Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Transformation

I love meeting commuters for the BAB commuter project.

I just got this email from a guy who I'll be following soon:

I am basically a new bicycle commuter. When the gas prices went up in the early summer, my wife an I decided that my Dodge 4x4 should be replaced with a bicycle. I was sceptical at first, but I am saving over $400 a month and I feel great every day I ride, not to mention that I have lost at least 15 lbs. I haven't had a bicycle since I was 15, I am now 34, but as they say, you never forget.

He goes on to explain his route, etc.

These are my favorite kinds of stories: "I sold my car and started biking..." I guess I like it so much because it's very similar to the transformation I've gone through in the last few years. I've also watched my wife become a daily cyclist and my friend Ben too. A new friend, Jason, has also is taking up every-day cycling over the last few months.

It's a transformation I'll never tire of watching and one that I hope to see many more times.

3 comments:

Shannon said...

As I read this post I felt it was describing me. I too just started riding to work and have really enjoyed it so far. I hope more folks come to enjoy the benefits of commuting by bike. As I rode through Vinegar Flats this morning I saw two other bikers - the first time I've ever seen anyone at this ungodly hour! Hopefully more folks will decide to give it a try so I won't be alone in the mornings! Keep up the good work with this website. I sense some excitement in the area and your website is a great contribution to improving the local bike scene (if there is such a thing). Thanks.

John Speare said...

weird. My buddy Ben and I were just coming off of I-195 at about 6:15 AM this morning. A person on a mountain bike passed us right as we were getting onto Inland Empire Way. I said Hi. Was that you?

Thanks for the kind words.

Also, I'd like to track your route if you're game. see http://www.bikespokane.net/follow.html if you're interested.

Shannon said...

That was me. Wow, Apparently it is a small community of bikers-especially at 6:15 am.