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A business cycle in Las Vegas that is all good.
MercuryNews.com, January 2006
By: Nicole Wong, Dean Takahashi and Matt Marshall
Jan. 2--Riding a bicycle down the Las Vegas strip certainly doesn't scream bling. But it's Roger Kay's secret to saving his soles from blistering and staying sane as 130,000 other people attending the convention dash between appointments and parties at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Sin City.
Kay, president of Massachusetts' Endpoint Technologies Associates, has used this speed-wheeling strategy for several years. It's helped him arrive on time for a dozen meetings a day scattered across a 1 1/2-mile radius.
"Nothing like passing 75 cars held up by one guy turning into the Convention Center parking lot, or leaving behind a cab line of several hundred plaintive souls to make you feel like the captain of your destiny," Kay wrote on the www.technologypundits.com blog.
For about $100, Escape Adventures delivers a bike to his hotel Wednesday night and picks it up Saturday morning. When the 52-year-old isn't biking down the gridlocked Las Vegas Boulevard -- or down the hotel hallway, as he's been known to do -- he may lock the bike to a structure in the Venetian's roundabout, tip a bellhop $5 to watch it, or stow it in his room.
He's considered riding a Segway, but that wouldn't be good at squeezing through the human gridlock. And it's just not fast enough for him.
Kay wears slacks while he rides -- carefully folding the pant legs around the crease when he straps on leg reflectors -- so there's no wasted time changing into business attire. And he can conduct business as easily on a bike as in a car -- talking on the cell phone using a noise-canceling Bluetooth headset.
"A caveat, however, is evening," Kay wrote on the blog. "Once the sun goes down, I retire the bike and switch to cabs. I may not gamble in Vegas, but I know what happens to the odds for a biker after the sun goes down."