February 7, 2012

Riding in the middle of the night

This past weekend I played poker for over 3 hours before biking home. First, I was the 2nd to last person to lose his chips. Second, when I left it was already midnight! [Editor's Note: Cole did not turn into a pumpkin.]

To bike from Grandview to the Hilltop, you have two options. The first option is to take surface streets and take Grandview Avenue to McKinley Avenue. The second option is to take the Hilltop-Scioto Connector bike path. I decided to take the bike path because I didn't want to deal with the road conditions of McKinley Avenue.

I took the green line
It is really creepy to be on a bike path at night. I'm a city boy and street lights are a part of life. On the path it is dark except for the lights on your bike. Plus, I'm never sure if I'll run over or into a homeless person because they are known to be around bike paths, especially around bridges and/or downtown. 

The path normally looks beautiful:

But at night the ghosts come out:

What this all means is that if you want to bike at night, you should be prepared.
  • Have a lot of lighting.
  • Stay in well-lit areas if possible.
  • Know different routes and route conditions in case you bike at night
  • Bike with a friend. I would have surely been more confident with another person.

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