As the days get shorter and colder, the vast majority of bike riders hang up the velocipede in the garage, and abandon it 'til they are beckoned by longer days and warm springtime weather. That has always been the case with bike riders at my workplace. (I confess a certain bit of unrighteous pride on the days when my bike is alone at the rack on a cold wintery day.)
This year is turning out different, at least so far. (Of course, the harshest winter weather is yet to come.)
Here we are approaching mid-November, and there are still 15 or so bikes regularly showing up.
What could cause it?
Might it be that my employer started offering a $20/month "perk" for bike-related expenses, for transportation cyclists?
I bet that might have something to do with it.
(That new benefit is a result of the federal "Bicycle Commuter Act." I've written about it before, including HERE.)
Might it be that we have a sweet new bike-parking facility, providing protection from both precipitation and lowlifes?
I bet that might have something to do with it, too!
(When a new multi-story parking garage opened in May, it included a room specifically for parking bikes. It's not heated, but it's totally out of the precipitation. It's free. Users need to sign up, and are provided with a "card key" that grants access, so only people who are authorized to park their bikes can get in.)