Dahron Johnson

From Greensboro NC

Commutes 6 Miles Oneway for 17 years and 9 months
Five Days a week, I use my bike to travel to and from work Year Round

Nothing special here. Currently, I have about the shortest commute I've ever had: 3 mile straight shot from my house. Making up for that, however, is some of the worst traffic I've dealt with. Not the volume, which can be pretty high but not that bad, but just some awful traffic patterns. 2 lanes reduce to one wide lane, back up to two lines. If it was just us cyclists, then no problem! Unfortunately, cars just don't seem to understand. When the lane count drops from two to one, they'll still drive two abreast (think how they get when _we_ do that). Then to add insult to injury, the last bit is through the campus of UNC-Greensboro--my daily destination. The university, trying to encourage bike communting, has painted in bike lanes. Well, the road was narrow to begin with, and then reduce it by about 3 feet, you've got some intimate space-sharing going on. And of course, there is nothing encouraging about a bike line anyway. When did cordoning off cyclists to the right of a white line where cars immediately and regularly forget you're even there become a _good_ thing? In the last half mile or so, I am slapping on side panels, avoiding wayward pedestrians, and other miscellaneous hazards--many of whom have forgot to pay attention to the task at hand while they're enjoying the college "scenery," ifyouknowwhatImean.

Mean, lean, commuting, machine iso roads dedicated to my use only. Must be free of broken glass, shattered dreams, or anything else pointy. C'mon, it will be good for both of us.

Oh, there are just too many to share--and you know how cyclists are with war stories. That's a Pandora's box you just really don't want to open, do you?

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