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Old 08-30-13, 08:55 AM   #51
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Pavement has been fixed since.. well, sort of.


Trees have been cut down since:


You can have that boat for 1$:


Then other half of my commute is in an industrial area. I don't have pictures now. It's mostly delivery and large trailer trucks.

A little clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tap8SxA0bIU

Another clip... We had lots of freezing rain just before I left work in late evening on a weekend so the roads had not been cleared. Over 90% of my route was covered in ice. Still had about 60% of ice the next morning. Cars couldn't brake or start at intersections. Saw a telephone pole that had been ran into quite violently. Studded tires made riding almost like on dry pavement.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=covE4EscfFY

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Old 08-30-13, 09:59 AM   #52
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You posted 2 links to the same clip, did you mean to post a different 2nd link?
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Old 08-30-13, 10:30 AM   #53
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You posted 2 links to the same clip, did you mean to post a different 2nd link?
Oops! Sorry 'bout that. Fixed the link... twice because I also put them in the wrong order.
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Old 08-30-13, 09:52 PM   #54
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Mostly urban commute with many parts in traffic. No nice rural scenic views here.
Murray St.

Rideau St.

Ogilvie Rd.

Unless I take a detour on the way home. Rockcliffe Pkwy
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Old 09-01-13, 04:46 PM   #55
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Oops! Sorry 'bout that. Fixed the link... twice because I also put them in the wrong order.
Nice videos, excellent quality. I love how steady they appear to be. How/where is your camera mounted?
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Old 09-01-13, 10:28 PM   #56
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Fire road extending from Main to the American River bike trail in Orangevale, CA

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Old 09-02-13, 12:24 AM   #57
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This was the commuting conditions a couple of weeks ago in Boise, it's a bit clearer now most days.



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Old 09-04-13, 10:06 AM   #58
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K, I'm going to get a little self-indulgent here and post way too many photos of my commute. I'm usually in too much of a hurry to stop and smell the flowers, but I took a day off yesterday and had to go downtown anyway, so I cataloged my route along the way.

I start off in suburbia:

The city has actually been putting some effort into improving their cycling infrastructure in recent years, and when the road was resurfaced a couple years ago, they painted in a bike lane. That bike lane takes me all the way to a ravine:

It's paved on this side, but the other side is gravel and very steep, and it's tough to make it up on a fixed gear without spinning out on the gravel and losing all momentum. Once I exit the ravine, I'm in residential for a while:

And yes, everyone in this city drives trucks or SUVs. This road takes me to this bridge:

over this freeway:

Where the road disappears in the distance is a bridge which I'll be on in a minute. Here's the view from the bridge:

Edmonton has something like 18,000 acres of continuous parkland around the river, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. We need some claim to fame in this northern Canadian city, right? At the far end of the bridge is this:

the latest in controversial public art installations. Many concerned citizens were up in arms about their taxpayer dollars funding what looks like an elephant dung pile. I kinda like it.

To be continued...
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Old 09-04-13, 10:08 AM   #59
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Looks like a giant pile of Buckyballs
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Old 09-04-13, 10:19 AM   #60
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Groovestew's commute continued:

After crossing the river, I'm on this path which runs parallel to the river for a while, and eventually climbs out of the valley:

The hill at the end is popular in the afternoons among roadies doing hill repeats, and longboarders who love flying around the switchbacks. Shortly after climbing out of the valley, I descend right back in:

If I'm on my road bike, I'll shift to the big ring/small cog and fly down on the road, but on a fixie, I'm not so quick, so I stay on the path. Another river crossing follows, and then another path along the river, and then to the final hill:

It's only about 150 foot vertical from where I'm standing to the level of the top of the black bridge, but it's still a tough little climb. Once at the top, I'm dumped into the downtown core:

and then I'm at work! Thanks for viewing.
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Old 09-20-13, 09:25 AM   #61
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couple of pics a snapped this morning on the way in to work Bklyn to Manhattan




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^ Nice! Have you seen an uptick in commuters since the bike share program went into place?
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^ Nice! Have you seen an uptick in commuters since the bike share program went into place?
thanks. and yes, many more commuters it seems since citibike started.
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A condensed video of my commute...

