I started commuting four years ago while I was in between cars. It’s really turned into an obsession that brings me into contact with all sorts of drivers and creatures. The early Monon riding between Broad Ripple and 106th is a shared experience that’s best when deer, possums, raccoons, cats, dogs, runners, walkers and bikers all smoothly flow around one another. The rest of my ride to Fishers has gotten easier over the years as I figured out how to alert cars to my presence and I figured out when the school buses picked up kids along my route. (I’ve had a bus stop and open it’s doors for me in a kind gesture that was thoughtful but not helpful.) Oh…and kindness does pay off. I’d like to think that each person I smile at…is somehow cheered. I always try to nod in thanks when others are considerate. It seems to be paying off so far as my mountain bike is rolls 24 miles a day round trip between Broad Ripple and Fishers. My only regret is that my dogs can’t come to work with me on biking days.
Bicycle: Trek 8900 MTB
Marie, Thanks from everyone at Bicycle Garage Indy for sharing Your Bicycle picture and story. All of Greater Indianapolis is fortunate to have the Monon Trail for recreation and commuting!
Join hundreds of Indianapolis Bicycle Commuters on Monument Circle for Bike To Work Day, Friday May 20th, 2011 during National Bike To Work Week.
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