This is a photo of my bicycle, gathering dust in the apartment building’s boiler room. Why is it gathering dust? Well, for one thing, I have been walking most places I need to go. For another, I admit it: I have biker’s block.
What is biker’s block?
Well, it starts with excuses. I’m in terrible shape, I have asthma and I may get an asthma attack, there are too many hills in Seattle, I don’t need to bike because I can walk, I’m just not feeling perfectly up to it today, moan, groan, groan…
Do you have this problem? How do I get out of it? Help! Because truth be told, there are many places I could bike. I ride the bus to my garden, but if I biked there, I would get exercise and emit zero fossil fuels instead of just less with the bus.
Here’s what’s worse: according to Biker’s Magazine, Seattle is one of the top five cities in the country for biking. Hiding my head in shame…
Joyce, Adrienne, Sarah, Eco ‘Burban Mom, Katie, and Becky all mentioned that their neighborhoods would score higher on a bikeability score than the walkability score. This is a great point. I searched for a similar tool, but couldn’t find one. (If you find one, please do let us all know!!) The closest I can come are these links:
- 11 Most Bike Friendly Cities in the World
- The Best New Cities For Cycling (in the US)
- Bicycle Friendly Community Awards (in the US – note, though, that a city has to apply in order to be awarded)
- A Resource to Rate Your Own Neighborhood
Any time you see such a listing, you have to take it with a grain of salt of course. Those of you living in rural areas or small towns and cities, you inevitably get left off such lists, as they tend to focus on large cities. But for what it’s worth, it’s fun to check it out.
What Would Get You Off Your Duff?
Do you bike? If you don’t why don’t you? And what do you think would get you to bike?
Bicyclinginfo.org has these tips for motivation in case they might help you get out there…. For me, I think peer pressure is one thing that might help. Getting in shape is another. And thirdly, maybe it is like writer’s block, where I just have to get off my toosh and bike down the block one day. Then I’ll be more inclined to do it again the next day, and the next, and so on.
For those of you who do bike, any words of wisdom to get me (and the rest of us) out there?