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Old 09-07-10, 02:53 PM
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Spooky question... cemetery as part of their commute?

Does anyone ride inside a cemetery as part of their commute route? For me, it's one of my alternate route to school and my main route to grocery shopping. Using the cemetery I can avoid a busy intersection and a busy shoulder-less 2-lane road.

Just wondering.

P.S. Of course, I mean ride on the inner streets of a cemetery, not cutting across one. I will never be so disrespectful!

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Old 09-07-10, 04:00 PM
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i would friggin' love it if i could ride through this big ass cemetery along my route, but unfortunately the gates to the cemetery are only at the east and west ends and i need to get past it in the north-south direction, so no dice. i do however ride right past the cemetery on a stretch of road that always makes me a little nervous because there are no cross streets for a half mile which means that cars love to haul ass through that section.

and as an editorial aside, i hate cemeteries. they're such a useless waste of space. why do we need people taking up valuable real estate even after they're dead. land should be for the living. every time i see a cemetery i can't help but think how awesome it would be if we could rip out all those obnoxious headstones and build a bunch of baseball diamonds, and B-ball courts, and soccer fields, and what-not. a park full of human life is millions of times more interersting than a lifeless dump for human body trash.

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Not a cemetary, but my old commute took me past a hospital. I personally find hospitals more creepy.

One of my routes that I take for my fitness rides goes past an abandoned military hospital... that looks creepy enough in the day time; I'll pass on the night ride.
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I used to pass one every night on my commute through Manhattan. It's on Riverside Drive in Harlem. Every night, as I passed it, I saw a ghost in my peripheral vision. It was actually a shadow formed by the gate, and it was only for an instant. Turning my head towards it would make it go away, so I couldn't see it head-on.
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Old 09-07-10, 05:30 PM
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I ride through a cemetery daily on my commute. It's nice. No cars (maybe the odd one) and it's quiet.
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Originally Posted by earthworm94 View Post
Does anyone ride inside a cemetery as part of their commute route? For me, it's one of my alternate route and my main route to grocery shopping. Using the cemetery I can avoid a busy intersection and a busy shoulder-less 2-lane road.

Just wondering.

P.S. Of course, I mean ride on the inner streets of a cemetery, not cutting across one. I will never be so disrespectful!
No, but why not? It is a peaceful place and if there is one thing the dead would like, it is for the living to remember them. Say a prayer on their behalf as you pass.
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I ride through Mt Hope Cemetery, the nation's first municipal Victorian cemetery, as one of my favorite three-season commute routes, my 9½mile, hills, parks, trails and cemetery route. There's little traffic, and I can do some hill work there on my otherwise flat commute. If I have extra time, there are 14½ miles of roads in there. Oh, and I get to ride the pavé (cobbles) on two of the three climbs from the entrance too.



I think the sepia gives it that extra cemetery feel.

It's also directly across the street from the largest teaching hospital in this part of the state. Both the Emergency Department and the morgue face the cemetery.
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No, but why not? It is a peaceful place and if there is one thing the dead would like, it is for the living to remember them. Say a prayer on their behalf as you pass.
What I meant was, riding on the area where the graves are. Most graves are just a plaque on the ground and not tombstones so a bike can physically ride on top of someone's grave. But of course, that is extremely disrespectful as you know it.
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I'll have to take some pictures of the old-fashioned cemeteries they have down here in southern Louisiana... all the graves are in mausoleums above ground, because the water table is so high (we're about 15 feet above sea level). There's a smaller one on my weekly fitness loop, I'll see if I can snag a photo of it.
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I ride past one on the way home. Some of them at least are private property and I wouldn't ride through them unless I had some reason to be there other than being a short cut. I wouldn't be creeped out by it though.

As far as cemeteries being a waste of space, I understand the viewpoint but my feelings around that have shifted over time. It's pretty cool to be able to go to a place and find several generations of your ancestors, or even somebody else's. I guess I've grown more appreciative of the history they represent. Now parking lots, - there's a waste of space.
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Old 09-07-10, 10:14 PM
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I ride thru Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto regularly. It helps that it's part of a MUP and a signed bike route to and from downtown Toronto. It's also a great place to birdwatch: lots of hawks, jays, and cardinals. Oh! I also saw a groundhog a few times. Pretty neat for the middle of the city.
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I ride thru Mt Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto regularly. It helps that it's part of a MUP and a signed bike route to and from downtown Toronto. It's also a great place to birdwatch: lots of hawks, jays, and cardinals. Oh! I also saw a groundhog a few times. Pretty neat for the middle of the city.
Very interesting. On an completely unrelated note, my great-grandma and great-grand parents were buried at York Cemetery, a little north of Mt. Pleasant.

