I have been working for the City of Milwaukee for six years. When I first started, I was the only person in my building who biked to work in the winter. Today when I pulled up to the door of our lower parking garage, I could see tire tracks from two others who had also ridden to work.
When I got around the corner to our bike parking area, I was greeted by the sight of a 7 other bicycles. Bureaucrats changing their behavior is a surprising, but definite indicator that transportation related bicycle culture is growing in Milwaukee.
When I first started biking to work in the winter about 16 years ago, if I saw anyone else on a bicycle in January, I either knew them or I called the five other people I knew who also biked to work in the winter and told them excitedly “I saw somebody biking to work!” Now I see a handful of people every day, and I ride in at 6:30 in the morning when the roads are mostly free of any traffic.
Have you seen similar changes at your workplace or are you still “that crazy person” who bikes in the winter?