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September 01, 2004

Green Means Go

After two days as a 2L, I've learned an important lesson: Yes, I can make it to class in 11 minutes or less, but only if I hit every light just right and if I don't mind getting to class puffing like a steam locomotive and drenched in sweat. Twenty minutes or more travel time is much more sane. The good news about travel time from the new apartment is that it seems much easier to hit all the lights for some reason. On my old commute, I used to have to stop at 4-6 red lights nearly every day, simply because of the way they were all timed. Now, there are several more lights between home and school, but for whatever reason, after waiting at the first one, if I just keep a good pace the rest of the way I don't seem to have to stop at any more—they're all green. I hope that's some kind of positive sign, but whatever, it's a kicky ride to get to school every morning since it's basically all downhill and with every light green I can just fly. Riding home (up up up!) is a different matter, but it's good to get the heart pumping at least once a day, or so I've heard.

Posted September 1, 2004 11:53 AM | 2L

Wow. Impressive for D.C. I can't even make it to school in 11 minutes. It might even take 25 if I leave just a little too late and hit all the school zones that go active around 7:30.

Posted by: Steve at September 1, 2004 07:48 PM

If you learn how to teleport, you can make it there in less than 1 second. :-)

Posted by: DG at September 1, 2004 11:04 PM

I love taking my bike to class, but I find the same problem - leave too late, arrive in a river of sweat. Of course, I'm a classic procrastinator, so it's usually what happens.

Just make sure you watch out for morons who decide to duck in an alley to chat with their friends, as well as opening car doors. I found out the hard way Monday, and went flying into a Volvo. What a way to start the semester. Wouldn't want it to happen to you. And I was even riding in a designated bike lane...

Posted by: greg at September 3, 2004 08:39 AM

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