Tuesday, July 08, 2008

And on the 7th Day...

Today made it day 7, one full week of work at Rowlett's Bikes and I have to say, time has flown by like a whirlwind.

So many things impressed or have struck me about this new job. The first and foremost is the sheer volume of work that actually comes through the doors. I'm busy from the second I walk in, until the second that I leave the door. In fact, I'm usually so busy that Fred usually has to remind me to grab lunch or that it's time to leave for the day.

I sold my first bike on my 3rd day and I have to admit that while I was waiting for that to happen, I was beginning to question if it would ever happen as others around me simply appeared to be rolling streams of bikes out of the door each day. This past Sat though, the flood walls opened and 6 ro 7 of the 15 we sold I wheeled out the door. This streak continued first thing Monday morning as I actually rolled one out by 10:00am,

Perhaps the most surprising part of the job is that closer to 75% of our total sales are coming from people looking to commute; either to & from everyday errands, to jobs, or both. IMO this is simply a wonderful transformation happening within the communities we live, now the interesting notes to take will be how local governments take to the new cyclists and how they will respond to the new needs of the traffic on the roads.

Will local governments adjust road structures to create more bike friendly roadways? We have plenty of roads in Richmond that parallel each other, so maybe some of the less travelled roads should be remarked and managed to allow for cyclists so that interactions with cars can be "limited" until a riders nears his/her destination.