Not too long ago, I found an awesome deal on a gently used bike on Craigslist. I got myself some nerdy baskets on the back, a helmet, a good lock and some lights and decided to give bike commuting a try. (I’m currently taking a brake from bike commuting, due to the presence of ice on the roads. However, I was a faithful rider for a solid month or two and plan to do it again in the spring!)
I have a good rain jacket, as all Portlanders must, and felt fully equipped when it first started raining during my commute. I park my bike outside at school, though, and quickly realized I had underestimated the discomfort a wet bicycle seat can cause… as well as the sheer amount of water a bicycle seat can hold.
This is what my jeans looked like after my first post-rain ride home:
However! I wasn’t bothered by the wet bicycle seat because that was also the day I decided to take a new route up North Williams Avenue. I was in fact pleasantly surprised to see that Williams not only has clearly-marked bike lanes, the bike lanes are complete with banana peels, coins, mushrooms, power boosts, stars and even a few turtle shells. Apparently some awesome rogue Portlander decided to paint icons from Mario Kart on the bike lanes, making my ride home that day (and every day after) totally awesome.
I later found out it was recently covered on the local news:
Please note how everyone in this video successfully avoids the banana peel.