Pedal Power

Yesterday, I took a vacation day to recover from our not-so-annual corporate meeting here at our Medina, Ohio headquarters.

Like all mid-week vacation days, this one still entailed some non-vacation activities, like getting my high-schooler to the bus stop across town (at 6:30 a.m.), running the two middle-schoolers through their morning routine and, when it was all done, celebrating with breakfast at a local restaurant with my wife and four-year-old twins.

While we watched our twin girls get scolded by some well-meaning grandma for not sharing enough trains at the train table, we tried to decompress from what had already been a busy week.

As we sipped our coffee and chatted, the conversation inevitably turned to what we were going to do with the rest of our precious vacation day.

After a little back and forth, we decided we’d take a few minutes and hang up the bikes in the garage--to avoid further destruction to the sides of our vehicles and sanity.

Like all projects that are envisioned to be “easy” or “quick,” this one derailed into a daylong affair complete with trips to the local bike shop (twice), Home Depot (once) and a complete re-arrangement of everything in the garage.

But the result was well worth the effort. Now, all seven family bikes are neatly hung across the front of the garage, where we can easily access them and, as I joked to my wife, if needed we can rent them out to earn some quick cash.

This last idea, bike rental or bike sharing programs, must have been a popular topic, because when I arrived at the office today, my first task was to read through this issue and finish writing my Publisher’s Note.

Wouldn’t you know it? The first story I flipped to was Tammy York’s piece titled: “Develop A Bike Sharing Program” (page 12).

It’s a welcome idea--one that is gaining traction across the country both in commuter-heavy areas where parking garages are turning car parking spaces into bike parking spaces and communities, colleges, and recreation departments are developing networks that allow patrons to rent a bike in one location, ride it across town and drop it off.

There’s no doubt this trend is going to grow. The only question is will your community be part of it?

To find out what it takes to get started, check out York’s article.

And, if you’re already tuned in to the bike craze, we’ve got a lot of other goodies to offer up this month. I won’t bore you with the details, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

If you do, or if you don’t, be sure to let us know.

Have a great May!


Rodney J. Auth


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