hybrid tires. It's not ideal of city riding, but it's the best that I can afford at the moment.

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