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Biking saves the day at work

Old 09-20-15, 01:06 PM
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Biking saves the day at work

Here in Philadelphia, we're getting ready for the Pope to visit it in a few days. Large swaths of downtown (or, as we call it, "Center City") will be closed to cars in preparation for public events including an open-air Mass. Lots of local businesses are closing down, figuring that their employees and their customers won't be able to get there anyway.

It's different for me, though; I work in health care. I usually work at an office about 8 miles from Center City, but once in a while I work at a hospital that happens to be in the "traffic box" -- aka no-car zone. Pedestrians and bikes will be OK, but cars will be kept out.

Many of the folks I work with made plans early to get out of town for "Pope-ageddon" weekend. Classes at many local universities have been cancelled for that long weekend. Me? Whenever I tried to make plans, something felt uncomfortable. "Stay available, Jen," something whispered.

Sure enough, a few days ago my department heads were asked to provide double the usual hospital personnel. We have interns and residents who live inside the "traffic box", so they won't have any problems getting to the hospital -- they can just walk. But with cars blocked and mass transit shut down (trains have vastly altered schedules and limited stops), how can anyone else get to the hospital? "Who can help us?" went the cry at the staff meeting.

"I can get there. It's only a few miles from home. I can ride my bicycle." Colleagues turned their heads and stared in open-mouthed wonder and appreciation. "Really, I can. I ride a bicycle. What's your superpower?"
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Old 09-20-15, 01:18 PM
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nice superpower. One of the reasons I ride my bike is to escape traffic, right near work is a madhouse. And I would have to park about a 15 minute walk away from my office if I did drive.
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Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
"I can get there. It's only a few miles from home. I can ride my bicycle." Colleagues turned their heads and stared in open-mouthed wonder and appreciation. "Really, I can. I ride a bicycle. What's your superpower?"
That's awesome. Have you thought about riding in wearing a cape?
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Old 09-20-15, 05:15 PM
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Way to go! You ought to lead a cheer at work. "Are we going to let the Pope get in our way? NO WAY! Out of my way, your Popeness, bikes coming through!!!"
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Old 09-20-15, 05:58 PM
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Nice! Yeah, wear a cape!

Here in DC, everyone is being told to forget about driving to work while he's here. Metro is also expected to be overcrowded.

I'm commuting by bike all three days he'll be here.
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Old 09-20-15, 06:40 PM
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Kudos. Actually, commuting in a "no car zone" sound great. Even if it is only at the end.
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Old 09-21-15, 07:05 PM
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The big question is how full of pedestrians the car-less streets will be.

I'll keep y'all posted....
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I hear you. The annual Marathon here snarls up traffic something fierce, but bikes have no problem getting through.
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Old 09-21-15, 10:21 PM
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Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
The big question is how full of pedestrians the car-less streets will be.

I'll keep y'all posted....
Let's trade war stories. Our Papal Visit begins tomorrow.
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Old 09-22-15, 11:41 AM
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OK, gotta post this one more time...

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Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
The big question is how full of pedestrians the car-less streets will be.

I'll keep y'all posted....
With the exception of the security zone and certain roads that will be closed (e.g., I-676, I-76), you may drive within the traffic box:

http://6abc.com/religion/major-highw...-visit/904413/

"The traffic box for Center City will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 25th, while the traffic box for West Philadelphia will begin at 10 p.m.

"Vehicles will be allowed out of the traffic box, but will not be able to re-enter. However, drivers will be able to travel inside the traffic box."

So most roads inside the traffic boxes will not necessarily be car-free. I live inside the center city traffic box and will (unfortunately) now be sticking around this weekend. Hoping to do the "Pope Ride" Saturday morning starting from The Porch at 30th St. Station.
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Old 09-22-15, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
Colleagues turned their heads and stared in open-mouthed wonder and appreciation..."
I love it!

You'd think medical folks would be more physically active than most and therefore not as amazed that someone actually rides a bicycle as an adult, but perhaps I don't know what I'm talking about, since I don't work in that field.

You should do like Yogi Berra and say "Hello, Pope", if you get the chance.
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Old 09-23-15, 11:17 AM
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Originally Posted by Squeeze View Post
I love it!

You'd think medical folks would be more physically active than most and therefore not as amazed that someone actually rides a bicycle as an adult, but perhaps I don't know what I'm talking about, since I don't work in that field.
The folks I work with tend to be fit, but running and yoga are the big things at my office. The folks who do ride a bike consider "outdoors" to be a weird place for a spin class. Commuting just isn't in the mental map.
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Old 09-23-15, 11:19 AM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
OK, gotta post this one more time...

