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What does your family think of your life as a cyclist?

I'm mostly a city commuter and I know my dad is nervous that I am going to get hit by a car while I'm biking. I explain to him that more people my age are killed in car accidents than bike accidents.

My 7 year old suburban nephew thinks I'm cool cause I don't use my car often. He is quickly becoming a bike fanatic too!

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Hey Julie, where's the house and where in Skokie (hometown baby! ;-) I love knowin what route peeps take in the burbs. My buddy Moby is now a Skokie bike commuter as well! ;-)

Pete said:
I'm happy to report that my cousin has also started commuting by bike! Hurrah!

Julie Hochstadter said:
I'm happy to report that my dad has started riding to work two days a week from his house to skokie! So proud of him.
Mom just reminds me to wear my "brain bucket" (e.n.t nurse). Got my brother to start commuting in Florida and this year he riding RAGBRAI. He went from no bike to 2400 miles in 6 months. Helps when you live where it is warm most of the year and pancake flat. ....curt
My family was concerned for safety at first, but they kept their concerns to themselves for the most part. I think that after thirty years they have finally realized that I am going to do what I think is best no matter what their opinion is, that is until a couple of weeks ago when I was hit by a car, I started hearing more about it then. Although, when I asked them "if they ever got in a car accident, would they stop driving?" they pretty much stopped bringing it up.

I guess I can call it supportive through not being negative.
My republican father in-law has rode critical mass and loved it! He wishes us Happy Friday on the last Friday of every month since.
My family was all fine (though worried) until last week. I got tagged by a car in Northbrook. Suffered a separated shoulder from which I am still healing.

Worst part of the accident was dealing with all the family being freaked out that I'd been hit. Will have to see what happens when I'm able to ride again, but they're all going to be nervous as all get out I'd bet. I'm going to have to check in with my wife the second I arrive safely every day or she's going to be a nervous wreck.

Otherwise, most people just think I'm nuts for doing a 40m round trip on my bike daily.
my mother always says how good of shape I msut bne in to ride all the time
my aunt says shes jealous of people like me who invent things like my bike canopy
everyone else just listens and takes my stories the same as if I was talking about a fender bender at a stop sign in my volkswagon.
My family used to park me on top of a hill duck taped seated backwards on the handlebars pushing me ever so gently watching the momentum gain slowly at first all the while laughing and calling me a poor excuse for a biker.

East Highland Park. He takes the Green Bay Trail through the Botanic Gardens, then through Northfield by Happ Road. I plan on riding with him some morning soon (arg, leave at 6 am though) and can map it out for you. Funny, my dad is concerned about how I'd get Old Orchard Mall back to the city. Too cute! He knows I ride on streets but doesn't like it,

Gabe said:
Hey Julie, where's the house and where in Skokie (hometown baby! ;-) I love knowin what route peeps take in the burbs. My buddy Moby is now a Skokie bike commuter as well! ;-)

Pete said:
I'm happy to report that my cousin has also started commuting by bike! Hurrah!

Julie Hochstadter said:
I'm happy to report that my dad has started riding to work two days a week from his house to skokie! So proud of him.
My dad does the same thing! I think I will have enough bike lights for the rest of my life. I think my parents thought I was going through a phase, but ten years of riding and a new line of bike bags later, they've pretty much resigned themselves. Actually, they've started biking themselves to the grocery store in Des Plaines! My mom wanted to ride with one of my bags. :)

LeslieB said:
My mother secretly hates it for fear that I will get hit by a car. The good thing is that she always suprises me with new safety gear when I see her.
Mama who lives in an east coast suburb which offers no transit and is absolutely not bike friendly cannot fathom riding around everywhere, let alone distance rides. My ma's neighborhood doesnt even offer sidewalks for a stroll. So many places, car is the only option.
Waking up at 5:30 to join my 63 year old commuting dad for the big ride to his Skokie office (13 miles from HP)! Must go to sleep now.

Julie Hochstadter said:
I'm happy to report that my dad has started riding to work two days a week from his house to skokie! So proud of him.
They think it's par for the course. Probably prefer it over the blades I sported for 5+ years...the bike makes me more normal.

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