|Note: Footpath cycling with kids|
Despite ongoing injuries, I'm getting stronger, riding every day. Nothing too ambitious, just along the quiet, tree-lined suburban streets near home, avoiding the busier main roads. On the road alone, on the footpaths when cycling with the kids.
My bike is nothing special - no vintage cred, or ultralight frame, but it's perfect for riding the few kilometres with my kids to school, off to the library, cafe, and art class. Which makes me wonder why more folk don't do it too.
I suspect it has to do with legitimate fears of riding on busy roads - which research suggests is mostly practised by confident male cyclists - and grown-up forgetfulness. Forgetting what it feels like to ride - its immediacy, speed and general lack of difficulty. (Like learning to ride a...)
But if my photographs of the city's bicycles yesterday are any indication, not everyone is forgetting. There are some beautiful bikes out there, and lots of women of all ages using the city's safe bike paths. Here are a couple of my favourite drop-bar bicycles.