NPR Bikes to Work

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by Byron on May 21, 2007 at 5:20 AM

Listened to this great story about biking to work from NPR on Sunday.

“We’ve been adding bike lanes, we’ve been adding bike racks,” he said. As for a two-wheeled commute, he added: “You don’t get quite the same feeling in a car.”

Also noticed on Friday this TRAFFIC ALERT: The state Department of Transportation is reporting a three-car accident on northbound I-5 near the Kent-Des Moines Road. The accident is on the right shoulder of the road and the distraction is backing up traffic further then usual this morning.

No backups on the bike path.

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There was also a good piece on bike commuting on Only A Game, NPR’s sports show, featuring David Watson from the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. The segment starts about 37 minutes into the show, and features Dave leading one of OAG’s reporters on a ten mile commute through a city that Bicycling magazine annually slags as one of the worst in which to bike in the US.

Reminds me of the one time I rode in Century City, it was good, fine actually. A big lane for buses with no parking allowed until I spilled right out into an 8-lane intersection and was seriously frightened. The rest of my trip, I just did loops around the hotel district instead of venturing out.

While riding to Renton yesterday morning to meet up with the CTS ride, I remembered why I enjoy being a “sinner” and riding while the rest of the world is at church on Sunday mornings.  Makes one appreciate the Bike Master Plan and efforts to make the roads safer for everyone!

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