On December 8 Metro Transit added a new express
bus line to downtown Minneapolis, where I work. The northern
terminus of this bus line is about 1¼ miles from
my home. This is well within normal walking distance for me, and there are sidewalks along Rice Street, where traffic can be quite serious. So
I decided it was time to leave the car at home and do my normal commuting entirely by walking and public transportation like
mia_mcdavid and I did in Chicago until 1987. I have been doing so ever since.
This has both pros and cons:
This looks like a simple card case: Take a rectangular piece of leather, fold it once, and sew two sides closed. However, there is a special feature here. Continue reading
I am not referring to the planet, although that is also (and always) true.
I posted before about the temperatures on December 15 and this past Tuesday.
This morning I saw a thermometer reading -22oF/-30oC.
However my car, a ’95 Ford Escort, was still able to start. There was a bus waiting at the Park-and-ride, and it stopped downtown across the street from a Skyway entrance. So my total exposure to the weather was probably under 5 minutes.
I just checked the forecast. It may be a full 17oF/9oC warmer when I go home!
The beginning of today’s weather forecast on the radio at 6:50 AM. Specifically, the high is expected to be between -5oF (-21oC) and 0oF (-18oC). Temperature at the time: -9oF (-23oC). But I am coping
I got up a little late this morning and was planning to drive to the park-and-ride. However, the Escort would not start, and I had to leave the Focus for mia_mcdavid.
When four wheels are not available two must suffice. I rode my bike.
Rode my bicycle to the Park-and-Ride yesterday. Somewhere on the way I pulled a hip muscle. I was able to ride home afterwork, and some ibuprofen got me through dance last night, but almost any motion hurts. No cycling today–took the car.
Another bicycle ride to the bus stop on a beautiful morning. Rain is in the forecast, so the evening trip may be less pleasant. However, I am committed now.
I rode my bicycle to and from the Rosedale park-and-ride (about three miles each way) both Monday and Tuesday. From there I took an express bus to work in downtown Minneapolis as I usually do. I gave my knees a break yesterday and drove to Rosedale, but I was back on the bike this morning. I hope to manage 3-4 carless commutes each week through the summer and early fall.
Long ago I read an article arguing that per passenger mile the bicycle was the most energy-efficient form of transportation known, not only to homo sapiens, but throughout the animal kingdom. It was in a reputable scientific publication, Physics Today IIRC, with plenty of numbers, equations, and graphs. I wonder if I could track down a copy of it.
I rode my bicycle to the Rosedale park-and-ride this morning, instead of driving there.
The standard belt clip on a Blackberry is not suitable for cycling. The upward hip motion while pedalling tends to dislodge it.
Fortunately, I discovered this before the thing fell on the pavement. From now on I will keep it in my briefcase or a bag while riding.