I was wondering what sort of pictures I would
use to illustrate today's theme.
Unlike more sophisticated/progressive cities
the world over, Indianapolis has only, in recent years,
begun to urge people to commute to work and
to do their errands using bicycles as a convenient,
environmentally friendly mode of transportation.
That has started to change in dramatic fashion,
as many of the city's streets now have
bike lanes, and the city buses are all equipped
with bike racks to aid people who both
ride the bus and use their bikes to commute.
On Saturday, today, the 8th Annual Mass Ave Criterium
was held. Utilizing a street course
laid out in the neighborhood just northeast of
downtown Indy, the MAC is a cycling event made up
of timed races for riders of various categories of experience
and ages, male and female. (As I type this,
the Men's Pro 90-minute race has just started.)
While it's a joy to see so many lean, fit people,
I find the sport about as interesting as some folks
find drying paint. However, entire families showed up,
both to compete and/or to watch the races.
The little girl above was accompanying her father,
attached to his bike on a sort of third wheel,
while the father below brought his son and daughter
to watch the races.
Earlier this year, the city also initiated a system
of bicycle rental kiosks. Yeah, yeah, while this is popular
in other countries, Indy has been slow to adapt,
but the people have not. The bicycles have proved
to be very popular with both citizens and visitors alike;
I often pass by kiosks that are virtually empty of bicycles
as they have all been taken for use.
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