Should be bike month

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Old 07-02-16, 10:47 PM
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Should be bike month

Is it just me or is Independence Day the best bike holiday? I live a mile uphill from the park, and about 300 yards from the parade route. Parking and traffic are miserable at the park every year, and bottled water prices are insane, but I can go another mile down the MUP and come into the back side of the park, away from all the traffic and parking, ride right up to the concert stage, and at any point, hop on the bike and be back at my place in a few minutes to refill my water bottles for free. After the fireworks, I can filter through all the exiting traffic and be home before some people get an opening to back out of their parking spaces.

Seems to me everybody would benefit from a reminder of how great the holiday is on a bike. Heck, even the ones who don't live close enough to get there on their beach cruiser could park at one of the businesses a mile or two away (mostly closed for the holiday anyway) and ride from there to beat the worst traffic. That would help the city a lot too, since it would cut down on the parking issues.
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Old 07-03-16, 07:06 AM
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I ride my bike to our holiday park too, it's only 3 miles. Drove my car one year and it took over an hour to get out of the parking lot after the show. It's very frustrating being trapped in a pile of idling cars that can't even move for minutes on end. Actually makes me feel somewhat claustrophobic.

When I ride to the event I wear a reflective vest to increase my safety while on the road. At the event last year a lost little kid approached me, mistaking me for a police officer or event official. I think even many adults may assume I'm part of the event control/security team.
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