In San Pedro, ‘Bike to Work’ Day is every day

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Due to high public demand, here is a photo of Rose's bike (foreground) and mine.  Those baskets have already come in handy for hauling groceries, computers, water.
Due to high public demand, here is a photo of Rose’s bike (foreground) and mine. Those baskets have already come in handy for hauling groceries, computers, water. The big tires are perfect for the rough roads and soft sand trails.

One of the things I brought with me to Belize is a gray “Bike to Work 2012” T-shirt from my brief stint with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG).

Is it silly, ironic or clueless to wear such a shirt in a town like San Pedro where almost everyone bikes to work, and to dinner, and to shop, and to get from here to there and back again?

As Dorothy would say, “Toto, we’re not in San Diego anymore.”

Well, maybe “almost everyone” is an exaggeration. I think “most people” would be a closer guess.

In San Diego, we spent months and many dollars coming up with ways to entice people out of their cars and onto their bicycles for one day a year. We set up way stations and gave bikers food, drink and swag. Like the T-shirts.

There was music, publicity, TV news stations looking for the easy hook and visual. And plenty of good reasons why it would be better for your heart, lungs and longevity to put the pedal to the pavement rather than the gas.

Those who know me from San Diego may recall the “Pedal Power”” blog I wrote during my final reincarnation with U-T San Diego/SignOnSanDiego/Union-Tribune. I loved bicycling around San Diego and tried hard to convey that joy to our readers.

During “Bike to Work Month” I tried to do exactly that every single day. Well, I managed to bike to work most of the month, and even sporadically after that. But there always seemed to be some thing or other tugging me back into the car or the trolley or on the bus.

Well, now we’ve joined the masses pedaling their asses full time.

Yesterday we pedaled up the coast along the beach trail around 4:30 p.m. Dozens of young men returning home from construction jobs on houses and resorts passed us in the opposite direction. It is a drop-dead beautiful commute but it can be a long one too, especially after working all day.

But it is second-nature to them. I’m sure if I’d had my “Bike to Work” shirt on I would have gotten lots of quizzical looks.







6 thoughts on “In San Pedro, ‘Bike to Work’ Day is every day

    Emily said:
    February 23, 2014 at 9:23 am

    We loved biking everywhere in San Pedro, so I am glad you and Rose are already enjoying it as well. I have huge respect for all those bike commuters as it’s one thing to do when the weather is lovely, as it is at this time of year, but just wait until rainy season — they still have to get to work each day, come hell or high water. Literally!


    Wes Witt said:
    February 23, 2014 at 9:51 am

    I got turned onto your blog a few days ago and have been catching up. We have a rental property about 6 miles north of you. We are coming down tomorrow for a week of R&R and ‘work’. How far up the coast did you make it on you ride? Good to see that you met John and Rose. They are good people (as you must know already). I have been reading their blog for about a year and met them on my last visit in November 2013.


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      February 24, 2014 at 7:39 am

      Hi Wes,
      We got as far as the missionary youth training facility were a brisk volleyball game was in progress. It was getting toward dusk or we felt as if we could have gone on forever! So beautiful up there.
      And, yes! I can’t imagine howwe would have made this transition without John and Rose. The best.
      You picked a great week for a week or R&R!
      Nice to meet you (online),
      Bob & Rose


    Paul Cloutier said:
    February 23, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Think of all the savings on gas, more money to have breakfast at Estel’s.


      robertjhawkins1 responded:
      February 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm

      Yes! We split a breakfast burrito and two cups of coffee at Estel’s. Such a deal. (And used the WiFi!)


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