I recently read on Let's Go Ride A Bike that Dottie was "In Search of the Most Peaceful Commute."
Every once in awhile I bike out to my doctor's office in St. Louis Park. I pretty much use the same route every time. Now, I don't know about you, but my commute can get a little ho-hum due to repetition. To keep it fresh, I like to take different side streets and ask others what their favorite routes are. I don't ride out to SLP that often so I'm used to turning off of Cedar Lake Parkway to Cedar Lake Rd. I ride on the street (the only other option is sidewalk!) up to a four way stop, then through a tunnel to pass under Hwy 100. Cars in the tunnel move pretty quickly, and the posted speed limit is 40. I normally just take the lane and try to communicate with drivers, and I have not had problems.
But just because I haven't had problems, doesn't mean I wouldn't mind a safer, more peaceful route!
This is the four-way stop. You can see that if I continued straight ahead, I would pass under Hwy 100, biking in traffic. But what's that, to the left?
I can't believe I never noticed the path on the left before!
The most exciting part is directly to the left of the path, which I didn't really notice until these joggers popped out of the bushes...
... the Cedar Lake Trail!
This is a bad photo. I'm on the path taking the photo, and the Cedar Lake Trail is on the other side of the railroad tracks.
On the way home I just hopped the little barricade, carried by bike over the tracks, and bypassed that stupid section of road with potholes and fast cars. Woo! (This photo is facing the opposite direction of the others. I am under the highway, looking back.)
Have you had any discoveries like this on your routes? I remember how amazed I was the first time I discovered the bike/ ped bridge that goes from Bryant Ave. to the Lyndale/ Loring Park trail, near Franklin. Share your shortcuts and peaceful routes with us!