Are you new here? Â First time visiting my blog? Â Well thanks for stopping by. Â I always appreciate new readers. Â Click below to learn a bit more about me and my blog.
First, please take a moment and read the About page (the link is above). Â I don’t know if you have any questions, but reading that first might answer some of them.
This blog is clearly focused on commuter cycling in Memphis (and elsewhere, when I have time to write about it), but I’m not writing just for current cyclists. Â Yes, I have several friends in the MemphisÂ cycling community, and other friends who bike every now and then. Â But I also know lots of people who’ve expressed interest in cycling more, or who’ve never tried it at all, but for whom the barriers to entry are a little high. Â Maybe buying a bike seems like an extravagance in such a shaky economy; maybe its a fear of traffic, or a lack of good information about safe cycling routes around town. Or maybe it’s just that biking in the city is this great big unknown that is kind of hard to wrap your mind around. Â Big questions and concerns like can and do keep people from biking more. Â They certainly did for me until not very long ago.
Really, that’s who I most want to read this blog: the person who is just on the cusp of biking more, but needs a little help or encouragement. Â If I can be an intermediary between the world of not biking and the world of biking, I am happy to do so. Â After all, it hasn’t even been three years since I started biking, and this past academic year (I’m a college professor, so my year starts in August and ends in May) is the first period of time when I’ve Â been a year-round cyclist. Â (Read about my dead-0f-winter biking adventures here.) Â So I’m still learning what it means to be a bike commuter in Memphis, and every day presents a new lesson to be learned. Â But I’m excited to learn more, and I hope my excitement (and nerdliness) is contagious.
A few requests, if you please: I welcome your comments and questions and I will do my best to respond to them quickly. But I do ask that you keep them civil and respectful of me and the other readers. Â I won’t delete your comments if I disagree with them, but I will if you offend me or others. Â So don’t be a jerk.
Also, if you see me biking around town, feel free to wave or say hello. Â I can’t promise that I’ll have time to stop and chat, but I’ll at least wave back. Â But please don’t honk your horn when driving up behind me. Â That scares the crap out of cyclists.
If you’re looking for a place to get started with my blog, here’s some posts I’ve written that you might want to read first, like my first entry, the one where I describe my various commuting-to-work routes, and this one, where I show just how many groceries I can fit in my bike bags. Â That was a fun day.
Also, in addition to being an avid commuter cyclist, I’m also the faculty advisor for the University of Memphis Cycling Club. Â The club organizes multiple events each semester; mostly group rides, but the occasional seminar on biking safety has happened too. Â If you’re a U of M staff member, student, faculty member, or alumni and you’d like to hear more about the Cycling Club, visit us on facebook.
Also, I’m a WordPress user and I’m always looking for some new plug-in to make my blogging experience better or my blog look snappier. Â If you are also a WordPress user and you have any recommendations, let me know in the Comments.
Lastly, I’m interested in hiring someone to help me change the look and feel of this blog. Â I’d like to add a banner picture across the top of the page, maybe tweak a few things … nothing huge. Â Problem is, I have no idea how to code in PHP. Â So if you have coding skills and are looking to make an extra buck or two, leave me your name and contact information in a comment on this post. Â I won’t be ready to work on this until this summer, but it would be good to have a few contacts in mind while I plan out what I want to change.
OK … that’s all I can think of for now. Â Thanks again for stopping by and I hope you visit again soon. Â You can subscribe to my blog by clicking on the Subscribe link above and selecting either an RSS or Atom feed. Â I look forward to hearing from you and maybe even seeing you biking in Memphis.