Normally I try not to just call attention to others' blog posts if I find something good, rather I just let you check it out through my feeds and through sharing them through my "Articles of Note" section (which is from my personal Google Reader page). I do this because I'd rather create my own content and make it specifically for Columbus readers.
But in this case, I'm going to talk about an article that references a few winter biking articles from around the country - one from Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips (one of my favorite cycling blogs). Go read it, then come back here.
Done yet? Good.
It's heartwarming (no pun intended) to see this in the news as it shows that we're not a bunch of freaks for wanting to continue biking in the cold weather. Obviously we're not, in fact that's an opinion that is far from the truth. But to see our reasons for continuing to bike in the winter spelled out so plainly (saves money, it's not really that cold once you get going, great exercise, etc.) in the mass media does help a lot.
As much as I like the looks I get when riding up to my building in the winter, it gets tiresome to have to hear the constant "I could never do that" or "I wish I could do that" comments all winter long from people who think they have to tell me all about it. I want to look at people and say "You could, just look for reasons TO do it instead of focusing on the reasons you think you CAN'T do it."
But it strikes me that the real reasons people don't do something is that "everyone else isn't doing it, so maybe there's something wrong with it." So to see articles like the ones in Paul's post that show other people doing it, especially in places that are colder than here like Monroe, MI (ironically where my parents live) and Madison, WI makes it much easier.
I think I'm going to print these articles out and post them in my office somewhere so that people can read them when they come through. That'll show them that it's not just some weird thing I'm doing, but rather a growing trend by those who want to save money, get exercise, avoid burning more noxious fossil fuels, and actually enjoy their commute to work.