Hello and welcome back to the BCC blog- your resource for Thurston County bicycle commuting information, support and encouragement! I'm back in the saddle and gearing up for the 2011 Bicycle Commuter Contest. We're going over the results of our survey from July 2010 and taking your responses into account. We've had some great input and look forward to implementing some new ideas to make the contest even better, more rewarding and more fun this year. Stay tuned here for news about the BCC's annual events coming up in April, and about the improvements we're planning for BCC 2011!
I'll be biking to work every day and keeping my eyes open for other intrepid winter bike commuters- let's stick together to make it through the remaining cold dark months until spring! If you are one of those year-round bike commuters and have a story to tell, road condtions to report, or just want to check in with your local practical-cycling community, feel free to leave a comment here on the blog or e-mail me at dgreen"at"intercitytransit.com. I do moderate comments on the blog, so they won't show up instantly.
Just a reminder since the days are still short and visibility can be an issue for drivers with wet or dirty windshields: Stay Visible! Bike lights are relatively inexpensive and getting better and brighter all the time. Get the brightest, best lights you can possibly afford, and mount them so drivers can see them. Reflective clothing and accessories help too. The reflectors on your bike can be a help, but also only if they are mounted and aimed properly. Reflectors work by reflecting the light from headlights directly back to the source, but they are pretty directional, meaning if they are tilted toward the ground or the sky, that's where the reflected light will go. Don't be an "Invisibiker"!
Stay safe and keep pedaling,