I love riding my bike, but I don't do it as often as I'd like because I'm afraid of traffic and hills.
- The road lanes were narrow and there weren't many sidewalks or bike lanes. There wasn't much room for bikes and cars to share the road.
- The road surface was pretty good. I didn't see any potholes, cracks, or dangerous debris like broken glass.
- The intersections were okay, but could be improved. Most cross streets had stop signs, but there was a lot of overgrown shrubbery and tree branches that made it hard to see cross traffic.
- Drivers behaved well. I felt like they were watching out for me.
- My route was mostly flat and I found a convenient place to lock up my bike when I got to gymnastics.
I learned these tips for improving my bike riding experience.
- Find a class to boost confidence about riding in traffic.
- Use the bike trail when it's least busy.
- Keep my eyes on the road to watch out for potholes and other hazards.
- Ask the city to cut back shrubs and trees at corners.
Using the Bikeability Checklist rating system, I gave my route a rating of 21. That means it's pretty good, but there's always room for improvement. Now, I need to practice riding in traffic and on hills to improve my confidence.