I’ve been held hostage by the ongoing work on Aboite Center Rd. Friday afternoon, biking home after work, I attempted to cross Aboite Center at Coventry Lane. I was able to do so, but had to walk my bike across and step through a 20 foot width of oil that had been deposited on the base layer of asphalt in preparation for the finish layer. My shoes and bike tires were polluted with the stuff.
Paving on Aboite Center continued yesterday and is not scheduled for completion until tomorrow, August 18. If I had another viable path I would use it. The Aboite Trail being constructed on Covington and Homestead will not be completed for quite some time. In the meantime, that construction has caused the narrowing of Covington and makes it dangerous for biking.
Biking west on Covington from Copper Hill is fine until the trail ends. Then you must use the road itself and hope car drivers see you before striking your bike and sending you tumbling over the I-69 bridge and onto the Interstate pavement below.
So I’ll drive to work again this morning and hope that Aboite Center will be reopened tomorrow as planned.
I’ve been hearing a lot over the past few months about the local efforts to encourage bicycle commuting. That is probably a good thing, considering the many advantages that are gained from bicycling as opposed to driving a car. Among those advantages are weight loss and personal fitness for the biker and cleaner air for planet Earth. The problem is that I don’t see many people actually doing it. When I bike to work in the morning and back home in the afternoon, I rarely see anyone else on bicycles. Generally, the bikers I see are on the Aboite Trails and they are not commuting but just out having fun. As far as I know, I’m the only person (out of hundreds) at my place of employment who regularly bicycles to work. In fact, I haven’t seen anyone else who even bicycles to work from time to time. Granted, many people who work where I do live in outlying areas miles from the office.
Changing people’s automobile commuting habits will be difficult until there are more pressing reasons for people to change them on their own. And if you get really serious about wanting to stop driving your car to work, sell your home, move closer to work, and then watch as your employer moves to a different building on the other side of town. It’s always something . . .