Posts Tagged ‘bicycles’

Bike Lanes

April 3, 2012

When I was a young adult in college I rode a bicycle year-round for transportation…in Minnesota.  It was quite an experience.  I’m glad that I survived.  Riding at night in snowstorms was probably not the smartest thing I have ever done.

While visiting my son, who was attending my old college, I noticed that they now have specified bike lanes in downtown Minneapolis.  What a wonderful thing that is for the bicycle rider!  I used to zip along between the moving traffic and the parked cars with not much room to spare.

Currently,  I am taking a course at a university that is over an hour away .   I am considering going back to school  to work on a doctorate, and am enrolled in a class to see if I can handle being a student again after many years, along with my normal schedule.

At this university town, I again see bike lanes.  They are a little inconvenient, because they did not make the road any wider, they just made the car lanes a little more narrow, and marked off the bike lane.  I am OK with that, I want to encourage people riding bikes safely.

What I am not OK with, is that on two occasions already this spring, I have noticed bicycle riders riding on the other side of the one way street, not using the bike lane.  This irritates me because there is a lane marked for bikes, the road is already more narrow, and now cars must slow down, or go around a biker who is not using the designated space.

I am happy to share the road with bicyclists, but they should use the space provided for them.  I sure wish that I had a bike lane thirty years ago.  I would have used it.

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Back on Two Wheels

March 5, 2009

Yesterday I rode my bicycle to the church for the first time this year.   It felt great to be back on two wheels.  I enjoy the exercise, being outdoors and the sense of simplicity.  I started using my bike last summer when the gasoline prices went so high.  I plan to continue, even though the cost of gasoline has substantially dropped. 

I also charged up the battery on the motorcylce and attempted to start the engine. 

Unsuccessfully. 

 Bummer.  

However, I am charging the battery some more and will be giving it another try later this morning. 

I believe in the resurrection. 

Yes, it can be applied to motorcycles:) 

Every spring  there is new life all around us.  We celebrate the return of warmer weather.  We celebrate Easter and the resurrection of Jesus. I also am reminded of new life when my motorcycle, (and formerly, my boat engine) comes to life for the first time.   

Today it is supposed to be sunny and in the mid fifties.  I will ride my bicycle to church, and hopefully, prayerfully, my motorcycle to the school.

It’s great to be back on two wheels.