I’ll admit I’ve been relatively lazy with my cycling since moving to the city. My lame … I mean “main” … excuses are:
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).
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.
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!)
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.
Michael Widener @ the Department of Geography and Planning, University of Toronto