Welcome, Fuschia. What a transition that must be from bike commuting to driving. I'd love to work closer to home so that I could commute by bike. It's a 30 mile trip right now--I occasionally ride home from the office.
Be careful as you adjust to R.I. drivers. Even though our area has a lot of bike commuters and I'm never yelled at, the cars still come too close & too fast occasionally for comfort. I'm grateful for PA's new 4-ft. rule--cars must give bikes 4-ft clearance--but there's still a lot of education to do. PA is becoming more bike-friendly.
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Hey everyone, my name is Fuchsia and I'm a cycling enthusiast. In 2007, I moved to Chicago, sold my car, and bought a bike for transportation, and I've never looked back. I've been using a bike as my main form of transportation ever since. I usually biked 20-30 miles a day for my job, and longer "pleasure" rides on the weekends. I moved back home to Rhode Island last summer and it's been quite a change. The drivers here aren't used to bike commuters at all [I've been yelled at to get on the sidewalk so many times!] and the roads aren't safe for winter cycling, so I had to let my bike sit all winter which was very strange for me. Now that it's nicer weather [well, on most days], my bike and I are out a lot more again, and I'm trying to get used to these big, steep hills that Chicago never had.
My summer goal was to be able to bike to New York [200 miles] by September, but an injury this spring pushed back almost all my goals so that might not happen now. Still, it's something that I'm working towards. This summer is about getting back into shape and learning to deal with hills; next summer I plan on riding in quite a few bike tours and charity rides.
Just wanted to say hi and I'll be poking around more now!
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