One of the things I like about improv is that it’s the ultimate transferable skill. There may be some people who have scripts for their lives, but most of us are making it up as we go along. So that is how we came to make up an accidental 55-kilometre bike ride, on a beautiful sunny Monday in Vermont.
We’ll be able to buzz around Montreal on bikes, using the bike path running along the Lachine Canal, just a few metres from our door. Montreal would be our oyster.
Stick your credit card in the machine, pay five Canadian dollars (about three pounds) and have unlimited use of any Bixi bike all day in 30-minute stints. They come in a Granny-style 3-gear model or a ‘sportive’ with all of 7 gears.
Sign of the times? I hope not
One of the things that makes a place environmentally friendly, in my book, and probably for most people, is that it encourages people getting around by non fuel-guzzling means.
Walking, cycling, public transport, stand-up paddleboard …
So one of the attractions of coming to do workaway at this motel on the Ile d’Orleans was that it has a sideline in renting out bikes, e-bikes and speed-restricted electric mopeds. That’s great, but we have discovered that the general attitude on the island to cycling is less positive. I have never been in a place before that found it necessary to point out to motorists, using a big yellow sign, that cyclists might also use the road space: