Keep riding on and eventually you’ll find a clear path.
Since I’ve been enjoying my road bike again I’ve found myself riding wherever I can, even on non-training days. I ride to meet relatives or friends for lunch. I ride to the store. I ride to get some ice cream. Wherever it is, if I’m not in the mood to walk, I’ve been opting to ride my bike. That being said, what I’m appreciating is the city making more of an effort to make riding around a little bit safer by providing more bike lanes and routes like this one. Of course, no route can protect against overly negligent drivers but I’m lucky enough to be in an area that seems to have accepted bicycle riders over the past several years. Whether it’s me or other bike riders I see, no matter how slow or how much of the road we take up, the drivers I’ve encountered have been pretty respectful. With no honking, no aggressive overtakes and no dirty looks. It makes riding around town all the more pleasant. At least for me. And while I can’t speak for other riders I just hope that this pleasantness continues to spread out throughout the county.
I’ve spoken before about bringing a mirrorless camera with me on rides, but whenever I’m in the mood for some speed or I feel like traveling light, there’s of course no better tool to have with me than my trusty phone. Well, at least as far as having a portable camera is concerned or a tool to make emergency calls. Because though I feel very safe riding my bike around town, there’s still no way to account for the X factor. Whether it’s driving, riding or even taking a run or walk, we can really only account for ourselves. And not being able to control the actions of anyone else, we really do have to take on the defensive driving type of mentality. It’s how I was taught to drive and it’s how I approach riding my bike. There have been several times when I feel so strong on a sprint that I feel like I’ll be getting myself a nice KOM on Strava, but when I see a vehicle pull out of a driveway or are coming off a street, I ditch the sprint and slow down. Even if the driver sees me, even if the green is mine, I still don’t take the chance if it seems like they’ve come too close to the lane I’m on. And sure, it may have cost me those top spots on the Strava boards, but I’d rather live on to try that sprint another day and keep riding on in perfect health. 😉