#WinterInChicago #GunViolence #BikeToWork: Why I can’t wait for Daylight Savings to Begin Again

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I’m jealous of all the people still riding their bikes to work.  My cold-weather clothes that got me to work on bike through the coldest of Chicago winters–heavy duty gloves, face mask, ear warmers, long johns–are sitting lonely in a box this winter.

This is the first winter at my new job where, most days, I work on Chicago’s near north side.  My commute has me going conveniently straight east from my home in Oak Park.  Though this winter this commute will be exclusively done by automobile.

Why?  Because I’m scared for my safety. Continue reading

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Life as a Bike Commuter: What I’ve Learned

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This week is Bike to Work Week in Chicago. Ironically, I’ll be driving to work this entire week for two reasons. It’s also Men’s Health Week, and Near North Health Services Corp (where I serve as Medical Director) is hosting free screenings at all its sites and I need to be mobile and get around the entire city.

And, also, I have a flat bike tire which still needs fixing since I was out of town all last weekend. Luckily, the flat tire happened on my commute to work on Thursday last week. Something small, I suspect, had deflated the tire slowly during the course of the day, because I got to work just fine. But as I left to go home, I noticed the deflated tire immediately. I walked a half mile south and hopped on the CTA bus straight west back home to Oak Park.

On most days, however, my bike to work is a great experience. Do you ride your bike to work? If you do, you probably relate a lot to the joys and frustrations of bike commuting. If you don’t, you, like most of my staff as I enter the health center bike in hand, think I’m crazy.
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