Your shutdown story

I was somewhere last night when a speaker quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s mentor, Howard Thurman:

“Don’t ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”

I got to thinking about the United States Government Shutdown and how helpless I am feeling about it. And then I realized that what I love to do most is tell stories, and so I am going to volunteer to do that. If you are affected by the Government Shutdown and are using a bike to save transportation costs (or reduce stress) and want me to tell your story here on Traveling at the Speed of Bike, please feel free to contact me. I don’t know how it would help, but it might.

To those affected in Atlanta: Please note the the new Jump ebikes are free to use for up to fifteen minutes five times a day until January 27. Also, Zagster bikeshare is usually free for up to three hours day, with no cost to join, in the places where it is offered. In metro-Atlanta, that includes the cities of Alpharetta, Roswell, Carrollton, Suwanee, and Smyrna, plus there are a couple of Zagster locations near the Chattahoochee River and Sun Trust Park in Cobb County, Georgia. See all 245 participating systems nationwide here.

Most other bikeshare systems cost just pennies a day to use, and your employer or apartment complex may offer bikeshare use for free or reimburse you for your costs. In Atlanta, Relay Bikeshare costs about $15 a month (less for an annual membership and for those who are students or qualify as low income). You get an hour and a half worth of riding time for what amounts to about 50 cents (or less) a day. New York, Boston, and other cities’ bikeshare memberships offer unlimited 30 or 45-minute rides throughout the day (depending on your membership).

Finally, you may have a bike in the attic or garage or basement that just needs some minor fixing-up, and then you can ride for free*. Below is the story of a bike of mine that was in my attic for 20 years. Spoiler alert: It cost me just $35 to get her back on the road, and we’ve been Traveling at the Speed of Bike together now for the last four years:


* See my Bonus Resources for a free 30-minute mini-class with some Basic Bike Skills tips.


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