Commuters bike to work |

Commuters bike to work

Susan Wood

Cyclists were out in numbers around South Lake Tahoe this week for California Bike Commute Week 2001.

For the South Shore’s designated day Thursday, several turned up at Alpen Sierra at the Stateline location and Tahoe Sports Ltd. for a little more oomph. Those traveling the human-powered mode of transportation received free coffee and snacks for their efforts.

“It’s so refreshing,” Heavenly Communications Coordinator Kristen Aggers said, adding she’s convinced her productivity has risen as a result of exercising before work.

It’s also a “nice way” to wind down, she said.

Aggers has traveled on her bike most of the week to and from her Sierra tract home in town to the ski resort’s offices east of Stateline.

“The hard thing has been getting up early. But it’s been fun,” she said.

Like other cyclists, Aggers’ challenge lies with the logistics. So, she used her car parked at her office to attend meetings.

Heavenly’s offices don’t have shower facilities, but Aggers is inventive with perfume and Handi-wipes to save her co-workers from any body stench.

However, her seven-mile, one-way commute route is fairly flat.

Negotiating the bike lanes are tough in Tahoe though.

A turning motorist near Ski Run Boulevard almost ran into her one day.

To ensure she’s visible, Aggers placed a headlight on the front of her bicycle and a flashing light on the back.

Aggers was one of 15,000 cyclists expected to take to the roads this week for the state’s annual event.

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