With the short summers that we experience here in Calgary, I've often looked for ways to make my commute longer; like taking the long scenic way home. Commuting simply became another opportunity to ride my bike. I was able to combine commuting with pleasure riding. Commuting between the core and Westhills Shopping Center, I would take a route that would have me pass through the Glenmore area and around the south side of the reservoir before coming out at Weaselhead Park, then onto 37th St S.W. and then head N.W. into the Westhills area. When I arrived at my work place, I had the ability to bring my bike indoors. I could then look forward to the ride home.
The view from the entrance to the park @ 37th St. S.W.
Two of the most often stated obstacles preventing cyclists from commuting on their bikes are the lack of secure parking and the inability to shower and change before walking into the office. Are you one of those people? Would you use a different bike to commute with if you knew for certain your bike would be there when you came to retrieve it? Would you find a shower facility in close proximity to your parking spot useful? How would you feel if this was within a few minutes walk to the office? What would you be willing to pay for this kind of convenience and security? Would you use your bike more if these services were available to you?
Specifically, would you use your bike instead of driving your car and paying the high cost of parking in the core? And would you use your bike instead of public transit?
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