Jay Bickford

From Savage Minnesota

Commutes 10 Miles RoundTrip for years and 7 months
Four or Three Days a week, I am a bike commuter Year Round

My primary commute route is along the Hwy 13 south frontage road between Quentin Ave. South and where Hwy 13 turns south towards Prior Lake. I live near 133rd and Glendale Rd, and work in the industrial park near the corner of Hwy 13 and Eagle Creek Parkway, so this seemed like a logical route to me. Mostly downhill and then flat riding in the morning, and a combination of flat and uphill on the way home. This is a commute of just a little less than 5 miles each way, which takes me between 16 and 20 minutes depending on weather and how I hit the traffic lights. This past spring they built an extension of the frontage road and put in a new railroad bridge near Xenwood Ave. This eliminated the need to get out on Hwy 13 to get past the RR tracks. This new frontage road extension was the primary factor in my becoming a bicycle commuter this year. I had thought about it for the past several years, but there just was not a good route until now.

I am a mid 40's male that rode a lot as a teenager and into my early 20's. I gave up cycling after the kids came along, and just got back into it this year. My primary goal was to improve my health and fitness. I find working out in a gym booring, but I always liked cycling, so this was a good way for me to work out while doing something that I enjoy. It also is a good use of time as I really only added about 10 minutes to my commute each way.

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