Last year, I bought a bicycle from a neighbor, who decided hers was too big for her. I imagined myself biking all summer! Around the Central Park loop, down the new bike path along the Hudson River all the way to Battery Park City. I knew that finally, as a former bike-trip taker, I had found an exercise I would love.I rode it twice. But this week, I got on again. On Tuesday, when Spring was in the air for the first time this year, I rode my bike along Riverside Drive to 125th street and back. On Wednesday, when the temperature started matching the date, I rode down to 34th street and back.
New York City is a fast-paced town. We walk fast, we talk fast, we even order our sandwiches fast at the deli. But riding a bike in NY? It’s slow. It’s different. It made me see my city (or at least my side of it) in a whole new way. I saw the buds forming on the trees. I smelled the fish in the Hudson (I even heard some guy who was fishing tell his friend he’d just caught a striped bass!) I felt the cars on the West Side Highway whizzing past me, and felt happy I wasn’t in one.
So here’s my travel tip for the weekend: Spring is here. Don’t let your kids have all the fun. Ride your own bike. Self-powering can be empowering!