[video=youtube;i83G4U4C-CQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i83G4U4C-CQ[/video]

I will have to update it- I'm moving to a different building in November and they've already closed the showers where I'm at, so no bicycle commuting right now.
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Had the privilege of seeing the sunrise this morning.

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props to the chick riding in the striped dress
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props to the chick riding in the striped dress
If she had been a few feet to the left, she would have blended in with the zebra crossing.
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Old 09-20-13, 12:31 PM   #68
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A condensed video of my commute...

[video=youtube;i83G4U4C-CQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i83G4U4C-CQ[/video]

I will have to update it- I'm moving to a different building in November and they've already closed the showers where I'm at, so no bicycle commuting right now.
Wow lots of residential neighborhoods. Wish I had that option on my commute, but alas, nothing connects like I wish it did.

How many times a week do you make that round trip? All in one day or do you split it up between days?
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I'm not actively commuting these days. When I was doing it, I was probably bike commuting about once or twice a week on the route shown. I started bike commuting when I was working in a different building only 7 miles from my house; in those days I commuted by bike most of the time. A couple years ago I just got sick of riding home when it was over 105*F, so I started riding with a group that rides at night, and stopped commuting altogether. Also, my family situation is such that it's better for me to get home ASAP most nights and if I want to ride, do that later on.

I tried to get back to commuting once every week or two, but then I broke my arm in April and by the time I recovered it was too damn hot again. At this point, my job is moving to a new building in about a month and they've closed the locker room in my current building, so I won't ride to work again until at least November.

As for the residential streets, that's really what makes Fort Worth bike friendly but in a stealthy way. You can get from one place to another by cutting through neighborhoods. If you always drive, these routes don't look practical and, if you notice, I do some off-road portions and follow the river trail for a bit. Until I learned these shortcuts, it was not as easy to ride to work. Many neighborhoods are just fine for riding, and you can ride into the north end of a residential area, come out the south end, cross a busy street, and go right into another neighborhood, which means minimal exposure to motor commuter traffic.

On top of that, the city is trying to make improvements in the bike infrastructure, like this bridge which will be useful on my commute (especially when rains make the low water crossings over the river impossible), and this one, which connects a large park on the city's west side with downtown on the east side of the river. It helps that our mayor is a cycle commuter herself. Here's a picture of me (foreground) and Mayor Betsy from this past Wednesday's Rolling Town Hall.

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NPR is having a photo assignment: http://www.npr.org/blogs/pictureshow...edium=facebook

Tags your twitter or instagram pics of your commute with #pscommute and yours might be chosen for their gallery. They want you to write a few other details to look at the page posted above.

It's not solely for biking, but I bet us bike commuters have some great photos!

Here's my submission: http://t.co/TVXWoua5vv
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K, I'm going to get a little self-indulgent here and post way too many photos of my commute. I'm usually in too much of a hurry to stop and smell the flowers, but I took a day off yesterday and had to go downtown anyway, so I cataloged my route along the way.

I start off in suburbia:

The city has actually been putting some effort into improving their cycling infrastructure in recent years, and when the road was resurfaced a couple years ago, they painted in a bike lane. That bike lane takes me all the way to a ravine:

It's paved on this side, but the other side is gravel and very steep, and it's tough to make it up on a fixed gear without spinning out on the gravel and losing all momentum. Once I exit the ravine, I'm in residential for a while:

And yes, everyone in this city drives trucks or SUVs. This road takes me to this bridge:

over this freeway:

Where the road disappears in the distance is a bridge which I'll be on in a minute. Here's the view from the bridge:

Edmonton has something like 18,000 acres of continuous parkland around the river, making it one of the largest urban parks in North America. We need some claim to fame in this northern Canadian city, right? At the far end of the bridge is this:

the latest in controversial public art installations. Many concerned citizens were up in arms about their taxpayer dollars funding what looks like an elephant dung pile. I kinda like it.

To be continued...
Groovestew: What is this commute like in the winter?
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Last Thursday morning as compared to this morning.

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snapped a couple of rolling into town

entering the small English market village with the elevated bridge in the background


water (kayaking is an option for commuting that one of my colleagues now regularly does)


high/main street


lots o' bricks


town hall


small shops


my humble abode lies down this alley


way too many cars (including my wrong side drive version)
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other commute starts and ends here in CPH:


commute here is like this:
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