Commuting For: Just started this year
Reason: Child carting duties have subsided and my employer, Genworth Financial, provides shower and locker facilities and covered bike racks. Bike commuting injects some fun into my day, improves my base fitness and keeps the air a little cleaner.
Length/Frequency: 17 miles round trip. I ride 2 days a week, when weather and schedule allow.
Primary Route: I tend to avoid major arteries by connecting the neighborhood roads of Bedford, Falls River, Durant Trails, and Summerfield North.
Observations: I've come across deer on the greenway between Cub and Hiking Trail in Durant Trails.
Improvements: Looking forward to the opening of the multi-use path along Falls of Neuse Road in from Dunn Road. Will make for a flatter cruise on days when I want to take it easy.
Bike(s): A steel frame light touring bike by All City, with fenders and pannier bags. Butter-smooth with 33mm tires.
Tips: Always carry good lighting in case your day runs long. Be thoughtful about your routing and avoid being where drivers don't expect you. Stay off the heavily traveled, higher speed roads where drivers may be tempted to check a text while on the roll. Example: I won't ride on Strickland Road.
Interested in being a Raleigh BikeBuddy?: Interested in learning more about it.
Anything Else: Would love to see Raleigh rise among the cities with a true cycling culture so that cyclists on the roads are the norm.