Now that I’m bike commuting, I’m even more conscious of efforts made to make biking an easier choice. This weekend we were in the small town of Saxapahaw (first settled by the Sissipahaw Indians, which I assume influenced their unusual name). It’s a former mill town built along the very beautiful Haw River, which seems to be successfully reinventing itself as a place for nature-loving, active, creative-types interested in a strong sense of place. One anchor is their General Store and we went there to check out their selection of fresh-made sandwiches. The food was very good and I enjoyed sitting outdoors on a quiet evening in a small town. As an added bonus, upon leaving I saw this creative approach to bike sharing. I’ve been paying attention to the formal bike-sharing programs in cities like D.C., Minneapolis, Boston and in Europe and Canada, etc. most of which have expensive systems and require a credit card or something of the like to “check them out.” Here is a much simpler approach, perhaps only possible in a small town where everybody knows who’s who anyway.