The season’s first commute to work!

It’s a special day when the planets align and allow me to take advantage of an almost 60-degree day in February and let me ride to my office!  My meetings today are with an extremely young entrepreneur and with a director at a school that wants to offer our Learn-to-Ride after-school program.  Neither will care that I’m in sneakers and khakis.  The daylight lasts long enough into the evenings so that I won’t have to ride home in the dark.  My tires have been filled over the weekend.  Everything I need to carry today fits in my backpack.  It’s a go.

The bikes I see on the way in are few and far between, but I’m riding early and get to the office by 8.  The ride just feels good and it’s fast.  I can’t face the subway in the morning, so I walk to work.  It takes about an hour.  The ride is only about 20 minutes, even when obeying all the safe cycling rules.

The park is gorgeous and empty.  The lake is full of mallards and northern shovelers.  Daffodils are replacing snowdrops.  Did I miss the crocuses entirely?

We’ve moved our offices since I last commuted by bike, so I need to figure out how to get there without riding the wrong way on New York’s one-way streets.  It’s a piece of cake.  I’m looking forward to hitting the Hudson River Greenway on the way home, where there may be more bikes but no cars.

Our Columbus Circle location is open today.  The inventory there includes kids’ bikes.  It’s a great day to take a lunch break wheeling through the park or to put the kids on bikes after picking them up at school.  Our season officially begins on March 5th when our locations at Columbus Circle, Tavern on the Green, Pier 84 and Battery Park will all be open.  Guided tours start March 10th.

It’s weird that we haven’t really had a winter, but taking advantage of a day like this for any kind of ride is just the right thing to do.