Hi all. I'm a resident of Orange, work in Costa Mesa. Last week I decided to start taking the bus to work (long story why, summarized as I'm sick of driving). To make things a little easier, I brought my bike along to get to and from the stops.
I quickly found I was using the bike much more than I expected. Just missed a bus connection? No problem, hop on the bike and start riding. Either I make it to my next connection before the next bus (which isn't scheduled for another 20 minutes) arrives, or the next bus catches up with me and I grab it.
Well, on Friday I played that game, fully expecting to end up on a bus eventually. 1 hour and 9.2 miles later I found myself home, earlier than if I had caught the original bus. I actually caught up to and passed a bus in downtown Santa Ana. I could have gotten on, but decided to keep on pedaling instead. That felt GREAT.
So now I'm preparing to transition to a regular bike commute. This week is a trial week where I'll be busing to work in the morning and biking home. I hope to build up some strength and endurance so I can do the morning commute in a decent amount of time without arriving to work sweaty and exhausted (though we do have a gym with a shower if I need it).
I'm excited. I've long considered doing the bicycle commute thing and I'm thrilled that I finally found the entry point. Now, if only they'd get rid of that stupid 10MPH speed limit on the Santa Ana River Trail...
I have to believe that there's no way they can be strictly enforcing that. Every public agency in California can barely afford toilet paper, they can't possibly justify cops on bikes with radar guns. I'm sure their intent is to keep the pelotons of would-be triatheletes from dominating these multi-use trails, and the 10MPH speed limit gives them something concrete to "charge" them with. But at 10MPH it seems pretty clear that it was set by someone who has no understanding of biking at all. My fat, out of shape ass can get moving >10MPH on my aerodynamic-as-a-brick mountain bike without thinking. It's utterly unreasonable to expect anyone to comply with that.