I generally dislike the rainy introduction to winter, a preview of what the next few months will bring. However, I am welcoming the change of season this year. After extreme heat, the rain is a pleasant change. But with rain and colder temperatures, people often change their daily commute, either through their attire or by driving more often.
As we experienced one of the first "storms" of the season this week, I geared up for my ride from Palo Alto to our office in San Jose. I threw on my leg warmers and rain jacket and was ready to pedal. Riding down the Bryant St. Bike Boulevard, I was thrilled to see some many people still riding even in the rain. The riders brightly colored rain jackets created a stark contrast to the weather. It was a picture perfect image to showcase the hardy nature of bike commuters.
Upon reaching the Alma crossing I was both happy and disappointed with what I found. I was happy that I wasn't stuck in the mess of the car traffic but I was disappointed that so many people chose to drive (and create significantly more traffic), all because of a little water. I know I had a lot more fun riding through puddles than sitting in stagnant traffic!
As the weather changes from golden sunshine to ominous clouds, how do you prepare yourself for a rainy commute?