Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Planning. Planning for when everyone else rides again.

Good people of Connecticut.  Your bikes are once again lonely.  The bicycle also experiences seasonally affected disorder (bike-SAD).  I've noticed a few more winter cyclists / commuters on the roads this year, but it's still pretty damn sad compared to other burgeoning bike commuter cities such as NYC, Boston, Chicago, and the micro-urban Champaign-Urbana, IL.  Step it up CT cyclists.  If you can drive 2-3 hours north to ski every weekend, you sure as hell can put on the same clothes for a 3-4 mile bike ride to work on a regular basis.   Most days the roads are perfectly clear, no special bike equipment needed..

One thing I've learned at my work a day job that there are different ways to motivate folks.  Most effective is usually friendly encouragement and flattery.  Then there are those that won't move unless you berate them or embarrass them.  Not my favorite thing to do, but hey, whatever works.  Consider yourself berated.

Salem is already planning the 2013 Detour de Connecticut.  He's even pre-blogging with anticipation.  Salem is the premier advocate of back tracks and cut throughs in this compact, yet complex state.  You'll be amazed at the trails you didn't even know about.  Not to mention the undiscovered states of mind that will be experienced after 115 miles of mixed terrain riding.

BikeWalkCT is already busy planning for when the more delicate cyclists finally dust off the bikes and take them back off the hooks in the garage.  There is the CT Bike Summit planned for April 27th in New Haven.  The official Bike to Work events in Hartford metro kick back off either in April or May (not sure which).  Bike Walk CT has already started planning this summer's events.  The intrepid souls in New Haven have maintained a monthly Bike to Work event through the winter.  I've organized a couple informal IceBike to Work events in East Hartford, and downtown Hartford has threatened to do the same.

Oh yeah.  If you haven't gotten tickets yet for the screening of Reveal the Path in Hartford, you'd better do so quickly.  It looks like it will sell out in pre-sales and not have any tickets available at the door.

1 comment:

adventure! said...

CT being beat by Champaign-Urbana? Damn! Step up your game! That's right, Hartford, New Haven, New London, Danbury, Bridgeport, Stamford, Middletown, Meriden, and even The Valley! (Well, maybe not Waterbury.)