Reader: Bike to Work Day is a good day not to be on the bike path
When it comes to commuting via bicycle, there are thrilling upsides and harrowing downsides: the Don Henley-esque feeling of wind in your hair, for example, versus the sheer terror of a million one-ton boxes made of metal trying to kill you. On Bike to Work Day, created to encourage people to take their life into their own hands each morning and afternoon, add one more downside: the throngs of fellow riders who don't really know what they're doing. That's at least according to reader Adam Feerst, who took to the comments section of my write-up on the day's festivities to voice his distaste for the concept and explain what was going on with the bananas.
I want to agree, and disagree with a few things. I agree that "it's kind of a pain in the ass when the path is crowded." I disagree "that most of the people there were, like me, regular bike-commuters." That's why the bike path was so crowded. In fact, I've decided that B2WD is actually a good day for a regular commuter or rider not to be on the bike path (although it was fine once I got past REI and on roads). I generally feel safer on the roads than the Cherry Creek path - talking on their cell phones, adjusting their iPods, music too loud in their ear buds, turning without signalling, etc. There are some parts of riding in the winter I miss.
I must've been there about the same time as you, 8:40-ish. I remember someone talking to Rex. I think one of the bikes behind Karl & Nicole is mine. They were pushing the bananas then because it was near the end and they wanted to get rid of them all so they wouldn't have to carry them. I heard something similar from a couple of different stations - that they were had been cutting the bananas in half early afraid that they would run out, but were pushing them late in the morning.
Good points all around, Adam, particularly on the parts of riding during the winter you miss (me too). However, I'm still sticking to my assertion that most of the commuters were regular ones -- though there were more people than usual on the path, true, what I mean by "regular" is not necessarily "daily." I think there were a lot of once-a-week or occasional commuters who made a point of riding on that day for solidarity and so forth, but who weren't new to the game. I talked to a lot of people, and not one said they seldom bike-commuted or never had before.
All the same, it's a lot more fun to have the whole path to yourself, even if there are bananas.