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November commuting so far

I'm kind of amazed, really, that I'm keeping this up. Darkness hasn't stopped me. Streets full of wet, slippery leaves haven't stopped me. Drenching rain hasn't stopped me. Today on the way to work my brakes almost didn't stop me, but I stopped and fixed 'em and kept riding.

I seem to be in an absolutely perfect set of circumstances for making a successful transition to being a cyclist:
  • my commute is just long enough to be challenging but not daunting
  • it's mostly downhill to work
  • my route is though the bike-friendliest part of the bike-friendliest city in the US
  • my employer totally supports bike commuting and provides great parking (and doesn't have a cow over something like today's brake-related half-hour delay)
  • it's actually faster for me to cycle than to ride the bus to work
  • the transit district recently cut service, so I'm highly motivated to avoid the newly-crowded, unpleasant buses
  • combining travel with exercise is the only way I'll do the latter, but doing the latter is making me feel fantastic and providing its own motivation to continue.

October was a wash because of mechanical problems and the flu, but November is shaping up extremely well:


November Bike Stats

Comments

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vampirefan
Nov. 10th, 2009 10:41 pm (UTC)
go you!!! \o/
emeraldsedai
Nov. 10th, 2009 10:45 pm (UTC)
Your icon tells the story that I'm stickin' to in my mind!
vampirefan
Nov. 11th, 2009 09:50 pm (UTC)
hee! i mean look! jensen totally wanted to reciprocate but then realized that they were in public.

they're gonna screw up soon...

also, check this out! a pump with a light too bad it's only a prototype, but i thought of you immediately when i saw it!
emeraldsedai
Nov. 11th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
That looks promising! Cool! Thanks for thinking of me. I passed that along to my sis, too.

And we shall just have to keep watching J2...
serenity_valley
Nov. 10th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
So incredibly cool!! You must be feeling pretty chuffed about this accomplishment, I know I would be. (And appreciative of the alignment of circumstances that makes it possible, of course, but still.) Congratulations!!!
emeraldsedai
Nov. 10th, 2009 11:21 pm (UTC)
I was about due for some alignment, you know?

And thanks. I'm really enjoying the physical/emotional benefits.
creedcascade
Nov. 11th, 2009 04:26 am (UTC)
Not that we have it quite yet, but three feet of snow would stop me!
emeraldsedai
Nov. 11th, 2009 05:57 am (UTC)
Three CENTIMETERS of snow would stop me. No doubt about it. But up to that point, I'm good to go!
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emeraldsedai
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:35 pm (UTC)
I sort of am too!
pennywhistle
Nov. 11th, 2009 11:57 am (UTC)
Congrats!! I'm super-impressed with your descriptions of enduring the rain. It's pouring here now, and I just can't get up the will to take my bike or myself outside :-(
emeraldsedai
Nov. 11th, 2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
There really is a "native Portlander" special snobbery about not being bothered by rain, as if we were endowed with some magic built in Scotchguard or something.

The fact is, though, that much of the time when it rains here, it's not terribly cold, just kind of mild, and it's not that bad. I'm about to head out to work under very threatening skies. We'll see how much of my workday my shoes spend on top of my monitor drying out.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 21st, 2009 06:07 am (UTC)
so with you on the exercise
cycling is one of the few forms of it I can stand. :) Actually, except for the bike-friendly portion, these reasons sound a lot like the ones that kept me commuting. Blogging about it also helps!

--Trisha from LGRAB
emeraldsedai
Nov. 21st, 2009 06:11 am (UTC)
Re: so with you on the exercise
One of my goals is to get more women to cycle. I have a friend in Chicago who's at least thinking about it now. I referred her to your blog.

More cyclists eventually result in more bike-friendliness. At least, that's how it's been in Portland. I'm the beneficiary of the efforts of some very intrepid pioneers before me, and I know it, but the cycling landscape is changing very fast all over the US. I think what you're doing in Chicago is major!
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