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Biking to work

No, I'm not biking all the way to work, but some. I just started this routine yesterday now that it is warm. I still park at the Friday Center park and ride log, load up the bike on the bus and have it take me to campus up the big hill. I get off in front of Student Union and ride my bike the rest of the way.

At the end of the day I hop on my bike on ride it all the way to the Friday Center (most of that is downhill). That eliminates waiting for a bus to get home and dealing with the very crowded buses during rush hour. I need to throw on the headlight while in the road though. That intersection where 15/501 and 54 meet is a bit scary and I need to be seen.

We'll see how this routine progresses. Any threat of rain and I will skip the bike for the day. I'm not stranded either way and I park at the same place. I do need a better way of protecting my pants from rubbing against the front gear and getting black marks. I'm looking for gaiters to wear to keep the pants tucked and avoid the grease, but having a hard time finding it.

I'm proud of myself for taking this next step to using my human power to travel and I like to bike.

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plannerbear
Mar. 28th, 2008 05:12 pm (UTC)
Congrats...! The Smart Commute Challenge begins soon, looks like you will be ready. I may try to take the bus, since we get a free pass.
snowboardjoe
Mar. 28th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC)
I may try to bike to work 1 or 2 days during that challenge, but it would definitely be just that--a challenge. Fortunately we have a shower here at work I can use.

All CHTA (Chapel Hill Transit Authority) buses are fare free. There is a slot if I want it to park in the parking deck, but I prefer to spend my $65/month elsewhere. Maybe my feelings will shift back down the road (no pun intended), but I'm good with this setup as it encourages me to be more physical than a couch potato. If I could leave my ar in the garage all day, that would be prefect, but TTA and other services aren't quiet there yet to make it practical.
cincycub
Mar. 28th, 2008 05:27 pm (UTC)
Rock on! I haven't been on a moveable bike since I was a kid - lol - and honestly? Riding on streets with cars would scare the crap out of me.
snowboardjoe
Mar. 28th, 2008 05:52 pm (UTC)
Agreed and I'm learning to deal with that better. I'm learning more when you are sharing the road that you need to stand your ground and be predictable. That earns you some respect and people are more likely to watch out. This area is generally bike friendly too (bikes all over the place). There are some roads that I will not go near. On campus I'm on the sidewalks, so I just have to watch out for the pedestrians.
manley1
Mar. 28th, 2008 06:44 pm (UTC)
Man, I wish I could also say "now that it's warm" up here (there is a threat of snow today).

Yay for biking to work!
paterson_si
Mar. 28th, 2008 08:57 pm (UTC)
I ride my bike to work almost every (dry, not too cold...) day, but for me it's a short 10 minute ride and it goes across the city park, so it's a nice little journey. When spring actually comes to Ljubljana, I might take some pictures...

An older set is this:
http://paterson.freewebspace.com/LjAll.htm

look for Tivoli.
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