Looking back, I’d say 2012 marked the end of the lonely rider. Throughout the year, I saw more bicycle commuters than ever before, and rarely did I make it in to work or back to the homestead without giving a nod to another self-powered traveler.
This morning, as I climbed Miccosukee Road in what can be described as a formal pace, a couple — him with a backpack, her with panniers — came up from behind and quickly passed. So, there we were, three riders heading into town (at the Magnolia Drive light they told me they were heading to FSU), when on the other side of Miccosukee appeared a couple on a tandem, pulling a trailer.
Five riders at once! Never thought I’d see the day.
Further up Miccosukee, between Kate Sullivan Elementary and Holy Trinity Catholic School, we caught up with another backpack-laden rider.
That’s six riders on the ride in. Further evidence that more and more of us are using our bikes on Tallahassee’s streets for transportation, not just recreation.
submitted by Bill Edmonds