One thing I have found sinLce starting to bike around town: going to the crowded neighborhoods is a breeze. We've got tons of thriving commercial districts, and parking sucks in all of them. 3 of the best ones are in about a 2 mile radius for me. And downtown is getting busier and it is around 1.5 mikes away. Some of the neighborhoods are connected by quick rides on the bus, but not all of the bus options are frequent.
On a given weekend, it would be impossible to hit more than one in a timely manner, and my typical errands are spread across multiple.
Today I went to get coffee downtown, before a trip to Sears. Then I decided to stop at the farmers market. I also wanted to stop at the LBS near the farmers market to see if they had seat locks. I ended up uncovering a new made in the USA "department store" that I didn't realize was open.
I am trying to save up for a condo, and I got an email about something in my budget, but it was in an area unknown to me. It was just 2 miles from the farmers market, so I decided to bike over and do a ride by to see if I should bookmark more condos in that area. (The block wasn't for me)
Then I realized I wanted to hit another neighborhood to stop at the new artisan liquor store to get some cocktail provisions. After that, my phone buzzed reminding me of a community meeting downtown. Luckily it was just under 2 miles back to downtown. I made it just a few minutes after it started.
After the meeting, I made a quick grocery run, and rode the 1.5 miles home.
There you have it, 4 neighborhoods and no parking drama! These trips would have been pretty difficult via transit. Although the distances were pretty short, some would have required transfers and other annoyances.