Biking in Cinci – something I’ve yet to get rolling

Here’s an interesting podcast on bicycle infrastructure in Cincinnati: http://www.urbancincy.com/2012/09/episode-8-bicycle-infrastructure/

I’ll admit I’ve been relatively lazy with my cycling since moving to the city. My lame … I mean “main” … excuses are:

  1. The bus.
  2. These hills are way bigger than anything I ever dealt with (admittedly I’m a flatlander … My previous homes of Memphis, Champaign-Urbana, Tallahassee, and Buffalo aren’t known for their variable elevation).
  3. I’m still learning what routes best support bike commuters.

Eventually I plan on getting back in the saddle. And maybe even getting one of those Jamis bikes I’ve been eyeing for a while.

In the meantime, I’ll continue marveling at the cyclists who so easily conquer the many hills that spot the cityscape here.

 

Subway Readers

This post of photos of NYC subway readers from Atlantic Cities reminded me of some good times on the T in Boston. (Link to the tumblr they’re profiling: http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com/)

During my brief stay in Cambridge, I came to enjoy the ritual of reading during my daily commute to NECSI‘s offices. It served as a way to warm up my brain in the morning and decompress in the evening. It gave me a designated space and time to tear through some really great books – The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Life of Pi, and The Elegance of the Hedgehog, to name a few. (If you haven’t read them, check them out now!)

Credit: Ourit Ben-Haim See blog at http://undergroundnewyorkpubliclibrary.com/

Then, I returned to Buffalo and my car commute. I have to say I miss having that extra time to read. Personally, I’d rather hop on a bus or train and enjoy a book than concentrate on steering my vehicle through rush hour traffic (especially now that I’m in the middle of reading the ‘A Song of Fire and Ice’ [Game of Thrones] series!). It’s just one more intangible benefit to having a convenient and effective public transit system.

Thankfully, there is a convenient and direct bus route from my new place in downtown Cincinnati to the University of Cincinnati’s campus. I’m looking forward to becoming a public transit commuter (and reader) again.