Yesterday, I bought the 24-hour day pass and was ready to go. Here's a play-by-play of my internal dialogue as I biked through the city:
Ok, this is going to be FUN!...rules say, abide by traffic laws, stay off the sidewalk and ride with traffic. Easy...I can do this (riding through mostly residential areas) Hmm...maybe I should get a helmet...oh it's okay, I won't go far...oh, look there's another biker, Hey there, cute biker-man...oh, he's wearing headphones, wait, he's wearing HEADPHONES!?!? how is he going to hear on-coming traffic...oh well...his problem, not mine...oh, there's a bell on this bike...how cute...You can ring my beeeelllll, ring-my-bell...wait, pay attention to the road, no singing...oh look, another biker, can I wave...no, just ring the bell, no, that's NOT what it's for....oh, no, I have to turn onto the busy street...where there's CARS and TRUCKS and BUSES?!?!?! NOOOOO, I don't want to go....oh no, here I go....ahhhhhhh, please don't hit me...Oh, look, there's another biker and he's wearing a GUITAR on his back!?!??! HOW THE HELL??!?!?! Wait, that's a brilliant idea....no, it's a terrible idea, are you crazy? OMG...he's going the opposite direction of traffic, that's NOT following the rules, dude...ok, just get me to Union Square, I'll pop into Modells and get a helmet...JUST GET ME TO UNION SQUARE!!!! (I get to Union Square, pop in, buy a helmet, take a selfie and grab a new bike). Allright...now who's looking cute in a helmet and bicycle...haha...Let me try to get to my class at 38th street....Hmm maybe I shouldn't be in flip-flops...oh, I'll zip up sixth avenue...shouldn't take me long....OMG!!! LOOK AT THIS TRAFFIC?!?!....oh, there's a bunch of cyclists passing me...should I go faster? NOOOOOO!! let them pass you...OMG, is that car honking at me? NO, don't look...pay attention to the road...Another Citibiker, without a helmet...Unbelievable....I should tell him about my helmet...maybe we'll be friends...No, just get to your destination. Phew...I made it!!!
Consensus: Citibike, not for the faint of heart.
#thisismyforty#citibike #nyc #crazysexyscary
These blog posts are part of my #40daysoffearlessacts Challenge. When I turned Forty on June 6th of this year, I decided to STEP-UP my life and created a "40 Days of Fearless Acts" challenge. Follow along as I step out of my comfort zone, do things that scare me, that I've never done before and/or are just plain silly and make me laugh!