I got out a city map of Pensacola, and found it pretty easy to select a route that would work. Of course, I found a route that kept me off of the main highways, but for part of the trip I do ride on a main road. I ride 9.4 miles one way, and it takes me about 35 minutes. I love my ride to work, and I always start out with a good energetic feeling, and a good attutude. I absolutely hate sitting in traffic, and bike commuting for me is now a way of life. I have a nice pannier on the back, and just keep clothes at work. Once a week, I take things home, then bring some back. After doing it for awhile, little problems just seem to work themselves out, like having what I need at work. I honestly don't understand why more people dont't do it. I have lots of people at work who seem like they want to but they just don't make the quantum leap into just "doing it."
I am 52 years old, female. Have been a cyclist since college, but only started seriously commuting to work for about 4 years. I never thought of it until I saw others doing it, and a lightbulb went off in my head. Why was I not doing that?? I am a Medical
The only thing I would say is that when I cycle to work, I wear all safety gear, and try to look "professional" if there is such a bike thing. I follow all traffic rules, and I make an effort to be very courteous to drivers, because I feel that it helps e