With the beginning of Fall and the soon to be drier and cooler weather, my thoughts have been turning to bicycle commuting. It seems like such a simple thing to get on your bike and ride to work, saving gas, saving on pollution, getting exercise and saving money all at the same time. Bicycle commuting has the promise to be the ultimate eco-friendly form of transportation unless, like me, you live in South Florida. My area has repeatedly made the news for being in the top 5 most dangerous cities for pedestrians and bikers.
For the past week I have been taking different routes to work so I can scope out the sidewalks and traffic patterns to try and identify a safe biking route. So far all of my options have come up short, ranging from “flat out suicidal” to “risky at best”. The trip itself is not unreasonably long, it is 4.5 miles each way, and I am in good enough shape to be able to make the ride and still be ready to work but I need to find a relatively safe way to get there. Another roadblock is that my husband is dead set against the idea because he is well aware of the dangers on our roads for pedestrians and bikers.
Somehow despite all of the very good reasons not to bike to work, I still want to try it out. I think I will try to find alternate routes on Google Earth that minimize my interactions with main streets and busy intersections. I would be very interested to know about my readers’ experiences in bicycle commuting. Does anyone ride to work? Have you had any problems or close calls? If you have any tips, tricks or advice I would love to hear it. Please feel free to comment below.