I love to bike and I love to ride. I’ve ridden quite a bit in my life, but it wasn’t until I moved to Portland that I got serious about biking. I don’t know that I can say that I’ve ever had a better feeling about biking than I do now.
Its not until you ride that it all clicks, and that you actually feel like youre on a bike and not just hanging out in the park or riding your bike around Portland. Now, that feeling of satisfaction that comes from having your body and mind engaged with the bike is what makes it worth the time and effort.
I love riding my bike and seeing all the beautiful places the city has to offer. But it doesn’t take a lot of work to get there. First, I bike downtown every day in winter and spring. Winter, I bike in the city and on the beach, in the woods, on the bike paths, and at parks. Spring, I bike in the city, and on the bike paths. Then I hit the hills, and then I bike on the streets and in parks.
I love biking. I have a great job, and I have a beautiful bike. And I love all the places I’ve ridden to, even though some of them are miles from home. But I don’t want to live in a state where I can’t ride my bike.
I was just at the Biking Queens meetup. A bunch of us were just talking to a few of the ladies about our loves and hates of bike riding. I’m a newbie to biking but have a bunch of experience. I’ve got a bike with a tank, seat, and pedals. And I’m an experienced cyclist. I’m starting to get a bit excited about biking. But I dont want to live in a state that doesnt allow me to ride my bike.
The issue here is that just about all of us bikes have to be put on a leash at some point. If we don’t get some form of permission, we’re going to be on the road and face the same consequences that drivers face every day. I know I’m not alone in this thought. As a society, we seem to want to make it as hard as possible for people to ride their bikes (and cars) that they enjoy.
The problem here is that people don’t like to ride their bikes in public. That’s the problem here. You can’t get away from the rules and regulations for people riding bikes and cars. It’s like no one is allowed to ride a car in public.
Its not just in cars that we have such a problem. People dont like to ride their bikes in public because of the same issue. In fact, in many countries that is probably illegal. If you want to ride your bike in public, you basically need a permit. Even in the US, we dont have a permit for non-motorized vehicles like bikes, cars, and tractors.
You can drive your car in public all you want, but you are not allowed to drive a bike in public. You can ride your bike in your driveway, but not in the street. You can ride your bike in your driveway, but not in the street. You can ride your bike in your garage, but not in the street. You can ride your bike in your backyard, but you are not allowed to ride your bike in a public street or sidewalk.