This Friday is Bike to Work Day, and I, feeling like the kind of person that only goes to church on Easter, will be getting on my bike for the first time this season and attempting a ride to work.
I live right in Providence, so attending the festivities should be no problem. In fact, I’m pretty sure Market Square is entirely downhill from my house. Breakfast at the event starts at 7am and goes until 10am. I plan on leaving the house early so that I can feel included in the fun, but still get in a solid day at the office. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get back to Market Square for the 3pm bike demonstrations, refreshments, and live music, not only because I’m out of shape, but again, that full day of work thing.
Speaking of work, I’m a little concerned about my bike ride to the office. For many, the bike trains will provide a safety-in-numbers ride to Providence, but getting myself to the office on Jefferson Blvd is a scary ride no matter how advanced a cyclist you are. I think I have two choices: a) suck it up, take as many side roads as possible, work my way down Elmwood to Post Rd clutching an air horn, or b) hang out at Market Square until around
7:30 8am when the #8 bus leaves Kennedy Plaza.
Option b seems like the easy way out. After all, using my bike for part of the commute is still within the mission of the day, right? My one lingering concern is the bike racks on the bus. First of all, I’m a little anxious about having never tried them. Fortunately, I found this website of the folks who make the racks for RIPTA, and it has a video on how to use them. Secondly, as far as I know, there’s only room for 2 bikes (and only one #8 bus to work), so being B2WD, I’m a little nervous about the possibility of 2 other people using the rack, especially since my coworker lives nearby, and I was thinking of asking him to join me.
So, if the rack is full or I miss the last bus, I’m back to plan A. It’s only about 10 miles, and for some of my friends who ride, this would be a
ooh piece of candy cake. So far, the weather forecast is perfect (72 and sunny).
Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I’d love to hear from other folks who are biking to work, especially if anyone is thinking about trying it for the first time.
I biked from my house in Elmhurst to downcity in time to catch the Bike to Work Day festivities. I hung around long enough to enjoy a cup of coffee, listen to the mayor, and meet some of you fine cyclists. I think I’ve mapped out a good route to take to work thanks to your fine suggestions, but given
my wussiness the weather today, I tried out one of RIPTAs bike racks.
The mayor gave a nice speech about how important transit and bicycle commuting is to our environment, our health, and our traffic. He suggested that we all consider taking at least one day a week to bike and/or use public transit and doing so would have fine results for all.
I, personally, really enjoyed this experience, and I look forward to using my bike more often to get to work. Catching the bus at KP would require very little change in my morning routine, and on finer days, I look forward to biking home along the Narragansett Parkway/Blvd along the bay.