Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Tell our contestant what he's won behind door #3!
View Clay's bike and rail alternate in a larger map
In a post below, a new reader inquired about what would be the best route for him to use to commute to work. From his request, I saw a great opportunity to display three separate approaches to bicycle commuting.
The first option involves utilizing neighborhood streets to access a park trail. The gentleman is fortunate enough to work near a major trail, and so in good weather, it can be a viable commute option (in bad weather, parts of the trail are often submerged). That's the GREEN line on the map, and it adds about 4 miles to his commute.
The second option involves cycling a little over a mile to a nearby DART light rail station (See why it's good to live in the City, inside Loop 12? You're close to all the good stuff! Well, except for a CostCo), taking the train to a station not too far from his place of employment. It does involve riding about a half mile on a 6-lane thoroughfare, from the DART station to employment, but that's not really a problem, just a little intimidating at first. This is the RED line.
The final option, which would be my first choice, involves all city streets, mostly Dallas Bike Routes. It saves four miles over the mostly trail option, is all weather, and the streets are almost all low volume local residential streets and minor collectors.
So, as we did for Heather a few months ago, let's throw it open for discussion and advice.