This week I started driving to work. The lack of daylight outside of work hours has unfortunately got the better of me. Last winter I lived in the city and kept riding with the help of street lighting. But now that I live and work in more rural areas it has become slow and unpleasant to try and keep going along unlit country lanes. I have a good set of lights and reflective clothing, but my ability to see and be seen has diminished to a level I am not comfortable with.
This is quite disappointing as I’d hoped to keep going all year. It is now 6 weeks until the shortest day of the year which means a total hibernation period of 12 weeks until I have enough daylight to commute by bike again. Until then I will be getting out on the bike when I can at the weekends and rediscovering the boring tedium of commuting by car. At least this factor will reinvigorate me for another big year of bike v car in 2013.