Over the last couple of months, I’ve started replacing my car trips with bicycle trips. Grocery store, work, and even dates often now take place on my bike. Bicycle to the grocery store? Bicycle to work? You must think I’m crazy. I know sometimes my co-workers think I am. But when you stop to think about it for a minute, the benefits become clear: First, it’s cheap! With gasoline in the $2.50 range, even short trips in a car start to stretch the budget. Second, it’s fun and relaxing! I love the challenge of making it up a hill and the exhilaration of speeding down the other side.
Yes, I rode a bicycle around the neighborhood when I was 10, but I have a confession to make. While I hit the trails on a regular basis these days, it's a love that was only re-ignited 3 years ago. After saving up for a while, I decided to take a vacation to Denmark in 2009. Why Denmark? Why not?
"The bicycle is just as good company as most husbands and, when it gets old and shabby, a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community.” ~Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895
This summer, the City of Kansas City is beginning a plan update of Bike KC. The Bike KC plan is a 600 mile network of bicycle facilities located on both existing and future city streets. The first meeting in the plan update process, and the only one north of the river, will be held at the North Oak Branch of Mid-Continent Public Library on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. The Kansas City Public Works Department will give presentations at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.