I’m about to get some much needed sleep so I can be ready to battle Ian Donnis in tomorrow’s car-vs-bike commuter challenge. I prepared the post below a while ago – I’m putting it up tonight to tide over the folks who happen upon this blog while looking for car-vs-bike coverage.
It was nice to see so much commenting action on last month’s post on The Providence Wiggle, aka The Pwiggle. Many people had ideas for all sorts of alternate routes for avoiding or at least minimizing the Providence hills. Instead of trying to map them all, I’ve created this map with a few of the highlights. As always, your results may vary.
The green markings are various “official” bike routes. I’ve added yellow routes as secondary routes (including the Pwiggle) and red as tertiary routes. I think that the Camp Street route is the most important. It allows the cyclist to avoid additional climbing necessary to reach Hope Street. More importantly, there is much less traffic on Camp Street than on Hope – it’s by far a more relaxing ride.
A good piece of advice for new bike commuters is to try not to think like a motorist when choosing your route. Oftentimes, the most direct and “fastest” road will be significantly less pleasant than an adjacent road that will add 10 minutes to your travel time.
For tomorrow’s race, I won’t have time to take the Pwiggle, I’m going straight up and over Angell Street.
Wish me luck!