The sun glints off the top tube as my bike seamlessly weaves through the walkers, runners and other cyclists on the trail. On this balmy June afternoon, a chorus of “On your left!” echoes throughout the trail. It seems as though the COVID-19 pandemic has induced many to seek refuge outdoors, finding freedom on a bicycle.
Deemed essential businesses, local bicycle stores were allowed to remain open. They report that demand for bicycles has exploded. They simply can’t keep bikes in stock. Even bicycle repairs are backlogged for several weeks due to high demand.
Local multi-use trails are seeing a surge of new users. On sunny weekend afternoons it can be near impossible to find a parking spot in a lot along the Little Miami Scenic Trail. According to organizers with the Wasson Way Project, recent surveys indicate the Wasson Way Trail usage was 500 percent higher than expected for Phases 1 and 2.
Why so many bikes and new cyclists? According to Jason Reser, owner of Reser Bicycles in Newport, people are avoiding mass transit, along with wanting a family activity during the pandemic. With proper social distancing and essential trail etiquette, cycling is a very safe outdoor activity for riders of a wide age range.
And I get it, I totally get the allure of the bike. I started racing my bike as a competitive outlet, but above all I always enjoy just being on the bike and being in nature. Riding is freedom and friendship, experienced together as part of a ride. Or it can offer solitude and introspection, endless miles for contemplation. Cycling is my passion; I adore my time in the saddle and my cycling family.
I have heard grumblings from other seasoned cyclists about the newbies on the trail; some have taken to the road to escape the crowds. But no matter where we ride, we must follow the rules of the road and the rules of the trail and safely ride with each other. That’s the key — with each other. And although I wish the circumstances were different, my heart is happy that so many have turned to cycling. It is my wish that it turns into a lifelong passion for many.
Real estate is my other passion; it is gratifying to translate the needs of clients into the perfect new home. Or to allay sellers’ fears by quickly and smoothly navigating the sale of their current home. When a client is happy, I’m happy. And as my passion for cycling continues to grow, so does my business. In real estate I’ve achieved and maintained a top agent status in my company and in the Greater Cincinnati market. Many of my previous clients are now friends, many of whom also happen to ride bikes.
Your new home is my passion. If you are thinking about selling your home or looking to purchase and find your new neighborhood, call me at 513.702.3419 or email [email protected]
Photo credit: Wasson Way Project Facebook page