I bicycle for so many reasons, and yesterday morning two circumstances in my daily commute (which is drop-off and pick-up from preschool — I’m one of those fortunate folks whose work is seamlessly integrated into my life) got me thinking about two specific reasons I love bicycle commuting. One is the connection with the infrastructure of our daily lives. The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board is rebuilding a stretch of Theodore Wirth/Cedar Lake Parkway, along Brownie Lake, that has been much in need of repairs for years. As we circumnavigated the dug-up path, riding on the road for a stretch, my son and I talked about the digger hard at work, what it used to be like to ride along the bumpy path, and how nice it will be to have a smooth ride when the reconstruction is done. He is getting to know the world from the ground-up in a way that he would not if I were shuttling him around in the car.
The other reason I was particularly in love with my transportation yesterday was the ominous sky lurking on the edge, shadowing the landscape, but never disturbing my round-trip commute. Since making the choice to bicycle each day, with my car as a back up (rather than telling myself I’ll bike when the weather accommodates), I seem to stay dry more often than not. Through a combination of good advice from other commuters and my own trial-and-error, I have put together a basket of weather protection options that sits by the door, and I can grab what I need after a quick consultation with the National Weather Service’s exceptionally useful Hourly Weather Graph (click on the lower right side).