Stephen bought me a bicycle lock (which cost more than the cycle did) and Glenda gave me a very cute bell.
An old basket with its handle removed serves perfectly, and I was all ready to head out. (The photo was taken before I put on my helmet.)
My first trip was to deliver newsletters to the Moa community. When one needs to go the wrong way on a one way street, e.g. Barbadoes or Salisbury, the only option is to ride on the footpath. The road code says: “If you are on a footpath with your cycle you should be walking with it, unless you are delivering mail.” I was on my way to deliver newsletters, but I’m not sure that would count. Coming back on Barbadoes I kept on the road, except where one lane is blocked off by road cones. I was very cautious passing parked cars, remembering that a daughter once had her collarbone broken by someone opening the door of a parked car. I’ve seen a number of people cycling on the footpath, so I’m certainly not the only one.
Later I headed down Kilmore Street, where there is a cycle lane. This is cut off in several places, and the signs that say “Caution, cyclists merging” gain more importance when they mean me!
Peter, one of the volunteers at RAD bikes, kindly checked my cycle and pronounced it to be in good working order.
After visiting the library, and using my bike lock for the first time, I cycled home again. It’s great to have this new method of transport, but I’ll probably limit my cycling to weekends until I have more experience. Weekday traffic is a little daunting just yet.
“A basket and a bell I like
have now been added to my bike.”