It’s a funny thing. I never thought a commute choice could spark so many conversations, but mine has! I just finished week 2 in my new job. In addition to starting new projects, setting up my desk, figuring out where the bathroom is, and meeting new colleagues, my commute has changed significantly. Instead of a short, 15-minute walk into downtown Detroit, I now travel each day out to Dearborn. At just about 9 miles each way, it’s not as far as it seems. In fact, in many areas, a commute of that distance would still be within city limits.
Winter bicycling in the city is in fact different. But there are also some reasons that it is – gasp! – better than the alternatives. Here’s what I mean…
By popular demand, I’m reposting my list of the best Halloween costumes for you and your bicycle (with a little inspiration from the movies). Show up in style on your bike at this year’s parties!
Henry David Thoreau famously once said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.” And if good old Hank were here, I think he would have approved of this past weekend’s bike excursion. My ride cobbled together an usual set of destinations — two iconic buildings and a reclaimed vacant lot — all with the goal of seeing Detroit through new eyes.
“Don’t let them win by continuing to hold onto the anger,” my sister reminded. So in that moment I turned to what I often do when I need to clear my head: exercise. It was getting late, but there was enough daylight left for a decent ride around my old standby Belle Isle.