My wife and I rode downtown for dinner-and-a-movie last night. We’re liking this new promotion.
We saw many other bicyclists on our 2.5-mile trip. I would even say there were “lots” of them. What I mean by “lots”: There was almost never a moment in 2.5 miles that we could not see another bicyclist. That’s huge. That’s different from just two years ago.
We ate at Big Whiskey’s on Park Central East and arrived to find two bicyclists already enjoying the outside seating area. As is now typcial of a weekend evening, most of the downtown bicycle racks were either full or had at least one bicycle parked.
The Square was packed with bicyclists listening to a free concert. By “packed” I mean there was no point of view from which I could not see either parked bicycles or people standing with, or sitting near/on, their bicycles.
We even saw a few bicyclists on the road on the way home at 10:30 p.m. They even had lights!
One of my favorite authors, Robert Pirsig, wrote that if there is to be meaningful change in the world it will happen by individuals making quality decisions for themselves. Those decisions tend to radiate outward and affect the decisions of others until there comes a tipping point. I don’t want to claim we’ve reached such a point in Springfield. I have no way of knowing that. I only know what I see on the road these days. I see that we bicyclists are now far from alone.