So why am I not a part of this Barclays Cycle Hire Scheme you may ask? Because I am afraid to ride a bike! I have known how to ride a bike since I was probably 5 or 6. I learned on a bike with 1 good tire and 1 almost flat tire and once I got good at it my parents bought me a gorgeous blue and white bicycle with a banana seat, basket and a bell. I would ride that bike up and down the street and all over my grandparents driveway, I loved it. Its what we did as kids. One time I was riding my brother's bike that had no brakes and I lost control of the bike and wiped out on the street scraping my cheek on the pavement, but I still continued to ride. Then there was the time I rode my beautiful new bike into a car parked at the end of my grandparents driveway and I broke my wrist (for the 3rd time) and that was when I wanted to hang up my handle bars and not ride again. But being a kid, you are fearless and I got back on my bike and continued to ride it. Although once I became a teenager bike riding was out of the question, I had more important things to do, like hang out at the mall.
Now, here I am at 32 and I couldn't tell you the last time I was on a bicycle (that isn't one of the stationary ones at the gym) but I want so badly to be able to rent one of those Barclays bikes and ride it around London. Well, ok, I probably wont be taking to the streets on one, but I could ride in any of the numerous parks here in London. But I am scared! I was living in New York for just over a month when I ended up in the emergency room with a severely sprained ankle, Lord knows what would happen to me here! Granted the incident in New York was due to excessive amounts of alcohol and a bathroom that had stairs coming out of it, who puts stairs in a bathroom...in a club?!?! Anyway, I digress, here I am brave enough to pack up my life and move 3500 miles away from all I know and love, but I'm too afraid to ride a bike?! I think I need to change this! Just pray I don't end up in St. Mary's Hospital or something...eek!
Maybe someday soon this will be me!