The leaves are starting to fall. They’re pretty – but they have to be raked.
I tell you what you don’t have to do – you don’t have to drive your car to work every day.
I recommend you get your bike out, inflate the tires, put on a helmet and ride your bike to work.
Riding to work is a little easier in the fall and winter because sweat does not pour off as much. I consider this a good revelation if your particular place of employment does not offer showers in its list of amenities or “benefits.” Though some companies will offer a stipend for people who use alternative transportation modes to work such as bicycles.
With this statement of encouragement and promotion, I offer my services by-the-hour to individuals or groups who want to learn about clothing best suited for cool and wet weather riding in the…
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In an effort to spread the word about libraries, cycling and some otherwise unwritten thoughts in a fun and conversational mode, I have been invited to be on Fairfax Public Access Radio on 05 Feb 2013 at 8:00 PM EST. I will be interviewed by Dennis Price – photographer, general contractor and radio personality – a man of myriad interests.
This marks my second “appearance” on the radio in two years. My first was mostly on the topic of digital projects in a library (bicycles were mentioned though) – that was live on 12 April 2012.
Please take the time to listen. Approximate time from your day: 1 measly hour.
I have been riding my bike in all kinds of towns – Chicago, beach towns and in Washington D.C. Each space is different, each place has a slightly varied culture in how it reacts to and “allows” bicycle transportation. DC certainly has its own plan, as well as do Maryland and Virginia – the two states between which is sandwiched The District. I like to ride my bike and put in an average of 150 miles weekly. Have no fear, this summer will see an increase in those mile counts. The point is that I have gained experience riding and very much am an advocate of commuting via bicycle. But sometimes it takes encouragement and just a little advice to work it out. This might mean the rider has questions about clothing for all types of weather or does not feel comfortable with negotiating a certain type of intersection.
Sometimes it only takes one time to ride with an encouraging person to “get” the ways of bicycle commuting. It’s such a fun activity and need not be scary. Right now, and through this summer at least, I am making myself available as a Bicycle Commuting Coach on a per-contract basis. This just means that for a small fee, I will advise on clothing, lighting, picking routes and bicycle technique so that each rider can improve their bicycle commuting skills and have more fun as their overall confidence grows.
E-mail me: JL.taglich(at)yahoo(dot)com
PS: I am curious how people find this post. I am asking that whomever comes to this post, even if you don’t need my services, that you leave a comment on the page or send an e-mail about the path you took to get here. Thanks so much.