From the American Statesman (Austin), 05.14.07:
To hear the city's bicycle commuters tell it, rush hour ranks right up there with recess. They trade a tank of gas for a topped-off water bottle, stuff a change of clothes into a backpack, and launch an urban adventure whenever they head to work.This an extensive and informative article, featuring interviews with several of the Austin region's bike commuters. Why do you stick with it? "I notice things: the flowers where the houses that used to be are not any more. You just see everything more when you're on a bike."
Their commutes are short or long, hilly or flat, and cover points north, south, east and west. They do it to save gas or protect the environment, to stay fit or just to have fun. Some have no other means of transportation.
Sometimes, it's inconvenient. There's that whole where-to-shower quandary and the often-confusing puzzle of what's the safestroute to take. Forgetting things isn't advised. (Read more, includes podcast.)
Image: Austin American Statesman. Austin bike commuter Katy Kappel.
Visit: Texas Bicycle Coalition
Visit: Paul Dorn's Bike Commuting Tips