Some people head to the gym. Some people head to the park. Some people head for the open road. New year resolutions aren’t cliche, they are our free pass at a fresh start to do something positive with our life. Riding your bike has a lot of those positives. It can be social, it’s definitely fitness related and it’s also therapeutic for your mind as well.
In the past couple of years, there has been a great surge of cyclists in the Houston community. Thank social media for the infectious spread of meetups and bike crawls. Thank your local bike shops for their weekly ride initiatives. Last but not least, thank your local cycling advocation groups and city affiliates for making a lot of the bike trails possible. You can throw in food trucks, as well – thanks to their moving target, we wouldn’t have those random excursions on bikes to find where they are located for an exciting nosh.
Critical Mass rides – they get a bad rep but for a majority of the time, it’s a group of people who simply want to ride with their friends and have something different to do on a Friday night (every last Friday of the month). It’s meant to be a message that cyclists are here and we aren’t going anywhere and we demand to be a part of the streets as well. It’s all perspective and riding in a large group lets you be seen easier. Practice safe riding (helmet, lights, ride defensively) and keep up with the group, otherwise pay attention to the signs and traffic lights. Nothing makes you invincible out there so think smart.
There are plenty of things to do in the new year. New social eateries always opening up, as well as bike-friendly establishments always looking to push a good social ride to stop by during or after their ride. It’s amazing what things you see on bike that you wouldn’t usually pay attention to in your car. A lot of people are intimidated to share the street with cars but you have to plan your ride out and ride safe routes. Once you figure it all out, it’s smooth sailing and addicting.