Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Notes on the first bike commute

  • Awake by 7:00, out the door by 7:55 (ironed 2 items), 3 red lights, arrived 8:15, ready to work by 8:30. Barely enough time to cool off and be ready.

  • It was 43 degrees outside. This helped me not sweat, but I think I went slower to avoid the icy breeze.

  • About 10 degrees warmer would be ideal.

  • Except for a quarter-mile climb out of the apartment complex driveway, the entire ride is downhill or flat. This means the entire way home is uphill.

  • Burning an extra 300 calories means more food fuel is needed. I need to pack a yogurt or something extra.


  • The ride home wasn't bad despite being uphill. Probably because I don't care how I look or feel at that point.

  • The sidewalk on West River, only on the east side of the road, ends abruptly before the 131 exit ramp. This means I either need to stay on the 45mph road at all times, or dangerously cross before a 3-way intersection and a highway.

  • The last quarter mile being all downhill is nice. I can easily coast to 30mph, and probably higher if I time the light at Ball correctly.

  • Imagine the worst thing each car can do as it passes, then expect it to do just that. More often than not, it will.


Jeff Stevenson said...

Hi. Please join the Bicycle to Work! LinkedIn networking group. Members pledge that they will try to ride their bicycle to work or on an errand at least once a week. Although the benefits should be obvious, let me outline them here.

Right now people in the industrialized world are facing two very grave problems: obesity and a growing scarcity of oil. Compounding this problem is the new food shortage brought about, in part, by the conversion of food cropland to bio-fuel crop production. Most people feel powerless to help, but there is one thing that we can do. Ride our bicycles to work.

If everyone would agree to ride their bikes to work one day per week we could cut oil consumption by as much as 10-15%. No one would argue that riding a bike burns more calories than driving the car. Although popular politically right now, most bio-fuels consume more energy than they produce. We would be much better to eat those bio-crops then use our own energy to transport us around.

So spread the word. Make it a movement! Bicycle to work one day a week and do your part to cut back obesity and the overuse of oil and precious cropland.

Just go to my profile at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jeffreylstevenson and you can click on the group to be included. While you are there, don't forget to ask to link to my network of more than 9,000,000 like-minded professionals. I accept all invitations and look forward to meeting you.


Jeremy said...

Jeff, something needs to be cleared up: We are not facing a scarcity of oil. "Peak oil" refers to the rate of production, not supply. The difficulties come from maintaining the rate of production.

That said, if your post is legit, I'll certainly check it out.