Chicago’s Bike to Work Week took place last week, with Friday as the grand finale “Bike to Work Day” and a big rally downtown. I had an early meeting and could not attend. I simply celebrated by … biking to work. Imagine that.
The day was a little special, incidentally, because I met up with my friend Elizabeth for the morning ride to work. We took the most direct, major route, which is not so bad in the morning. There was plenty of opportunity for chatting.
In the evening, Mr. Dottie happened to be leaving work the same time as me, a rare occurrence, so we met up for bike home together.
I made him take my quiet side street route and he thought it was more stressful than the busy-but-direct route. He reasoned that all he had to do on the busy route was stay straight and stop for stoplights, while on the twisty side street route, there was a lot of turning, plus potential car conflicts at every block in the form of four-way-stop intersections. I can see where he’s coming from – cars have a tendency to “not see” bikes at those intersections – but I am more stressed by what I cannot control on the busy route: cars barreling behind me at a fast speed and parked car doors flinging open.
Interesting to consider the choices through someone else’s perspective. What kind of situation do you think is more stressful?