Atlanta Streets Alive

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Today, the dude and I headed out to Atlanta Street’s Alive, a semi-annual ciclovia organized by the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition.

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From Wikipedia:

Ciclovía… is [a] term which translates from Spanish into English as “bike path” and now used worldwide to describe either a permanently designated bicycle route or a temporary event, the closing of the street to automobiles for use by others.

Atlanta streets alive

In this case, a two-mile stretch of N. Highland, a street known for its hipster/yuppie/urban (“yubster”?) culture , was temporary closed off to all motorized vehicles to allow for strictly human powered playtime.

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And play, they did… Every few meters, there was something to do or to view. For example, a moon walk center for children!

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Street performers…

SoPo bike co-op at Atlanta

And a place to mend your bike, courtesy of the Sopo Bicycle Cooperative.

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The weather could not have been more ideal. Although it began to storm later in the evening, during the event itself (2pm-6pm), the balmy weather enticed thousands of pedestrians, skaters, and cyclists out of the wood-works.

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From the event website, the organizers were shooting for 10,000 attendees, but they far surpassed this goal.

Family Friendly

The event was both family-friendly…

Handicapped dog

…and pet-friendly.

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Children were able to feel safe as they rode on the smooth street, as opposed to the bumpy sidewalk…

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…while adults experienced the thrill of riding without a helmet, as the threat of an automobile accident was not looming.  Apparently, I wasn’t the only one on a bright pink bicycle!

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Although, as far as I am aware, this event is held only twice a year; however, given the great turnout, I hope that it can become a monthly, or even weekly occurrence.  The small businesses certainly profited from the crowds; thus, I am sure that they, too, would both welcome and support this type of initiative.

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Auto Pilot

Shaded bike lane

I have finally settled into a hotel with my preferred commute–the one that takes me through a ritzy neighborhood, and is predominantly on bike lanes.  There is a slight incline on the way to work, but not enough to cause me to perspire.  Just enough for my circulatory system to kick into a higher gear.  The ride home, too, feels fantastic, as I feel super human going downhill on a visibly flat road.  All-in-all, when in comes to this hotel choice, I am a happy camper.

Auto pilot

Now that I have my route down, I sometimes find myself completely zoning out during the commute.  I still stop at lights and do my usual hand signals as I turn, even when nobody is around to watch me.  But, one moment I am on street X, and another moment I am  wondering, “when did I turn onto street Y.”  Street Y would be on the right path along the commute, but not remembering how I got there worries me.

This phenomenon of going on “auto-pilot” is common to car commuters, but given the more physically demanding nature of the bicycle commute, I would not expect the same thing to happen to cyclists.  With my most recent experience, I stand corrected.

Has this happened to you during your bike commute?  Do you go on auto-pilot?

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Chain Drop Aftermath

Grass!

My mornings are typically rushed, and I time my morning routine and commute to get to the office at least 15 minutes before my first meeting.  I just gather my belongings, roll Clarice outside, unfold her into the rideable form, and get on with the commute. Continue reading

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The Lap of Luxury

Spring training came to Phoenix, AZ a few weeks ago, and it was almost impossible to find a hotel within biking distance of my client.  Apparently, people travel from far and wide to watch other people practice baseball.  You heard me correctly, practice; these are not even real games.

Marriott

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New Shades!

First, I would like to apologize for being completely MIA for three weeks.  I can attribute this to both being burned out at work and some filial duties that completely monopolized my time.  I did however realize that something was missing from my life–my anonymous exhibitionist tendencies  (i.e. this blog); therefore, I’m back and promise to blog as frequently as I used to… starting now!

Persol Shades

I recently purchased these sunglasses a couple of weeks ago.  Yes, they look like they cost a whole $5, but no, the salesperson at Sunglass Hut assured me that they are handmade in Italy and take a whole week to assemble; hence, they’re super-duper designer.  Usually, I’m not a snob when it comes to fashion (just when it comes to bicycles), but when it comes to my eyes, which are bad enough as-is, I’d rather not compromise. Continue reading

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Unexpected Ally McBeal Moment

Last week, I was invited by my client to go out for dinner after work, so I decided to wear something a little more festive–i.e. not another boring suit.

Work attire

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Bike Shadow Vanity

Bike shadow vanity

I don’t know about you, but when I see my own pedaling bicycle shadow as I ride to work, I am completely captivated.  Just as I do in the mirror (I guess it is the wannabe ballerina in me), I find myself scrutinizing the size of my calves and thighs, and the overall attractiveness of my physique.  As I am doing this, I don’t hear a peep from Clarice; unlike me, she actually has a positive body image. Continue reading

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