Saturday, December 17, 2011

If It's Warm Enough to Ski, It's Warm Enough To Bike!


Shorewoodians and GSB members Tom & Mara Kuhlman, winter bike commuting together to work downtown on the OLT. 

Oh so cool, and oh so stylish. 
Now that snow is on the ground, this gives you the chance to take what would otherwise be an unsafe, boring drive in your cold and polluting car, into an epic adventure!  As was indicated at the recent Riverwest symposium on winter bike commuting, whether you drive or you bike, when you first walk out of the house, guess what, it be cold!  But the good thing about bike commuting is 30 to 60 seconds later, you're biking and about that time, you're probably already warm.  Whereas if you're in your car, your car might take 5 to 10 minutes to warm up, you're completely unconnected to nature, and when you get to where you're going, you've probably got to trudge some distance from where you park, to where you work.  Guess what, you be cold again!  Not so the bike commuter, who arrives at work nice and warm (in fact, for the novice winter commuter, too much warmth is usually a greater problem than too much cold).  Upon arrival, the biker parks right next to the entrance, and walks in refreshed, healthy and ready for the day.  And snow on the ground in Milwaukee increases ambient light, so it's not near as dark out as it is when there is no snow on the ground, and you are biking home in the evening.  In short, biking is a better way to get to and from work, or the store, no matter what the temperature.  Booyah! (Sandie)

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