It’s Just Like Riding a Bike
This weekend I rode a bike—for the first time in 12 years! I was worried it would be harrowing, but I got over my wobbliness pretty quickly. Jason and I stuck to the Charles River Bike Path most of the way, but there were a few times that we were actually in the road, and it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be.
Elisabeth Nicula inspired me to do this last year. I’m working towards biking to work like her, but I’m not sure I’ll be comfortable with it. So instead of buying a bike first thing, I’m going to rent one a few times and try it out. They’re $30 a day from Cambridge Bicycle. This time Jason and I went to Watertown along the river (13 miles round trip!). Next time I’m planning on trying out the route to work.
We’re pretty lucky. Everything’s relatively close together in Boston, and there are quite a few bike paths, so it’s easy to get around. On the other hand, drivers seem to be unaware of bicycles—if not outright aggressive towards them. Which I’m sure is no news to any bicyclists reading this, but I’ll definitely be more patient towards them when I’m driving.
Any advice for a complete noob? Or any good routes to try? Elisabeth?