Toronto is probably one of the best cities for cyclist in N. America. I was there during the summer and I really liked it!
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My return commute used to take me past an old pioneer cemetery with about thirty graves, but I never stopped to look (it was a 100 mile round-trip commute). This summer I was riding past it with my wife and we decided to stop and have lunch in the cemetery. There were only about 5 last names and a couple of the graves were only about ten years old. It is literally in the middle of nowhere (40 miles from the nearest town) in BLM land that was once designated for an Oregon-California railroad, but someone always puts fresh flags on several of the graves on Memorial day.
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Originally Posted by earthworm94 View Post
What I meant was, riding on the area where the graves are. Most graves are just a plaque on the ground and not tombstones so a bike can physically ride on top of someone's grave. But of course, that is extremely disrespectful as you know it.
I knew what you meant. I didnt suggest you should ride around over their heads. Merely think of them as you pass and say a prayer for them as you do.
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Originally Posted by tsl View Post
I ride through Mt Hope Cemetery, the nation's first municipal Victorian cemetery. . .
I used to ride through there almost daily, and now about once a month (new job). It is beautiful and nearly car-free, but I have had a few incidents with ladies walking multiple dogs on long leashes.
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Originally Posted by earthworm94 View Post
What I meant was, riding on the area where the graves are. Most graves are just a plaque on the ground and not tombstones so a bike can physically ride on top of someone's grave. But of course, that is extremely disrespectful as you know it.
Not to mention probably against the rules of cemetery. Even in cemeteries that allow bikes (not all do), they usually explicitly ask to stay on the paved parts.

Limitations of urban space will probably eventually force people to become more like the Japanese, where cremation is the usual thing. It is a waste of space, and other resources (fancy caskets? Concrete grave liners? Yeesh.). But on the other hand, old graveyards can be of historical interest. Around here, of course, every town has its colonial-era graveyard, and they can be kind of cool to poke around in.
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I took a shortcut through a cemetery once, it was a bit late at night, coming from an errand. Half way through I heard a tapping noise in the shadows. I got spooked, but I got closer to investigate. There was an old man with a hammer and a chisel, chipping at one of the headstones. I said, "Evenin'...Wow, you scared me! I thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working working here so late at night?" The old man replied angrily, "Those damned fools misspelled my name!"
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I took a shortcut through a cemetery once, it was a bit late at night, coming from an errand. Half way through I heard a tapping noise in the shadows. I got spooked, but I got closer to investigate. There was an old man with a hammer and a chisel, chipping at one of the headstones. I said, "Evenin'...Wow, you scared me! I thought you were a ghost! What are you doing working working here so late at night?" The old man replied angrily, "Those damned fools misspelled my name!"
Didja happen to see a small group of teens with a large dog wandering about, probably carrying an empty gas can?
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There aren't any cemeteries on my route and my local municipality restricts bicycles from riding in cemeteries, but if circumstances were different, I wouldn't have an issue with it.
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Didja happen to see a small group of teens with a large dog wandering about, probably carrying an empty gas can?
Jeepers!
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The main bike path in Ashland, OR cuts through a cemetery. It has a mix of old fashoned stones and ground plaques. Of course, the bike path is a paved path.
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Personally, I like graveyards. They are peaceful and I like to read the monuments - iThey are like a touch to the past.
they are not "spooky" places at all, but rather places of remembrance.
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I ride through Mt Hope Cemetery, the nation's first municipal Victorian cemetery, as one of my favorite three-season commute routes, my 9½mile, hills, parks, trails and cemetery route. There's little traffic, and I can do some hill work there on my otherwise flat commute. If I have extra time, there are 14½ miles of roads in there. Oh, and I get to ride the pavé (cobbles) on two of the three climbs from the entrance too.

I think the sepia gives it that extra cemetery feel.

It's also directly across the street from the largest teaching hospital in this part of the state. Both the Emergency Department and the morgue face the cemetery.
Great picture! I'd love to ride through one on my commute if I could use that distance to replace some of the traffic I ride in. The people in there aren't going to hurt you, and the peace and quiet would be cool.
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I don't, but I would be more than happy to ride though one on my commute. As far as land should be for the living. It still is. It is a place for the living to remember their history and heritage. It is a place for the living to reflect, remember and respect.
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I ride next to a cemetery on my regular route. It's just a small neighborhood one. The gates aren't convenient to my commute, though.
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