Another in our occasional series proving that bikes aren't just for commuting!
|Erin Hill, with bike-loving pooches Scandal and Jurgen. Photo by Melissa McConnell.|
Biking from my house in the Outer Richmond, I work mostly up and down Lake Street. My bike is a traveling dog-walking office-using panniers, I'm able to transport everything I might need during my workday, including treats, bags, leashes, and water.
Rainy, wintertime walking is always a bit of a challenge. I have a winter bike, set up with heavy-duty fenders, and lights for rides home in the dark. Rain gear keeps me fairly dry when biking and walking. Cleaning the dogs off after a muddy walk is another story, so I'm inevitably a mess at the end of those days, but it's all worth it!
My dog walker friends are amazed that I haven't broken down and bought a truck yet, but I'm more than happy with my bike. I don't have to worry about car insurance, gas, and parking tickets. Without the added costs of owning a car, I save so much money that I don't have to walk as many dogs as other people.
Biking has made my job easier and more enjoyable for me, and my clients really appreciate the fact that their buddies get more exercise and don't have to ride in a truck with a bunch of other dogs. We all win!