After a four-year absence, I decided to revive this blog. I couldn't resist. Bloomington has undergone so many changes in its bike culture, I could no longer avoid writing about it!
You may be wondering where I went. Four years ago, I started a job that required commuting most days to Indianapolis. Home to office, this was an hour and a half commute. I no longer found myself out on the streets as much, and, honestly, after a ten-hour work day, followed by a long commute, the last thing I wanted to do was to sit down and blog.
I wasn't kidding when I said that the Bloomington bike scene has changed a ton in the last four years. Four years ago, I rarely saw any other ladies venturing down the street in skirts and heels. And most bike riders were of the "serious" sort. Even when commuting, they preferred their mountain- or road bikes.
Then, Kazaam!, Bloomington was hipsterized, and now every where you look you see cool cats on fab urban (Dutch-style) bikes--and I see at least one lady in a skirt every day. Bloomington has long been a racing and touring kind of town. We are home to the Little 500 and the Hilly Hundred. But thanks to Brooklyn and Portland, OR, we now have a new kind of riding in town. And, while I may snicker about hipsters, I am truly grateful that more people are on bikes, because regardless of the bicycle infrastructure, the more bikes we have on the road, the safer bike riding will be for all.
Oh, about that infrastructure! Bloomington has been busy. Look, I'm not going to lie. I don't live in Copenhagen or Amsterdam. This is not Paris or Portland, Oregon. I am in the middle of red-state country. Most people here like their cars, and they like to drive, even though just about everything is within 2-4 miles. I also live in a city whose planners (and advisers) seem to be dominated by "vehicular cyclists," who oppose segregated lanes and paths. (This despite the fact that those lanes and paths will get more people on their bikes, and, as I already mentioned, more bikes = safer riding.) Anywho, Bloomington has been busy building paths and segregated lanes, and I am super-excited to illustrate this new infrastructure in coming days and weeks! I believe in giving props where props is due.
So, until then, Happy Riding!