Yesterday evening, I was having one of those startup meetings that occasionally happen at night. Well, in this case, at 8 because we’re ageing now. Obviously, I was at Starbucks, aka my office, before that. As I was leaving the place, a little after 7, to go to my brother’s house, where the meeting was taking place, I wondered what the best way to get there was. As I often do.
On foot, it was not too far out - about 25 minutes - but that was definitely too far out for an evening walk (at my age). Also, the subway trip was not direct: there was a connection, and you actually had to head east into town before heading back north west in the right direction. And then you still had to walk for 10 minutes after. I was not that lazy.
As I was pondering this near-philosophical dilemma, I checked Citymapper out of reflex (I use it to go from home to the office - Starbucks - everyday). That’s when I noticed that the trip was actually shorter by bike than it was by subway. By 3 minutes, but still. Also it was a bike, so it was a much healthier choice. And I love healthy (since I’ve met my now fiancée).
Right there and then, I had a Berlin flashback: since we’d rented bikes for our stay there and gone everywhere with it, including to run in the park and crash on the ground to avoid cars, it had sort of become second nature to be riding around like an Australian health nut on an alternative trip to Europe (or something exotic like that). And I realized that I simply had no choice: I had to ride a bike, today and everyday. Till it started getting properly cold again, that is.
So I headed to the nearest public bikes spot and got myself a bike. An electrical one: I’m not crazy.