Then there's the Wonder Woman cyclist Halloween costume, where the cable for the bike lock double as the lasso of truth....
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The Pope arrived yesterday morning in DC. I rode an alternate route to avoid a street that was supposed to be closed, but heard that other cyclists had no trouble getting through. This was well before 10AM though, which was the time the secured areas were supposed to be really closed.
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Old 09-23-15, 11:42 AM
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In my neck of the woods part of a street that was passable yesterday is no longer passable at some point. The security fencing they put up angles into the one remaining lane, making it too narrow for cars and bikes. The brain trusts who did this did not put signs. This morning cars were driving along the passable part of this road and suddenly realizing they could go no further. Some detoured on other streets. Others made u-turns and went back the other way. I managed to get inside the security fencing so I could proceed on. A half mile late I nearly got hit by a guy driving a fork lift on an open street.

Yesterday I was walking to have lunch in a park. I was crossing on full green. Someone with NY plates who appeared to trying to find his way went right through the glaring red light. I had to stop to avoid getting hit. I let him know what he had just done and he stopped at some random place instead of simply proceeding to the next red light.

Because of certain road closures that are already in effect one street I take home is now even more busy than it usually is. At least they had cops at a couple of the intersections yesterday afternoon. Increased pedestrian traffic has also made things more scary. On a normal day many people ignore the lights and cross the street when they don't see any cars, ignoring the fact that bikes are legally vehicles. Now you have out of towners doing it, often in groups. I suspect some of them don't understand that this isn't Bumbletown, KY.
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I work in downtown D.C., right now we have relatively heavy bicycle traffic and vehicle traffic looks like a Sunday morning. I think a lot of people had the same idea. I would have biked in this morning, but my employer put me up for the night. The Red Line right now is supposed to be freakishly packed.
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Awesome story.

I feel normal, but to others probably a superhero (or fruitcake?) during Spring Break here near the beach. Total gridlock from Thursday evening through the weekend every week for about 5 weeks. One person wrote in to the local paper that it took 3 hpurs to go just a few miles. I wrote in that I rode over to the beach (from the mainland), had lunch, and returned all within my allotted hour. That was during the same time it took the 3 hour trip.

Sooooo much better riding than driving.
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Originally Posted by jeneralist View Post
Sure enough, a few days ago my department heads were asked to provide double the usual hospital personnel. We have interns and residents who live inside the "traffic box", so they won't have any problems getting to the hospital -- they can just walk. But with cars blocked and mass transit shut down (trains have vastly altered schedules and limited stops), how can anyone else get to the hospital? "Who can help us?" went the cry at the staff meeting.
You mean the Pope won't stop by and heal all the sick?

The bike sounds like a great way to get around, depending on why the roads are closed.

I used to work near the St. Louis airport, and there would always be chaos whenever the President would come. I have no doubt my bicycle would have as much troubles getting past the Secret Service as any of the cars.
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I work in a high rise downtown, and sometimes the area gets shutdown due to events, but we actually have a backup site we go to in those cases that is outside town altogether(just my department, as we are critical). I'd love to ride in to work - often see 20 to 30 bikes in the rack out front. But I just hate cities and constant traffic and man made stuff everywhere so I moved out of town almost 10 years ago. Now with a 40 mile ride in bike commuting is just not possible (not to mention its a long 12hr shift).
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So I rode into work around 10AM on Sunday, with the Papal Mass slated for 4 pm.

The main MUP into downtown had a fraction of the riders usually out on a fine Sunday, and the road it parallels was shut. The only cars or trucks belonged to the police and National Guard, there to help out the throngs of walking pilgrims (who were scared away):




Once downtown, it was obvious the city was prepared for a throng:


And this view from the 18th floor shows the mass of humanity walking into Philadelphia from across the river in Camden:


Some of the security fencing had evidently been reused from other events.


I'm told that many people with tickets for the up-close area never got there, because the wait to go through the security screening was so long. Things weren't too busy at work -- I was on the "just in case" 2nd team, and they never did need me -- so I went over to the closest Jumbotron display to see what I could. By 3pm, the downtown really did have people in it.
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Thanks for the update and pics! Nice!
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Nice pics!

i got nothing to offer for my "papal visit war stories" here in DC. So many people were scared into telecommuting that I had an easy time biking to work all three days he was here.
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