Liz just biked from her house to mine for the first time, in the rain. And she loved it! If you go the way G**gle wants you to (in a car), that would look like this and it's pretty close to the route she took - on one of NYCs new bike lanes:
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It was so much fun to come home and find her waiting by my door, all wet and smiling.
Her bike is something japanese called "Person's Sports Bicycle - for comfortable city cycling." Yes, it says that on the bicycle. Amen.