I just finished my first week of commuting on my new job, and since no one at home wants to hear me talk about it, Iīll just post here.
I have no idea how long it is. But ítīs about 25 blocks from where I work. Around 100 and 200 meters each block, so it might be about 3 or 4 km? each way.
I hate Stoplights
there is a stop light on EACH AND EVERY block.
Traffic flows but is heavy, and itīs almost impossible to get all green lights, so It takes me almost half an hour to get there.
On the way there I have bike lane all the way.
On the way home itīs almost all the way on the road with the cars.
Hate the bikelanes. There is allways someone parked there, or big holes, or something that makes me get into the road. Which Iīm not very good at. I still canīt look over my shoulder without loosing some control.
Also at a few points, the bikelane merges from the road to bikelanes in the sidewalk. Of course no ped respect those, so I had to do a lot maneuvering to avoid an accident.
Specially dangerous are: Kids, Old people with shopping carts, young people with headphones, anyone getting on or off the buses at bustops.
I get a lot of runners speeding for the leaving bus crossing in front of me out of nowhere, or clueless people dropping off the bus into the bikelane without watching.
There is one spot, that I had to get off the bike to cross the street because thereīs too many people. Itīs just out of a metro station.
Iīm definetely getting a cheesy bell or something. People, the sidewalk is 20 meters wide, just leave me my 2 meters of bikelane, please. And when I say, "coming through" or "excuse me" or "watch out", or "get the F. out of the way" it means.. "hey you! Please be aware, you are on the bikelane and we donīt want to crash, do we?"
Iīm feeling much more comfortable on the road.
I just take the whole right lane. I ride in the middle of it. If I move even a little to the right, then everyone wants to pass me with not enough room, so with me in front, they will have to wait.
I have found that drivers here are not rude with bikes, but are somehow caothic. I mean, no one honks or yells at me, no one seems to be bothered with me by taking the whole lane, but they do a lot of maneuvers I shure wouldnīt do if I were driving. No one runs stoplights, but they do a lot of last minute lane changing without lights, and a lot of sudden stops (mainly cabs) and stuff like that.
Still I like the road better than the bikelane.
Thursdays and Fridays the biggest problem are other cyclist:
I donīt know why, but these last two days there were many bikes on the road. Too many for the little space on the bikelane, so a lot of them do risky stuff that had me scared a few times.
A few other things
The last block I have to go into a very narrow and broken sidewalk or on the road against traffic. Luckily itīs almost allways empty so no big deals there.
On wednesday I felt my legs couldnīt handle the ride anymore. Very sore. But I still rode on thursday, and today coming home I was feeling in very good shape. I donīt know, before commuting I was ridding a couple of hours without much soreness, and surely half an hour without no soreness at all. Donīt know what happened.
I get to keep my bike in the office so I can leave the HEAVY chain lock at the post I park my bike at nights. Thatīs cool.
And one last thing. Besides this job, I will start on a second job weekends nights, so Iīll be doing some night rides. Something tells me I might enjoy night better.
Iīll also post on that experience.
Now, itīs out of my system.