Tagged: bike commuting


My people, I present to you a pictorial representation of bike commuting in Memphis in the 21st century.  Behold …

That big stack of papers on the right?  That was my Spring Break.  I didn’t actually grade all of them: my graduate assistant did most of the grading and preparation for my intro-level economics class (that’s the two folders in the middle).  But I did have to sort them, staple scantrons to exams, and enter the grades online.  Plus all the grading, sorting, and recording scores for my two upper-division courses (those are the two stacks of Blue Books you see).  I didn’t actually measure or weigh the stack, although I’d put it at around 20 pounds.  Maybe 30.

But I’m not here to write about my grading duties, overwhelming though they are sometimes.  I just wanted to post the picture and mention that I managed to carry all of those papers, plus my lunch, coffee, laptop and power cable to work in my panniers.  And it really wasn’t that bad.  My bike felt light as a damn feather coming home though, I can tell you that.

Almost forgot

In my most recent post, about the bike-lane meeting, I forgot to mention that I had a pretty epic biking day that day.  I biked from home to school, then from campus out to Shelby Farms on the Greenline and back (another group bike ride with the UM Cycling Club), then from campus to Otherlands, then from Otherlands to the Snowden School for the meeting, then from Snowden home.  Here’s a screenshot of my day.

And here’s a link to an interactive map.

Pretty awesome, huh?  I biked for a total of 25.2 miles that day.  My average speed was a respectable 10.4 MPH, and my peak was 20.8 MPH.  A good chunk of the trip was on the Greenline, but most of those miles were commuter miles, which I love.

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