I have to support Garden~Lover on this one. Although I don't know where she lives exactly, I'm in the same general area as she. I am an avid cyclist. I'm also one of those crazy cyclists who would rather take the busy congested street because I find that it's safer than some of the residential ones (too many sleepy drivers pulling out of their driveways). But there are some roads where it is simply not possible. And it will take more than just her kind request to the state, city or county to "fix" the problem.
I bike to the subway because there is a law against pedestrians and cyclists using the tunnel that I need to take in order to get to work. If I did not take that tunnel, I would need to travel 12 miles out of my way on an expressway which has approximately 8 to 12 inches between the white line and the raised curb shoulder. Those painted stripes are super slippery. Death by speeding and drunk drivers is a regular occurrence on this stretch. I know from personal discussions with state cycling advocates that it can be used but they would never ever willingly take it. I'm sure roads like that aren't the only ones in New England. I can think of quite a few areas in NY, Illinois and Cali that are the same.
So go easy on her, please.>>>>>>>>>
Thank you Marcie. I was starting to feel a little attacked there. I havent seen any bike trails anywhere in our city. and people drive crazy. Nothing like driving on 128 north at 3pm. Not to mention I work at night. Would you ride your bike home at 10pm on the highway. Anyways I am really glad others have that luxury. I would love to get a job closer to my house but I would be talking a $5 pay cut and lose of insurance although I am going to see if I can work at the girls school which is across the street from us, so I promise if I get a new job there I will not drive my car