We've lived here for almost 10 years. During that time I have asked my now 60+ neighbor across the street to join me in bicycling several times - always a negative response. He has been way overweight and was pleased to find a weight loss program that required no exercise.
Last summer, his son and SO got extremely interested in mtn biking, even to the point of purchasing $5,000 mtn bikes. His son also enticed my neighbor to start riding, and he and his wife started joint rides of about 5 miles.
Today, he shared with me that he and his wife and son and SO did an 18.5 mile ride, including hills. He was SO proud,
I again offered to ride with him and this time he said YES, let's do it - anytime. I guess he has some confidence now.
Now, I have the neighbor and wife across the street riding, the neighbor (65+) and wife next door to my former couch potato doing 5 - 10 mile rides, the guy 2 doors down as an amateur bicycle racer, and the guy next door bought 2 bikes, and, every now and then, rides. However, he does also run. The guy on the other side has a bicycle, but he does mostly long runs - he just turned 50.
It's getting to be an athletic bicycling neighborhood. Also, we have kids all over the place bicycling.
Anyone else noticing a trend?
There is hope.