I missed buying it yesterday when it was first released because we had an ice storm followed by about four inches of snow.
The side streets and residential streets are still mostly covered in snow and ice. This includes many of the streets on the Springfield Bicycle Route system. I own a 4×4, but I try not to drive it. And because I’m getting rid of it in June, I’m trying to live my life now as if I don’t own it.
I dislike riding a bicycle in the snow — especially four inches of the stuff over ice. Walking downtown was not an option either because all the snow that was scraped off the main roads is now sitting on top of the sidewalks. Here’s a picture of spot at the corner of National and Grand where I caught the bus. There’s supposed to be a sidewalk there.
We live in a car-centric culture. Bicycles share the same road and the same rules as cars. But there is nothing equal in accommodation in many other ways.
Perhaps it’s unreasonable to suppose that cyclists and pedestrians should be given any thought at all when crews are trying to clean up the streets so that thousands of Springfieldians can get to work. I hope to live to see the day when expecting such accommodation seems entirely reasonable.
Those of us who walk and bike in Springfield, for the most part, have to wait for the snow and ice to melt before we can move easily about town. You want to go downtown? Get in your car or get on a bus.
I was happy to get on the bus.