Tuesday, December 06, 2011

The Beauty of the Bike :)

Yesterday morning as I was about 3 or so blocks from my office, I noticed A LOT of traffic jammed on 19th Street. It's a busy street, but not THIS busy! I mean, it was like a traffic jam we have when it snows - - except there wasn't any snow. People were trying get around it by turning off other streets, but the choices are few because of the one-way streets.

So, I skinnied on through the traffic on my bike, and came up on 19th & L, where there were police cars blocking off the whole block over to 18th. So, that's what the problem was - except that I didn't see any problem - - just an empty block. When I got to work (on time) a couple minutes later, I checked my computer for news of any situation at that location, and it said that there had been a serious accident. (I never found out what exactly happened).

My boss, along with several people in my office, were a half hour or more late getting to work because of the jam...but, as I said, the beauty of the bike is that you can get by these situations...whether it's a tree across a road, traffic jam, road closures, etc. The bike saves the day! :)


Rootchopper said...

And it makes for an excellent emergency escape vehicle too!

Will K said...

I totally agree. I have a folding bike that I keep in my trunk. Sometimes I drive all the way in to work, sometimes I park in a public lot and ride the last couple of miles - depending on weather, what I'm carrying, etc. Sounds like it would have been the perfect occasion to break out the folding bike and still make it to work on time!

spence said...

A story told with one photo and title. You are really good at promoting bicycle commuting. Keep it up.