Today’s entry comes to us from WWU student Dana Oviedo who illustrates the kind of transformation cycling can give. I love the enthusiasm and character Dana exudes through his experiences with our Viking eBike program. This is the kind of reaction we wish upon all our courageous riders:
“Wow. That is the short of it when it comes to Western’s eBike program. I am one of the lucky students who gets to use one of these bikes for the fall quarter and what a fall it has been here in Bellingham.
I’m not an avid cyclist or even a weekend rider, actually I have barely ridden a bicycle in the last two years, but that day last month when I got the bike changed that.
In the last couple of weeks I have ridden nearly 100 miles and have learned how to navigate Bellingham’s mix of trails, bike lanes and side streets. I must admit that traveling this way shows a whole different side to Bham. I have enjoyed the freedom of riding and the ease of pedaling up a hill that electric assist enables is priceless. I feel that more of this beautiful city has opened up to me. Riding up the hill to school has become one of my favorite rides.
I have been riding to school everyday. Yes, even in the wild rain and wind last week. I did learn a few things though. First, a cotton hoodie will get wet, really wet, Second, those cotton pants are going to get wet too, really wet. And finally, without some kind of glasses, you will not be able to see anything. Now I realize that for you true cyclists this is nothing new, but for this city kid from California this was all completely new. Please don’t worry about me fellow readers, I have since added a great jacket and rain pants to my gear. Bring it on Bham!”
Thanks so much, Dana!