I was featured in the Williamson County section of the Tennessean last week, as part of an article a reporter covering the Williamson County beat did in response to the Brentwood BPAC (bicycle & pedestrian advocacy committee) report about bike and pedestrian friendliness in the Brentwood area.
(Spoiler alert: it’s not great.)
I was lucky enough to meet Ray Howze and tell him that yes, I was going to begin bike commuting again to Brentwood and that yes, I had tried it a little bit last year and found it more intimidating than invigorating. But then I got a new-to-me road bike and now – well, I understand that a road bike can get me there faster and more efficiently than my (well-loved and well-ridden) steel frame hybrid bike.
So I says, Sure, I’m willing to talk with you and be photographed on a commute!
The article is great. I was grateful to both Ray and Shelley Mays, the photographer, for being fantastic folks with whom to speak. And I’m trying to live up to my twice-a-week vow.
It’s difficult sometimes, even when thinking about a half-mute, to get out there. My best friend told me to “be gentle with yourself” – and so I’m trying.
I’ve still got two days this week when I can honor my twice-weekly vow – back to back, Friday and Saturday.
And believe me – I know the answer to the question. I definitely feel better afterwards, and the effects continue on throughout the day. I am privileged to have a vehicle in which I can commute (I await the quips of “Bike advocate seen driving car”).
How do you motivate yourself to get out there, when your commute could stretch to 15+ miles on some super-unfriendly roads?