My current cycling commute!

View of Moncton, NB from the recreational trail - Just part of the scenery on my way back and forth to work every day.
Canada
August 10, 2012 11:41am CST
I have to say that my current commute to work and back is one of the most picturesque I've every had the pleasure of riding. Because the city made a dedicated system of parks and recreational trails I can ride away from traffic for long portions of the trip. In the morning I pick up one of the trails that will head me toward the centre of town. There are several families of pheasants and mallards along the way. I go straight through downtown past the Bell Aliant tower which is visible in the picture I added to this discussion. I pick up the main recreational trail when I get to the river. The Petitcodiac is a cool kind of river because it features a daily tidal bore. Natives before we Europeans put barriers in it used to ride the tidal current sixty kilometers inland and back with little effort. That's cheap efficient transportation. I follow the river to the call centre I work at. Along the way home I take a slightly different route which is a little longer. Later in the day traffic can get quite heavy and I don't like to battle the downtown traffic. Instead I follow the recreation trail to a point significantly further down stream. This brings me past a very large number of historic plaques and displays. In fact I took my camera along on a nice day this past week to record it for posterity sake and took a whopping sixty-five pictures. I usually have to fight a pretty stiff breeze most days but the scenery and the fragrance of primroses along the way make riding to my lousy job a little easier to take. Besides I get much needed exercise and save a lot of money on gas. Are there any other bicycle commuters here on mylot? I'd love to hear about everybody's ride whether spectacular, boring or otherwise.
4 responses
@ShepherdSpy (8563)
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
10 Aug 12
I'm not a regular commuter,but I do bring my usual bike in to and from work on occasion..usually weather permitting..I've had it 3 Years..I've most recently bought a recumbent bike as the "Sit up and Beg" riding style of a regular Diamond Frame bike is for me a real pain in the backside..arriving at my destination with multiple numb bits is getting old..so I thought it was time to get "Bent"..they're supposed to be more streamlined than the regular,taller bikes,and when wind resistance is a big factor affecting your speed and the energy you need to put out,and seeing those shaven within an inch of their life lycra clad Tour de France riders hunched over their handlebars to try and minimise their profile,I thought I'd give it a try..After all,I don't think Lycra is my thing..
• Canada
11 Aug 12
You have a bent... cool. I've wanted to build myself a tadpole trike recumbent and eventually build a lightweight body for it. I've also wanted to build a four person pedal car but at this point in my life I don't have the cash to even get started. There is some guy in town here with a red velomobile. I haven't seen it but my wife saw him him downtown with it about a week or so ago. I'll likely get introduced at some point if we stay in the area. I'm a well known cycling maniac since last years winter commutes.
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
14 Aug 12
A velomobile would be an ambition of Mine,but looking at the prices of those that are available,I'd probably need to trade in my car for a new one..Weather would be my main disincentive to more regular biking..it rains a lot around here!
• Canada
14 Aug 12
I seen the prices of velomobiles and that is way out of my league. That is probably the main reason I'm thinking to build my own. Even with that I have the skills to do the job but I have neither the time or the money.
@chelley (129)
• Philippines
12 Aug 12
Before when I was still not pregnant, I used to bike commute from work to office everyday with my MTB. It is much beneficial because you get to have an early exercise and the most beautiful thing is be able to save money for upgrades :D
• Canada
12 Aug 12
It is beneficial. Hopefully you'll be able to ride again in the future. What was the commute that you were doing like?
@winterose (39931)
• Canada
11 Aug 12
You know I never learned how to ride a bike, it started with my grandmother not ever letting me get on a bike because she was afraid I would get hit by a car, and then when I did try I just could balance myself so I just never learned.
• Canada
12 Aug 12
I'm lucky I grew up in a small town and there was plenty of room to learn without too much concern about getting run over. In my family it was just regarded as essential transportation for anyone to young to drive a car.
@toniganzon (41095)
• Philippines
11 Aug 12
I envy you. If i could only commute by bicycle, i would. However, it's too dangerous to do that here in my city. We don't have bicycle lanes and the drivers wouldn't give way at all. I love bicycling and before I got married I used to ride mountain bikes with my brother and we would go up the mountain and just enjoy the scenery.
• Canada
11 Aug 12
There are places sadly where sadly it is not safe to cycle. I have restricted myself from certain places in the past. One of my friends who didn't listen to my advice was hit twice. Thankfully he wasn't seriously injured in either accident. Cycling is a great way to get exercise though and it saves a lot on gasoline. I wouldn't mind seeing politicians make more of an effort to encourage cycling and cycling safety.