I am in the early stages of planning a roundtable discussion with the working title “How to Bicycle to Work and Still Look Great – Tips & tricks from working women on how to look professional, stay safe, and have fun while traveling to work by bicycle.” It will take place the evening of May 2nd at the Monroe County Public Library and I have recruited an excellent panel of ladies who are experienced at commuting by bicycle.
I hope to count myself among them by the time the roundtable happens. Alas, I have a long way to go. For the last six months, I have been driving to Columbus three days a week, racking up 300 miles a week on the odometer. In February, I was also commuting twice a week to Indianapolis, bringing the grand total to about 500 miles a week. Bleah. Even with a Prius, it’s hard to justify that kind of carbon footprint.
My contract position in Columbus expires at the end of March and I hope I can find long-term employment within bicycling distance of home, or at the very least a job within Monroe County. The weather is becoming much more appealing as of late so I look forward to at least doing some recreational biking. I’d love to become a bicycle commuter but if that doesn’t work out, my secondary goal is to be ready when the next “Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Bike Ride” comes around. It’s organized by a couple of inspirational women cyclists who work for the City of Bloomington. This year it was held on February 18th and promoted with the following description:
Rain nor sleet nor snow nor roving bands of zombies will keep us from the streets during Bloomington’s first annual Terrible Horrible No Good Very Bad Bike Ride. The 5-mile ride will traverse urban cycling routes around Bloomington to prove that it’s possible to bike in all kinds of weather. Intended for both the fearful and the fearless. If you can ride on this day, you can ride any day.
Alas, ever fickle Mother Nature ruined their carefully laid plans by providing a warm and sunny day but the 40+ folks who showed up all claimed to have a wonderful time anyway. They talked about clothing options, bicycle fenders, and other techniques for minimizing the impact of icky weather. Next year, I want to be a confident velocipedestrienne riding along with them, fearing neither cars nor rain nor roving bands of zombies. My role models are the confident lady bicyclists who terrorized the streets in the 1860′s, as captured by the wonderful artist Kate Beaton.
Watch out, world.