Viewpoint - June 9, 2010

Letter: Latest trend: out of the car and onto the bike

There are so many more of us than there once was. Where are the walkers and bikers all coming from?

Out from every nook and cranny — courts and lanes, streets and roads, they roll with their bright vests, energized and invigorated with each pump of the leg, crowding the once under-used bike lanes and sidewalks; smiles broad on their faces, looking all around at the world while they used to be arguing in the car. Crying to their parents, "Please let me get out of the car! I want to ride my bike! Please can we ride our bikes today?"

These little ones are pulling us by the hand and reminding us that there is not too much distance between our homes and our schools, our schools and our stores, our banks and our churches that we cannot reach on our own accord. Getting us out into the fresh air! Making us active and engaged where we used to sit passively.

While it's tough the first day to get out of the comfy car with climate control, with each passing mile, it is easier and easier; harder to sit patiently when we choose the car — our legs want to go, but car traffic makes us wait! We quickly learn that we are faster when we are in the bike lane (and it feels good).

Thank you Menlo Park, for smiling and waving as we pass. It makes us feel like super heroes and princesses on parade in neon! It's so nice to see your smiles and wave hello to you. It feels good to be reducing waist! Hope to see you in the bike lane soon. Don't forget to smile and wave hello when you pass us.

Michelle Daher

O'Connor Street, Menlo Park


Posted by David Roise, a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jun 10, 2010 at 10:31 am

What a wonderful letter! Thanks for writing about something we should all be proud of--the increasing number of people walking and biking around our beautiful town. Does looking at all that oil in the Gulf of Mexico make you feel helpless? Here's something you can do to improve the situation--leave your car in the garage and hop on your bike.

Looking forward to seeing even more of you out there on the road, staying healthly, happy, and in touch with your community. It's a great way to get around!

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