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Video captures snow biking on Mass. Avenue in Arlington

Posted by Your Town  February 2, 2011 10:22 AM

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Whenever possible I like to follow the philosophy: Make every day an adventure!

Yesterday's one mile bike commute to Baron Baptiste yoga in a snow storm was an opportunity to seize a quick adventure. At 9 am the snow had just started to fall and not had accumulated much. I hopped on my bike and headed down Mass. Ave. from Arlington to Porter Square.

A line of cars filled the road bumper to bumper, so the hardest part was finding a free lane. I got on the sidewalk for a short distance to get around the cars only to discover that what was causing the traffic was a car whose front end had just gone under a bus.

Once I got ahead of the accident, I got a nice wide lane to ride and continued on my merry way. Cycling, even in the snow, is the best and fastest way to get around.

However... I only recommend riding in the snow to the most skillful and dedicated cyclists. I go very slow, use a bike with treaded tires and always keep a foot ready to put down, just in case I start to spin out.

My mile bike trip took 20 minutes, about 10 more minutes than normal but still faster than the bus or in a car. Considering the slow speeds and care that everyone was taking driving, I was probably safer than usual. I arrived at yoga safely, on time and covered with snow. Namaste.

Arlington resident Lauren Hefferon is the owner of Ciclismo Classico. She blogs at LaurenHefferon.com .

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