So after two nasty sleety icy days, dawn today was clear and much warmer than last week, and I shoveled a path to the bike shed and leaped on the chance to ride to work. After just two days I was really feeling the loss of my personal mobility. Since I do most of my shopping by bike, I tend to do it in small bursts, and run short pretty quickly if I don't have the bike for running errands.
Also the Scientist is still on Swiss time, and has been waking at 5 and conking out around 8, and I've been getting home later than he, so I can't steal his car for some errands. I'm afraid I've become spoiled and hate to run errands by T anymore.
Having the bike allows me to run my errands along my way home- varying my route depending on whether I need to hit the hardware store or the fish market. I'm not sure that I would run those errands on weeknights if I had a car- because it's so hard to park in Cambridge that it would be less convenient.
If I owned an urban local business I would do all I could to encourage bicycling, because it's easier to shop at a lot of those places by bike than by car- if you run your errands by car, you're tempted to go somewhere with a big parking lot, probably a big box, probably out in the suburbs.
Sorry, no pictures today- go enjoy the ones at Lovely Bicycle of the Roadster meeting last weekend!