Growing up in Peoria, Ill., your bike was your ticket — to your friend’s house, to the store, to all kinds of adventure. And if you weren’t old enough to drive or couldn’t afford a car, your bike could get you where you needed to go. It opened up the whole world.
National Bike Month reminds me of that first taste of independence and mobility.
My life is a little busier today, but not too busy for me to take a weekend bike ride with my wife Kathy. In Washington, D.C., we love the C&O Canal towpath, a local treasure. It’s great just being outdoors, but the path itself is lovely. It’s also wonderful to see so many people out and about, sharing this terrific resource.