Anybody who's read this blog before (all three of you!) know that I'm not some environmental whack job who's proposing eliminating everything that runs on gas. Rather, I'm pro-bicycle because I think it's a great way to get some exercise and improve your health (notice how obese our country is???), save money on gasoline, vehicle maintenance and insurance, and reduce our dependency on foreign oil (since our politicians can't seem to figure out the fact that we need to drill here locally to buy us some time as we develop alternate sources of energy (and the infrastructure to distribute them, such as electric or hydrogen "fueling" stations).
Here are a few links you might find useful to learn more about bicycle commuting.
California Bicycle Coalition: http://www.calbike.org/commuting.htm
Paul Dorn's Bicycle Commuting Tips: http://www.runmuki.com/commute/
Bicycling Life's Commuting Guide: http://www.bicyclinglife.com/PracticalCycling/commuteguide.htm
The Bike to Work Website: http://www.bikecommute.com/
A few final notes:
- You probably have everything you need to give this a try - the bicycle you have will get you started.
- Get in touch with your local cycling coalition (here in Bakersfield, Bike Bakersfield (http://www.bikebakersfield.org), ask them for commuting tips, suggested routes to take, etc.
- For longer distances, how about combining your bike trip with a bus ride?
Good luck! If you have any questions you can send me a note as well...