05 October 2011

Bike-commute day 89—to work

Wednesday, 05 October 2011

It seemed hard work today. Could it be that the atmosphere was heavy with Autumn or that the sparse fog impeded my motion? Whatever the cause, it did not result in any notable time. But the time was certainly affected by the street crossings today, of which every one had enough traffic to warrant a planted-foot stop.

Yesterday I noticed a newly paved access to the bikeway that comes from the parking area northwest of Findlay and Monument avenues. In the morning, the access was roped off with stakes and yellow tape, which in the evening had been pulled to the ground. Just as with other newly asphalted parts of the bikeway, cyclists had made use of the addition well in advance of announcements of the availability.

I hope that someday soon the short distance from the Monument Avenue bridge to the ramp down to the bikeway will also be paved. The little stretch was left unfinished through the rebuilding of the Monument Avenue bridge, which extended through early 2011.

Housekeeping note: I used the whisk broom to clean off the remaining glass slivers from the walkway across Monument Avenue bridge.

Ride conditions
Temperature: 43 to 52°F at 07:25
Precipitation: none
Winds: calm 
Clothing: Skinsuit, longsleeve undershirt, ankle socks, open-finger gloves
Bike: Lotus Legend fixed gear
Time: 00:42:13 for 11.93 miles
Heart rate: 133 bpm HRave, 148 bpm HRmax
Bikeway users: 2 pedestrians, 1 dog
Playback of the ride

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