Thursday, June 24, 2010

I got a new way to walk (walk walk)

Yesterday's mid-morning commute on Cambridge Street was just a mess: blocked lanes, construction,  garbage trucks, city buses, moving vans, one fire truck, and stressed out drivers backed up as far as the eye could see.  I was putt-putting along, sticking out my left arm to merge into the lane whenever some new obstruction would block the de facto bike lane area and gamely stopping for all the lights and traffic cops.  But it was hot, humid, and too close to too many cars.

Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw it: the sidewalk!  Shady, tree-lined, peaceful-- ahhh.  I suddenly remembered that I didn't have to stay on the road; I wasn't stuck on my bike the way I would be in a car.  One look was all it took to convince me, and before you could say "smell ya later, street traffic!", I was hopping off and making my escape.  I walked my bicycle the rest of the way, and judging by the pace of the cars I left behind, I didn't really lose any time.  Just another object lesson in how much more convenient it can be to ride a bicycle in the city.  

Big thanks to cycler for introducing me to my new favorite web comic, Yehuda Moon.


Anonymous said...

Walking is good. There are a few parts of my commute that I always walk. The shady trees on the sidewalk can be so restful.

Amy said...

I've been considering expanding my riding area by way of some sidewalks, but I've been noticing an abundance of old folks driving golf carts on them! WTF! So I dunno, fight for my place in the road, or play chicken with the golf cart brigade? :/

margonaute said...

Amy: Definitely not an issue here in Cambridge! (Hmm, I wonder where golf carts properly fit into the city riding equation...) And just to clarify, I only walk the bike on the sidewalks, especially since they tend to be so narrow.

I don't know how much I would want to ride some place if I knew it would always involve a sidewalk segment, but in one-off situations like this, it is a nice option to have.

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