Bike + Bus Commute Success

Friday, May 03, 2013

Well, I did it! I didn't get run over, the bike rack on the bus was easy to operate, and I made it to the office, and back!

Things I learned:
* Hills are hard first thing in the morning (even relatively small ones)
* The bike racks on the bus are indeed easier to operate than the one that I use on my car
* I'm not quite ready to handle cycling in downtown traffic

Earlier this week, I decided I would take my hybrid bike over the road bike. My road bike has clipless pedals, which would require my cycling shoes. The hybrid has platform pedals, and the convenience of not having to change shoes won out. My trusty travel backpack was nominated to carry my laptop and other work necessities. I'd love to have a rack and panniers, but we're taking this one step at a time.

In a strange turn of events, we had a cold front come through this week. So instead of my ride this morning being too warm, it was cold. I layered up and got on the bike. There are some rolling hills on the route that were hard first thing in the morning. But there's really no way around the hills where I live.

My ride to the bus is about 4 miles. After leaving later than I had intended this morning, I missed my "target" bus and had to wait 20 minutes for the next one. Then it was about 40 minutes on the bus. Once I was downtown, I freaked out a little bit. The riding I'm used to is on neighborhood streets and/or ones with bike lanes. Downtown traffic seemed a little much. To play it safe, I just walked my bike on the sidewalk to the office.

On the way home, I took a different bus - a flyer route. It was only about 30 minutes on the bus. Still about a 4 mile ride home. Overall, I liked the flyer bus route better. The problem in the morning is that service stops earlier than I'd like.

The flyer route stops at a Park n' Ride, and I scoped out some bike racks there. So I could ride there, lock up my bike and then not have to deal with it downtown. But I'm not sure I'm comfortable leaving my bike ALL day. Plus I'd have convince myself to be a morning person to catch the flyer anyways. More things to mull over this coming week.

Rocking my helmet on the bus.
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    Congrats on a successful bike and bus to work day!

    Since I found your blog from clicking a link on the Austin team, I'm guessing you live in Austin? I've been thinking about doing the bike/bus thing for a while too, so it was cool to read your blog. I worry that I will look like an idiot trying to figure out the bike rack on the bus! Do you live north or south?
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