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Bike-to-Work Week

It is that time of the year. Yes! May 14-18, 2012 is the bike-to-work week. Organizations in Carson City compete with each other on the number of trips, miles, and percent participation of their employees’ bicycle rides. NDOT was the winner for the last two years in trips and miles categories. I could not take part in this competition during the last three years as I lived about 43 miles from my NDOT office until end of May 2011. Bike to work was not an option at all. I am in this year. Now, I live only 2.5 miles from my office.

I have an interesting memory to share with you all. I bought a bicycle in March 2008 and started riding it along Pyramid Highway. I wanted to re-build my bicycling skills so that I can ride my bicycle to work during the bike-to-work week. It looks silly, but it is not. My, then, workplace was 13 miles away. You guess!!! I have to ride 26 miles a day. Also Reno-Sparks is not a flat terrain area. I have to climb up and go down on the slopes.

It was the bike to work week of 2008 and I started riding the bicycle to work. I wore my regular work attire. I had a side picket on my pants and I kept my keys there. I think, on the last day, while riding the bicycle, I lost my keys. After I came home only I realized it. I was so tired and not in a mood to go and search. I had a house key hidden outside in the backyard. I was able to get into the house. But I could not find the spare key of my vehicle. On the next day, I was supposed to go to Dr Fernandez and Queency acca’s house for dinner. I called them and let them know my plight. They graciously offered their car temporarily until I find the spare key of my car.

On the next day I got a call from Washoe County Library. They said that my keys are with them. I didn’t take much time to figure it out. I was a member of the library and I had the library tag with my keys. Some good Samaritans found the keys on the roadside. They noticed the library tag and handed the keys over to the library. They library folks scanned the tag found my phone number. This is one of the instances I feel lucky in my life. I went to the library, got the keys, and then returned Dr. Fernandez’s car. I continued bicycling to work 2-3 times a week until the end of the summer.

Check these pictures out. Portland people also celebrate the bike to work week in an interesting way. You won’t be bored. I guarantee it.