This week's coffee talk has to do with perceived barriers to commuting, why don't more Colorado cyclists use cycling for more than just a recreational experience? Coffee talk discussion gives me the chance to rant and you a chance to fire back with your 2 or 4 cents.
This past Tuesday I broke the rules, while on business travel to Milwaukee I elected to not get a rental car but instead commute from hotel to office by bike. It was only a little over 2 miles on what I would consider a fair road, should have been easy, right? Not exactly.
The first obstacle was finding an actual bike to ride. In Boulder and Denver we have bike sharing in most of the business districts and many of the big hotels have complementary bikes for the patrons to use, so for someone to attempt this here would seem like a no brainer. In Milwaukee there is no bike sharing program and there were no complementary bikes at my hotel. There was also no bike shop within a ten mile radius, where I could rent a bike. So, I had to appeal to a co-worker to lend me his bike. Bike in hand, I thought this is going to be great, my 100th day of commuting by bike to work this year will take place in Milwaukee! But obtaining a bike wasn't my only obstacle.