I am so happy for the onset of autumn that I can hardly stand it. Â The air smells like burning wood, the night arrives earlier, and I find myself wanting to go to a college football game. Â Or at least watch one on TV. Â For the purposes of this blog, the weather has gotten so much better for biking it is not even funny. Â Instead of being bathed in sweat when I arrive home in the afternoon, I am merely glistening with perspiration. Â Quite a difference, I assure you.
Before I get to my day’s rides, I have some good news to share with you. Â The League of American Bicyclists has bestowed on our fair city not one but two awards! Â We’ve received an Honorable Mention as a bike-friendly city and a Bronze-Level Bicycle Friendly Business Award. Â The former is due to the construction of more than 120 miles of cycling facilities in the past 8 years; the latter is due to the installation of bike-commuter facilities, like showers and bike racks, at local businesses. Â This is such good news and portends a great future for Memphis as a biking city.
Yesterday was a quite uneventful day on my bike. Â I left for work in the morning then came home in the evening. Â Now that the beginning of the semester has given way to the realization that we’re not getting out of this until December, my students have become much more docile. Â Despair with do that to you.
Here’s a map of my ride yesterday.
See that? Â How wonderfully boring. Â There and back again, on the same road no less. Â Sometimes that’s nice.
Aaaaaannnnnd here’s my map from today.
This is what running an errand at Poplar Plaza does for my ride.
You’ll note the circuitous route I took from campus to the store. Â I completely skipped Central and Highland and instead biked down Midland to Greer to Joffree. Â Why the extra miles? Â It was rush hour when I left my office. Â And as short as the bike ride down Central and up Highland would have been, I just did not feel like dealing with traffic.
But I had to ultimately, as I needed to run another errand on Cooper, which meant biking from the end of the Chickasaw Gardens route down to my ‘hood. Â It wasn’t so bad until Cooper bottlenecks at Central (coming from the north). Â I’m not going to be dramatic and say that I almost got run off the road, but I did choose to wait on the sidewalk next to the nursery at Cooper and Central until the light turned red and I could safely rejoin traffic.
Thursday I’m biking to campus and then Boscos for a beer around 8ish. Â Hope your Thursday is good too.
Oh and guess what? Â We’re still waiting.