I have recently started riding my bike to work. Not every day. I try to do it most days, but if it’s raining, or if I have errands to run after work, then I take a pass. Really the hardest part is getting up a half hour earlier. A half hour may not sound like much, but the difference between 3 am and 3:30 am is HUGE.
The ride in is pretty good, as there is no traffic (very little) and it is generally cooler in the morning, although not all the time. There have been a few mornings I have walked out the door and felt as if a warm, wet blanket had been thrown over me. Going home is usually a bit warmer, and, of course, there is more traffic. I found a pretty good route that takes me from Catonsville to our studios in the Reisterstown Plaza. Takes about 48 minutes. I don’t push it.
Once thing that is a certainty: You really learn the topography of the area when you start riding a bike. Hills that you never noticed in your car seem to grow when you are cycling. The best thing about going uphill is that fact that sooner or later, you go downhill. I love coasting. Another nice aspect of riding a bike is that it actually gives you the opportunity to see some of the area that really doesn’t get much notice when you’re driving. I’ve discovered some very lovely residential areas that I never even knew existed. Lovely homes and front gardens, all things I never would have seen if I had not started riding the bike.
One added benefit of riding the bike: I’m getting great gas mileage!