Fitness in the Fall: Bike It Out!

by Fawn Rechkemmer on November 20, 2014

This Autumn has been beautiful, and the weather has been perfect for biking!

I bike for pleasure and to commute.  My husband got me into biking, and I’m so glad he did.  He is an avid biker (and owns too many bikes, but that’s another story), and he is always ready to accompany me for a ride.
dani on bike with tree
Dani bike close up

We absolutely love our local Greenways. They have worked so hard making wonderful trails around Springfield, creating The Link and working to have more and more bike lanes added to city streets.  Because of the great work they do, it’s very easy to commute around town.

My route to work is about 7.5 miles and includes small streets, cute neighborhoods, two college campuses, our wonderful downtown area and also some busy streets. It takes me around 30 minutes to bike.  Driving to work is usually a 20 minute trip.  So even though it takes a little longer, it’s well worth it.  I get exercise, fresh air, scenery and a great feeling of accomplishment.  It also feels good to forgo a vehicle for the day and be more independent.
Dani bike collage
Biking on the streets can be very intimidating. I am much more comfortable biking alongside vehicles than when I first started a few years ago.  Cars are big, and they can go much faster than I can.  And quite frankly, some drivers are jerks.
I am by no means an expert on biking, but I do have a few tips to share for bikers and drivers.

Bikers:

  • Wear your helmet–it can save your life!
  • Wear bright colored clothing and use safety lights at dawn, dusk and nighttime.
  • Follow rules of the road.
  • Be careful and mindful of your surroundings.

Drivers:

  • The bicycle is a vehicle and has the right to be on the road and take up the entire lane, so please be courteous–only pass when it is safe for you AND the bicyclist.
  • When passing, give cyclists at least 3 feet of space.

It’s a bit cold now, but hopefully we’ll see the return of nicer weather soon.  If we do, maybe I’ll see some of you on the trails!

dani head shot mowbAbout Dani:  Dani lives in Springfield with her husband, Brandon, and their critters. She is an educator at a zoo and one day hopes to live on a hobby farm and raise angora rabbits, chickens, goats and sheep. She creates whimsical wool art (www.goodnaturedbydani.etsy.com) and writes about her zoo job and wool felting adventures on her blog, Be Good Natured

SONDA BRUCE November 20, 2014 at 11:38 am

My husband & I have an antique two- seater SCHWIN bike we have had for several years– we used it a lot when we lived in flat Kansas— but since we retired & moved to Branson, Mo. the hills are way too much for us to bike–

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