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What is your favorite local area ride?

What is your favorite local area ride?
 

THE 12-MILE ROUND TRIP in commuting to work on my bike is my favorite ride. The Old Market was my home for 10 years and, not owning a car at that time, I enjoyed the easy four-block walk to work. When my wife and I moved to the Metcalfe Park neighborhood, I made the decision to ride my bike to work. That was three years ago, before all of the share-ways, bike lanes and road signs went up. Today it’s a much easier route, thanks to those safety measures. Drivers have also become much more accepting. Now I get a lot more friendly waves. Before the bike initiatives drivers were more likely to give a different kind of hand gesture. The original purpose of commuting was to save money and to be a little more environmentally friendly, but I’ve also enjoyed rewards when it comes to health – both physical and mental. I’ve lost some weight and my blood pressure has plummeted, but what I enjoy most is the stress relief I get from my commute to and from work. I love riding under the trees in Metcalfe, flying down the winding roads of the Bemis Park area and pedaling down Burt Street through the busy Creighton campus. I feel more connected to my surroundings and to Omaha itself. You notice more things when cycling, much more so than when driving a car.

 

 

 

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