I haven’t been biking to work as much as I thought I would. This is because A) it’s too hot for me and B) it’s too easy to get a ride with coworkers. So I’ve been biking mostly in the evening or at night when it’s cooler.
Today though I spent the day with my bike. I wanted to get to the office early so I biked in.
The morning bike commute was interesting.
- Tons of broken glass on the road, more than normal. I went passed 4 different areas where it looked like car windows had been broken.
- Almost got grazed by a car. On Peabody at the intersection right before the bike lanes start it got a little scary after the green light and one car was within inches of me.
- After that I almost got backed into by a different car. On the trolley tracks on Main St. right where car traffic is not allowed a car kept going then instead of just finishing and turning on the next road (like I figured they would) they decided to back up. I was not directly behind them – I was behind to the right. If they had backed up straight it would have been fine too but instead they backed up turning INTO ME. I swerved and avoided being hit but geez guys, pay attention.
Yes, it was a little scary. I generally feel pretty confident biking around even on streets without bike lanes but sometimes I remember it’s me vs. a car and I will lose that battle.
Because there is nowhere to put my bike once I get to the office I just parked it in front of my desk. I actually loved seeing it there every once in a while because it made me think of happier times riding while I was glued to my chair at work.
Awesome view in my opinion.
The bike ride home was the complete opposite of the bike ride to work. It took longer, it felt harder, I felt super tired. The heat was the main problem. It was a little bit over 90 degrees at the time with yucky humidity and that meant I was sweating after just 5 minutes. It wasn’t pleasant.
Hot bike ride home, indeed!
I went a lot slower home than normal which helped a bit. A guy in spandex and a flashy bike passed me toward the end which made me want lighter clothes and a light bike too! In the end I made it home successfully so no worries until I ride another day.
I thought about going on another ride once the sun went down since I’ve been doing that most nights recently but a headache killed those plans. Instead I’m off to drink lots of water, take some medicine, and relax!
Do you any of you bike commute or ride in cities? Any stories or tips to share?