Friday, January 18, 2013

3 Minute Interview on winter riding

Photo by Shannon Ayres
I was interviewed recently by Kytja Weir of the Washington Examiner: THE 3 MINUTE INTERVIEW: Bruce Wright. She was interested in learning more about the challenges of winter riding. It's a brief article in which I touch on a few of the major issues.

It's always been puzzling to me why so many people put away their bikes for the winter when I think it's a great time to ride. When there's no snow or ice on the road, riding can be very pleasant.

The trails, especially the W&OD Trail, are mostly empty. It does get dark early and good lights are needed, especially out here in the suburbs. It would also be nice if NVRPA opened up the W&OD Trail to nighttime riding which we've heard they plan to do in the near future. In the interview I discuss some ways to cope with the cold.

The  photo on the right was submitted to the Examiner but didn't make it into the article. It was taken by Shannon Ayres. He's a photographer and bike commuter. He's is doing a series of photos of local bike commuters. The photo was taken on the W&OD Trail near Newton Square.

Update 18Jan2013 - The article appeared in print in today's Examiner.

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