I’m finally digging myself out of the back log of work from my ridiculously busy October. Â As evidence, here’s a couple of articles I bookmarked from late-September that are somewhat less than relevant today, in terms of being breaking news. Â Good news, to be sure, but no longer front page, above the fold.
As part of the super-busy October (and November) I have done a bit of traveling. Â The trips were around 50-50 work/fun and most of them involved two or three nights in a major American city. Â And so today I’m going to share some pictures and a few comments about the cyclists, bicycles, and bicycle facilities I saw in these three cities. Â First stop: Chicago.
I was in Chicago in mid-October for a conference, followed immediately by a guy’s weekend. Â It was a really great trip; I never knew how much I loved Chicago-style pizza. Â I was really impressed with how active the city felt. Â At all hours of the day and night, people were on the streets, going to restaurants, bars, shops, and so on. Â Granted, we were in the part of downtown Chicago nearest Michigan Avenue, but still. Â It was really exciting.
I also saw numerous cyclists of all varieties. Â I didn’t take too many pictures of them – too busy eating pizza I guess – but I did run across this website about Chicago’s cycling infrastructure. Â The bravery of the cyclists really impressed me. Â Biking along with traffic on a super-busy street didn’t seem to faze them, even without bike lanes. Â I did snap this picture, though.
And this one as well.
Here’s a few more shots from Chicago.
On top of the world at the John Hancock Center.
Drinks on top of the world are even better.
Next stop was Washington, D.C., where I attended yet another conference a couple of weeks ago. Â I stayed near the Adams-Morgan neighborhood, which I thoroughly loved. Â D.C. also has quite an extensive cycling infrastructure, including a city-wide bike rental program. Â Here’s a few shots of what I saw there.
Bike share! Â Not the prettiest bikes you’ve ever seen, but I saw lots people riding them. Â Here’s a map of the system.
And here’s a couple of additional shots I took.
Bike parking near a Metro station.
After leaving D.C. I headed to Baltimore where my friend Jason lives. Â It was my second time there, other than the hours I spent watching “The Wire.” Â Upon arriving at Jason’s house, I saw this on his kitchen window sill.
Yes, a penny-farthing pizza cutter. Â Le swoon. Â We soon left for dinner, and I saw these amazing bike racks outside the restaurant.
Maybe the coolest ever. Â I wonder what Cort would say?
I didn’t get to see much of Baltimore’s biking infrastructure as I was only there for one day. Â Fortunately, on the flight home I got a free upgrade to first class!
A free gin and tonic always makes flying and grading papers much more fun.
That’s all for now. Â Look for a post soon about the beginning of my winter cycling adventures.