What a week — time for dinner out tonight. By bike, of course.
I’ve been sending the fleet in for tune-ups, one bike at a time. Earlier today my wife’s bike was completed, so it was time for a test ride.
Our destination would be Mint Thai at Main and Balboa on the peninsula, via the Balboa Island ferry — that’s hard to beat for a change of pace.
We had to wait for a table, the joint was jumping. As we’re sitting on a sidewalk bench it’s hard to ignore — the sidewalk, the nearby intersection, are swarming with pedestrians and cyclists.
The sidewalk is crowded, our bikes are parked making it worse, then other bikes arrive — pedestrians can barely walk by. It’s only after dinner that I see the problem — the sidewalk width is compromised to accommodate parked cars. It’s another example of automobiles compromising the pedestrian space.