Where to begin...
A few days ago I hit 43 years on this planet. Great day too... hung out with Amy & Chloe, had a great Birthday lunch with whole grain bread, sprouts, whole grain french mustard, beefsteak tomatoes and some of our very garlicky hummus-all made up into one glorious sandwich! Mine even had candles poked into it [4 on the left half... 3 on the right]!
Got a couple B-Day cards, and my Gals made me a beautiful leather bracelet with some miniature pewter chainrings and a couple little pieces of teakwood. Very nice.
'Nother flat rear tire... urgh. This time a staple from a Chinese carry-out joint [had to be... happened right in front of it, and I pulled out a nice, shiny, silver staple]. Somehow it managed to puncture my tube in 6 different places, yikes.
On a ride the other night, Chloe and me were riding along [Amy had to work] and we were going through an area with heavy construction, actually Donald Trump's newest towers-which are being built about 4 blocks from our house, and the street goes down to one single lane with concrete barriers on either side. Naturally, we take the full lane so that no one in an auto can make the assumption that we would prefer they pass us. So, behind us is a one of those super-duper HUGE Caddy SUVs and they are driving quite close to Chloe's back tire... we get through this area, and when the street goes back to normal width, they move over into the left lane to get around us.
Right when they are directly beside us, one of the 4 late Teen/early 20-year olds in the backseat, rolls down his window, and at the top of his lungs screams: "Hey!! Look at that!! It's a little kid being pulled by a big, huge, fat, motherfucker on a bike!! HAHA!!". Nice, thanks.
Chloe is furious and yells back:
"Hey you, Mister Man!! I'm almost 7 years old, and that's NOT a little kid anymore... that's a BIG GIRL!!" Bless her, she's the BEST!
I'm thinking, seriously, about starting a bicycle advocacy group over here. Maybe get involved in some local govt. nonsense about the possibilities of bike lanes and such... or at least, some cyclist/motorist awareness. Also thinking we could have a weekly ride with a 'No Drop' policy similar to what Beth H. has done out in PDX with the fantastic Slug Velo organization. Maybe also do some workshops in basic safety, bike maintenance, setting up ones bike for maximum comfort/rideability and tips on riding in an motorist-dense area.