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Sometimes working at a newspaper is just like riding a bike.

From time to time, you plan a long ride only to have to cut it short because of a flat tire or the weather.

And sometimes while working at the newspaper I will put a story on a page only to find out later that the editorial system … well, that’s a rant for another day.

Anyway, my point is that in both sometimes the best-laid plans need to change. That happened this past weekend when the cycling package I told you was coming Sunday was actually broken up into a two-day series.

But don’t fret as long as you were paying attention Sunday and Monday, you didn’t miss anything.

And if you weren’t paying attention, here is a link to the whole package. It can also be found on the cycling page on timesleader.com.

I have to admit somethings in it left me shaking my head (or smh as the kids say it these days).

Particularly, I can’t believe that anyone would use climate as an excuse to why there aren’t more bike lanes in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

I’ve been to New York City and have seen plenty of bike lanes. And I’ve seen bike lanes in State College. Is our weather in NEPA really that much more severe than those places?

Honestly, you can ride a bike in this part of the country from early March to deep into November. OK, it takes a special kind of craziness to still be in the saddle Thanksgiving, but many do it. I ended my season last year in late October and began riding in early March.

The numbers from the Bikeshare program back me up. There were only three months last year where no bikes were borrowed.

So clearly we can get use out of bike lanes for all but three or four months.

A bike lane or two in the downtown area certainly would make my commute to work a bit safer.

But so would a little more courtesy from drivers. Maybe getting either is a pipe dream, though.

Well, that’s my rant for today. Time to head out on the bike now for a ride.

Check back later in the week for a preview of Sunday’s Cycling Scene.

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