I wish the wind had been sweeping down the plain.
Unfortunately, the wind was roaring up the plain and directly into my face Tuesday as I labored through a 10-mile commute on my bicycle. But I felt a sense of accomplishment upon arrival, and the workout provided me with an extra energy boost for the rest of the day.
As one of my bosses pointed out, I saved only about a half-gallon of gas. But that would grow to a full gallon by the time I rode home, which could add up to some significant savings over the course of days and weeks.
It's enough of a savings to boost bike sales, said Hal McKnight, who runs the Wheeler Dealer bike shop in northwest Oklahoma City.
"Big-time. Definitely,” McKnight said. "Through last year, we're seeing a lot of people getting into bikes. Originally it's to get healthier, then because of gasoline prices.”
This is Bike to Work Week, and Friday is the fourth annual Central Oklahoma Bike to Work Day. Oklahoma City, Edmond, Guthrie, Moore, Norman and Yukon will mark the event with special rides.
For more information, go to acogok.org.
McKnight, chairman of Oklahoma City's Trail Advisory Committee, said increases in the area's cycling community combined with growth of the city's network of bike trails will make the metro a more cycling-friendly place.