I love biking to work, but there are ways that the county government makes it challenging. One thing I run into daily is traffic lights. Often, crossing the street at a light will mean dismounting, walking my bike over to the pedestrian crossing button (often involving lifting the bike over a curb), waiting, then either walking my bike across the road in the crosswalk or crossing back over a right-turn-only lane so that I can ride across legally. Drivers in automobiles sometimes get angry either way: “why aren’t you riding!” if they have to wait for me while I’m walking in the crosswalk, or “get out of the road” if I’m going back to the main traffic lane after pushing the button.
For years, I regularly rode my bicycle to work. For some reason, when we moved the office (about 2½ years ago) I stopped biking. Last week, I started riding again. It’s a nice change. I can take a route that has no automobile traffic for much of it. It’s relaxing and invigorating at the same time.
I wish I hadn’t waited so long.