I ride a bike for transportation.
I ride a really spectacular bike (nonchalant hair flip), on which I have carried practically everything I’ve needed in my life since I got this lovely bicycle five years ago.
Sadly, we are temporarily separated as I am in Pittsburgh for the month of July while my bike is still in Denver, where I lived for just over an hour and a half.
There’s a new bikeshare system in Pittsburgh, but it’s nowhere near my July house and so doesn’t really make sense for my life now. Pretty excited it exists anyway! More stations please, Healthy Ride!
(Update 2022: Pittsburgh’s Bikeshare system was called Healthy Ride for ~6 years but has updated its vehicles and its name and now goes by POGOH. )
I’ve never been bike-less for this long and it’s making me question a lot of things — such as my plan to leave my dreamy bike in Denver because I didn’t want to ship it here for the month. What a terrible idea!
Now I’m depending mostly on transit and walking as I did before I started riding a bike in 2005. But back then I lived in Chicago and DC which are larger, denser cities with glorious public transportation. Pittsburgh is a little more difficult.
So, in celebration of my wonderful bicycle and all those other bikes that get people around for free + exercise, I am going to share some pictures of the surprising things I have been able to carry on this spectacular bike I’ve had for the past five years. Kindly share enthusiasm, hauling successes or failures, questions, or other words in the comments. Please excuse the dodgy quality.
I found this gorgeous but quite heavy vase next to a dumpster in an alley in Pittsburgh.
It was holding a very dead fern but was in great shape otherwise. I removed the fern and loaded this beauty onto the bike rack. It was a somewhat wobbly but very successful ride!
On my way home from the plant store — I was riding in the alley where I found that beautiful blue vase above — I also found these great ferns.
My house was pretty close and riding like this was a little tricky, even staying in alleys and sidewalks, so I walked it part way home. A smart choice!
While recruiting members for the Washington Area Bicyclist Association on Bike to Work Day, my bike rack became a display table.
Not too challenging, but lovely.
I’m carrying my laptop and lunch, stopping for a quick exploration of some trail in Berkeley, CA.
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