Bettijane Burger: Where it's flat, pretty and safe
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Ah, biking in Kanawha City: lush trees, flowers, birds, flat blocks along the river and little traffic.
I prefer biking to walking because I can go farther and faster. Biking has eliminated the popping sound and sharp pains in my knees. My blood pressure is 102/65 and I've gone off statins. My calves are tough and my jodhpur thighs are finally going.
Here are some guidelines for safe biking:
Several months ago at a four-way stop intersection, a car turned left, way into my lane, and knocked me into the grass. The driver was not wearing sunglasses and was shielding her eyes. Luckily, I only sustained a few bruises. Kudos to Charleston Bike Shop, which does not charge labor for accidents. The shaken driver paid for the modest repair and I was good to go.
Recently, a fellow senior citizen passed me three times, so I'm not breaking any records. But that's not my purpose. I see the groundhogs and the irises.
I want to dance at my granddaughter's wedding.
Bettijane Burger, a retired teacher, lives in Kanawha City.