Several issues have kept me from taking the plunge. First is securing the bike out of the weather. I had thought about taking the bike up on the freight elevator and storing it in my workplace. It's OK with my boss, he was thinking about doing the same thing. Only problem is the freight elevator is locked when I show up at work. Try to get that changed thorough hospital bureaucracy. Impossible. Locking the bike up on the first floor of the parking garage may be an option. I'm going to look into that.
Second is a train that runs right at the time that I would need to get across the tracks. I'm not up to fighting the traffic on the overpass, so I will have to leave earlier. Of course, that will give me the time to change........But if my timing is off, I'm late. I suppose that could happen in a car as well though. Maybe I'm just making excuses.
Finally, I have to wonder just how much I would save in gasoline. The trip isn't that far, and the time saved would be negligible. The ability to ride home after a hard day's work (at 3:00) in air conditioning, knowing that my means of transport would still be there and intact when I required it, is of great comfort. Knowing that I would not have to be concerned about weather changes for the worse while I was holed up in a case is another factor.
I suppose I have to consider why I would be taking the bike for the commute. Would it be to save gas, or would it be for my health? If it was for my health, am I placing my overall health at risk through the increased possibility of an accident and injury? Food for thought.......
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