Wednesday, July 18, 2012
When I went to college, I purchased a used bicycle that worked well, but did not attract theft (remember I was conditioned in the Big Apple). I used it to get all around the campus and loved that I could get quickly from one end of campus to the other. I think I particularly liked that I could sleep for an extra 15 or 20 minutes and still get to class on time.
Other than a four year period when I lived in Back Bay and worked in Natick, my bicycle has always been my favored means of commuting. In my 20s, exercise was not a factor in my transportation choice, now in my 50s, it is certainly a welcome bonus. Another recent benefit to my long standing mode of transportation is that without making any changes, I am doing more for the environment with each passing year.
Despite the health benefits (my own and the environment's), bicycling just makes sense in Brookline. Parking is often difficult for cars, but difficulty parking a bicycle means the sign or meter in front of your destination is occupied. I love going to Fenway Park, a 10 minute ride by bike and parking is free (savings - $30). I can always park across the street - closer than the most expensive parking lot.
Traffic is often an issue when driving in Brookline, particularly in Coolidge Corner or Brookline Village. Not so with a bicycle. I never have to add time to a trip to account for traffic.
The final benefit of bicycling? Cost. I spend about $100 per year maintaining my bicycle (and I don't do it myself). That's probably 2 or 3 tanks of gas, never mind insurance and maintenance.
So I guess the question is, why wouldn't you want to bicycle as a means to get around Brookline?