Smoke in the air; a fire in the sky

July 13, 2008 at 2:14 pm 2 comments

I’m in Monterey for the summer and planned to bike many of the exquisite coastal roads of the Peninsula, but day after day, the wild fires have made it nearly impossible to ride, even though I’m nearly 30 miles from the fire.

When I do attempt to bike, my breath is shallow and my spit black, which seems to be enough of an indicator that it’s not the best day for a bike ride. The CA air quality board urges everyone to stay inside with the air conditioner on (ugh), but for those of us who use our bikes as transportation, not riding is really not an option.

So, my fellow cyclists, I urge you to take out the cruisers this week and save the road bikes for a cleaner day. Your lungs will thank you for the slower pedal and the less soot that you ingest.

If your burning lungs and the ash on your stem aren’t giving you a clear read on the air quality, you can visit for more information about air quality near you.


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  • 1. villagebicycle  |  July 13, 2008 at 6:25 pm

    Yikes. It’s interesting though that driving is a lot better for your lungs but a lot worse for everyone else’s. What else can bikers do other than ride slowly on their commute?

  • 2. kristinaurorasmith  |  July 14, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Good question. If you’re in the city, you can take public transportation, but that still requires being outside as you wait and frankly, biking is much better!

    I read that covering your mouth and nose with a bandana helps some and it will make you look extra tough on the streets. Just don’t wear the wrong color.


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