I have now been living in downtown for almost two months and loving every minute. Being able to bike to class in under 5 minutes without breaking a sweat is amazing and now I have the farmers market, grocery store, central bus station, bank, post office, doctor, restaurants, bars and hardware store all with-in a mile radius of my place. I have even started hoarding bikes so that when friends come to visit we don't have to drive anywhere! (You can see them all hanging out on my porch in the picture to the left.)
Now that I am out of West Ashley, living car-free is a lot easier, but sticking to my strict helmet and closed toed shoe policy is getting harder. When most of my rides are less than a mile down side-streets, it hard not to just hop straight on my bike with my flip-flops and let my hair blow in the wind. Since this month is National Bike Month It is a good time to remember the importance of bike safety and setting a good example for other bikers. Here is a short video to reinforce my point: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ibDFCncmDM
I will posting an article in the next day or two about how to get involved in bicycling here in Charleston on the digitel.com, so keep a look out!