Tales From The Sharrows International
I was fortunate enough to pick up my #TFTS Button on my way home for Christmas, so I took it on a #TFTSGlobal journey.
|Protected, perhaps by button-power, which isn't a thing|
|Africa's thataway man.|
|Ye Olde Jolly Goode Bikehouse, guv'nor|
|Big Sean. Button to scale.|
Ride Home: 1/30/12
Rosslyn to Mt. Vernon Sq.
I ride a folding bike, so today's ride home started like most: with people in the elevator mistaking my bike for luggage and wishing me safe travels. I'm not allowed to bring my bike into my office building, so I put it in a duffle bag. It looks like this:
Heading down M towards Penn/L St, I almost got hooked by a left-turning car with a triathlon sticker. You would think triathletes would be super aware of bikers, pedestrians AND swimmers in the streets. Especially when I'm lit up like a Christmas tree with all my lights and reflective strips. I guess to some triathletes cars I'm still just a surprise mouse squeaking by.
While waiting at the crosswalk in the left turn lane to get from M/Pennsylvania to L Street, a tiny, adorable puppy adorably tried to climb into my pannier. I told his owner he could come, but she said no.
A lot of people seem surprised that I take M and L across town every day, but really they're relatively easy to bike on (as streets without bike lanes go). During rush hour when the right lane is transitioning from parking to driving, cars tend to avoid it and I often get it all to myself. Even when there are cars there, the road is fairly overbuilt, so there's a decent amount of space. That doesn't mean I'm not counting down the days until the fabled M/L Street bike lanes/cycle tracks come true. This also probably means that I've become one of a hardy bunch of inadvertent elitists.
I saw another Dahon at L and Connecticut. It was white and pretty and new looking. I think it was a Mu, and I was jealous. Dahon owners are like Wrangler owners, so it's always a friendly, pleasant surprise to pass one.
Even though I live on L Street, because of the ludicrousness that is L Street reversing one-way direction for one block, I get to enjoy the harrowing excitement of Massachusetts to New York Ave for 3 blocks. Last week I learned @Nikki_D also shares this joy. When I'm on bike/my feet/public transport I often run into people I know and the city feels small and nice and friendly. When I'm in a car I feel overwhelmed by the fact that I don't know any radio stations or how to work the A/C.
Then I got home, folded up my bike again, and tucked it in under the side table by the couch where it sleeps at night. I don't have a poodle to post gratuitous photos of, so here's a picture of the dog I had growing up.