This is my 150th post of Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike and I have a few thoughts going on in my head. One is that I really feel a lot of things can be carried on a bike...most of the things that can be carried in a car, but I bike it's way more fun. At least I think so.
Another thought is how easy it is to do...especially with the nice weather rolling in. My newest toy is the odometer on my handlebars (pictured below). I haven't had one of these in years and it's a lot of fun. And after running some errands today I was surprised to see that I logged on almost 15 miles. I know that's not a lot to some, but just doing basic errands around the city and not having to move my motorized vehicle I think it is a lot...and I was able to carry everything I needed (comfortably) on the bike. It was a beautiful day and doing errands on bike was no doubt way more fun than sitting on a couch in a metal box with a gas pedal.
The last thought is a little disheartening, I think. And it's really more of a question than a thought. The question is I'm wondering if poor treatment against cyclists is getting worse or is it just my imagination. On this blog I try mostly to focus on the positive rather than the negative...but it just seems lately that I've been yelled at out car windows on a weekly basis (and even threatened once last week). Specifics aren't necessary because I don't want this to be an "us-against-them" conversation, and nor am I always proud of my reaction/response to these shouts/threats. I just had to get this off my chest. Is this just me, or has it been worse lately. As mentioned in many previous posts I am not entirely car-free, I own a small pickup truck (which I don't use that often), but I personally believe there are simply too many cars on the road today...there's not enough room. My point is, I believe, that if my bike is my major means of transportation, and in many cases I pedal as fast as the car traffic shuttling from light-to-light, shouldn't I have the same rights?