Disasters averted, riding bike proves productive

Tuesday, May 10, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 2:52 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Editor’s Note: Missourian reporter Kyle Rogers will be taking Mayor Darwin Hindman’s challenge and participating in Bike, Walk and Wheel week by using only his bike as transportation. His adventures will be published each day in the Missourian.

What could’ve been a disastrous first day on the bike ended up being quite delightful.

I was talking with my parents the night before and explaining to them what I was going to be doing.

“Isn’t it supposed to thunderstorm tomorrow?” my dad asked. Sure enough, I checked the weather, which I never do, and scattered thunderstorms were in the forecast. The thunderstorms held off though, and I awoke to temperatures in the 70s.

Leaving the car in the parking garage might turn out to be one of the smartest things I do this week, because I’ve discovered that I become more productive and efficient with my time when I’m on the bike.

I left my apartment earlier today because I anticipated all of my errands would take me a little longer. I wasn’t as careless when I packed up everything I needed for the day. Leaving something behind would’ve been a little more inconvenient. I actually looked forward to running all of my errands because they weren’t errands anymore. They were just stops during my bike ride.

In the end, I got everything done sooner than I thought and had time for a long lunch. I had the peace of mind that comes with completing a “to do” list, plus that which comes from being outside all day doing something active.

It wasn’t all fun and games, though. Providence Road isn’t very biker-friendly. Narrow lanes leave just enough room for cars. Where does a biker fit in? I did somehow. Drivers were respectful and gave me as much space as they could, and I tried not to do something stupid, like weaving in and out of the lane lines.

The other challenge? Dealing with my new bike lock at every stop I made. In its natural state, it’s a tight coil, which often didn’t work into the way I had planned to weave it through my bike and around the bike rack. Maybe I’ll have better luck with it tomorrow.

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