A Different Kind of Ride

Today I did something I haven’t done since high school: I rode the bus.

Over the past decade the Colorado Springs bus system, Mountain Metropolitan Transit, has gotten a new logo, a few new buses, and some of their routes have been improved to have 15 minute headways – but really, it hasn’t changed all that much. For starters, the system is still oriented around the twin hubs of Downtown and the Citadel Mall. For me to get to work I had to take one bus to the Citadel, transfer to a bus that took me Downtown, then transfer again to a route that took me down Nevada Avenue, to within one block of work.
I’ll get into some specific cost/benefit analysis of the current system in my next post, but for now, here’s my first impression: riding the bus today was surprisingly lacking in unpleasantness. There was less noise, fewer foul odors, and shorter waiting periods than I expected.

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First Blog Post

I’ve run out of excuses and must start writing this blog. At the moment I have more than enough time to get started on this project because I’ve been put off my usual work and recreation habits by a broken collarbone…

My goal in writing this blog is to give myself an outlet for interesting thoughts that would otherwise go unexpressed, and hopefully to provide useful information for other people who live here and are interested in the same kinds of things. Specifically, I plan to write about bicycling (riding, wrenching, and advocacy), my hometown Colorado Springs, and occasionally about history, philosophy, and food.

A bit of biography for anyone who reads this without already knowing me: I’m 29, a lifetime resident of Colorado Springs who doesn’t want to live anywhere else, an avid cyclist, and at the moment I work as a mechanic at the shop Bicycle Experience on south Tejon street. I have a bachelor’s degree in history from UCCS that I’ll put to use at some point in the future, but back in 2006 I re-discovered how much fun riding bikes is and started down the road to obsession. I gave away my car in 2010 and since then I’ve used bikes for my year-round transportation, and I’m convinced that this city would be greatly improved if we could get more folks to swap cars for bikes.

And at this very moment, I’m one week into recovery after breaking my left clavicle during the Cafe Velo Grand Fondo. If you follow the Tour de France or other major bike races, pro riders break collarbones on a regular basis and somehow get back on their bikes days later – I have no idea how they do it, because as injuries go (and my own is a fairly minor fracture) I’m finding that it’s extraordinarily unpleasant, I can’t even imagine riding a bike* for at least another week.

*- a cruiser or recumbent would be okay, but not any kind of bike requiring upper-body inputs to ride.