October 31, 2011

How I started biking!

Hi everyone (a.k.a. Mom and Dad)! This is my first blog post ever and I completely feel the power of the microphone. In the coming days, weeks, months, and years – all dependent on when I get tired of writing posts – I want to discuss biking and public transportation around Columbus. With my inaugural post, I wanted to discuss how and why I began biking.

I’ve lived in Columbus my entire life but since I lived in Suburbia Columbus, I never realized that biking or walking was something that adults could do. After graduating from Theeee Ohio State University in 2007, I moved to the Short North (Dennison & Buttles) but I continued to commute via car to my job (State & High) which was about 1.5 miles away. Via Google Maps, this took 9 minutes to drive to my parking lot ($65 per month) followed by a 5 minute walk to work.

One day, I endured a flat tire (gasp!) and decided to take public transportation. I kept walking towards work but by the time a bus arrived, I was already there. Overall, it took 30 minutes to walk one-way. I immediately decided to cancel my parking pass to save money and to exercise some.

My coworkers persuaded me to try biking, but it went horribly. I did not ride that much as a youth so I crashed even when I was trying out bikes to buy although no harm was done. I did not bike for the first year after I purchased the bike.

Finally, I decided to take a Spanish class at Columbus State Community College which required me to use a bike. The commute to work via bike was 13 minutes. Due to the pressures of biking to class every day, I became a daily biker which has lasted every since. And for you kids at home keeping track, this is how my commute methods stacked up:

Commute Method
Time (minutes)
Cost
Biking
13
$0
Driving
14
$65
Public Transit
18
$55
Walking
30
$0

That’s right. The cheapest and quickest route for my commute for work was biking. It was an easy decision to make.

Next time: What my current commute is like.
Cool link of the day: Robot riding a bike!
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