Thursday, May 17, 2007
Bike to Work Day, 2007
Anyone who has ridden a bicycle through "The Tube" between Alameda and Oakland, knows what a life-threatening experience it is. On Bike to Work day, I decided to transport cyclists for free. I made a couple of signs, did a little publicizing, and waited at the mouth of the Tube.
I ended up giving rides to 5 people and their bikes. I got to listen to them tell about trying to navigate the Tube on all the other times I haven't been there for them.
The Tube is really two tubes, each filled with one-way, freeway-speed traffic. However, there's but a single, roughly 3' wide lane along the edge of one of them, for pedestrians and cyclists. Total length of the trip is on the order of one exhaust and fume-filled mile, and Heaven forbid should you meet an oncoming cyclist, or even worse, the lane-filling juggernaut of the homeless guy on his way to Alameda to collect bottles and cans with his shopping cart.
So, I saved a few people from that stress, today. And the homeless guy got to cross without having to knock any cyclists over the rail and into traffic.
Posted by Robert van de Walle