Brandon Bikes to Work: Days 10 & 11

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FOX40 News Director Brandon Mercer, biking to work.

SACRAMENTO–

May is Bike Month, and on a challenge from the FOX40 morning producers, I’m seeing if I can ride my bike to work all month.

Days 10 & 11:  Full disclosure: I drove to work both days.  I’m realizing that bicycling to work is not as crazy as people make it out to be, but there are times when it just gets ridiculous. Here is my list of what’s bad, and what’s good, and why I drove twice:

BIKING TO WORK GOOD & BAD:

BAD: It’s not feasible to pack your suit in your backpack when you have a Metro Chamber luncheon to go to.

GOOD: It’s not feasible to pack your suit in your backpack, so you wear casual clothes, while getting praise for being so environmentally friendly, and helping improve the amount of parking spots at the station.

BAD: Arrive at work sweaty, have to take time to change clothes, fix “helmet head,” stop panting before walking into the newsroom.

GOOD: Workout combined with commute creates nice efficiency, and if you don’t work out, you don’t get to work. Cheaper than a gym!

BAD: I never worked out previously, so it just sucks the time.

GOOD:  It saves big bucks on gas.

GOOD:  You get to smell the world around you, the flowers, the breakfasts cooking, the freshly mowed grass.

BAD: You get to smell the world around you, the diesel exhaust, the sewer gas emanating from storm drains.

BAD: It’s impossible to pick the kids up from school on my bike.

GOOD:  It’s impossible to pick the kids up from school on my bike.  (Thank you honey, for doing pick ups this month!)

BAD: It’s REALLY impossible to bike to work when you have to pick up your FRIEND’s kids too.

BAD: There’s no AC, so it’s cold in the morning, and hot in the evening.

GOOD:  Teaches me to man-up and stop whining.

BAD: Impossible to run errands while at work. Imagine trying to drop off the recycling while on your bike!

GOOD:  Impossible to run errands while at work. (Thanks honey, for dropping off the recycling! Keep the CA Redemption Value refunds, and buy yourself something nice!)

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