My new commute is not very different from my old one. The biggest difference is that my office is not by the lake, so it makes sense to take city streets the whole way instead of the Lakefront Trail. The other big difference is that I don’t have to ride through downtown.
The streets I take have either bike lanes or marked shared lanes. As you can see below, I’m able to slide past car traffic in the bike lane.
Unfortunately, the bike lanes are all directly in the door zone.
In the short stretch below, car are not yet parked in the morning. For a few brief moments, I can breath freely. If the entire route provided this much room for bikes, it would change my life. Seriously.
Here are some more obstacles.
A huge hole cut in the bike lane with no warning or bright paint. Hope you’re paying attention, cyclists!
I’ve never seen a parked Hummer that did not encroach on the bike lane.
This delivery truck left lots of room between him and the curb, content to park in the middle of the bike lane.
And of course, potholes.
Almost there, downtown is looming.
Despite all of the obstacles, it’s still better than driving or taking public transportation.
I wonder how different my commute looks from other peoples’ commutes. Are these photos foreign to you or somewhat like what you encounter everyday?